Sports, May 16th

High School Track and Field

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will compete in 8 events at the state track meet and the girls’ team will be in 5 events.

The Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ team will be competing in 2 events with the boys’ team participating in 9 events.

The WACO and New London boys’ teams will be competing in 7 events.

The Danville boys’ team will be in 7 events with two runners in the 3200 meter run. The girls’ team will be participating in 5 events.

The Van Buren County boys team will compete in 5 events.

Thomas Eschman will run the 100 meter dash and compete in the long jump for Central Lee.

For a look at the boys’ heat and lane assignments follow this link: Boys’ State Heat and Lane Assignments

For a look at the full list of the local teams girls’ qualifiers follow this link: Girls’ State Qualifiers

The state track meet will begin competition on Thursday, May 18th, and run through the 20th. KILJ will be bringing live results throughout those days for our local teams.

High School Soccer

The Mt. Pleasant girls team was locked in a tight game on the road against Ottumwa after a scoreless first half, but the Panthers would net two in the second half to win 2-1. Charice Auwerda and Tori Wilson each scored a goal with Elly Manning and Sonya Simon getting credited with the assist. The Panthers will host Maquoketa in the Regional Qualifier on May 19th.

The Mt. Pleasant boys team fell to Solon last night in the first round of the substate 2-1. Dylan White scored the lone goal for Mt. Pleasant. The Panthers end the season with a 4-10 record.

The Danville and WACO boys’ teams were in a battle last night, but it was a first half goal by the Bears that decided the game with a Danville 1-0 win. The Bears will move on in the substate to face off against West Liberty on May 22nd. WACO ends the season 4-9.

Dante Merschman’s 2 goals and Hunter Gregory’s 8 saves led the way for Central Lee’s 2-1 win over Hillcrest Academy last night in the first round of substate 6 competition. The Hawks will travel to take on Pella Christian on May 22nd for the second round of the postseason.

The Central Lee girls team will compete in the Class 1A Region 3 contest against Mid-Prairie on May 17th.

High School Golf

The Mt. Pleasant girls team will compete in their Regional meet tomorrow, May 17th, at Xavier.

The boys teams of New London and Winfield-Mt. Union will travel to Brown Deer course in Iowa City today for their District meet.

The girls teams of New London and Winfield-Mt. Union will participate in the Regional final hosted by Wapello tomorrow.

Olivia Hines of Mediapolis will compete at Williamsburg for the Region 4 final tomorrow.

High School Baseball

Mt. Pleasant fell on the road to Van Buren County yesterday 6-5 after the Warriors walked it off scoring three runs in the bottom of the 7th. Payton Walker tallied three hits including a double with an RBI for the Panthers. They will host Mediapolis on May 18th at 7 pm.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The NAIA National Championship meet will take place on May 24th for outdoor track and field.

This Day in Sports History

1957 – Yankees are involved in a Copacabana Incident, leads to Billy Martin trade.

1984 – The Twins sell 51,863 tickets to their 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays, but only 6,346 fans show up for the game. The skewed numbers are the result of a massive ticket-buying plan organized by Minneapolis businessman Harvey Mackay to keep the Twins in Minnesota.

1985 – Michael Jordan is named NBA Rookie of Year.