Sports, August 23rd

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant will travel to Ottumwa tomorrow, August 24th, for a Triangular match. Head Coach Logan Wall is still working on building a culture for this young squad. 

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

Winfield-Mt. Union will host Keokuk to start the season tomorrow.

Holy Trinity Catholic will be participating in a tournament on August 26th hosted by Bondurant-Farrar to start their season.

WACO will host Hillcrest Academy on August 31st. 

Van Buren County will face off against Central Lee on August 31st. 

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

High School Football

Mt. Pleasant will open up the season against Fairfield this Friday at 7:30 pm at home. KILJ will be on the call with the pregame show at 7:15 pm. The Panthers will be counting on everyone during Friday’s game due to a lack of depth.

In other Class 3A District 4 matchups, Washington hits the road to take on Oskaloosa. Keokuk hosts Ottumwa and Fort Madison faces off against Burlington on the road. 

On Friday, Danville will face off against Lynnville-Sully and Van Buren County will take on Central Lee in Class A competition. Columbus Community and Mediapolis will square off to start the season. 

Winfield-Mt. Union takes on Central City in a top 10 matchup to open the season on Friday with the Wolves hitting the road.

New London will travel to take on Easton Valley with kickoff at 7 pm.

WACO will square off against Fremont-Mills on the road.

Iowa Football

Sporting News named defensive back Cooper DeJean and punter Tory Taylor Preseason All-Americans yesterday. DeJean has already been put on the 2023 Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik Award for the best defensive player of the year. DeJean broke Iowa’s pick-six season record last year.

Taylor broke his own punting yards record last year as he averaged 45.4 yards per punt. Additionally, Taylor downed 38 punts inside the 20-yard line last year. Taylor is also a candidate for the 2023 Ray Guy Award, which is given to the best punter annually. 

 Cade McNamara has a bright spotlight on him this season as he was named to the 2023 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list. The award is given to the best upperclassman quarterback set to graduate with their class. McNamara is also on the watch list for the Maxwell Award. 

This Day in Sports History

1883 – Philadelphia Quakers make 27 errors against the Providence Grays in 28-0 shutout defeat at Messer Street Grounds; wild pitches, walks, and passed balls count as errors in MLB prior to 1888.

1947 – First Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, Pennsylvania: Maynard beat Lock Haven All Stars, 16-7.

1985 – Paul Hornung is awarded $1,160,000 by a Louisville court against the NCAA who barred him as a college football analyst for betting on games.