Sports, October 2nd

High School Football

Mt. Pleasant will stay on the road to take on Keokuk this Friday, October 6th, at 7:30 pm. KILJ will be on the call with the pregame show at 7:15 pm. The Panthers are excited for the challenge ahead of them this week.

In other Class 3A District 4 matchups, Washington will host Assumption and Fort Madison will wrestle with Mt. Vernon at home.

Fairfield will attempt to bounce back this Friday against South Tama in a road matchup.

Mediapolis will host Davis County this Friday.

Columbus will hit the road to take on Van Buren County this Friday. 

Central Lee will take on Mid-Prairie at 7:30 pm for their Homecoming game.

Danville will host Lisbon this Friday in an attempt to extend their win streak to four games. 

#10 WACO will face off against English Valleys at 7 pm in a home game.

New London will compete against Moravia at 7 pm.

#1 Winfield-Mt. Union will be at home to face off against Mormon Trail this Friday.

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant will be competing in the first round of the Southeast Conference Tournament tomorrow, October 3rd, at Fort Madison.

New London hosted their own tournament over the weekend with Winfield-Mt. Union, English Valleys, Louisa-Muscatine, and the Tigers competing in one pool; Burlington Notre Dame, #8 Mid-Prairie, Van Buren County, and #15 West Burlington facing off in the other pool. 

New London, Winfield-Mt. Union, and English Valleys all picked up wins against Louisa-Muscatine; however, these three proved to be evenly matched. Winfield-Mt. Union picked up a win after narrowly defeating English Valleys in the third set 15-12. New London fell to English Valleys after dropping the final two sets 21-12 and 15-6. Nevertheless, New London would force a tiebreaker after taking down the Wolves two sets to one by scores of 21-19, 9-21, and 15-9. The tiebreaker would not be enough for the Tigers as Winfield-Mt. Union won the pool and English Valleys moved on to the semifinals.

West Burlington went undefeated in pool play as the Falcons did not drop a set against Van Buren County, Burlington Notre Dame, or Mid-Prairie. The Golden Hawks were able to move on with sweeps over the Nikes and Warriors to finish with a 2-1 record. 

In the semifinals, West Burlington bounced English Valleys in straight sets. Winfield-Mt. Union battled with Mid-Prairie, but the Golden Hawks would move on, winning 21-19 and 21-7. Audrie Gipple tallied 19 kills, Aurie Meeker had 22 assists and seven aces, Jessi Renken notched 21 assists, and Pacey Schlee was efficient from the service line with eight aces for the Wolves. 

In the championship game, Mid-Prairie was ready and downed the Falcons in a thrilling two sets to one win. Harper Pacha led the Golden Hawks with 17 kills. 

New London will be on the road tonight to face off against Cardinal.

West Burlington will host Burlington Notre Dame tomorrow.

WACO will travel to take on Winfield-Mt. Union tomorrow at 7:30 pm.

Van Buren County will take on Mediapolis tomorrow.

#3 Holy Trinity Catholic will stay on the road to face off against Central Lee tomorrow.

Danville will face off against Lone Tree tonight.

Cross Country

Mt. Pleasant, Mediapolis, and Danville will compete in a meet today hosted by Hillcrest Academy. 

The Southeast Iowa Super Conference (SEISC) meet will be run on October 5th. 

College Football

The University of Iowa battled back in the second half, scoring 16 unanswered points to defeat Michigan State 26-16 for their first Big Ten win of the season. Erick All caught four passes for 67 yards and a score in the winning effort. The biggest takeaway of the game for the Hawkeyes, was a left leg injury suffered by starting quarterback Cade McNamara, who did not return. The Hawkeyes will celebrate Homecoming this Saturday, October 7th, against Purdue. 

Iowa State University could not keep up with #12 Oklahoma’s fast-paced offense as the Cyclones fell 50-20. Rocco Becht threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Iowa State University will take on TCU in a home game this Saturday.

For the Hawkeye broadcast, tune into KILJ 105.5 FM and the Cyclone broadcast will be on 98.5 FM and AM 1130. 

This Day in Sports History

1920 – The Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates play the only true triple header in MLB history and the first of the 20th century. The Reds win the first two games, 13-4 and 7-3; but, the Pirates avoid the sweep in the finale, 6-0.

1994 – Head coach Don Shula led Miami past Cincinnati for a 23-7 Dolphin victory. The win came against Bengals Head Coach head coach, his son, David Shula in the first-ever NFL meeting between father and son.

2016 – Veteran broadcaster Vin Scully calls his final Los Angeles Dodgers game (7-1 loss in San Francisco) after a record 67 MLB seasons.