Sports, July 1st

Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant Varsity Softball dropped both games of a doubleheader Thursday night on the road against Fairfield. The Panthers lost Game 1 by a score of 10-2. Ty Alter was given the loss on the mound. Jayden Housh went 2 for 3 at the plate. Savana Walls, Emma Starr, and Addison Clark all went 1 for 3. The Panthers were defeated in Game 2 by a score of 14-2. Ella McNamee was given the loss on the mound. Savana Walls went 2 for 2 with a double. Ella McNamee and Jersey Beachy both went 1 for 2 at the plate. MP Softball has a pair of games on Saturday during the Rick Doran Classic. The first game will be against Davenport Central at 10:45 AM with the second game against West Liberty starting at 2:15 PM. Both games will take place at Iowa City West High School.

Mount Pleasant Varsity Baseball had a pair of games Thursday night on the road against Fairfield. The Panthers led most of the way in Game 1 but fell to the Trojans 5-4. The Panthers won Game 2 of the night 11-7, scoring 6 of their 11 runs in the 6th inning. MP Baseball is back on the field Tuesday night for a game on the road against Bettendorf. That game will be played at Duane Banks Stadium on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. First pitch is set for 5:00 PM.

New London

New London Varsity Softball will face Lone Tree tonight in the first round of regionals at 7:00 PM at Lone Tree High School.

New London Varsity Baseball was victorious over Cascade 12-4 Thursday night. Dereck Santiago was 1 for 4 with a triple and 4 RBIs. Josh Catala went 4 for 5 at the plate with 3 RBIs. Brendan Richey notched the win on the mound allowing 4 runs, 3 earned on 6 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts over the course of 4 innings. New London Baseball will finish their regular season tonight with road game against Anamosa at Anamosa Middle School. First pitch is set for 7:00 PM. The Tigers will play the winner of Pekin and Lone Tree in round 2 of postseason play on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM at New London Jr/Sr High School.

Winfield-Mt. Union

Winfield-Mt. Union Varsity Softball will take on Holy Trinity Catholic at 7:00 PM tonight in the first round of regionals. That game will take place at West Point South Park and you can catch live coverage of the game on KILJ.

Winfield-Mt. Union Varsity Baseball will take on West Liberty in their first round of postseason play tomorrow at West Liberty Elementary School. That game is set for 7:00 PM Saturday night.

Iowa Wesleyan Men’s Basketball

Iowa Wesleyan Men’s Basketball will host a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament on July 4th at Ruble Arena on the Iowa Wesleyan University campus in Mount Pleasant. All ages are welcome from 3rd grade on through adult ages. There will be a DJ playing music during the event and concession stand availability. The cost to enter is $60 per team. Each team must have at least 3 players with a maximum of 4 players. Payment is required before the start of the first game. Checks can be made payable to Iowa Wesleyan Men’s Basketball. Each athlete must sign a waiver of liability and complete a health information form prior to competing. That form can be sent via email (listed below).

Registration, questions, or concerns may be directed to Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Jordan Ashton, at


USC and UCLA have a new home. The Big Ten conference notified two of the Pac-12s premiere programs Thursday night that their application to join the conference had been approved. The Big Ten is the first conference with member schools that stretch from coast to coast. Texas and Oklahoma announced last year that they are heading to the SEC in 2025. The Big 12 announced in the Fall of 2021 that they are also adding new members. BYU, Central Florida, Cincinnati, and Houston are all joining the Big 12 and will become members no later than the 2024-25 athletic year.

This Day in Sports History

1905 – Frank Owen (Chicago White Sox) pitched two complete games in one day.

1910 – White Sox Park opened. The park’s name was later changed to Comiskey Park.

1982 – Cal Ripken began playing shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles.

1995 – The NBA locked out its players. It was the first work stoppage in the league’s history.