Sports, August 15th

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. Head Coach Logan Wall is looking for her squad to take care of the little things with a passion that overwhelms their opponents.

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 expects her attackers to lead the charge this season 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.

Hawkeye Football

The Associated Press released their top 25 rankings yesterday and while the coaches decided to keep the University of Iowa outside the rankings in their list, the press put them at the #25 spot. 

The Hawkeyes have a talented defense led by defensive back Cooper DeJean, who set Iowa’s pick-six mark in last year’s season; additionally, Cade McNamara is expected to provide a spark to an offense that had none last season.

Georgia is the favorite heading into the season with Michigan, Ohio State, and Alabama rounding out the top four. The SEC leads all conferences with six teams in the top 25.

Hawkeye Athletics

For the first time in school history, the women’s basketball team has sold out their season tickets for Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the upcoming season. Before this, Iowa had sold out just three regular season games in their program’s history.  

The Hawkeyes have high expectations after making it to the championship game last year for the first time in program history and winning a school-record 31 games. Caitlin Clark, a senior, will look to replicate her 27.8 points, 8.6 assist, and 7.1 rebound per game stat line from her National Player of the Year performance last season. 

This Day in Sports History

1964 – Mayor Richard M. Daley declares “Ernie Banks Day” in Chicago.

1993 – Nolan Ryan tallies his 324th and final victory.

2012 – Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez becomes just the 23rd pitcher to throw a perfect game.