Sports, August 14th

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 tonight. Head Coach Logan Wall told her squad that this year is a clean slate but effort and intention is a must for the upcoming season.

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 believes that her Crusaders have made strides towards being a more complete team over the offseason.

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.

Hawkeye Athletics

The Iowa Women’s basketball team is participating in an outdoor exhibition game for the first time in program history against DePaul on Sunday, October 15th, at 3 pm. There are two ticket options: $20 for the rain or shine ticket, which will allow the fan to attend the game if it must be moved inside, or the $10 option ($5 for students and youth) that covers only Kinnick stadium seating. 

The general public will have an opportunity to buy tickets on Thursday, August 17th, at 9 am. Iowa Women’s Basketball season ticket holders will get first dibs tomorrow, August 15th, at 9 am and I-Club contributors and football season ticket holders will get a chance on Wednesday, August 16th, at 9 am.

This Day in Sports History

1959 – The first American Football League meeting is held in Chicago; charter memberships handed to Dallas, New York, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles and Minneapolis-Saint Paul; ‘AFL’ named following week.

1964 – LA Angels pitcher Bo Belinsky is suspended after a hotel room fight with elderly Los Angeles Times sportswriter Braven Dyer.

2016 – Jamaican star Usain Bolt wins coveted Olympic 100m gold medal in 9.81 seconds at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics – first man to win the event three times.