Sports, August 18th

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant will take on conference foe Burlington to start the season on August 21st in a road matchup. 

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 and they will scrimmage Central City tonight on the road. 

Winfield-Mt. Union’s Head Coach Scott McCarty believes the Wolves’ playoff hopes will be tested early this season.

Upcoming Meet the Player Nights

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

High School Postseason Golf

The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announced the postseason venues for fall golf. District play will begin on October 2nd at four different sites: Pheasant Ridge Golf Course (Cedar Falls the host), Fort Dodge Country Club (Fort Dodge the host), Briarwood Golf Club (Ankeny Centennial the host), and Brown Deer Golf Club (Iowa City Liberty the host). 

The State Championship is scheduled for October 6th and 7th at the Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny. 

Iowa State Athletics

The women’s soccer team captured their 100th home win in their program’s history against Arizona last night, 2-1. Salomé Prat and Abigail Miller each captured goals for the Cyclones. 

Prospect League

The Western Conference All-Stars were named yesterday and the Burlington Bees had one player earn a spot on the list, while the Clinton LumberKings had three players named to the team.

Caleb Wulf was the lone Bee to make the list as a second baseman. Wulf had a slash line of: 0.367 batting average, 0.404 on-base percentage, and a 0.396 slugging percentage. In 36 games, Wulf racked up 22 runs scored and swatted home 19 runs. 

For the LumberKings, Tate Gillen made the team as an outfielder with an impressive 0.390 batting average and an otherworldly 0.520 on-base percentage leading the way. He also nabbed 15 bases and collected 25 RBIs.

Graysen Drezek went 3-1 in five starts for the LumberKings and was electric. Drezek posted a 1.88 ERA and allowed only five runs and three walks, while striking out 23 batters.

Lastly, Ben DeTaeye posted a 0 ERA in his relief role. In 14.1 innings pitched, he allowed only four hits and struck out 15 batters.

This Day in Sports History

1973 – Hank Aaron hits his record 1,378 extra base hit and surpasses Stan Musial record.

1982 – Pete Rose sets a record with his 13,941st plate appearance.

1983 – The Kansas City Royals defeat the New York Yankees, 5-4, completing the “pine-tar” game (12 minutes) that started on July 24th; Dan Quisenberry retires the Yankees in order.