Sports, Saturday, July 24th

By: Nathan Bloechl —

Prep Baseball: Previewing New London’s Trip to State Again, 2A Bracket:

The New London Tiger baseball team has earned the No. 5 seed in the upcoming Class 1A State Baseball tournament, the IHSAA has announced.

The Tigers will take on No. 4 Kee (Lansing) Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Merchants Park in Carroll.

You can listen to the matchup on FM 105.5 and

Here’s the full Class 1A bracket and schedule:

Monday, July 26th 

11:00—#1 St. Mary’s, Remsen vs. #8 Grundy Center

1:30—#4 Kee, Lansing vs. #5 New London

4:30—#2 St. Albert, Council Bluffs vs. #7 Lisbon

7:00—#3 Tri-Center, Neola vs. #6 Alburnett

In Class 2A, the bracket is as follows:

Tuesday, July 27th 

11:00—#4 Unity Christian vs. #5 Clarinda

1:30—#1 Van Meter vs. #8 Davis County

4:30—#3 Camanche vs. #6 Denver

7:00—#2 Centerville vs. #7 New Hampton

Class 1A semifinals will be played on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with the state finals scheduled for Thursday, July 29th at 12:00 p.m.

Prep Baseball: Recapping All-SEC Baseball:

Let’s recap All-SEC Baseball Honors once again, the selections were made earlier this week by league officials.

Mount Pleasant senior outfielder Chase Williamson was named second-team All-Conference — the highest honor for a Panther this season.

The Central College football recruit hit .322 this season, clubbing five doubles while finishing tied for second on the team with 17 RBI.

On the honorable mention team were Will Edeker and midseason callup Payton Hagans.

Burlington’s Brock Dengler was named as the Conference Player of the Year.

Edeker, Dalton Gardner, Jack Johnson, Dalton Church and Lincoln Henriksen were all named Academic All-Conference, as well.

Prep Softball: State Tournament Wraps Up Friday:

The 2021 IGHSAU State Softball Tournament concluded yesterday with three more programs earning state championship nods.

Here’s the full state championship scoreboard:


Davenport Assumption 10, Mount Vernon 5


Western Dubuque 3, Boone 1


Fort Dodge 2, Ankeny Centennial 0

College Football: Two Iowa State Tight Ends Named to Mackey Watch List:

Iowa State All-Big 12 tight ends Charlie Kolar and Chase Allen appear on the John Mackey Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s best tight end.

The duo have each earned All-Big honors three times in their respective careers to help the Cyclone tight end unit rank as one of the best nationally. Iowa State’s 82 receptions from its tight ends in 2020 was the best in the nation and its 1,057 receiving yards ranked second.

Kolar returns for his senior season as one of the best tight ends in the country. The two-time All-American and two-time First Team All-Big 12 choice, who was one of three finalists for the Mackey Award in 2020, is on pace to shatter virtually all tight end marks in Cyclone history.

Allen, who hails from Nixa, Mo., has also had an impressive career for the Cyclones. Allen decided to return for his super senior season (sixth year in school) with 48 receptions, 526 receiving yards and four touchdowns in his career.