Sports, Saturday, September 18th

By: Nathan Bloechl —

Prep Football: Mount Pleasant Earns First Win, Winfield Victorious: 

Mount Pleasant got touchdowns from Payton and Dylon Hagans and Carson Coleman as they survived for a 24-20 win over West Burlington Notre Dame last night at Bill Nelson Field.

Leading 14-12 at the halftime break, Mount Pleasant sophomore Jurha Turner intercepted West Burlington Notre Dame quarterback Clayton Vandenberg, setting up Coleman’s one yard plunge to extend the lead to 21-12.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the Panther defense bellied up against West Burlington’s offense forcing a turnover on downs,  then converting a 37-yard field goal to go up 24-12 with 3:00 to play in the game.

On the ensuing drive, however, the Falcons would counter and fast with Vandenburg going through the air for his second long score, this time from 72 yards to cut the lead to four following a successful two-point play.

After the onside kick was recovered by the Panthers, Mount Pleasant was able to bleed the clock out to earn win number one.

Now 1-3, the Panthers will take the next week to prepare for Fort Madison.

The No. 8 (4A) Bloodhounds will be the homecoming opponent of Mount Pleasant.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

You can listen on FM 105.5 and

Other area/district finals:

  • English Valleys 39, New London 34
  • No. 8 (8P) WACO 42, Iowa Valley 6
  • Winfield-Mount Union 51, HLV 24
  • Wapello 35, Pekin 0
  • Fort Madison 23, Washington 19
  • No. 2 North Scott 20, No. 3 Xavier 8
  • Oskaloosa 49, Keokuk 7
  • Lisbon 40, Columbus 0
  • Burlington 42, Ottumwa 0
  • No. 2 Iowa City Regina 34, Mediapolis 0

College Football: Wesleyan at Home, Other Regional Matchups:

The Iowa Wesleyan football team is back on their home turf today when they welcome in Trinity International University for a showdown at Trinity International University.

The Tigers are coming off a loss last week at Quincy, but one in which that saw quarterback Gavin Esquivel earn Conference Player of the Week honors after hurling three touchdowns finishing just shy of 400 yards.

Today’s game will kick at 12:00 p.m., with coverage on KILJ beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Note, the game will be aired on FM 98.5 and AM 1130.

Other college matchups statewide today:

  • No. 5 Iowa vs. Kent State (FM 105.5)
  • No. 14 Iowa State at UNLV (FM 98.5/AM 1130)
  • UNI vs. St. Thomas
  • Drake at North Dakota
  • Grand View at MidAmerica Nazarene
  • Simpson at Coe
  • Dubuque at Luther
  • Buena Vista at Loras
  • Nebraska Wesleyan at Central

Prep Volleyball: Area Teams in Action on Busy Tournament Saturday:

Several area teams are back in action today with tournament volleyball all over southeast Iowa.

The Mount Pleasant volleyball team will be one of the many area teams trekking to Ottumwa for the Bulldog Invite.

Joining them will be Burlington, Albia, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Fairfield and Washington.

That tournament is slated to begin at 8:00 a.m.

Meanwhile at Keokuk, action will get going at 9:00 a.m. when Central Lee, Notre Dame and Van Buren County will tango in a quadrangular.

Mediapolis and West Burlington will be at Lisbon, while New London will travel to North Mahaska.

WACO and Danville will also partake in tournament play, they’ll be in Eldon for the Cardinal Classic.

First serve there is set for 9:00 a.m.