Sports, Saturday, April 24th

By: Nathan Bloechl — 

College Track: Beatty Finishes Tied for Fourth at Drake:

Former Mount Pleasant standout Sam Beatty has finished tied for third at today’s college portion of the Drake Relays in Des Moines.

Beatty, competing now at Central College, jumped 6 feet, 6 3/4 inches which tied him with four other jumpers.

Beatty was a multi-time state qualifier at Mount Pleasant and also competes on the Central College basketball team.

Midland University freshman Shandon Reitzell won the event with leap of 6 feet, 11 1/2 inches.

Men’s College Soccer: Wesleyan Picks Up Several Honors:

The Iowa Wesleyan soccer team earned several honors following their 2021 spring season.

Vicent Sanchis (FR/Valencia, Spain) was at the top of the list for the Tigers, earning both SLIAC Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors in his first year with the Tigers. Sanchis was dominant in the Tiger net throughout the season, tallying 49 saves for the season. He finished fourth in the SLIAC in total number of saves, second in save percentage, fourth in goals against (5), and third in goals against average (0.54).

Francisco Javier Saldana (JR/Madrid, Spain) was also named 1st Team All-Conference. He led the SLIAC in total number of goals, with 9 for the season, and total number of shots, taking 51. Javier Saldana also completed the season ranked second in the conference in total number of points, totaling 19 for the year.

Geovanny Pacheco (FR/Costa Rica) was the final Tiger given 1st Team All-Conference honors. Pacheco started in all 10 of IW’s matches this season and took 17 shots on the year.

Xavier Lozada (SO/Guayaquil, Ecuador), Cristian Garcia (SR/Spain), and Tomasz Karauda (FR/Canada) were all named to the 2nd Team All-Conference team. Lozada finished the season with 4 goals, 3 assists, 11 points, and 33 shots, 16 of which were on goal. Garcia was a dominant player for IW in the backfield. He earned 1 assist, 1 point, and took 2 shots this season. Karauda also proved to be extremely important in the Tigers’ success, scoring 1 goal and tallying 2 points with 2 shots that were both on goal. Karauda was also named to the SLIAC All-Sportsmanship team for the season.

Women’s College Soccer: Campos Leads Wesleyan Postseason Awards:

Iowa Wesleyan’s women’s soccer team earned two postseason honors.

Jacqueline Campos (FR/Azusa, CA) earned 3rd Team All-Conference recognition.

Campos, in her first year at Iowa Wesleyan, was a starter and a key player in the midfield. She was able to score four goals, earn one assist, nine points, and took 29 shots, 19 of which were on goal.

Hannah Brower (FR/Colorado Springs, CO) was named to the SLIAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Over the season, she tallied 1 assist, 1 point, took four shots, and one of those shots was on goal.

Prep Sports: State Agrees on Mandated Summer Week Off:

Starting this summer, there will be a week off designated for family time for Iowa high school athletes, coaches, and those involved with music and speech.

The week of July 25th is designated as Family Week, so there will be no practices for athletes or participants in music and speech.

The state baseball tournament will go on as scheduled during the last week in July at Principal Park in Des Moines. Next year, IHSAA Director Tom Keating says the summer baseball and softball seasons will be starting in mid-May.

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is cooperating with the boys athletic association in the Family Week program, he says, and the same goes for the Iowa High School Music Association.