Sports, August 8th

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 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. 

Head Coach for Winfield-Mt. Union Scott McCarty has a senior heavy team this season and more importantly a team that is focused on playing for one another. 

Preview for High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant’s first game of the season will be on a road trip to Burlington on August 21st to take on the Grayhounds in Logan Wall’s first game at the helm for the Panthers. 

New London’s first game of the season will be a home matchup against Holy Trinity Catholic on August 31st. 

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 will host their own tournament on August 21st. Van Buren County will also be competing in the tournament. 

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

NCAAF Preseason Top 25

The Coaches Preseason top 25 poll was released yesterday with Georgia receiving 61 of the first-place votes sitting atop the standings followed by Michigan. Alabama was slotted 3rd and received four first-place votes. Ohio St. was ranked 4th with one first-place vote. 

The SEC had the most teams ranked in the top 25 with six teams including four in the top ten. Despite the turmoil, the Pac-12 is tied with the Big 12 for second place with five teams populating the top 25. The Big Ten has four teams ranked with three resting in the top seven. 

Iowa is receiving the most votes outside of the top 25 with 169. The Hawkeyes were ranked 21st in the NCAA’s “way too early” top 25 in late July under the expectation that the offense will improve. 

This Day in Sports History

1950 – Florence Chadwick swims the English Channel in a record time of 13 hours and 23 minutes.

1976 – Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts.

1992 – The original US ‘Dream Team’ wins the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics 117-85 over Croatia; features superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing.