Sports, April 18th

High School Track and Field

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will travel to Washington today with Mediapolis also in attendance. The boys’ team will travel for the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Ike Ryan Relays today with Mediapolis participating. 

The track meet held at Louisa-Muscatine today has been postponed.

The Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ and boys’ teams will host their senior night meet today with Danville, New London, West Burlington, and WACO bringing both teams. 

High School Soccer

The WACO boys’ team will host Highland tonight.

Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union versus Central Lee scheduled for tonight has been postponed. A makeup date has not been announced yet. 

The Mediapolis boys’ team will take on WACO on April 23rd at 5 pm, while the girls’ team will compete against West Branch tonight at 5 pm. 

Mt. Pleasant had their matchups against Fort Madison tonight postponed due to weather. The games will be made up on April 30th with the boys on the road and the girls at home.

The Danville boys’ team will travel to take on Hillcrest Academy tonight. 

High School Tennis

Mt. Pleasant’s competition against Keokuk today has been postponed. The matches will be made up on April 30th with the girls’ team at home, while the boys’ team will be on the road. 

High School Golf

The Wapello boys’ and girls’ teams hosted an invitational yesterday and the Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team came out on top with a team score of 348 as Hillcrest Academy took second place with a team score of 357, while Highland persevered on the girls’ side with a team score of 400 followed by Louisa-Muscatine with a team score of 423.

On the boys’ side, the Ravens touted the top golfer in Rowan Miller with an impressive 18-hole score of 75 (+3). Nevertheless, the Wolves had five golfers finish in the top eight with Carter Loyd (+11) and Justin Knipfer (+14) finishing as the second and third best golfers of the day, respectively. Danville shot a 427 as Alex Holtkamp led the way for the Bears as he shot a 95.

The Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ team’s score of 515 placed the Wolves in fourth place with Lily Freeman finishing with the seventh best score of the day at 105 (+32). Burlington Notre Dame did not have a complete team score, but Emersyn Hopkins had a nice round of golf with a score of 105, which placed her in fifth individually.

Winfield-Mt. Union’s meet against Louisa-Muscatine has been rescheduled to April 29th.

The WACO boys’ and girls’ teams’ meet against Columbus tonight has been canceled. 

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will travel to participate in a tournament today at Edmundson Golf Course, while the boys’ team will head to Fairfield tomorrow, April 19th, for a makeup meet. 

New London and Central Lee’s meet scheduled for tonight has been postponed. A makeup date has not been announced yet. 

Mediapolis will take on Holy Trinity Catholic on April 26th after their meet tonight was postponed.

Southeast Iowa Playbook

Mt. Pleasant was the school of focus for last night’s episode and our special guests were Ellie Situmeang of girls’ Tennis and Avin Truong of boys’ Track and Field. Ellie believes that the team has fallen right into place and that’s hard to argue as the Panthers tout a 5-1 record.

“The team has been really good. I think having Jana here pushing us down a level has kept us in a spot where we can actually be competitive. Last year, everyone who was the top of our team graduated and everyone who was the top of all the other teams was still there. So, it was a rough season for us, but everyone is now, I think, in the right spot and we’ve all been really determined and we’ve just gotten through.”

Avin’s motivation lies outside of just having success at the high school level, so he’s setting his aspirations high,

“Yeah, I definitely have bigger goals beyond just high school track. And so, I think that’s what keeps me motivated. Coach Striegel and I talk about it all the time like, we can’t set goals because like you only live up to that goal. We have to set like landmarks that we build to and then build past. And then we always talk about like World Championships, how they hold up a flag whenever they win and stuff like that. So like that’s, like, where I want to be.”

New episodes premiere on Wednesdays during the school year at 6 pm on KILJ 105.5 FM and If you missed last night’s episode follow this link to our archive: Southeast Iowa Playbook

Southeastern Community College

SCC baseball will host Des Moines Area Community College tomorrow, April 19th.

The SCC softball team had their doubleheader against Indian Hills Community College moved to tomorrow.

This Day in Sports History

1964 – LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax strikes out the side on 9 pitches, for a major league best third time in his career. One of three to have ever pitched an Immaculate Inning three times.

1966 – Bill Russell becomes the first African American coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics).

1987 – Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save an unconscious skydiver near Coolidge, Arizona.