Sports, July 31st

High School Baseball Award Teams

In Class 2A, Van Buren County had three individuals make the Iowa Baseball Coaches Association Southeast District 1st Team. Lucas Fett, a junior, earned the honors as a second baseman with a 0.378 batting average on the season with two home runs and 21 RBIs. 

Taylor Sprouse was nominated as a pitcher after finishing with a 6-2 record on the season with a 2.33 ERA that saw him notch 60 strikeouts in 51 innings of work.

Lastly, Jackson Manning earned a spot as a utility player. The senior clobbered the ball as he finished the season with a 0.522 batting average, tallied 15 doubles, 4 triples, 2 home runs, and a state leading 60 RBIs. He was an efficient reliever with a 1.40 ERA with three saves on the year and a 2-0 record. Additionally, Manning was named 1st Team All-State Academic. 

In Class 3A, Mt. Pleasant had two players named to the 2nd Team for the Southeast District. Ben Newton’s 1.36 ERA with 37 strikeouts helped his cause for the pitcher slot. Zerek Venghaus was named a utility player after his 0.372 average at the plate with 14 RBIs. He also clinched three wins on the mound with a 3.03 ERA. 

Tate Allen was named to the 1st Team for Fairfield with his 0.323 batting average and 5-2 record on the mound. Tallon Bates earned a spot on the 2nd Team. Ethan Patterson for Washington and Brenton Hoard for Keokuk also made the 2nd Team.

High School Softball Award Teams

The Iowa Girls Coaches Association released their All-State and District teams and here are some of our local teams starting with All-State as these players also made their respective All-District Team. For Class 3A, Leighton Salazar of Washington made the 2nd team with Coty Engle, Fairfield, and Ella Greiner, Washington, earning a spot on the 3rd team.

Class 4A was headlined by Burlington’s 8th grade powerhouse Kylee Hill as she earned a spot on the 1st Team. Saydee Plummer secured a spot on the 2nd Team for the Grayhounds. 

For the Class 1A Southeast District Team, Mary Hellige of Holy Trinity Catholic earned a spot as she was the ace for the Crusaders. Annabelle Cormier of Van Buren County earned a spot for Class 2A. In Class 3A, Shanna Buford made the All-District team for Central Lee and Lauren Summers made the list for West Burlington. 

Mt. Pleasant Cross Country

On Mondays and Wednesdays, runs will begin at the Old Threshers Museum Theatre at 6:30 am.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, runs will start at 7 pm at Saunders Park by the swimming pool.

The runs will continue throughout the summer until the middle of August. If you have any questions, reach out to Coach Murray at 319-850-0867.

Prospect League

The Burlington Bees had a rough weekend as they lost 15-0 against the Quincy Gems on Saturday then had their game canceled yesterday against the Thrillville Thrillbillies. The Bees managed just four hits against the Gems. They will look to get back in the win column tonight in a home doubleheader matchup against the Thrillbillies. 

The Clinton LumberKings never had the lead against the Thrillbillies on Saturday as they fell 11-4. Will MacLean, Jeremy Conforti, Nick Meyer, and Paul Vossen each tallied an RBI in the losing effort. The LumberKings will take on the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp in a doubleheader tonight.

This Day in Sports History

1961 – 31st MLB All Star Game (2nd of the year), Fenway Park, Boston: First tie in history; called due to rain after 9 innings with the score, 1–1.

1981 – Mid-season strike by MLB players ends after 50 days causing cancellation of 712 games; players and owners come to an agreement on free agent compensation. Resulted in the year being split into halves with the Cincinnati Reds missing the playoffs despite owning the best record because the Reds did not finish in first place in either half of the season.

2007 – Boston Celtics obtain former MVP and 10-time All-Star Kevin Garnett in a 7-for-1 deal with Minnesota Timberwolves; then the NBA’s biggest ever trade for one player.