Sports, August 30th

Mt. Pleasant Volleyball

The Panthers have a game tonight against the Fairfield Trojans at home. Mt. Pleasant comes into the game with a 2-7 record, while the Trojans tout a 2-5 record after going 2-2 at the Grinnell tournament. Game is scheduled for 7:15 pm.

New London Volleyball

The Tigers start their season tonight at home against the 3-2 North Mahaska. The Tigers finished last year with a record of 26-14, with their top two attackers returning from last year in Senior Natalie Burden, who finished with 342 kills, and Junior Sophie Malott, who tallied 197 kills. They also get their leader in assists back in Senior Eliana Manning. All levels will be playing with the first game scheduled to start at 5:30 pm.

More High School Volleyball

Holy Trinity Catholic will be participating in the Wapello Tournament tonight with their first opponent being Columbus with that game scheduled at 4:30 pm. They will also play Central Lee and Wilton before the night concludes.

WACO’s next game will be September 1st against Hillcrest Academy. The Warriors come into the game with a 3-0 record with seniors Ellah Kissell and Grace Coble leading the team in kills with 16 apiece. Coble also leads the team in assists with 38.

Winfield-Mt. Union’s next game is Saturday, September 3rd, when the Wolves compete at the English Valleys Tournament. Melina Oepping leads the team in kills with 28, followed by Bradie Buffington with 27. Keely Malone paces the team with 96 assists.

High School Football

Mt. Pleasant will be at home this Friday against the Washington Demon’s. The Panthers will be looking to get their first win of the season with Jacob Richtman under center as he tossed two touchdown passes last week. Coach Bennett and I will be on the call for this game, kickoff scheduled for 7:30 pm, pregame will be at 7:15 pm.

The New London Tigers will also be looking for their first win of the season at home this Friday when they clash with Tri-County, who is 1-0 after beat Twin Cedars last Friday. Reean Seberg leads the Tigers in rushing with 173 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season.

WACO will be at home against HLV this Friday. The Warriors are led by seniors Isaac Oswald and Simeon Reichenbach. The Warriors won this matchup last year in a blowout 41-13.

Winfield-Mt. Union will travel to clash with Iowa Valley, who lost a close one last week 78 to 74. Two talented athletes highlight this matchup, with the Wolves touting Cam Buffington, who totaled 270 yards last week, while Iowa Valley has dual threat quarterback Evan Kearney who threw for 202 yards and rushed for 181 yards for a total of 9 touchdowns in the loss last week.

Fairfield’s next game is against Ottumwa. The combination of Tate Allen and Max Weaton will make it difficult for the Bulldogs to cover. Ottumwa defeated the Trojans 7-0 in last year’s matchup.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

Major Niccum, the starting linebacker for the Tigers, was announced this week’s NSAA Football Defensive Player of the Week. He tallied 15 total tackles, 3 of those being for losses, and a pass breakup. He is the first athlete of the 2022-23 academic year to receive conference recognition. The Tigers will travel to Missouri Baptist University this Saturday, September 3rd.

Volleyball will start their season against Mount Mercy University tonight at home at 7 pm. They will look to avenge their season last year where they went 1-25. Additionally, Head Coach Ashley Baldassarre will be joining us on Thursday for Tiger Nation at 9 am.

Men’s soccer will travel to play William Penn University tomorrow, August 31st. They will be looking for their first win of the season, as they were bested by St. Ambrose University, 1-0, in their last game.

Today in Sports History

1905 – Ty Cobb made his major league batting debut with the Detroit Tigers.
1918 – The New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 1-0. The game only took 57 minutes to play.

2001 – Ashely Martin became the first woman to play in a Division I football game. She kicked three extra points in the game.