SPORTS JULY 23, 2013

Written by on July 23, 2013 in Sports

New London improved their record to 31-9 and has advanced onto the Class 1A State Tournament semi finals with a 3-2 win over defending state champion Martensdale St. Marys.  New London jumped to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning, the Blue Devils took charge with 2 runs in the top of the 2nd.  The Tigers then got back in the lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning and hung on for the win with solid pitching and fielding.  Freshman hurler Morgan Christner thrw a 4 hitter and struck out 8 while walking 2.  Sammi Koontz led New London with 2 hits and 2 RBI’s, Christner helped her own cause with an RBI double.

It’s onto the semis now Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. on diamond 2 at Harlan Rogers Field in Ft. Dodge against Newell Fonda a team that has a record of 36-6 after beating Remsen St. Mary’s 14-1 in their 1st round game.  KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the game live.  The Tigers will play Friday in the Class 1A Championship at 10 a.m. if they win and will be in the consolation championship Friday at 9:30 a.m. if they lose.

The semi final will have #1 Akron Westfield against Don Bosco.

Other 1st day 1st round winners- Class 2A were:  Treynor, AGWSR, Ridge View and Durant.

3A 1st round winners:  Sergeant Bluff-Luton and Bondurant Farrar.


The Ft. Madison Bloodhound baseball team is 1 win away from going to state after downing Fairfield 3-1 last night in 3A District final action on the Trojans home field.  F.M. will now play in the substate championship at Ottumwa tomorrow night at 7 p.m. against Chariton who won 4-3 in 10 innings over Centerville.  The winner goes to the State Tournament.

Burlington fell to North Scott in 4A substate semi final play last night 5-2, North Scott will play Davenport North in the final.


The Van Buren Warriors baseball team in Class 1A and the Mediapolis Bulldogs in Class 2A are each one win away from capturing State Baseball Tournament Berths.  Van Buren Saturday night beat IMS 5-2, they now play Preston at Iowa City West at 7 p.m. tonight.

Mediapolis defeated Mid Prairie Saturday night 6-1, the Bulldogs now play Albia at Fairfield tonight at 7 p.m.


Ottumwa softball coach Frank Huston will be awarded the Golden Plaque of Distinction and record-setting stolen base leader Jennifer Jorgensen leads a class of four players headed to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s softball hall of fame.

The coach and players will be honored during this week’s state tournament at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge.

Two former Central College all-American pitchers also will be inducted into the hall of fame. Libby Hysell of Colfax-Mingo and Emily Grimes, who played at Newton and Pella Christian,

Along with Spirit Lake’s Rachel Gerking.


Saturday night July 27 at 34 Raceway is Crazy Coyote Bike Nike with racing action including  Super Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, 4 Cylinders and Mod Lites.  All bikers will be admitted FREE with the agreement they will take a parade lap around the track at intermission on their bikes. (Bikers will need to stop by Crazy Coyote, Burlington, to receive your free admission ticket.


Grab your running shoes and beads and join the party at the 2013 Crooked Creek Days “Mardi Gras” Fun Run at 7:30am on Saturday, August 3.  Events include a 5K Run & Walk and a 1 Mile Run & Walk.


Registration forms are available on the Crooked Creek Days Facebook site, or at Pilot Grove Savings Bank, Peoples State Bank and the Winfield City Office.  Day of registration and check-in begin at 7:00am.  All races will begin at 7:30am followed by an awards ceremony.  The race start and finish will be at the Winfield School.  The awards’ ceremony for overall male and female, and 1st and 2nd place in each age category, will follow.

Entry fees include water, snacks and a t-shirt. Late and day of race registration is $25.00.  Male & female age categories include:  9 and under, 10-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 & over.  Come run your beads off at the scenic course to historic Crooked Creek!




The 2nd annual Mile Mile run is coming up August 3. A straight one mile dirt road course will be used, in case of mud a grass loop run will be held.

The event is located at: 2332   210TH ST. just outside of Mt. Pleasant Ia. And begins at

9:00 AM.  The event is a dirt road straight mile race. All proceeds go to the Mt Pleasant XC team. The race will be from Mile Ave on 210th to Nebraska Ave. It is a hard packed dirt farm field road.

Entry fees are $5 and there will not be any shirts. This is an old school race. Awards will be to male and female winners in Grade school, middle school, high school, college and open divisions.

Contact Lyle Murray 319 850-0867 or with any questions.


The Columbus cross country team will hold two fund-raising runs at Chinkapin Bluffs Recreation Area in August. The first one will be Thursday, August 8, and the second will be Tuesday, August 13. The runs begin at 5:30 p.m. There will be a 3-mile run on the grass trail and a kids’ run on the gravel path. Entry fee is $5, which benefits the Columbus cross country team. Registration will be at 4:30, with the runs starting at 5:30. For more information, contact Steve Riley (319-217-0130).


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 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.

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