Sports, April 15th

High School Track and Field

Central Lee participated in a meet at Burlington over the weekend and the boys’ team finished with 59 points and the girls’ team collected 52 points. On the girls’ side, the Hawks finished in second place in a couple events with the 800 medley relay team finishing with a time of 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Kylie Fortune tied for first in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet and 1 inch and silver in the high jump with a height of 4 feet and 8 inches, while Allison Gruntmeir tied for first with Burlington’s Lilian Mennen with a similar jump of 4 feet and 8 inches. 

On the boys’ side, Grant Myhre raced to a first place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.12 seconds. Myhre also took second in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet and 1 inch. Kegan Damico had a nice meet with second place finishes in the high jump with a height of 6 feet and 2 inches and a 400-meter hurdle time of 1 minute. 

The Fort Madison boys’ and girls’ teams dominated with 132 points and 136 points, respectively. The boys’ won eight events, including sweeping the throwing events and Adam Sobczak taking the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.76 seconds. The girls’ won 10 events with Avery Rump leading the charge in the 1500 and 3000 meter runs. 

The Van Buren County girls’ and boys’ teams and the New London boys’ teams will hit the road to participate in a meet today at Central Lee. 

Danville and Mediapolis competed at the Eastern Iowa Track and Field Festival over the weekend and here’s the highlights. For the Danville girls’ team, Kenna Furnald grabbed the gold in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet and 5 inches. Alaina Gourley took third place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes and 20 seconds and fourth place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.12 seconds. On the boys’ side, the distance medley team of Jaden Bauer, Landon Seibert, Ayden Doyle, and Noah Horn captured third place with a time of 3 minutes and 45 seconds. 

For the Mediapolis boys’ team, Owen Schmidgall, Will Schmidgall, Solomon Zaugg, and Logan Rosas grabbed second place in the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 7 minutes and 59 seconds. 

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ and boys’ teams will host an Invitational today with Mediapolis and Danville bringing both teams and the WACO, Winfield-Mt. Union, West Burlington, and New London girls’ teams making the trip. 

The WACO boys’ team will host a meet tomorrow, April 16th, with Winfield-Mt. Union, New London, Central Lee, and Van Buren County all attending. 

High School Soccer

The WACO boys’ team will hit the road to take on Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union tonight at 5 pm.

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ team will host Washington tomorrow, April 16th.

The Mediapolis boys’ team will travel to Highland tonight at 5 pm, while the girls’ team will take on Keokuk tomorrow at 5 pm.

Mt. Pleasant will face off against Burlington today with the girls’ at home and the boys on the road. 

The Danville boys’ team will host Burlington Notre Dame today at 5 pm.

Central Lee will celebrate their senior night tonight against Wapello with the girls’ playing first at 5 pm. 

High School Tennis

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will host Burlington Notre Dame today and the boys’ team will travel to Keokuk on Thursday, April 18th.  

High School Golf

Winfield-Mt. Union will face off against WACO today at Twin Lakes Golf Course.  

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will host their SEC meet today, while the boys’ travel to Washington.  

New London will take on Danville at home today

Central Lee will travel to Mediapolis today.  

Southeastern Community College

SCC baseball ended the weekend with a three-game sweep of North Iowa Area Community College with game one being a pitching duel and the rest of the weekend slate showing off the bats. Game one saw Maddux Frese go 6.1 innings, picking up four strikeouts in the 1-0 shutout for his fourth win of the season. Carter Gallagher picked up the lone RBI.

Game two saw the Blackhawks soar to a 13-6 win over the Trojans. Michael Farina belted two home runs as he and Kooper Schulte collected three RBIs apiece. Lastly, a five-run 9th inning lifted SCC past the Trojans in game three for an 11-6 win. The Blackhawks had six players swat a home run in game three: Caleb Wulf, Schulte, Sam Skarich, Bandon Vlcko, Abrahan Rios, and Marcus Beatty. The Blackhawks will look to continue their road winning ways today against Ellsworth Community College. 

The SCC softball team split their Saturday doubleheader against Iowa Western Community College, winning game one 2-0 but losing game two 6-5. Araceli Rivas pitched the complete game one-hitter in game one, which included eight strikeouts. Gracie Wilt led the RBI total in game two with two. The Blackhawks will face off against Indian Hills Community College on Wednesday, April 17th, at home in a doubleheader. 

This Day in Sports History

1910 – William Howard Taft is the first US President to throw out the first ball at a baseball game.

1947 – Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in major league baseball.

1997 – Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams.