Sports April 28, 2011

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Written by John Kuhens
Thursday, 28 April 2011

Today’s local sports schedule: MPHS boys golf at Keokuk, MPHS girls soccer at Fairfield, Fairfield at MPHS boys soccer, MPHS girls track at Eckstrand Relays at Waco. New London is hosting Middle School Relays at the Maple Leaf Track in Mt. Pleasant.

Drake Relays in Des Moines get Started today. Local athletes in action: Leonard Wester of MPHS will compete in the boys high school shot put at 3:30 p.m. Brena Peterson of Burlington, Heaven Chandler of Columbus Community and Erika Massner of Wapello will compete in the girls high school long jump at 3:30 p.m. At 4:25 p.m. Ben Witt and Marshall Moyer of Burlington will run in the boys high school 3,200 meter run.

The IGHSAU has announced the Regional Tennis Tournament Assignments. Mt. Pleasant will play in the 1A singles and doubles at the University of Iowa Tennis Center against Camanche, Davenport Assumption, Knoxville, Maquoketa, Mount Vernon, Oskaloosa, Pella and Pella Christian.
Ft. Madison will also host a tennis regional with Albia, Burlington Notre Dame-W. Burlington, Centerville, Davis County, Fairfield, Holy Trinity Catholic, Keokuk and Maharishi.
The regionals will be played May 19th beginning at 9 a.m.

Wednesday, the Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association adopted changes for the Traditional State Wrestling Tournament and the State Dual Team Tournament.
The changes place the tournaments back-to-back in Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, and comes with the support of the Wrestling Coaches Advisory Committee, discussions with the IHSAA Representative Council, Board of Control and administrative groups, all supporting a three-day traditional tournament, which will be contested in eight sessions. The change is effective in 2012 with the Dual Team State Meet on February 15 and the Traditional State Tournament, Feb. 16-19.
The Board of Control of the Athletic Association wants to thank the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids where the State Dual Team Wrestling Tournament was since 1994. They were excellent hosts for 17 years and their hospitality was second-to-none.
While the Cellular Center is not available for the 2012 dual team tournament due to renovations, that is not the primary reason for the change. Changing the individual state tournament to a 3-day format allows the state duals to be wrestled on eight mats in Wells Fargo Arena.
A three-day tournament was abandoned when Veterans’ Auditorium started its initial renovation in 2003 and the number of place winners was expanded from six to eight. Due to those factors, the crowds could no longer be adequately accommodated under the three-day state format. Helping facilitate a return to a three-day state tournament are the fact that the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, and the corresponding consolations, will be wrestled on Friday; session starting and ending times have been adjusted; and wrestling will take place on Saturday morning, which was previously the IWCOA coaches’ breakfast and business meeting. Under the new format, wrestlers losing in the quarterfinals will also have the opportunity for more recovery time before their next competition.
Attendance at the traditional State Wrestling Tournament has averaged over 73,000 in the past 12 years and has had 22 straight Saturday night sell-outs. The State Dual Team Tournament, which celebrated its 25th year this season, has averaged nearly 5,200 during the same period.
Time schedules for the traditional state tournament and the state team duals are posted on the IHSAA website. The links to those schedules are:
The new changes also address a concern that teams that qualify for the State Dual Team Tournament will not have wrestlers trying to hold their weight for an 18-day period. By having the qualifying teams in Des Moines on Wednesday, there will be no need for excess travel in returning home to work out wrestlers who did not qualify for the traditional tournament.

Major League Baseball today: American League: Seattle at Detroit, Tampa Bay at Minnesota, Toronto at Texas, Boston at Baltimore, Chicago at New York, Kansas City at Cleveland, Tampa Bay at Minnesota.
National League: San Francisco at Pittsburgh, New York at Washington, St. Louis at Houston, Chicago at Arizona.

The 2011 season at CJ Speedway in Columbus
Junction, Iowa will kick off on Friday, April 29 for the first point
races of the year. Promoters, Brian and Amanda Tipps and Don and
Sharon Wood, have released the upcoming schedule of events for 2011
and the season will see some changes with two new divisions being
added to the program.
Besides the return of the IMCA Stock Cars, Modifieds, and Mod Lites,
the 4 Cylinders will now be sanctioned as IMCA. Also added throughout
different dates this season will be IMCA Type Late Models and USRA/
IMCA type 9 to 1 Hobby Stocks.
Special races scheduled throughout the year will include the Ideal
Ready Mix Sprint Invaders on May 27, the Vintage Club will take to the
track on May 28, July 23 and Aug. 20 and Wapello Auto Parts 3rd Annual
Fire Cracker 25 featuring a 25 lap IMCA Stock Car feature will be held
July 1st. The Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series will return to CJ
Speedway on Thursday, July 28th.

The 2011 Iowa Wesleyan College fundamentals camp will be held June 13th thru the 17th at Howe Activity Center. It’s for boys in grades 5-8. Campers will learn offensive and defensive fundamentals and also play in a number of games as well as contests. The camp is headed up by IWC men’s basketball coach Al Magnani, registration is underway now, if interested call 385-6307 or 986-5482.

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