Sports, October 3rd

High School Football

Mt. Pleasant will stay on the road to take on Keokuk this Friday, October 6th, at 7:30 pm. KILJ will be on the call with the pregame show at 7:15 pm. 

In other Class 3A District 4 matchups, Washington will host Assumption and Fort Madison will wrestle with Mt. Vernon at home.

Fairfield will attempt to bounce back this Friday against South Tama in a road matchup.

Mediapolis will host Davis County this Friday.

Columbus will hit the road to take on Van Buren County this Friday. 

Central Lee will take on Mid-Prairie at 7:30 pm for their Homecoming game.

Danville will host Lisbon this Friday in an attempt to extend their win streak to four games. 

#10 WACO will face off against English Valleys at 7 pm in a home game.

New London will compete against Moravia at 7 pm.

#1 Winfield-Mt. Union will be at home to face off against Mormon Trail this Friday.

High School Football Rankings

8-Player saw no movement from last week’s rankings as #1 Winfield-Mt. Union made it three games in-a-row of scoring at least 70 points. Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Bedford, CAM, and Remsen St. Mary’s enter this week’s rankings #2 through #5, respectively, and still undefeated. WACO is ranked 10th with a 5-1 record, their only loss coming against the Wolves.

Class 2A saw Mediapolis jump into the rankings at the #10 slot after back-to-back weeks of dominating victories. 

Looking at Class 3A’s RPI rankings, Williamsburg is the top team with a 0.708 RPI. In Mt. Pleasant’s district, Mt. Vernon is the highest ranked team in 8th with Assumption and Fort Madison ranked 19th and 20th respectively, as the two fight for second place in the district and an automatic bid to the playoffs. 

Since Gilbert is the only undefeated team remaining in Class 4A, it’s a no-brainer who is ranked #1 in Class 4A. Burlington is in 30th with a 0.397 RPI. 

It’s a dead-heat between Southeast Polk and Dowling Catholic in Class 5A, as both teams tout tough schedules and undefeated records; the Rams are #1 through six weeks with an RPI of 0.716.

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant will be competing in the first round of the Southeast Conference Tournament tonight at Fort Madison.

New London will host Fort Madison on October 5th. 

West Burlington will host Burlington Notre Dame tonight.

WACO will travel to take on Winfield-Mt. Union tonight at 7:30 pm.

Van Buren County will take on Mediapolis today.

#3 Holy Trinity Catholic will stay on the road to face off against Central Lee tonight.

Danville will take on the Crusaders for Holy Trinity Catholic’s senior night on October 5th.

Cross Country

The Hillcrest Academy Invitational ran yesterday with Pella, who was split up into a Green team and a White team, taking first as a team followed by Mediapolis in second place, Mt. Pleasant in fourth place, Danville in fifth place, and Fairfield in sixth place. 

Owen Schmidgall and Solomon Zaugg were the two best runners for the Bulldogs as the pair finished in 3rd and 4th place, respectively. Both runners finished with sub-17 minute times.

The Panthers best finisher was Ben Carthey in 11th place with a time of 17 minutes and 51 seconds. Jude Dykstra and Locken Henderson finished in 14th and 15th, respectively, for Mt. Pleasant. 

Isaac Shin was the top finisher for Danville with a time of 19 minutes and Noah Horn finished in 25th place overall with a time of 19 minutes and 23 seconds. 

The top two finishers for Fairfield were Nate Konczal in 17th and Riley Perkins with a time of 19 minutes and 47 seconds. 

The Mt. Pleasant middle school girls team extended their team winning streak with Avery Fedler finishing as the runner-up with a time of 12 minutes and 25 seconds. 

The Mt. Pleasant middle school boys team was led by Finn Kramer’s 28th place finish as the team took 10th place.

Mt. Pleasant will be competing in the Southeast Conference (SEC) meet on October 12th. 

The Southeast Iowa Super Conference (SEISC) meet will be run on October 5th. 

College Football

The University of Iowa will celebrate Homecoming this Saturday, October 7th, against Purdue. 

Iowa State University will take on TCU in a home game this Saturday.

For the Hawkeye broadcast, tune into KILJ 105.5 FM and the Cyclone broadcast will be on 98.5 FM and AM 1130. 

This Day in Sports History

1920 – American Pro Football Association (later the NFL) plays their first full round of games; the Dayton Triangles beat the Columbus Panhandles, 14-0, in the first official game at Triangle Park, Dayton. 

1971 – American tennis star Billie Jean King becomes the first female athlete to win $100,000 in prize money in a single year after she wins the $4,000 Virginia Slams Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona.

1989 – Art Shell becomes the first Black head coach in modern NFL history after the Oakland Raiders fire Mike Shanahan.