SPORTS JULY 24, 2013

Written by on July 24, 2013 in Sports

Van Buren High School won their substate championship baseball game last night 5-0 over Preston, that qualifies the Warriors for the State Baseball Championships at Principal Park in Des Moines. Van Buren 24-5 will play Don Bosco 28-6 at 8 p.m. Saturday night in the 1st round.  Thomas Fitzsimmons was the winning pitcher throwing a 2 hitter.  Will Mertens, Noah Whitten and Robert Barker were the leading hitters with 2 hits each.  Tyson Sprouse and Robert Barker each had 2 RBI’s.

Other 1A qualifiers are:  Mason City Newman, Woodbury Central, Twin Cedars, Martensdale St. Mary’s, Van Meter and Remsen St. Mary’s.


Mediapolis fell in their Class 2A substate baseball final against Albia last night by a score of 4-1.  The Bulldogs end the year with a record of 17-9.  Jordon Wagenbach was the losing pitcher,  he and Josh Osborne led the hitting with 2 hits each.

Albia will advance to the State Championships and will open play against North Polk on Monday at 8 p.m.

Other 2A qualifiers areL  Dyersville Beckman, Waterloo Columbus, Mt. Vernon, Roland Story, Carroll Kuemper and Spirit Lake.


New London softball fans have until 4 p.m. today to sign up for the pep bus going to the Tigers state semi final game in Ft. Dodge tomorrow.  Bus leaves at 5 a.m.  Cost is $5.  Call the New London school office at 367-0512.


New London 31-9 and has advanced onto the Class 1A State Tournament semi finals tomorrow 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. 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 other semi final will have #1 Akron Westfield against Don Bosco.


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


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.


Since the scheduled demolition derby during the Van Buren County Fair (last Sunday night) was cancelled due to rain, the fair board has rescheduled it for this coming Saturday night, July 27, 2013. Van Buren County Fair Demolition Derby is rescheduled for Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 6 pm. Driver sign in & inspection will be 3-5 pm.  Grandstand admission is adults, $10; Child 5-12 yrs., $5; and child under 5 yrs of age, free.  Previously issued sponsor tickets (also the tickets you gave away) will be honored.        


The hot and humid temperatures, plus the lightning in the area, didn’t slow down the action at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA. this past Friday.  At the end of the evening Jeff Waterman in the IMCA,  and Brandon Reu  claimed their first wins of the season at the track, while Jason Cook IMCA Stock Cars, Tony Dunker IMCA SportMods, and Dustin Griffiths IMCA Hobby Stocks picked up wins in their respective classes.

Coming up this Friday night at the Lee County Speedway will be Hy-Vee of Fort Madison and Keokuk, and Miller Lite Night at the track. The 305 Sprints will make their final appearance of the season at the track, with a draw/redraw event. Also in action will be the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks, and  IMCA Sport Compacts as they continue their close points battles.

Gates will open at 5:30 pm, hot laps at 7:00 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be adults $10, seniors $9, students 7-17 $5, and kids 6 & under FREE! Pit passes will be $25, ages 7-13 $15, and ages 6 & under $10.

For more information about the event or any event at the Lee County Speedway can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the tracks website at



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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