The Iowa Hawkeyes held their football press day Thursday, coaches and players all are confident that the 2013 season will end up much better than 4-8 like last year. The biggest question mark is at quarterback where they are three good athletes, but none have thrown a pass yet in college football game competition. Two former Mt. Pleasant Panthers figure to play important roles in the Hawkeyes moving the football. Jordon Cotton has been getting national attention for his kick return talents and will be seeing playing time at wide receiver. Henry Krieger-Coble is expected to be one of the Hawks tight ends and also will play on specialty teams. Iowa opens the season at home August 31st at 2:30 p.m. against Northern Illinois, KILJ-FM will once again carry the Hawkeye games.
Mother nature tried to put a damper on the racing action last Friday at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA, but didn’t succeed. At the end of the night’s activities Jeff Waterman ( IMCA Modifieds), and Dustin Griffiths ( IMCA Hobby Stocks) made it two wins in a row at the track, while John Oliver Jr. (Donnellson Tire IMCA Stock Cars), Jim Gillenwater ( IMCA SportMods), and Skipp Dunker (IMCA Sport Compacts) also claimed wins on the night. The Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA will be idle for the next two weeks, Friday, August 9th and 16th, before returning to action on Friday, August 23rd. Which will be KILJ 105.5 FM Season Championship Night, with all five track champions being crowned on the night.
Coming up Tomorrow night at 34 Raceway in Burlington the Late Models will return as well as the IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods and 4 Cylinders. A driver’s on track autograph session will be held during intermission.
The Iowa Wesleyan College Tigers are ranked #7 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Preseason Football Poll. The Tigers, who enter their first season in the UMAC, received 29 points in the coaches’ preseason poll. The College of St. Scholastic is slated as the #1 team in the preseason poll, receiving five first place votes and 76 points in the coaches’ poll.
The Tigers enter the new era of the program, looking to a small but strong core of veterans to lead the team while looking for several newcomers to make an impact early as well.
The strength of the Tigers lies with the receivers. Leading the way is Ridge Hobbs, one of the best wide receivers in school history to put on the purple and white uniform. Hobbs (Sr.-New London, IA) caught 48 passes for 880 yards and 11 touchdowns in 10 games last season. Hobbs is currently #3 all-time at IWC in receiving yards, and needs just 137 yards to move into the #1 slot.
The Tigers will also look for big things from Chase Tackett (Sr.-Camarillo, CA) who caught 19 passes for 223 yards last season for the Tigers. Also returning and looking to play a big role in the passing game for the Tigers is tight end Jake Tolander (Jr.-Winfield, IA). Tolander averaged 14 yards per catch last game in five games.
On the defensive side, the Tigers return just one starter from last year’s team in Sam Balbach (Jr.-McCordsville IN). Balbach recorded 23 tackles and 3 sacks in seven games for the purple and white last season. Also looking to put a stop to the opponents’ offense is converted linebacker Jamarco Clark (Sr.-Pensacola, FL). Clark played tight end for the Tigers last season, but will switch sides of the ball now.
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 www.seirpc.com, 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 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.