Sports, April 9th

High School Track and Field

The WACO relays commenced yesterday with Van Buren County scoring the most team points on the boys’ and girls’ sides with WACO taking second place. 

On the boys’ side, Van Buren County won seven events with Bryce Moquin sprinting to a first place finish in the 100 meter dash. Lincoln Bainbridge grabbed first place in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4 minutes and 52 seconds, which defeated Riley Raines of New London by 0.6 seconds. Landry Loeffler took first in the 3200 meter run with a time of 11 minutes and 24 seconds. Tyler Stoltz won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet and 2 inches. Lastly, Cameron Stoltz heaved the shot 36 feet and 10 inches to take the gold in the shot put. 

WACO’s Chase Waterhouse won the discus with a throw of 123 feet and 5 inches. Louden Huisenga had a nice meet with a first place finish in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1 minute and 6 seconds, while taking second in the high jump with a leap of six feet. He also helped the team of Gage Samo, Clayton Miller, and Bryson Waterhouse take first in the 4×110 meter shuttle hurdle. 

New London’s Brigham Porter dominated the sprinting events with first place finishes in the 200 meter dash and the 400 meter dash. Riley Raines grabbed first place in the 800 meter run. London Franklin won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, nearly two feet better than second place. 

The WACO boys’ and girls’ teams will travel to Lisbon for a meet today. 

The Mt. Pleasant, New London, Van Buren County, Mediapolis, Central Lee, Winfield-Mt. Union, and Danville girls’ teams will travel to Fort Madison for a meet today.

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will host a meet on Thursday, April 11th, with New London in attendance. 

The Mediapolis, Danville, and Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ teams will travel to Wapello for a meet today.

The Central Lee and Van Buren County boys’ teams will travel to Fairfield for a meet today.

High School Soccer

The WACO boys’ team handed Danville their first loss of the season last night 1-0. The Warriors will host Wapello on Thursday, April 11th. 

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team will take on Danville at home tonight with the girls’ playing on Thursday against Mediapolis on the road. 

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team scored two first half goals and relied on a couple of close saves by Eli Heaton in the second half to escape with a 2-0 win against Washington last night. Sarai Sanchez and Tori Wilson each scored a goal. 

The boys’ started the game on a similar note with two first half goals, but the Demons roared back in the second half with three unanswered goals to win 3-2. Dylan White and Jonah Zimmer scored the goals for the Panthers. Mt. Pleasant will face off against Keokuk on Thursday with the boys’ team at home and the girls hitting the road. 

The Mediapolis boys’ and girls’ teams won in resounding fashion last night with the girls’ taking their game 7-0 and the boys’ winning 11-1. The girls’ team will face off against Canton High School tonight at 5 pm. 

The Central Lee boys’ team fell to Hillcrest Academy last night 2-1. Ayden Kent scored the lone goal for the Hawks. The girls’ team will host Fort Madison tonight and the boys will host Danville on Thursday.

High School Tennis

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team is streaking after defeating Fairfield last night in a tough conference matchup 5-4. Jana Isanta defeated Emma Wendland in singles 8-0. Mary Kate Peterson snuck out with a 9-7 win, while Bethany Drury picked up a narrow 8-6 win. The team of Isanta and Ellie Situmeang picked up an 8-1 win in doubles and Drury and Audrey Richmond won their doubles match 8-5. The Panthers are 4-0 on the season.

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team ran into a tough Fairfield squad and lost 8-1. Elijah Rynders picked up a 8-4 singles win for the Panthers against Niko Emersmon. Head coach Tyler Rodgers discussed how despite the loss there were still some positives to take home. The Panthers will take on Burlington on Thursday, April 11th, with the boys’ at home and the girls on the road. 

High School Golf

The Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ and boys’ teams took on Wapello yesterday and the boys’ team narrowly exited with the win 180 to 183. Sinjin Brown was the top golfer for the Wolves with a 9-hole score of 42 (+6). Carter Loyd and Konner Kinneberg followed behind with 45s. Zach Harbison was the leader for Wapello with a 42. 

On the girls’ side, Winfield-Mt. Union also picked up the win 250 to 307. Lilly Freeman led the way with a 56 as her and Kaelyn Townsley, who shot a 59, were the only ones to finish under 60 for the day. The Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ and boys’ teams will travel to Flint Hills Golf Course today with Notre Dame and Mt. Pleasant also in attendance. 

The WACO boys’ and girls’ teams will host Lone Tree on Thursday, April 11th.

Central Lee defeated Notre Dame yesterday 179 to 194. The Hawks will face off against Van Buren County on Thursday at home. 

New London will host Wapello today. 

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team finally got a round of golf in this season with the first SEC meet in the books, Washington has a secure lead of 145 with Mt. Pleasant trailing behind at 171. Fairfield and Fort Madison are tied at a team score of 181 with Keokuk rounding out the pack at 197. The Roth brothers were impressive for the Demons with Roman Roth shooting a 34 (-1) and Rajan Roth shooting par for the course. 

Reece Coffman led the Panthers, finishing the course with four straight pars to shoot three over for the day. Brody Engle finished with a 42 for Mt. Pleasant. Jayden Thomas was the top golfer for Keokuk with a 41. Sam Weaton finished with a 42 for Fairfield and Fort Madison’s Brady Wade shot a 43. 

For the girls’ trip to Sheaffer Park, Keokuk came out on top with a team score of 210 followed by Mt. Pleasant’s 221 and Burlington’s 224, respectively. The Panthers were led by Kylie Walderbach with a 9-hole score of 43. 

Southeastern Community College

For baseball, SCC will host Kirkwood Community College tomorrow, April 10th. 

The SCC softball team clobbered Marshalltown Community College yesterday in their doubleheader by a combined score of 35 to 5. Game one saw the Blackhawks pounce for six runs in the top of the second inning to come out on top 9-0. Lauren Summers cracked a home run and finished with four RBIs. 

Everyone produced in game two as the Blackhawks pushed across 13 runs in the opening frame to eventually go on to win 26-5. Gracie Wilt, Reaghan Millard, and Mireya Rose each collected three RBIs as Marianna Labelle led the team with four RBIs. Millard also finished with a home run in the contest. The Blackhawks will travel to Kirkwood Community College on Thursday, April 11th, for a doubleheader. 

March Madness

The KILJ bracket challenge, sponsored by The Press Box and Wiley’s Interior Furnishings and Design, is over after UConn defeated Purdue last night 75-60 after a strong performance from Tristen Newton as he cashed in for 20 points. This was the Huskies sixth National Championship and they are the first back-to-back National Champion since 2007. Zach Edey was the only source of offense for Purdue, totaling 37 points and grabbing 10 boards. 

16 people correctly picked UConn to be the National Champion in our bracket challenge. The standings will be updated later today.

This Day in Sports History

1941 – The PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame.

1965 – First baseball game at Houston Astrodome, Astros beat NY Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits MLB’s 1st indoor homerun; US President Lyndon Johnson and wife Lady Bird attend.

1974 – San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc, addresses fans “Ladies & gentlemen, I suffer with you, I’ve never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life.”