Prep Tennis: Burlington’s Bertlshofer Claims SEC Title

Tyce Bertlshofer won the SEC crown, defeating his teammate Rich Bleisener in the finals 6-4, 6-0 at yesterday’s Southeast Conference meet at Dankwardt Park.

Bertlshofer, the top seed in the league, swept his way to the finals before Bleisener took four games in the championship.

Mount Pleasant was led in singles play by Tim Cam, who finished in fourth.

Cam opened his day with a tiebreaker win, before being beaten by Bertlshofer in the semifinals.

He then suffered a 9-7 loss in the 3rd place match to Ivan Lopez of Keokuk.

6th seeded Elliot Cook ended in 5th place, earning consolation championship. Cook took down Keokuk’s Brenton Worster in the 5th place scrap.

In doubles action, Fairfield’s group of Jace Hannes and Garrett Flanagan were champs — besting Mount Pleasant’s tandem of Owen Vansickel and Jake Ensminger, 6-1, 6-4 in the championship.

Levi Graber and Lincoln Henriksen, both of Mount Pleasant took home the consolation championship. They won 8-3.

Mount Pleasant will play in a 1A preliminary substate dual on Friday against Maharishi, while Burlington will travel to Ottumwa for a Class 2A substate semifinal.

College Baseball: Bonner, Cordero Named to the CAC All-Tournament Team

Iowa Wesleyan’s Sage Bonner and Cristian Cordero have both been named to Continental Athletic Conference All-Tournament team, the league announced.

Bonner went 5-for-12 with three doubles, two runs and a stolen base.

Cordero racked up five hits — including two doubles — driving in three and scoring three runs of his own.

Top-seeded Georgia Gwinnett College captured the inaugural Continental Athletic Conference Baseball Championship with a 5-2 victory against Fisher College (Massachusetts).

Georgia Gwinnett and Fisher will now represent the CAC in the Opening Round of the NAIA national championship tournament, May 16-19.

The tournament field will be announced by the NAIA national office Thursday, May 12, at 4 p.m. central.

NFL: Linderbaum Adjusting to Life in the NFL

Former Iowa star Tyler Linderbaum got on the field for the first time in Baltimore at the Ravens’ mini-camp. The All-American center was taken in the first round by the Ravens and is now learning a new system.

At the end of the day, football is football. We run similar stuff, but it’s just a lot different verbiage. But also we are running only 10% of the plays we’ll run in season, so there’s a lot more to learn” Linderbaum said.

Linderbaum was the 25th overall pick in the first round of last month’s draft.

Baltimore finished last season 8-9, but star quarterback Lamar Jackson missed the final portion of the team’s regular season.

Spring Sports: Postseason Ramps Up Today

We continue galloping towards the postseason and today will be a big day for that.

On the links, the Southeast Conference girls’ golf meet will commence at Flint Hills Golf Course in Burlington.

The Mount Pleasant boys’ golf team will travel to Sheaffer Memorial Golf Course in Fort Madison for sectional play.

Competing there will be Clear Creek-Amana, Fairfield, Keokuk, Mount Pleasant, Solon, Washington and West Burlington-Notre Dame.

On the hardcourt, Martha Peterson and the Mount Pleasant girls’ tennis team will compete in regional play.

The Panthers will travel Fairfield, where they’ll hook up in singles and doubles play with Assumption, Centerville, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Maharishi and West Burlington-Notre Dame.