New London moved one step closer to qualifying for the State Summer Softball Championships by winning their Regional semi final game Friday night over Waco 11-0 at Danville. Morgan Christner pitched her 5th no hitter of the season to lead the Tigers defensively. She struck out 12 Waco batters on the way to her 28th victory of the season. Leading the Tiger hitting were: Tammy Koontz and Emily Parks who each had 2 hits. Waco ends the year with a record of 9 wins and 20 losses. New London improves to 29 and 9 and will play Monday at Pella Christian against 7th ranked Earlham who was a winner 11-1 over Twin Cedars in the other semi. KILJ-FM and kilj.com will carry Monday’s game live beginning at 7 p.m. The winner advances onto the State Softball Championships in Ft. Dodge the last week of the month.
In Class 2A Regional play Highland defeated West Branch 10-2, Highland plays in the Regional final Monday night at Iowa City West Against Iowa City Regina.
Class 3A Regional action had West Burlington-Notre Dame beat Central Lee 7-0, they now play in the Regional final at Ottumwa Monday against Osceola Clarke.
Fairfield tonight will play in the Class 4A softball Regional semi finals at Oskaloosa at 7 p.m.
Pella beat Knoxville 4-1 and will play at Winterset in the other 4A Regional semi final.
Keokuk beat Ft. Madison in another 4A regional opener 7-5, the Lady Chiefs will now play at Washington against the Demons Saturday night.
The Iowa High School Athletic Association has baseball tournament action for class 1A and 2A teams beginning tonight. The tournament opens for class 1A with Notre Dame playing Holy Trinity Catholic at Danville at 7 p.m. tonight. The winner plays Van Buren at Danville on July 16th. Winfield Mt. Union/Waco plays Danville on the Bears home field July 16th at 7 p.m. with the winner playing on July 18th. New London plays IMS at Highland at 5 p.m. on July 16th.
Class 2A has Mid Prairie playing Central Lee at Wapello on July 13th at 5 p.m. then at 7 p.m. West Burlington plays Columbus Community at that site. The winners advance on to July 16th to face Wapello and Mediapolis who had first round byes.
Coming up this tonight at 34 Raceway, is the event late model fans have been waiting for when the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour makes its only Iowa stop at 34 Raceway. $10,000 is up for grabs with the best in late model racing taking on the challenge. As of July 5, Brandon Sheppard leads the point race for the UMP series followed by Bobby Pierce, Ryan Unzicker and Shannon Babb. Among area racers scheduled to compete include Chad Simpson, Chris Simpson, Brian Birkhofer, Mark Burgtorf, and many others. Also scheduled will be the IMCA Sport Mods, 4 Cylinders and back for the second time this year 4 Wheelers and Pit Bikes.
The New London Black & Gold Backers 4 person best shot tourney is Sat July 13 @ 9 am. Prizes, silent auction and beef brisket meal provided by Phillips Automotive. Hole-in-one contest first round on hole #2 for $10,000 sponsored by Shottenkirk Mt. Pleasant. Call Deerwood Golf Course to sign up @ 367-5216.
Top qualifying NJCAA Division I Men’s Golf student-athletes from across the nation will be rolling into Burlington’s Spirit Hollow Golf Course to participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men’s Golf National Tournament May 13-16, 2014. More than 20 teams from community colleges across the nation will compete for team and individual titles.
The tournament travels across the country with colleges and golf courses vying to host the event every year. Southeastern Community College and Spirit Hollow Golf bid to host the tournament to the NJCAA in October, 2013 and were selected to host this prestigious event in 2014.
Spirit Hollow will host a Fall Championship Preview tournament in October at Spirit Hollow and a District Qualifier tournament in April, 2014.
The Mt. Pleasant Hot Stix 12 and under softball team is headed to the Northern National 12 and under ASA softball tournament in Bloomington, Indiana July 25th thru 28th. The Hot Stix finished as the champions in the 12 and under Class “B” state tournament recently to qualify for the nationals. They are currently conducting a fund raising campaign to help finance the trip to Indiana, team representatives will be contacting local businesses and individuals to donate.
Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the Mt. Pleasant Banquet on Thursday, September 19, at Manning Hall, 601 So. Jackson Street, Mt. Pleasant. This special event will feature a two-meat dinner, auction, and prizes with a wide array of products such as firearms, outfitter packages, hunting and outdoor related equipment, artwork, and collectibles only available at WTU events. Proceeds from this fundraising event will go toward projects that uphold WTU’s mission.
The social hour begins at 5:15 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 each, or $20 for a spouse or child. Ticket order deadline is August 29, and tickets will not be sold at the door.
To order tickets locally, call Dan Cook at 319-931-0093 or WTU National Headquarters at 800-274-5471, or go online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com. You may also call, Scott Martin at 319-850-1397, Joe Ruby at 319-931-3341, Randy White at 319-986-6996, or Benny Lee at 573-308-5485.