Sports, August 17th

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant will take on conference foe Burlington, to start the season on August 21st in a road matchup. Head Coach Logan Wall has a couple players ready to step up into the setter position.

New London will host Holy Trinity Catholic on August 31st to start their season. 

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.

Van Buren County will compete in a tournament hosted by WACO on August 21st to start the season.

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

High School Football

Mt. Pleasant will be looking to stop a two-game skid against Fairfield on August 25th when the Trojans come to town for the opening game of the season. 

Danville will face off against Lynnville-Sully and Van Buren County will take on Central Lee in Class A competition.

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. 

WACO will also travel to scrimmage Central City tomorrow and Head Coach Chad Edeker had the option to make it count after Tri-County and HLV decided to combine for the year, but opted to keep it as a learning experience for his young squad. 

Upcoming Meet the Player Nights

Mt. Pleasant will be hosting their “Meet the Panthers Night” tomorrow, 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.

Prospect League

Tim Orr was named the Mike Schmidt Player of the Year as a part of the Chillicothe Paints, who are back-to-back League Champions after taking down the Quincy Gems 12-8. 

Orr slashed a 0.385 batting average, a 0.484 on-base percentage, and a 0.626 slugging percentage. He also clobbered six home runs, three triples, 15 doubles, scored 61 runs, and knocked in 54 runs. Orr ranked first in runs scored and total bases. 

Also earning awards for the season were Sebastian Gonzalez of the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp–Galen Woods Fireman of the Year and Roland Hemond Pro Prospect of the Year–and Ralph Santana of the Thrillville Thrillbillies–Manager of the Year. 

This Day in Sports History

1957 – Baseball player Richie Ashburn fouls and hits fan Alice Roth twice in the same game playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, the first ball breaks her nose, second one hits her while she is on the stretcher.

2008 – Rafael Nadal of Spain beats Chile’s Fernando González 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to win the men’s tennis singles at the Beijing Olympics; Spain’s first ever Olympic gold medal in tennis.

2008 – US team Michael Phelps, Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, and Jason Lezak wins the 4 x 100m medley relay at the Beijing Olympics in world record 3:29.34; Phelps’ 8th gold medal of Games breaks Mark Spitz’s 1972 record.