Sports, April 23th

High School Track and Field

The Mt. Pleasant and Central Lee boys’ and girls’ teams will travel to Fort Madison High School for a meet today for the Keokuk Invitational.

The Winfield-Mt. Union, WACO, and Van Buren County boys’ and girls’ teams will travel to Sigourney for a meet today.

The New London boys’ and girls’ teams will host a meet tonight with Danville, Mediapolis, and West Burlington attending. 

Drake Relays

High school competition for the 114th running of the Drake Relays begins on Thursday, April 25th, and runs through Saturday, April 27th. Here’s a look at our local athletes making the trip to Des Moines.  

Mt. Pleasant will have three entries with the girls’ running the 4×100 and the 4×200 meter relays and Avin Truong competing in the long jump. Winfield-Mt. Union’s Cam Buffington will provide a bit of a southeast Iowa rivalry as he will also be participating in the long jump along with Keshawn Wyldon of Burlington.

Keeping with Burlington: Mylee Stiefel will run the 100-meter dash, Kylee Hill will throw the shot put, and the girls’ and boy’s teams will have a 4×100 meter relay. West Burlington’s Landry Haberichter will sprint in the 100-meter dash.

Mediapolis will be touting five entries with Logan Rosas running in the 800-meter. Solomon Zaugg pacing himself in the 3200-meter run, and teams in the distance medley, the 4×800, and 4×100 meter relays. 

Lastly, Danville will have a girls’ 4×100 meter relay team, a boys’ 4×100 meter relay team, and Kenna Furnald compete in the girls long jump. 

High School Soccer

The WACO boys’ team thumped Sigourney-Keota last night 7-0. 

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ team fell to Burlington Notre Dame last night 8-1. Lecet Quiroz scored the lone goal for the Wildcats, while Aviana West tallied a hat trick and then some, finishing with five goals on the night. Julianna Hill totaled four assists. 

The Nikes appeared poised to sweep the night after taking a 2 to 0 lead into halftime, but the Wildcats, led by Fernando Erazo and Sachiel Vilagrana each scoring two goals, stumped Notre Dame 4-2 for their first win of the season. Seena Nowroozi and Bobby Wildrick each scored a goal for the Nikes. The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team will travel to Hillcrest Academy on Friday, April 26th, while the girls’ team will face off against Pella Christian on Saturday, April 27th, at 10 am on the road. 

The Mediapolis boys’ team will take on WACO at 5 pm, while the girls’ team will take on Burlington at 5 pm tonight.

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team rode the momentum of a five-goal first half to beat Fairfield at home handily 7-0. The boys’ team lost to the Trojans 2-0. The boys’ team will host Keokuk tonight, while the girls’ team will travel to Washington for their next matchup on Thursday, April 25th. 

The Central Lee boys’ team shut down Highland last night 3-0 for their second win of the season. Dante Merschman, Landon Crank, and Ayden Kent each netted a goal for the Hawks. The Central Lee girls’ team will host Albia tonight, while the boys’ team will take on Mediapolis on Thursday at 7 pm at home. 

The Danville boys’ team will host Wapello on Thursday.

High School Tennis

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team hosted Fort Madison last night and swept the Bloodhounds 9-0. Sawyer Fulton dominated in his singles match, winning 8-1. Phoenix Watson took down Aiden Benda 8-2, while Gavin Ross and Lou Schimmelpfennig each won their match 8-3. Doubles provided a bit more competition as Watson and Schimmelpfennig won their match 8-5 and Fulton and Dane Cook took their matchup 8-6. Ross and Zach Johnson cruised to a 8-0 sweep.

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team traveled down to Fort Madison and experienced the same success, blanking the Bloodhounds 9-0. Jana Isanta and Bethany Drury each won their singles match 8-0, while the team of Isanta and Ellie Situmeang blanked their doubles competition 8-0. Mary Kate Peterson and Victoria Smith battled back twice in their doubles match. The duo forced a tiebreaker after trailing 4 to 7 and eventually came up with the win after scoring six straight points in the tiebreaker after falling behind 1 to 5 to win 9-8. Audrey Richmond had her own adversity, winning her singles match 9-7. 

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will travel to Maharishi today, while the boys’ team will host Davis County. 

High School Golf

The Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team lost to Hillcrest Academy yesterday 180 to 197. Carter Loyd finished with a 9-hole score of 44 (+8), which tied for the second lowest score of the course. On the girls’ side, the Wolves picked up the victory in a close matchup, 252 to 257. Brynn Pogmore had the second best score on the course with a 55. The Wolves will host Lone Tree on Thursday, April 25th. 

The WACO girls’ team could not keep up with Louisa-Muscatine last night, losing 195 to 306. Morgan Meyer shot a 66 for the Warriors. The WACO boys’ team won via forfeit as the Warriors finished with a team score of 250. John McLaughlin led the team with a 9-hole score of 59. The Warriors will travel to Sheaffer Memorial Golf Park today to face off against Holy Trinity Catholic. 

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team hosted the other SEC teams yesterday and finished in second place with a team score of 350, trailing Washington with a team score of 296. For the Demons, Roman Roth had a phenomenal 18 holes, shooting 5-under par (67). 

Mt. Pleasant was led by Nate Dismang’s 18-hole score of 84 and Reece Coffman’s 14-over par. The Panthers will travel to Edmundson Golf Course today for a tournament. 

The Central Lee boys’ team defeated Danville 167 to 202 yesterday behind Caleb Larson’s 9-hole score of 39 and Mylan Lowenberg following close behind with a score of 40. The girls’ team for the Hawks was led by Marie Young as she shot a 61. The Central Lee girls’ team will compete today in a triangular at Fort Madison. 

Mediapolis swept Burlington Notre Dame yesterday with the boys’ winning 171 to 201 and the girls taking the meet 271-296. The Bulldogs will travel to Van Buren County today. 

Southeastern Community College

SCC baseball will travel to face off against Kirkwood Community College tomorrow, April 24th, in a doubleheader.

The SCC softball team won a thriller against Indian Hills Community College yesterday 7-6. The Blackhawks will travel to Carl Sandburg College tomorrow for a doubleheader. 

This Day in Sports History

1869 – First professional baseball exhibition game: Cincinnati Red Stockings 24, Cincinnati Amateurs 15.

1954 – Hammerin’ Hank Aaron hits first of his 755 homers.

1964 – Houston Colt .45s Ken Johnson becomes the first and only major league pitcher to lose a 9 inning no-hitter, Reds win 1-0.