Sports, May 4th

High School Track and Field

The Mt. Pleasant girls and boys teams will travel to Washington for their Southeast Conference meet tonight. The girls team for the Panthers will look to repeat as conference champions, while the boys team will have to dethrone Washington.

The Southeast Iowa Super Conference meet for the boys and girls will be run today at WACO. On the boys side, Mediapolis will look to defend their North title and New London will try to repeat as the South champion. The girls Sorth champion was West Burlington-Notre Dame last season and the North title winner was Pekin.

High School Soccer

The Mt. Pleasant girls team will look to get back in the win column tonight against Fairfield on the road.

The Mt. Pleasant boys team will host Fairfield today.

The WACO boys team will host Hillcrest Academy tomorrow, May 5th.

The Danville boys team will take on Wapello on the road tonight.

The Central Lee boys will take on Columbus today at home.

The Central Lee girls team will be at home against Columbus tonight.

High School Golf

The Mt. Pleasant boys team competed in the Southeast Conference meet yesterday and finished in 4th place with a score of 370. Washington won the conference meet with a 302 score as Roman Roth led the way with a score of 70. The Panthers next competition will be on May 10th for the 3A sectional meet.

The Mt. Pleasant girls team will compete in the SEC conference tournament on May 10th.

The Southeast Iowa Super Conference (SEISC) boys teams competed in their conference meet yesterday with Hillcrest Academy winning by nearly 30 strokes against runner-up Mediapolis, 322 to 351. New London finished in 4th place behind Wapello with Van Buren County rounding out the top 5. Central Lee placed tied for 6th and Winfield-Mt. Union finished in 8th place with 387 strokes. Caleb Larson from Central Lee finished with an 82. Carter Loyd shot an 88 on the day as he paced the Wolves. New London, Winfield-Mt. Union, Danville, and Holy Trinity Catholic will compete in the 1A sectional meet on May 10th.

The girls SEISC competition will be taking place on May 8th.

High School Tennis

The Mt. Pleasant girls team will travel to Burlington for the Southeast Conference meet today.

The Mt. Pleasant boys team is  11-0 on the season heading into their conference meet tonight.

College Signings

Aaiden Ashton will be joining his brother in Fulton, Missouri next year after signing his letter of intent to play basketball at William Woods University yesterday. His new coach, Jordan Ashton, sees a lot of potential in his new recruit.

“Just his growth, his continued growth every year. I mean you could see it with the numbers, you can see it with his body just how he looks, and I think he still has—obviously I’m a little biased—a ton of potential and room for growth going forward. And he works hard too, it’s not just something that kind of happened. He puts in the work, so I think he has a bright future.”

Ashton finished his senior season averaging 14.5 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game as he shot 43% from the field. He helped the Panthers finish with an 18-6 record, a 12-game winning streak, and their first conference championship since the 2017-18 season. Ashton talked about his enjoyment of last season,

“It was really fun, much love to my teammates and all of them guys. And good luck next year for those who are sticking around.”

The 6’2 guard will be joining an Owls squad that collected an 8-8 conference record on their way to a 15-13 overall record last season.

Southeast Iowa Playbook

Keetyn Townsley and Bradie Buffington joined us on the Southeast Iowa Playbook yesterday and they explained why they love being a part of the Winfield-Mt. Union community.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The Tiger baseball team earned the 4th seed in the Continental Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament and they will be facing off against Georgia Gwinnett College on May 6th.

The Tigers outdoor track and field teams will be competing at the Fighting Scot Outdoor Invitational on May 6th.

Vice President for Advancement and Athletics Derek Zander will be joining us on Tiger Nation this morning at 9 am.

This Day in Sports History

1869 – Cincinnati Red Stockings play their 1st official baseball game, a win against the Great Western Baseball Club, 45-9.

1893 – Cowboy Bill Pickett invented bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground.

1980 – White Sox 1st baseman Mike “Spanky” Squires catches the final inning of a 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming first lefty to catch since Cubs Dale Long in 1958.