Sports, August 16th

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 has some talented sophomores on the squad this year to help the returning seniors.

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 may have lost some great senior experience from last year’s team, but she’s confident in this squad of veterans.

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.

ESPN’s Top 100 NCAAF Players

ESPN released their preseason rankings of the best 100 players entering the upcoming college football season. Caleb Williams, USC’s starting quarterback, is atop the list after ending last season with an impressive 52 total touchdowns.

No player from Iowa State cracked the list while only one Hawkeye was listed. Cooper DeJean was ranked 46th after he registered 75 tackles last season with five interceptions. Additionally, he was named the 2022 TransPerfect Music City Bowl MVP after Iowa shutout Kentucky 21-0.

This Day in Sports History

1743 – Champion of England titleholder Jack Broughton publishes ‘Rules of the Ring’ – earliest boxing code.

1954 – American brand management company Authentic Brands Group–then owned by Time Inc.–first published sports magazine “Sports Illustrated.”

2015 – PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Whistling Straits GC: Australian Jason Day wins by setting a major championship record of 20-under-par; beats Jordan Spieth by three shots.