The 2010 University of Iowa football team has been picked to finish second in this year’ – ‘s Big Ten Conference race. The Ohio State Buckeyes are picked to repeat as league champions and Wisconsin is tabbed for third. The voting by Big Ten media was announced as part of the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon festivities in Chicago. The pre-season ranking is the highest ever for an Iowa team since records have been kept (1996). The Hawkeyes were picked to finish third three times (2004, 2005 and 2006).
The Winfield Crooked Creek Days celebration this weekend will feature their annual Golf Tournament at Twin Lakes Country Club, Sunday, August 8th at 1:00pm. The tournament features a shotgun start, and is a 4 Person Best Shot format. Check in is at 12:00pm, play starts at 1:00. The WMU Music Department is providing games and musical entertainment to help raise funds for their Chicago tour in the spring where they will get to perform at the Field Museum. Cost is $100 per team. Any questions contact Courtney Cummings at 319-257-7700 ext. 128
The jersey of Iowa Wesleyan College women’ – ‘s basketball star Jessi Beachey (Fisher, Ill.) has been requested for display and is currently hanging in the Women’ – ‘s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. Beachey’ – ‘s jersey was requested by the Hall after she was named an NAIA Division II First Team All-American after this past season. The jersey is currently hanging from the rafters of the Hall along with those of other top collegiate and high school players from the 2009-10 basketball season. Beachey received the honor after a season in which as a junior she was named Midwest Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year on her way to national honors. She averaged 17.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and shot 58.1% from the field and 77.5% from the free throw line. The 6-2 forward led the Midwest Collegiate Conference in scoring and was second in field goal percentage and also ranked 19th nationally in scoring and sixth nationally in FG%. Beachey helped lead the Tigers to a 27-8 record and a trip to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II National Tournament. IWC set school records for wins and most wins in a row (16), and its two wins and Elite 8 appearance in the national tourney was the furthest advancement in the NAIA tournament in school history. The Women’ – ‘s Basketball Hall of Fame opened in 1999 and is the only facility of its kind dedicated to all levels of women’ – ‘s basketball. Beachey was the only MCC player to receive the honor, and her jersey will hang in the WBHOF until next summer. Visitors will specifically be able to find Beachey’ – ‘s white Wesleyan home No. 22 jersey hanging on a display among jerseys from outstanding players from other NAIA schools as well as NCAA Division I and II schools.
Registration materials for the Mt. Pleasant 5th and 6th Grade Tackle Football League this fall will be available to pick up August 3rd at school registration at the Mt. Pleasant Middle School. The new 2010 Mt. Pleasant Panther football t-shirts will also be available at both the high school and the middle school.
Kansas City Royals opened their west coast swing with a 6-0 loss at Oakland. K.C. will play in Oakland tonight again, hear the action on KILJ-AM 1130 at 8:30pmpm