Sports, May 23rd

High School Soccer

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will take on Central DeWitt on the road tonight.

The Danville boys’ team fell to West Liberty last night 10-0. The Bears finished the season with a 5-5 record.

The Central Lee boys’ team was eliminated from the postseason after losing to Pella Christian last night 6-0. The Hawks end the season with a 6-9 record.

For girls’ soccer, Burlington Notre Dame will take on North Scott and Fort Madison will take on SEC foe Burlington. Both games will be played today.

High School Golf

Day one of the boys’ state tournament got underway yesterday and through 18 holes Mason Shelledy of New London is tied for 30th as he shot 15 over. Dawson Barthole is in 1st place with a score of 3 over. The tournament will conclude today.

In Class 3A, Roman Roth of Washington leads the field after shooting 1 over through 18 holes.

The New London girls’ team and Olivia Hines of Mediapolis will be competing in the state tournament with day one of the two day tournament starting on May 25th.

Deerwood Golf Club will be sponsoring KILJ’s coverage of both state golf events.

High School Baseball

Mt. Pleasant will travel to take on Clear Creek-Amana tomorrow, May 24th.

Winfield-Mt. Union will face off against Pekin tonight.

New London will travel to take on West Liberty tomorrow at 7 pm.

Danville will start their season against Mediapolis tonight.

Central Lee fell to Fort Madison 12-2 last night. The Hawks will travel to face off against Burlington Notre Dame on May 26th.

High School Softball

Mt. Pleasant escaped a 7th inning jam to come away with the opening day win over Holy Trinity Catholic 6-4. Ella McNamee got the scoring going with an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning to score Sage Burchett. Addison Clark tallied her own RBI double to give Mt. Pleasant a 2 to 0 lead.

The Crusaders would tie the game up in the 3rd inning after an error and an RBI triple by Brooke Mueller. The Crusaders and Panthers traded a run to keep the game tied at 3. Some nifty baserunning and an RBI single by Jolynn Martin made it 6 to 3 Panthers. With the Crusaders down to their final two out, Mary Hellige clobbered a solo home run to make the score 6 to 4. Martin was able to navigate her way out of the problem and pick up her first win as a Panther going 7 innings and notching 5 strikeouts. The Panthers will host Mid-Prairie on May 26th and the Crusaders will travel to take on West Burlington tonight.

Winfield-Mt. Union will host Pekin tonight to start their season.

Danville will host their opening day today against Mediapolis.

Central Lee will take on Highland on May 25th at 7 pm.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

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

This Day in Sports History

1981 – Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez at 22 years old becomes the youngest 3-division world champion in history by knocking out WBC World Super Welterweight champion Maurice Hope in 12 rounds in Las Vegas.

2001 – Marco Siffredi becomes the first person to snowboard down Mount Everest via the Norton Couloir.

2021 – PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Ocean Course Kiawah Island: Phil Mickelson becomes oldest major winner in history at the age of 50; wins his 6th major by 2 strokes over Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen.