New London dropped their championship game 5-4 to #1 ranked Akron Westfield Friday at Harlan Rogers sports complex in Ft. Dodge. The game was filled with errors by both teams, first by Akron Westfield they committed 7 and that allowed New London to score their 4 runs in the 2nd inning to take a 4-0 lead. New London committed 4 errors throughout the game that helped the Westerners score 1 run in the 5th 3 in the 6th to tie the game and then 1 in the top of the seventh to grab the lead. New London ended the game in the bottom of the 7th with runners at 2nd and 3rd but a strike out ended their dream of going into the State Tourney as the 10th ranked team and coming out as #1. Morgan Christner suffered the loss pitching for N.L. Hitting was led by Sammi Koontz, Victoria Noel and Emma Pry who all hit safely.
New London ends the season with a 31-10 record and loses only 1 senior to graduation, that being 2nd baseman Caitlin Chiri. Emily Parks and Morgan Christner were named to the all tournament team.
Durant won the 2A title, Bondurant Farrar won 3A, Dallas Center Grimes won 4A and West Des Moines Dowling won the 5A class.
Van Buren High School has qualified 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. tonight in the 1st round.
Other 1A qualifiers are: Twin Cedars beat Martensdale St. Mary’s 4-1 in 9 innings Friday night in 1st round action. Mason City Newman beat Woodbury Central in another Friday night game 11-6.
The Southeast Iowa Super Conference named their all conference baseball teams, Matayo Christianer of New London was named 1st team all conference for the South Division. Quincy Porter, Tyler Shinkle and Devon Smith were 2nd team for the Tigers. Honorable mention honors went to Cameron Watson and Jayden Flowers.
The Southeast Conference named their all conference baseball team. Mt. Pleasant High School players named 1st team are: Dustin Amos, Tyler Pace, Carson Remick and Austin Smith. 2nd team players: Connor Shull, Colton Schinstock, Justin Dilks and Alex O’Donnell. Honorable mention honors went to: Jacob Dilks and Tony Cristoforo.
All Academic selections were: Trey Magnani, Tyler Pace, Carson Remick and Colton Schinstock.
Van Buren County Fair Demolition Derby is rescheduled for tonight 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.
Tonight 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.)
On Friday August 2nd there is going to be a benefit volleyball game in the New London High School gym to raise funds for a former Tiger player who is battling cancer. Sarah Staebell who graduated in 1992 is the former player being helped in her battle with colon cancer. Food, social hour and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. A volleyball match featuring former players will begin at 7 p.m. Kevin Geary who was Sarah’s head coach will be coaching the match.