Sports, May 16th

High School Track and Field

The State Track and Field meet starts today and runs through Saturday, May 18th, in Des Moines. KILJ will bring updates throughout the three day event.

Classes 2A and 3A will start off the day with the girls shuttle hurdle relay preliminary. The girls’ Class 3A discus, one of the first field events, will feature Kya Goodrich and Savannah Slobodnik of Mt. Pleasant along with Brylie Lorence of Fort Madison.

If you would like to watch the meet, the Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN) will live stream and broadcast the coed State Track Championship today through Saturday. It will air on the IHSSN Cable Network and be streamed for free at or the WatchIHSSN app. You can access the stream through the IHSAA or IGHSAU websites.

High School Soccer

In a defensive battle, the Central Lee girls’ team pulled off the upset against Mediapolis last night 1-0. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 9-6 record. The Hawks advance to the Class 1A Region 1 semifinals to take on Assumption, the #1-seed, on Tuesday, May 21st, at 7 pm. 

In other girls’ postseason action, Washington fell to Center Point-Urbana last night 6-1. The Demons finished the season with a 7-9 record. 

In the boys’ Class 1A Substate 6 postseason bracket, Central Lee will have their hands full when they travel to #1 West Branch on Monday, May 20th, at 7 pm. 

In the bottom half of the bracket, Danville will face off against Mediapolis in the semifinal on May 20th at Mediapolis. 

In the boys’ Class 2A Substate 5 bracket, Keokuk will take on Williamsburg on the road on May 20th at 7 pm. 

Burlington Notre Dame will compete against Assumption on May 20th at 7 pm on the road. 

The Burlington Notre Dame girls’ team will travel to Mt. Pleasant tomorrow, May 17th, for the Class 2A Region 8 quarterfinal at 5:30 pm.

High School Tennis

Jana Isanta of Mt. Pleasant will participate in the girls’ Class 1A State Singles tournament on May 24th in Iowa City. 

The Fairfield boys’ team fell to Xavier yesterday 5-0 in the Class 1A Substate 5 championship match. Austin Loria and Ethan Cass both won a couple of games in their singles matches. The Trojans end the season with an 11-1 record. 

High School Golf

The girls’ Class 1A Region 5 Final took place at Honey Creek Resort in Moravia yesterday and New London continued their annual tradition of qualifying for state with a second place finish behind Highland. 

The Tigers finished with a team score of 363 with Taylor Phillips and Sophie Malott leading the pack with scores of 77 and 79, respectively. Emma Busby carded the 8th best score of the course, shooting a 94. Wapello finished with a team score of 504 with Emma Gerhardt leading the team with a 103, which placed her in 17th. 

 The girls’ Class 1A state meet will take place at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown on May 23rd, continuing into May 24th. 

The West Liberty Country Club hosted the girls’ Class 2A Region 5 final yesterday as Madi Davidson’s 89 led Mid-Prairie to a second-place finish and a spot at the state meet. Clinching a spot as an individual was Mediapolis’ Olivia Hines, who has become a regular at the state meet, as she carded an 81, the second best score of the course. 

The Class 2A state meet will take place at Cedar Pointe Golf Course in Boone on May 23rd. 

Lastly, Solon hosted five Southeast Conference (SEC) teams in the Class 3A Region 4 final yesterday, but kept the glory for themselves as the Spartans claimed second place with a score of 338, 17 strokes behind Xavier.

Keokuk finished in sixth place with a team score of 388 followed by Fort Madison with a team score of 390. Fairfield shot a 413, Washington finished with a 418, and Mt. Pleasant rounded out the field with a 419. 

Keokuk’s Heidi Rose led the SEC, finishing in 18th place with a score of 91. Mt. Pleasant’s Kylie Walderbach carded a 95, which was good enough for 26th place. 

The boys’ state meet is set to begin on May 20th in Ames with Washington competing as a team for Class 3A at Veenker Memorial Golf Course and Winfield-Mt. Union for Class 1A at Ames Golf and Country Club.

High School Baseball

Mt. Pleasant has now made it back-to-back mercy victories, clobbering West Burlington last night 11-1 after five innings. J.C. Sitar continued his slugging at the plate, adding two doubles and two RBIs to his season total. Payton Hagans also cranked two doubles as Cooper Coleman also slapped a double with each tallying an RBI. Zach Newton pitched a complete game, allowing only two hits and striking out six batters.

Brock Thuleen totaled the only RBI for the Falcons as Levi Fletcher-Bates notched the only extra-base hit. 

The Panthers will travel to Cardinal tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 pm. 

West Burlington will host Keokuk on Monday, May 20th, at 7:30 pm. 

Van Buren County will attempt to get their first win of the season against Keokuk tonight at home at 7:30 pm. 

Burlington Notre Dame will travel to Don Bosco on Saturday, May 18th, for an invitational. 

Central Lee will start their season on May 20th on the road against Fort Madison at 7 pm.

Winfield-Mt. Union will take on New London on May 21st at 5:30 pm.

Mediapolis will square off against Lone Tree on May 21st at 5:30 pm at home. 

High School Softball

Central Lee will travel to Fort Madison on May 20th at 7 pm.

Winfield-Mt. Union will hit the road to face off against New London at 7 pm on May 21st.

Mt. Pleasant will scrimmage Holy Trinity Catholic today at home at 6:15 pm.

Mediapolis will square off against Lone Tree on May 21st at 7 pm at home.

Van Buren County will travel to take on Fairfield at 7:30 pm on May 20th.

West Burlington will face off against Keokuk at home on May 20th at 7 pm.


Caitlin Clark’s debut may not have gotten off to the best start statistically, as the former Hawkeye scored 20 points but coughed the ball up 10 times, but it provided what the league wanted: viewers. In the Indiana Fever’s 92-71 loss to the Connecticut Sun, viewership peaked at 2.3 million viewers according to ESPN, which was the most watched WNBA game since the Los Angeles Sparks faced off against the Houston Comets back in 2001 for a Memorial Day contest on NBC. 

The Fever will look for their first win tonight at home against the New York Liberty at 6 pm. 

This Day in Sports History

1957 – NY Yankee players including Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Hank Bauer are involved in a brawl at the Copacabana nightclub while watching Sammy Davis Jr. perform, leads to the Billy Martin trade.

1984 – Harvey Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep the Twins in Minnesota. The Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game.

2019 – Brooks Koepka ties the tournament record and breaks the course record when he shoots a 63 (-7) to lead the PGA Championship by one stroke after the 1st round at Bethpage Black, New York.