Sports, August 12th

Preview for High School Football

Mt. Pleasant will be hosting Fairfield to begin the season on August 25th with John Bowlin leading the squad in his first season with the Panthers. 

Danville and Van Buren County will be competing in the same district in Class A with the Bears taking on Lynnville-Sully and the Warriors facing off against Central Lee.

In 8-man football, Winfield-Mt. Union begins their season against Central City. New London will travel to take on Easton Valley. Lastly, WACO’s week one matchup will be Fremont-Mills on the road. 

Preview for High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant’s first game of the season will be a road trip to Burlington on August 21st, but the Panthers will scrimmage WACO on Monday, August 14th. Head Coach Logan Wall has seen a lot of improvement over the course of the summer.

New London’s first game of the season will be a home matchup against Holy Trinity Catholic on August 31st. 

Winfield-Mt. Union will host Keokuk to start the season on August 24th. 

Holy Trinity Catholic will be participating in a tournament on August 26th hosted by Bondurant-Farrar to start their season. Head Coach Melissa Freesmeier is excited about what the season has to bring for the Crusaders.

WACO will host their own tournament on August 21st. Van Buren County will also be competing in the tournament. 

Central Lee will begin their season on August 26th with their own tournament starting at 9 am.

Upcoming Meet the Player Nights

Mt. Pleasant will be hosting their “Meet the Panthers Night” on August 18th at the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex; the only exception being the volleyball team will scrimmage at the high school at 4 pm. Introductions will begin at 7:15 pm starting with the Cheerleaders followed by Cross Country, Volleyball, and then Football. A cheer performance will lead into a run-through for the Panther football team.

Winfield-Mt. Union’s “Meet the Players” night will be August 21st at 7 pm.

Iowa/Iowa State Gambling Investigation

Seven more players were charged in the gambling sting; four for Iowa State University and three for the University of Iowa, including a student-manager. 

The Cyclones football team now have two of their offensive starters accused of gambling. The newest being Jirehl Brock, the starting running back, who allegedly placed 1,327 online bets under a DraftKings account that was listed under a non-athlete. 

The Hawkeyes had one of their current wide receivers Jack Johnson accused of making 380 wagers utilizing a DraftKings account under his mother’s name.

The University of Iowa’s Head Coach Kirk Ferentz stated that it would cross a line if a player is found guilty of wagering on one of their football games.

This Day in Sports History

1950 – First international game by an NFL team, New York Giants beat CFL’s Ottawa Roughriders, 20-6 at Ottawa’s Lansdowne Stadium.

1994 – First NFL game on Fox network (exhibition – SF vs Denver).

1994 – Members of the Major League Baseball Players Association go on strike leading to cancellation of World Series for only the second time in MLB history (1904); labor dispute.