Earlham and Pleasantville earned a split on the softball diamond June 17. The Trojans playing at home lost the opener in the WCAC contest 6-3 before bouncing back to shut out the Cardinals 9-0.

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KNOXVILLE – Russ Hall picked up his first ever Pro Sprint Series presented by Pace Performance win at the Knoxville Raceway Saturday night. The native of Pleasant Hill, held off the charge of veteran Chris Walraven to take the win aboard the Skillz Motorsports No. 29.

After blasting Madrid in the front end of a league doubleheader Thursday, June 22 in Madrid 14-0, you would think the second half of the twin bill would be a cakewalk as well.

Albia is the No. 7 ranked team in Class 3-A and Thursday evening they proved their ranking with a 16-4 thrashing of Knoxville on the Albia diamond. The Lady Dee bats proved to be lethal and they were also aided by nine walks and four Knoxville errors.

Another day and another win for the Twin Cedars varsity softball team.

Put another log on the fire sit back and relax the summer of 2019 is still sizzling hot for the Twin Cedars Lady Sabers.

Spencer DeJoode and Cristian Magana were both named Class 2A first-team All-State. DeJoode as a Defender and Magana as a Midfielder.

The Knoxville Panther baseball team was looking at ending a skid when they faced the Oskaloosa Indians in non-conference action Tuesday, June 18.

Wins have been few and far between but for the most part the Knoxville Panther baseball team played relatively well Thursday, June 20 at Albia.

The Knoxville Panthers beat Centerville 4-2 June 17 at home to improve to 6-2 in league play and to 9-9 overall.

Two up and coming young softball pitchers locked horns in a sizzling pitching duel Tuesday June 18, in Knoxville.

Last week started off well for the Knoxville Panther varsity baseball team as they knocked off the Bondurant-Farrar Bluejays in Knoxville 9-2.

KNOXVILLE – Brian Brown has dominated things at Knoxville Raceway this season, winning all three times he has competed heading into Friday night’s opener at the Brownell’s Big Guns Bash featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

The Pleasantville Trojans took out the big bats to blast Woodward Academy 13-0 and 16-0 in a league twin bill on the road.

After a shaky first inning, the Knoxville Lady Panthers settled in behind the fine two-hit pitching of Ashlyn Finarty and some clutch RBI hits by Alex Griggs and Olivia Maasdam to post a 4-2 win over South Central Conference rival Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Friday night in Knoxville.

The Melcher-Dallas Saints ran their record to 11-1 with solid Bluegrass Conference wins over Lamoni 10-0 and East Union 12-2 last week.

It was an encounter with one of the better teams in the West Central Athletic Conference when the Pleasantville Trojans hosted the Bulldogs from Van Meter Monday night June 10.

NEWTON – Circuit City returned to NASCAR after a nearly 20-year absence in a big way. The online consumer electronics retailer served as entitlement sponsor for Sunday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series CircuitCity.com 250 presented by Tamron at Iowa Speedway.

Coach Jan Haugen’s No. 3 ranked softball team beat Lewis Central Council Bluffs and Council Bluffs Lincoln at the Woodward-Granger Tourney June 8.

A four run rally in the top of the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie and boosted Twin Cedars to a 7-4 win over Marion County rival Melcher-Dallas Thursday night in Melcher.

KNOXVILLE – Brad Sweet won the Brownells Big Gun Bash featuring the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Saturday night at the Knoxville Raceway. The Grass Valley, California driver won a shootout that saw three lead changes. The win, aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 was worth $10,000.

The Saber machine, otherwise known as the Twin Cedars varsity softball team keeps mowing teams down this summer.

The Knoxville Shooting Team ventured to the state meet earlier this month to compete for the final Scholastics Trap Shooting Meet of the season.

It was billed as a Marion County rivalry game, but it was all Twin Cedars in a Blue Grass Conference game at Melcher Thursday night. The Sabers rode the two-hit pitching of Brock DenBurger along with seven hits and seven walks by Melcher-Dallas pitchers to romp to an 11-0 victory.

Last week was a tough one on the diamond for the Knoxville Panther varsity softball team.

Knoxville and Pella faced off against each other in varsity softball action June 11 in Pella.

The Twin Cedars Sabers faced No. 3 ranked Pleasantville at the North Mahaska Softball Tournament Saturday.

Coach Jan Haugen’s Pleasantville Trojans keep rolling along and knocking off teams along the way.

KNOXVILLE– Brian Brown notched his 47th career win at the Knoxville Raceway Saturday night. It was good timing, considering the World of Outlaws will be in town next weekend. The Grain Valley, Missouri driver bested Matt Juhl early in the non-stop event, and pulled away to the $4,000 win in …

A 3-0 win at home Friday, June 7, moved the Knoxville Panther softball team ahead of the .500 mark for the year.

The Hawks from Woodward-Granger took a pair of varsity baseball games from the Pleasantville Trojans in WCAC play June 6 in Woodward.

Back-to-back games for the Panthers June 6 and 7 saw the team drop games to Ankeny Centennial 15-5 and to Davis County 2-0.

One rivalry that remained for the Pleasantville Trojans when they switched to the West Central Activities Conference (WCAC) was Interstate-35, who made the switch with the Trojans.

Twin Cedars literally crushed four teams in the Bluegrass Conference last week in softball.

The Melcher-Dallas Saints entered the second full week of June with a record of 8-1 overall.

The Twin Cedars Sabers were 6-4 overall after dropping a game to the Moulton-Udell Eagles Thursday, June 6 in Bluegrass Conference baseball action at home.

The Pleasantville Trojans check in at 5-8 following action at the Colo-Nesco Baseball Tournament Saturday, June 8.

Haley Godfrey carried the big stick to the plate as the Melcher-Dallas Saints literally crushed a pair of teams in the Bluegrass Conference last week.

Knoxville fell to the Clarke Indians 7-2 Monday,  June 3, but bounced back to tear up the Chariton Chargers two days later in league play 13-3.

No Marion County teams qualified for the 2019 Girls’ State Golf Tournament.

KNOXVILLE, IOWA — NOS® Energy Drink will be the new title sponsor of sprint car racing’s most prestigious event. The NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store will be held at Knoxville Raceway August 7-10, 2019.

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Charles Lee Laird was born in Knoxville, Iowa on October 3, 1942, to Marvin and Fonda Robuck Laird. He passed away at his home in Emporia , Kansas on June 9, 2019. He was 76 years old. Charles grew up on farms near Knoxville: he graduated from Attica High School in 1960. In January 1962 he m…