Sports, August 4th

Preview for High School Football

Mt. Pleasant will be hosting Fairfield to begin the season on August 25th with John Bowlin leading the squad in his first season with the Panthers. 

Danville and Van Buren County will be competing in the same district in Class A with the Bears taking on Lynnville-Sully and the Warriors facing off against Central Lee.

In 8-man football, Winfield-Mt. Union begin 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. 

The Warriors had camp this week that was open to 7th graders all the way up to 12th graders and after graduating double-digit seniors from last year’s team, it was nice for Head Coach Chad Edeker to break it down to a fundamental level.

Mt. Pleasant Cross Country

The high schoolers will be starting their camp next week after a long summer of training. Coach Murray is excited for both teams this season as he previewed the roster. 

Ben Carthey ran at state last year for the Panthers. 

College Football Award Watches

Cooper DeJean, the University of Iowa defensive back, is seeing more praise after being added to the Paul Hornung Award watch list for this upcoming season. The award recognizes versatile, high-level performers. DeJean is already on the watchlist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy for best defensive player. DeJean shows versatility after leading the team in punt return average at 16.5 yards on 10 punt returns. 

Iowa State’s Jaylin Noel has also been added to the Hornung Award watch list. To go along with his 572 yards and three receiving touchdowns, Noel also returned 11 punts and 14 kickoffs for a total of 293 yards. 

Gerry Vaughn, the Cyclone’s senior linebacker, was put on the Wuerffel Trophy watch list. This award honors student-athletes who are inspired to serve others and make positive impacts on society. Along with his team leading 71 tackles last season, he is a leader in the locker room and active in the community. 

College Conference Rumors

Big Ten commissioner Tony Petitti gave permission to explore an expansion of the conference by adding Oregon and Washington to the mix after the Pac-12’s uncertain future. If the schools do enter the conference, they would be given a partial share of the revenue and work their way to be evenly involved.  

Prospect League

The Clinton LumberKings and Burlington Bees participated in a high scoring game, but the Bees were swatted away in the 6th inning after the LumberKings scored seven runs on their way to a 12-7 victory. Caleb Wulf had a double and a team leading 3 RBIs in the losing effort. 

Max Holy saw Wulf’s stats and raised him one as the LumberKing finished with two doubles and 4 RBIs in the winning effort. The Bees look for revenge over the LumberKings tonight at home.

This Day in Sports History

1934 – Giants outfielder Mel Ott becomes the first player in MLB history to score 6 runs in a game as New York beats Phillies, 21-4.

1956 – Lee Petty dismounts his car on lap 32 and waves the red flag to the field because of dusty conditions at NASCAR Grand National at Tulsa, Oklahoma; race halted and never completed.

1982 – Outfielder Joel Youngblood becomes the only MLB player to get hits for two different teams in two different cities on the same day; singles for the Mets in Chicago for the day game; traded, then singles for Expos in Philadelphia for the night game.