High School Track and Field
The Danville girls team won the B Division of the Ekstrand Relays with WACO claiming 5th place, Winfield-Mt. Union taking 6th place, and New London finishing in 7th place. For Danville, Alaina Gourley won the 400 meter dash with a time of 1 minute and 1 second. Alexis Dietsch took the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1 minute and 13 seconds. The team of Kamryn Sherwood, Jaeda Molle, Miya Orbiana, and Gourley won the 4×800 meter relay and Macie Wagner replaced Gourley to help win the 4×400 meter relay.
The top finishers for WACO was Elyssa Graber in 3rd place in the 800 meter run and Zoey Dennler in the 400 meter hurdles. The team of McKenzie Vradenburg, Halle Shelman, Dennler, and Graber won the distance medley.
Keetyn Townsley won the 100 meter hurdles for Winfield-Mt. Union and the team of Josie Nelson, Keyreana Sharar, Tessa Huston, and Townsley took the 4×100 meter shuttle hurdle.
WACO won the B Division for the boys side with 164 points, Winfield-Mt. Union grabbed 2nd place, New London took 3rd, and Danville finished in 4th place. Simeon Reichenbach won the 100 meter dash and the 110 meter hurdles for the Warriors. WACO won the 4×100 meter relay, the 4×200 meter relay, and the 4×110 meter shuttle hurdle. Mason Miller took the high jump with a leap of 6 feet 1 inch. Reichenbach leaped 19 feet 1.5 inches to win the long jump. Lastly, Oleh Shtefanchuk threw the discus 143 feet 10 inches to win the discus.
Kohlby Newsom won the 1600 meter run for Winfield-Mt. Union. The Wolves won the 4×800 meter relay and the distance medley. For New London, Rylan Martin took the 800 meter run and the 3200 meter run. Cale Westerbeck won the 400 meter hurdles and the 4×400 meter relay team won the event with a time of 3 minutes and 48 seconds. Ayden Doyle won the 200 meter dash for Danville and the 800 sprint medley team won with a time of 1 minute and 39 seconds.
The Mt. Pleasant girls and boys teams competed at the Tulip Time Relays and the girls team finished in 2nd place with 157 points and the boys team took 3rd place scoring 103 points. The girls team had a slew of 2nd place finishes with Andi Scott in the 100 meter dash, Rellana Van Deuren in the 400 meter hurdles, Elsie Lange in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet 4 inches, Ava English in the shot put with a heave of 36 feet 4 inches, and Savannah Slobodnik in the discus with a toss of 111 feet 2 inches. The team of Courtney Raub, Bailey Jalas, Tristan Shull, and Andi Scott won the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 51.03 seconds.
Avin Truong won the 200 meter dash for the boys team with a time of 23.25 seconds. In the 800 meter run, Gabe Feldmann took it with a time of 2 minutes and 8 seconds. Will Davidson won the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.75 seconds. Truong grabbed two more wins in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet 10 inches and the long jump with a leap of 22 feet 2 inches, 5th in school history and 5th in Class 3A. The 4×800 meter relay team of Jacob Richtman, Feldmann, Isaac Rynders, and Ben Carthey won with a time of 8 minutes and 26 seconds.
At the Drake Relays, AJ Bonnesen of Danville ran the 3200 meter yesterday and finished in 13th place with a time of 9 minutes and 26 seconds. Kade Benjamin grabbed 6th place in the high jump for New London with a leap of 6 feet 7 inches. Isaac Jerrel of Mt. Pleasant took 23rd in the shot put with a heave of 48 feet 0.5 inches.
Thomas Eschman of Central Lee and Cam Buffington of Winfield-Mt. Union will compete in the long jump today. Will Davidson of Mt. Pleasant will compete in the 110 meter hurdles and Boden Pickle of New London will join him in the 100 meter dash today.
High School Soccer
The Mt. Pleasant girls team throttled Keokuk yesterday 10-0. Tori Wilson netted 5 goals, Charice Auwerda tallied two goals, and Hailey Parrott and Elly Manning each scored one goal. The Panthers will take on Burlington at home on May 1st.
The WACO boys team will look to get back in the win column tonight against Columbus at home.
The Central Lee boys team improved to 3-5 on the season after taking down Centerville 6-0 last night. The Hawks will travel to compete against Wapello today.
The Central Lee girls team won in dramatic fashion with the Hawks down 1 to 0 entering the second half, Sarah Martin and Ellie Lake both scored to win 2-1. They will take on Wapello tonight on the road.
High School Golf
The Winfield-Mt. Union boys team competed in a duel against Hillcrest Academy last night and fell 173-164. The Wolves were paced by Carter Loyd who shot two over through the nine holes.
The Mt. Pleasant boys team participated in the Moravia Invite yesterday and finished in 12th place with a team score of 352. Knoxville won the Invite with a team score of 307. Nick Matheny led the way for the Panthers with a score of 76 followed by Nate Dismang with an 82. The Panthers will be competing at the Fairfield Invite on May 1st.
The Mt. Pleasant girls team will host their Invitational tonight.
The New London boys and girls teams will face off against Winfield-Mt. Union today.
High School Tennis
The Mt. Pleasant girls team lost to Fairfield yesterday 7-2. Bethany Drury kept up her impressive season winning her singles match 8-2 and then teaming up with Audrey Richmond to win their doubles match 8-5. The Panthers next meet will be on the road against Burlington on May 1st.
The Mt. Pleasant boys team keeps their undefeated season going after defeating Fairfield 7-2 last night. Owen Vansickle, Elliot Cook, Phoenix Watson, Tim Cam, and Gavin Ross all picked up wins in the singles. Cook and Watson won their doubles match 10 to 1 and Cam and Lou Schimmelpfennig combined to win their doubles match. The Panthers will travel to compete against Maharishi tonight.
Iowa Wesleyan Athletics
The Tiger softball team extended their win streak to four games after taking down Hannibal-LaGrange University in both games of their final home doubleheader. In game one, the Tigers won 8-1 with Alexis Davis smacking a solo home run. In game two, Kara Krieger hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the 6th inning to win 6-4. Haiden Molter and Ariana Wolford picked up the wins. The Tigers will face off against Harris-Stowe State University today in a doubleheader.
The Tiger baseball team earned the 4th seed in the Continental Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament and they will be facing off against Georgia Gwinnett College on May 6th.
The men and women golf teams’ next competition will be at the CAC tournament on May 1st.
KeRon Blackwell and the men’s 1600 sprint medley team of Jakim Brock, Jabez Rivers, Judah Rivers, and Daron Jackson will compete at the Drake Relays today.
The Wesleys ceremony commenced last night and some of the highlights was the basketball teams sweeping Team of the Year and Coach of the Year. Adaugo Nwachukwu won Female Athlete of the Year and Henry Shannon won Male Athlete of the Year. The biggest surprise was Mike Hampton’s induction into the Iowa Wesleyan Hall of Fame after coaching softball for 30 years and so much more for the Tigers. An emotional Hampton talked about the honor after the ceremony,
“I’m humbled, I’m shocked, I didn’t anticipate this whatsoever. I just wanted to say thank you to the University for everything they’ve done for me to bring me along as a young pup and now to the old guy.”
This Day in Sports History
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1985 -Los Angeles Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela made baseball history by setting a then-MLB record with 41 consecutive scoreless innings.