Sports, August 28th

High School Football

Mt. Pleasant will be traveling to face off against West Burlington on Friday, September 1st, who is 1-0 after taking down Wapello last Friday. Head Coach John Bowlin will be looking to expand the playbook this week. 

In other Class 3A District 4 matchups, Washington will host Burlington. Keokuk will take on Pella at home and Fairfield will travel to face off against Fort Madison. 

Mediapolis will travel to take on Sigourney Keota at 7 pm.

Central Lee will compete against Cardinal at home. 

Danville will have their first home game this week against Highland at 7 pm.

Winfield-Mt. Union and New London combine for a district matchup on Friday at 7 pm. 

WACO defeated Fremont-Mills 26-20 over the weekend with Clayton Miller tossing for 160 yards and scoring three total touchdowns in the win. The Warriors take on the 2-0 Iowa Valley Tigers this Friday at home.

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant competed in the Grinnell Tournament over the weekend coming away with a 2-3 record out of their five matchups. The Panthers wins came against East Marshall and Iowa Valley, both matches won two sets to one. Dallas Center-Grimes and Clear Creek Amana shutout Mt. Pleasant. The Panthers came up just short against Washington losing two sets to one with the Demons picking up a 15-12 win in set three. Mt. Pleasant will take on Keokuk tomorrow, August 29th, on the road. 

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

Winfield-Mt. Union played in a stacked West Branch Tournament and ended the day 1-3, falling in the consolation semifinal to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont two sets to zero. Their lone win came against Prince of Peace in a sweep, 21-6 and 21-12. Audrie Gipple finished the tournament with 17 kills and three blocks, both team highs. Jessi Renken delivered 19 assists with Tessa Huston serving up four aces and 28 digs. The Wolves will compete in the English Valleys Tournament on Saturday, September 2nd.

Holy Trinity Catholic participated in the Skip Anderson Tournament hosted by Bondurant-Farrar over the weekend finishing with a 3-3 record. The Crusaders swept Ames and Fort Madison, while defeating Bondurant-Farrar two sets to one. They were swept in their three losses to Indianola, Wapsie Valley, and North Tama. The Crusaders will be playing in a tournament tomorrow hosted by Wapello. 

WACO will host Hillcrest Academy on August 31st. 

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

Central Lee finished 1-3 at their own tournament over the weekend with their lone win coming against Burlington despite dropping the first set 21-16, the Hawks won the next two 21-15 and 15-11. Taylor Jones led the way with 7 kills with Ellie Lake tallying 12 assists in the win. The Hawks will be competing tomorrow at Wapello in a tournament. 

Cross Country

Mt. Pleasant will travel to Pella on Saturday, September 2nd, to compete in a meet at Central College.

Winfield-Mt. Union and WACO will travel to Hillcrest Academy tomorrow to run. 

Danville’s first meet will be Thursday, August 31st, in Ottumwa.

This Day in Sports History

1884 – MLB pitcher Mickey Welsh sets a record for the most consecutive batters struck out to begin a game, striking out the first 9 men he faces. A record that stood for 86 years. 

1990 – The Chicago Cubs’ Ryne Sandberg is the first 2nd baseman to hit 30 HRs, consecutively.

2022 – A 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card sells for $12.6 million at auction, becoming the world’s most expensive piece of sporting memorabilia.