Sports, May 18th

High School Track and Field

It is time for championship Saturday for the 2024 State Track and Field Meet with plenty of local athletes aiming to give their team some more points or an individual championship. First, here’s some of the highlights from yesterday’s competition.

Aedin Nelson, Noah Schmidgall, Reese Campbell, and Logan Rosas grabbed the bronze for the boys’ Class 2A distance medley relay with a time of 3 minutes and 31 seconds, giving Mediapolis six more points to their team total. 

The girls’ Class 3A 400-meter hurdles produced five points for Washington as Ryen Pepper grabbed 4th place with a time of 1 minute and 6 seconds.

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ 4×100 meter relay team of Kynlee White, Alex Scott, Bailey Jalas, and Andi Scott will be competing today in the Class 3A finals after claiming 4th place with a time of 48.89 seconds.

Rosas, Campbell, Nathan Schmidgall, and Nelson of Mediapolis qualified for the boys’ Class 2A 4×400 meter relay finals today after finishing in 8th place with a time of 3 minutes and 28 seconds.

The Danville girls’ team of Kenna Furnald, Jadea Molle, Miya Orbiana, and Alaina Gourley in the Class 1A distance medley grabbed 3rd place with a time of 4 minutes and 13 seconds, giving the Bears six points.

Alexander Rees of Columbus qualified for the finals with a 7th place time of 15.48 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles. 

For the girls’ Class 1A 4×200 meter relay, the team of Furnald, Orbiana, Macie Wagner, and Molle finished in 8th place with a time of 1 minute and 48 seconds, which gave the Bears one point. 

Winfield-Mt. Union’s Gabriel Hemsworth earned four points for the Wolves in the 400-meter hurdles with a 5th place time of 55.82 seconds.

For the girls’ Class 4A 4×100 meter relay division, the team of Kierah Wiseman, Shariah Hart, Mylee Stiefel, and Sophie Brown grabbed 5th place to advance to the finals today with a time of 48.79 seconds.

In the boys’ Class 1A 4×100 meter relay, Danville’s team of Jaden Bauer, Kessler Whaley, Landon Seibert, and Ayden Doyle advanced with a time of 43.93 seconds, 7th best of the field. The team Juan Chairez, Riley Kaalberg, Lamar Ceant, and Kaiden Amigon finished in 2nd place with a time of 43.54 seconds. 

To finish off the running events for the day, the Danville girls’ team, and the Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team competed in the 4×400 meter relay. The Bears team of Alain Gourley, Delaney Newberry, Wagner, and Furnald finished in 6th place to qualify for the finals today with a time of 4 minutes and 12 seconds. The Wolves had Sheaden Adams, Ty Scorpil, Hemsworth, and Kohlby Newsom take 8th place with a time of 3 minutes and 29 seconds to advance to the finals today. 

For field events, Burlington’s Kylee Hill won the girls’ Class 4A shot put with ease, heaving the shot 45 feet and 2.5 inches. 

Lastly, Burlington’s Keshawn Wyldon gained points for the Grayhounds with a 4th place leap of 22 feet and 7 inches in the boys’ Class 4A long jump.

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. 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. KILJ will bring live updates today.

High School Soccer

The Central Lee girls’ team will take on Assumption, the #1-seed, on Tuesday, May 21st, at 7 pm in the Class 1A Region 1 semifinals. 

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 Monday at Mediapolis. 

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

Burlington Notre Dame will compete against Assumption on Monday at 7 pm on the road. 

The Burlington Notre Dame girls’ team was led by Julianna Hill’s herculean effort last night in the Class 2A Region 8 quarterfinal and defeated Mt. Pleasant 8-1. Hill scored five goals and tallied another two assists in the win. Aviana West added a hat trick to the winning effort. The Panthers finished the season with a 7-7 record. 

The Nikes will take on Iowa City Liberty on the road on Tuesday at 5:30 pm. 

In the bottom half of the bracket, Fort Madison smacked Keokuk 10-0 last night. Teagen Snaadt led the effort with a hat trick. The Bloodhounds will travel to Burlington on Tuesday at 7 pm. 

High School Tennis

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

High School Golf

The girls’ Class 1A state meet will take place at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown on Thursday, May 23rd, continuing into May 24th, with New London eyeing a team title. 

The Class 2A state meet will take place at Cedar Pointe Golf Course in Boone on Thursday with Olivia Hines of Mediapolis competing as an individual and Mid-Prairie participating as a team. 

The boys’ state meet is set to begin on Monday, 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 will host Clear Creek Amana on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 7 pm.

Burlington Notre Dame will travel to Don Bosco today for an invitational. 

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

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

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

Mediapolis will square off against Lone Tree Tuesday at 5:30 pm at home. 

Van Buren County will face off against Hillcrest Academy on Tuesday at 5:30 pm at home.

High School Softball

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

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

Mt. Pleasant will scrimmage Winfield-Mt. Union on Monday at 6 pm. 

Mediapolis will square off against Lone Tree on Tuesday at 7 pm at home.

Van Buren County will travel to take on Fairfield at 7:30 pm on Monday.

West Burlington will face off against Keokuk at home on Monday at 7 pm.

This Day in Sports History

1897 – New York Giants third baseman Bill Joyce becomes the last player in baseball history to hit four triples in a game as the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-5 at Exposition Park.

1988 – In the Oakland Athletics’ 39th game of the season, pitcher Dave Stewart breaks a major league record, committing his 12th balk of the season in a 4 – 1 loss to the Red Sox. Stewart will extend the record with 16 balks during the year.

2001 – At the time, 101-year-old Harold Stilson becomes the oldest golfer to record a hole-in-one when he aces the 108-yard, par-3, 16th hole at Deerfield CC, FL.