Written by on August 2, 2013 in Sports

Van Buren is one win away from grabbing a state title, they clobbered Van Meter Thursday afternoon at Principal Park in Des Moines 14-4 in the Class 1A semi final game at the State Baseball championships.  The Warriors scored their 14 runs off 10 hits and were assisted by 8 Van Meter errors. Van Buren is unranked coming into the tournament and making their first ever state tournament appearance, their championship game opponent is Mason City Newman at noon Saturday, Newman blanked Twin Cedars 3-0 in the semis.

Class 2A semi final results saw Dyersville Beckman whip Roland Story 13-2, North Polk edged Carroll Kuemper Catholic 6-2.  The 2A Championship is at 2 p.m. Saturday.  Today the 3A and 4A semis will be played.


The Iowa Girls Coaches Association has named the all district teams for softball.  Sammi Goble of the Mt. Pleasant Panthers was named all district in Class 4A.  Class 1A all district selections included Morgan Christner, Emily Parks and Caitlin Chiri of New London.


Waco plays Winfield Mt. Union in football tonight!  No it’s not the opening of the 2013 high school football season, it’s the Waco at Winfield Mt. Union alumni game.  At 7 p.m. tonight on the WMU High School football field it will be a blast from the past.  Former Waco and WMU athletes will once again suit up and play a rockem sockem game of football.  There will be cheerleaders, coaches, officials and word has it lots of ice standing by for the players to use after the game. 


There is going to be a benefit volleyball game tonight 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.


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.


After Mother Nature forced the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA to cancel last weeks racing action, the track looks to get back to action tonight. This will be the final week for drivers to gain valuable points before season championship night, as the track will take Friday, August 9th and 16th off.  All five weekly classes have close points battles going to see who will be crowned 2013 champions. In action this week will be the IMCA Modifieds, Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods,  IMCA Hobby Stocks, and  Sport Compacts. The  IMCA Hobby Stocks will use a draw / redraw format for this weeks racing action. Remember there are no entry fees or track registration fees required to race. Gates will open at 5:30 pm, hot laps at 7:00 pm, and racing at 7:30 pm. For more information about this event or any event at the Lee County Speedway visit the tracks website at


Crazy Coyote Bike Night Saturday at 34 Raceway drew another good turnout of cars ready to take to the track. Bikers were allowed to take a few laps around the track and Young House Family Services, Burlington, also benefited from the night at races. Four of the six classes of action saw four racers getting their first wins of the 2013 season at 34 Raceway and two drivers would make return trips.

Dennis Woodworth, Quincy, Il. ( late models), Dennis LaVeine, Burlington (IMCA Modifides), Shon Sanders,  East Moline, Il. (mod lites) and Wayne Noble, Wapello (4 cylinders) all got wins for the first time this season while Tony Dunker, Quincy, Il. (IMCA Modifides) and Tom Bowling, Danville (IMCA Stock Cars) both returned to victory lane. 

Coming up this week, Saturday, August 3 is Scout Night at the races with all scouts & 1 parent admitted FREE into the grandstands. And for the kids there will be a Candy Dash!!!.  305 Sprints, IMCA Modifides, Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, 4 Cylinders and Mod Lites will all be in action.


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).



Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission is holding its annual golf outing (four person best shot) as a fundraiser for the Great River Housing Trust Fund. This event will be held at Flint Hills Municipal Golf Course in Burlington on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 with Registration and Buffet lunch at 11:00 am, and Tee Off at 12:15 p.m. The Cost is $50 per golfer and includes: Buffet Lunch, 18 holes of golf and cart; awards for top teams, and chances to bid on silent auction items. The Great River Housing Trust Fund promotes affordable housing in Southeast Iowa through owner-occupied rehabilitation, first time home buyer assistance, and development partnerships. The registration form is available online at, or by contacting Debbie Laughlin 319-753-4305.


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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