Sports, September 15th

High School Football

Mt. Pleasant will be back at Evans Field tonight for a matchup against Burlington 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 Grinnell, Keokuk will travel to Fairfield, and Fort Madison and Williamsburg will clash in a battle of the unbeatens. 

Mediapolis will take on Albia tonight.

Columbus will take on Pekin at home today at 7 pm. 

Central Lee will look to stay undefeated tonight against Davis County.

Danville will host Louisa-Muscatine today at 7 pm. 

New London has decided to forfeit this week’s contest against Central City due to injuries sustained last week resulting in a lack of depth. The Tigers plan on playing next week against HLV but the IHSAA requires that the school meet with their staff to show how and why they should be allowed to continue play. This meeting will occur next Monday at 10 am. 

WACO will look to get back in the win column tonight against HLV. 

#2 Winfield-Mt. Union will look to make it a four game winning streak tomorrow, September 16th, against Montezuma. 

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant will be competing in the Ottumwa Invitational tomorrow, September 16th. 

Winfield-Mt. Union swept Lone Tree last night by scores of 25-13, 25-15, and 25-16. Quin Smith led the Wolves in kills with 9; Aurey Meeker dished out 18 assists in the winning effort. The Wolves head into the Southeast Iowa Super Conference (SEISC) Tournament next Thursday with a 4-0 conference record. 

Holy Trinity Catholic and West Burlington clashed in a battle of the ranked opponents. West Burlington appeared poised to win in straight sets after taking the first two: 25-18 and 26-24. Nevertheless, the Crusaders battled back and won the last three sets: 25-22, 25-21, and 18-16. Holy Trinity Catholic has now won 8 straight games. West Burlington falls to 18-3 on the season.

Danville and Keokuk had a thriller last night with the Bears taking the match three sets to two. 

Central Lee and Danville will compete at the Holy Trinity Catholic Classic on September 18th.

WACO and Pekin took the game to five sets with the Warriors rattling off their 9th straight win after winning set number five 15-8. The Warriors will enter the SEISC tournament with a 4-0 conference record. 

New London and Mediapolis traded sets to begin the match, but the Bulldogs would win the battle three sets to one, taking the final two sets: 25-19 and 25-18. Jaydon Wirt tallied 26 assists and Haley Steffener notched 14 kills in the winning effort. The Tigers will be back in action next Thursday for the SEISC tournament. The Bulldogs will compete in the Lisbon Invitational tomorrow.

Van Buren County fell to Burlington Notre Dame last night three sets to one. The Warriors enter the SEISC tournament with a 3-1 conference record. 

Cross Country

The Timm Lamb Cross Country Invitational ran yesterday and in the Varsity Girls A race Washington won as a team with Avery Rump of Fort Madison finishing with the best time of 19 minutes and 48 seconds. Mt. Pleasant finished in 6th place as a team with Nelle Peterson taking 32nd place with a time of 24 minutes and 1 second and finishing right behind her was Monroe James with a time of 24 minutes and 7 seconds. 

In the Varsity Girls B race, Danville-New London took first place as a team led by Alaina Gourley’s 21 minute and 27 second finish, which was good enough for second overall. Abby Arnett and Ava Ourth also finished inside the top ten. Kaitlyn Kipp of Notre Dame/West Burlington had the best time overall at 20 minutes and 57 seconds. Columbus finished in second as a team followed by Mediapolis. Tris Garza took third place for the Wildcats and Shelby Schultz finished in 8th place for the Bulldogs. Kayley Snowgren and Rylee Phillips finished in 4th and 5th place, respectively, for Van Buren County. 

In the Varsity Boys A meet, Washington completed the sweep with a first place team finish as Micah Rees led the way. Mt. Pleasant took 4th place as a team. Ben Carthey finished with a time of 16 minutes and 58 seconds, grabbing him third place and Jude Dykstra finished in 9th place with a time of 17 minutes and 31 seconds. 

Mediapolis took the gold in the Varsity Boys B race with Owen Schmidgall leading the pack with a time of 16 minutes and 33 seconds. Van Buren County and Columbus tied for second place as a team. Lincoln Bainbridge was the top runner for the Warriors, taking second place. Kohlby Newsom of Winfield-Mt. Union was right behind him, grabbing third place by a little more than a second. The Wolves finished in 4th as a team. Jackson Shacklett finished with a time of 17 minutes and 24 seconds, which gave him 5th place, the same as the team. Central Lee finished in 8th place and Holy Trinity Catholic took 9th place. 

Mt. Pleasant will hold their Invitational next Tuesday with Central Lee, Danville, Holy Trinity Catholic, Mediapolis, WACO, and Winfield-Mt. Union all in attendance. 

College Football

The University of Iowa will face off against Western Michigan tomorrow, September 16th.

Iowa State University will attempt to get back in the win column this Saturday against Ohio at 11 am. 

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

1946 – The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 in five innings when the game was called because of gnats.

1975 – First College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 17-3 in Foxborough.

2004 – NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.