Sports, April 25th

High School Track and Field

The Central Lee girls’ team will compete today at Wapello. 

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ and girls’ teams will participate in a meet today at Pella.

The WACO boys’ and girls’ teams will host the Ekstrand Relays tonight with Danville, Mediapolis, Winfield-Mt. Union, New London, and the Central Lee boys’ team all attending. 

The Van Buren County girls’ and boys’ teams will travel to Cardinal tomorrow, April 26th, for a meet. 

Drake Relays

High school competition for the 114th running of the Drake Relays begins today and runs through Saturday, April 27th. Here’s a look at our local athletes competing today. 

Solomon Zaugg of Mediapolis will compete in the 3200 meter run and the trio of Avin Truong of Mt. Pleasant, Winfield-Mt. Union’s Cam Buffington, and Keshawn Wyldon of Burlington will battle it out in the long jump. Lastly, Kylee Hill of Burlington will toss the shot put.

High School Soccer

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team will travel to Hillcrest Academy tomorrow, April 26th, while the girls’ team will face off against Pella Christian on Saturday, April 27th, at 10 am on the road. 

Mediapolis will face off against Central Lee tonight at home with the girls playing first at 5 pm.

The WACO boys’ team will travel to Wapello tomorrow. 

Mt. Pleasant will compete against Washington tonight with the girls’ team traveling to Washington and the boys’ team hosting the Demons.

The Danville boys’ team will host Wapello tonight.

High School Tennis

Mt. Pleasant will take on Fairfield tonight with the boys on the road and the girls at home.

High School Golf

Winfield-Mt. Union will host Lone Tree today. 

WACO will travel to Wapello for a meet today.

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will participate in the Mohawk Classic today while the girls’ team will host their invitational tomorrow, April 26th.

Central Lee will host WACO tomorrow. 

Mediapolis will hit the road to take on Holy Trinity Catholic tomorrow. 

College Signing

Rellana Van Duren is the newest Panther to sign-on to dance at the collegiate level as she will take her talents to Iowa Central Community College. The senior visited just one school while shopping her college choices and immediately fell in love with that first choice,

“I first went to the ISDTA combine and a lot of colleges there. I definitely was looking at like a lot of options that pretty much every college for dance team in Iowa was there. And Iowa Central really stuck out to me because they just so kind and like they were very enthusiastic, they really like acted like they cared about dance. And I had no idea what Iowa Central was previously before going to that combine, but after that I was like, I gotta go and do a visit there. And I went, the campus was absolutely beautiful and I didn’t do any other college visits after that. I went back and watched a practice like a month or two ago and it was really lovely. And so, I just decided that I was going to go there.”

Van Duren will join another successful program as the Iowa Central Dance Team captured their 11th consecutive state championship in pom last December. She will be studying Psychology. 

Southeast Iowa Playbook

New London was our school of focus for last night’s episode with a feature on two seniors of the Girls’ Golf program, Taylor Phillips and Sophie Malott. Phillips discussed how she attempts to keep a cool head on the course. Malott talked about the feeling of being a part of the Tiger legacy.

New episodes will be on Wednesdays at 6 pm during the school year on KILJ 105.5 FM and You can follow this link to listen to last night’s episode: Southeast Iowa Playbook

Southeastern Community College

SCC baseball is on a three-game skid after losing both games of their doubleheader against Kirkwood Community College yesterday 5-2 and 5-4. The Blackhawks will host Iowa Central Community College on Saturday, April 27th, for a doubleheader.

The SCC softball team had their doubleheader against Carl Sandburg Community College canceled yesterday. The Blackhawks will travel to Southwestern Community College on Saturday for a doubleheader.

This Day in Sports History

1950 – Chuck Cooper becomes the first African American to be drafted into the NBA (for Boston Celtics).

1974 – The NFL moves the goalposts and adopts a sudden-death playoff.

1978 – Phillie Phanatic makes first appearance.