Sports, August 21st

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant will take on conference foe Burlington tonight on the road at 7 pm. The Panthers held a scrimmage last Friday for their “Meet the Panthers” night and Head Coach Logan Wall wants the team to be more aggressive in their opening game of the season.  

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.

WACO’s tournament begins play tonight with the Warriors taking on Centerville to start the night at 5 pm. Van Buren County will face off against Pekin to start their tournament play. 

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. Head Coach John Bowlin expects this rivalry game to set the tone for 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.

Meet the Players Night

Winfield-Mt. Union’s “Meet the Players” night will be tonight at 7 pm.

This Day in Sports History

1931 – Yankees slugger Babe Ruth becomes the first MLB player to hit 600 career home runs as NY defeats St. Louis Browns, 11-7, at Sportsman’s Park.

1967 – Kansas City utility Ken Harrelson becomes baseball’s first free agent when he is abruptly released by the Athletics; calls team owner Charlie Finley “a menace to baseball.”

1982 – MLB Milwaukee Brewers’ relief pitcher Rollie Fingers becomes first pitcher to get save #300.