Sports, Friday, September 17th

Prep Cross Country: Mount Pleasant Boys’ Second, Girls’ DNP at Timm Lamb:

The Mount Pleasant boys’ cross country team got a 7th place effort from Ben Carthey as the Panthers earned second in the boys’ Class A portion of the the Timm Lamb Invitational last night.

Carthey was followed up by Nate McWilliams, who went 19:32.4 for 12th, while Gabe Feldmann finished 15th in 19:48.4.

Washington won the large school division, while Muscatine placed third.

In Class B, Columbus was crowned victorious. The Wildcats were followed up by Mediapolis and Clark Country.

Mediapolis’ Solomon Zaugg was the meet medalist, running 17:54.8 for first place.

Freddy Vergara of Columbus was second, with Mediapolis’ Jeff Campbell placing third in 18:32.5.

Central Lee and Holy Trinity tied for 4th, while Winfield-Mount Union placed sixth.

Gabe Hemsworth led the Wolves with a time of 19:45.4, which placed him 9th overall.

Meanwhile on the girls’ side, due to some bumps and bruises, the Mount Pleasant squad only had three participants.

Belle Meador was the top finisher, placing 23rd in a time of 25:22.8.

Celebrating her 17th birthday, Jayden Housh finished 35th.

Muscatine earned the team championship, while Washington’s Quincy Griffis was the meet champion, finishing in 22:19.5.

In Class B action, Mediapolis took home a second place finish.

Clark County was the Class B champion.

Prep Volleyball: Notre Dame Showing Why They’re Most Feared, Other Area Finals:

No. 1 Notre Dame 3, No. 9 New London 0 

For the second time this week, top-ranked Notre Dame showed why they’re one of the state’s best, earning a 3-nil sweep victory over ninth-ranked New London yesterday at Father Minnett Gymnasium in Burlington.

The Nikes got their offense going fast, and they’re defense suffocated the Tiger attack en route to 25-18, 25-16 and 25-10 wins.

Gabby Deery, who is playing at an all-state level, pounded out 18 kills, while Joise Bentz added 11.

Jenna Bentz recorded 33 assists.

The win improved the defending state champions to 20-6 and 5-0 in Super Conference play.

New London dipped to 5-6, they’re now 2-1 in Super Conference action.

Winfield-Mount Union 3, Highland 0 

Bradie Buffington had 11 kills to pace Winfield-Mount Union to a sweep of Highland yesterday.

Keetyn Townsley also chipped in with double digit kills as the Wolves rolled.

Keely Malone filled the stat sheet with 28 assists, six kills and two aces.

Winfield-Mount Union, now 10-4 and 3-1 in conference play, will participate in the always competitive Holy Trinity tournament Monday evening.

WACO 3, Danville 1 

It was a happy homecoming for the Warriors as WACO took down Danville in four sets last night.

Ellah Kissell and Grace Coble spearheaded the win with nine kills apiece for the Warriors.

Coble also had 22 assists.

The win evened WACO’s ledger at 6-6, while Danville slipped to 2-6 .

WACO will have today off before traveling to Eldon tomorrow for the Cardinal Tournament.

Other area finals:

  • Wapello 3, Hillcrest 0
  • Mediapolis 3, Louisa-Muscatine 0
  • No. 7 West Burlington 3, Central Lee 0

Prep Football: Mount Pleasant Aiming for Win No. 1, Can WACO Stay Hot, Can Winfield Rebound: 

Lots of questions will be answered tonight in Week Four of the Iowa High School Football season.

First, in our featured matchup, the Mount Pleasant football team is looking to snap a three-game losing skid to start their year as they travel to West Burlington Notre Dame for a date with the Falcons.

Sophomore running back Payton Hagans had his coming out party last week with a three-pack of touchdowns and will be counted on again against the Falcons, who are also 0-3.

However, West Burlington Notre Dame have a played a tough schedule losing to traditional powers Mid-Prairie and Mediapolis, while hanging tough with No. 8 (4A) Fort Madison.

Travain Donaldson is the Falcons bellcow, racking up 229 yards through three games.

Hayden Vandenburg is only completing 36% of his passes and has been picked twice.

This will only be the third meeting in the last six seasons between the two schools, with Mount Pleasant taking both.

Tonight’s game will kick at 7:00 p.m.

You can listen on FM 105.5 with the Panther Tailgate Show beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Other area matchups:

  • Central Lee at Williamsburg
  • Mediapolis at No. 2 Iowa City Regina
  • New London at English Valleys
  • Wapello at Pekin
  • Iowa Valley at No. 8 WACO
  • HLV at Winfield-Mount Union
  • Fort Madison at Washington
  • Knoxville at Fairfield
  • Oskaloosa at Keokuk
  • Ottumwa at Burlington