Sports, May 9th

High School Track and Field

Mt. Pleasant will host the state qualifying meet tonight with Washington, Keokuk, Fort Madison, and Fairfield making the trip.

Danville, New London, WACO, Columbus, and Winfield-Mt. Union will travel to Sigourney for their state qualifying meet, while Mediapolis, West Burlington, Van Buren County, and Central Lee will head west to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont for their meet today.

High School Soccer

The Mediapolis girls’ team will face off against Keokuk tonight.

Hillcrest Academy will face off against Burlington Notre Dame and Danville will take on Mediapolis in the boys’ Southeast Iowa Super Conference semifinals tomorrow, May 10th, at WACO.

The WACO boys’ team will host Central Lee on Monday, May 13th, at 5 pm for the first round of the Class 1A District 6 postseason bracket, while Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union will face off against Danville on the road at 5 pm.

Mt. Pleasant will take on Burlington Notre Dame tonight with the boys’ team on the road and the girls’ team at home. 

High School Tennis

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will travel to Central DeWitt for team regionals tomorrow, May 10th.

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team traveled to Fairfield for their singles and doubles district meets and here’s how the Panthers performed. For singles, Gavin Ross defeated Gavin Klaus of Davis County in the first round two games to one after winning 6-2 and 6-4 in the final two games, but fell to Bradey Johnson of Xavier in the second round, the eventual third place finisher. Beckham Prough fell in his first round matchup.

The Panthers struggled in the doubles bracket with Phoenix Watson and Lou Schimmelpennig and Sawyer Fulton and Dane Cook falling in their opening round matchups. 

Ruimin Luo of Fairfield took the crown in singles play to advance to state on May 21st in Iowa City.

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will take on Albia to begin their team substate bracket journey on Saturday, May 11th, at Fairfield. 

High School Golf

The New London boys’ team hosted their sectional meet yesterday and the two teams advancing to districts were English Valleys who finished in first place with a team score of 336 and Winfield-Mt. Union who followed just ten strokes behind at 346. The Wolves saw standout performances from Carter Loyd, Justin Knipfer, and Cody Milks as they each carded an 86 (+14)–the fourth, fifth, and sixth best scores–for the 18-hole course with Konner Kinneberg shooting an 88.

Wapello grabbed third place with a team score of 380 as Zach Harbison punched his ticket to districts with the seventh best score of the course and the top individual score outside of the two advancing teams, tallying a 90. 

New London was led by Coen Fitzpatrick, who carded a 92, as he also advanced to districts as an individual. The Tigers shot a 405 as a team, which placed them in fourth.

Holy Trinity Catholic (426), Danville (428), and WACO (500) rounded out the card. Andy Mehmert led the Crusaders with a 103 for the course. Mattix Furnald carded a 96 for the Bears and WACO’s Malachi Rinner paced the Warriors with a score of 113. 

Wapello will host districts on Monday, May 13th, at Heritage Oaks with Winfield-Mt. Union and New London’s Coen Fitzpatrick traveling to compete. 

The girls first round of regionals will take place tomorrow, May 10th, with Columbus, Danville, Holy Trinity Catholic, WACO, and Winfield-Mt. Union traveling to New London at Deerwood Golf Course. Van Buren County, West Burlington/Notre Dame, Central Lee, and Mediapolis will make the trip to Kalona Golf Course hosted by Mid-Prairie. 

The SEC boys’ teams met up at Mt. Pleasant for their sectional and Washington took first place with a team score of 302, but the other team to advance was Albia with a score of 319. Roman Roth continued his dominant season, finishing with an 18-hole score of 69 for the Demons.

Fairfield and Mt. Pleasant each shot a 341, earning them fourth and fifth place, respectively. The Panthers were led by seniors Reece Coffman (79) and Nate Dismang (80). Fairfield’s Sam Weaton carded an 82. Burlington Notre Dame finished with a 368, Fort Madison a 369, and Keokuk rounded out the card with a team score of 404.

The district meet will take place on Monday at Stone Creek Golf Course hosted by Williamsburg.

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team competed in their conference meet yesterday and the Panthers grabbed fourth place with a team score of 422, while Keokuk clinched the crown with a score of 358. Heidi Rose led the Chiefs with a score of 82. Burlington and Fort Madison took second and third place, respectively, while Fairfield and Washington finished in fifth and sixth, respectively.

The girls’ teams of Mt. Pleasant, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Keokuk, and Washington will travel to Solon for their regional meet scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th.

Southeast Iowa Playbook

Danville track and field seniors Carter Fesler and Kamryn Sherwood were our special guests for last night’s episode of the Southeast Iowa Playbook. For Fesler, accountability is his main lesson for leadership. 

“Yeah, I’d say I use a little bit of a stronger leadership type. We try and hold everybody accountable if everybody’s putting in the right work. Because at the end of the day, the determination, and the hard work that you put into this sport will come right back towards you. So, we try to sing everyone’s praises. When they do good, but when they do bad, we try and let them know and how to fix that and how to push forward.”

Long distance running is just as much mental preparation as it is physical, an aspect of the sport that Sherwood delved into,

“I would definitely say from my personal experience, the mental part is a lot harder for me because. At the end of the day, like when you step up on the track and you’re getting ready to race those long distances, it doesn’t matter. Like the workouts you skip the runs you cut short. It really matters like in your mind, if you believe in yourself and if you tell yourself you can, and if you just know like I’m going to run my race. I think that’s a lot bigger than any run… or any workout cut short.”

If you missed last night’s episode you can follow this link and also see our complete collection of the Southeast Iowa Playbook: Southeast Iowa Playbook

Southeastern Community College

SCC baseball will face off against the winner of Iowa Central versus NIACC tomorrow, May 10th.

This Day in Sports History

1901 – Cleveland’s Earl Moore no-hits the Chicago White Stockings for 9 innings but loses it and the game in the 10th inning 4-2.

1984 – The Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings. The game started on May 8th but action was suspended in the 17th inning at 1 am due to a city curfew.

1987 – Eddie Murray of the Baltimore Orioles became the first player to switch-hit homers in two consecutive games.