Sports, August 9th

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. 

One of the big players to look out for Winfield-Mt. Union will also be one of their senior leaders, Cam Buffington. The University of Iowa commit will cause defenses to focus most of their attention on him, but Head Coach Scott McCarty highlighted some other names you should expect to see this fall.

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.

Upcoming Meet the Player Nights

Mt. Pleasant will be hosting their “Meet the Panthers Night” on August 18th at the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex; the only exception being the volleyball team will scrimmage at the high school at 4 pm. Introductions will begin at 7:15 pm starting with the Cheerleaders followed by Cross Country, Volleyball, and then Football. A cheer performance will lead into a run-through for the Panther football team.

Winfield-Mt. Union’s “Meet the Players” night will be August 21st at 7 pm.

College Conference Rumors

After the Pac-12 lost five teams last week to other conferences, the ACC presidents talked about the potential of adding Stanford and Cal, two of the four remaining teams in the conference, to the mix. 

The matter was not put to a vote as the conference continues to evaluate the finances that would have to go into the deal. Schools would need to make a decision by the August 15th deadline whether they will move conferences or not for the 2024 season.

The ACC has not participated in most of the deals that have preceded this potential move as Texas and Oklahoma will move to the SEC, and the Big Ten and Big 12 added four schools all within the last couple of months.

This Day in Sports History

1936 – Jesse Owens is part of the American 4 x 100 meter relay team that wins gold in a then-world record time (39.8) at the Berlin Olympics; his 4th gold medal of the Games.

1963 – New York Met pitcher Roger Craig’s NL record-tying 18-game losing streak ends with a complete game 7–3 win over the Chicago Cubs at the Polo Grounds in New York.

2012 – Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt wins the 200 meter dash at the London Olympics in 19.32 seconds to become first to win 100/200 meter dash double in back-to-back Olympics.