Sports, September 18th

High School Football

It’s Homecoming week for Mt. Pleasant as the Panthers play host to last year’s Class 3A runner-up Mt. Vernon on Friday, September 22nd. KILJ will be on the call with the pregame show at 7:15 pm. Head Coach John Bowlin knows this will be a tough matchup for his young squad.  

In other Class 3A District 4 matchups, Washington will hit the road to take on Keokuk and Fort Madison will travel to Davenport to face off against Assumption. 

Fairfield will take on Benton Community this Friday in a road game. 

Mediapolis will face off against West Burlington-Notre Dame this Friday as both teams battle for winning records. 

Columbus will face off against Highland at 7 pm.

Central Lee will travel to Albia this Friday. 

Danville will compete against Wapello at 7 pm this Friday.

New London will meet this morning with the IHSAA staff to discuss how and why the Tigers should be allowed to continue play this year.

WACO will take on Easton Valley this Friday. 

#2 Winfield-Mt. Union scored fast and often this past weekend as the Wolves breezed past Montezuma 70-20. Jake Edwards tossed for 300 yards and four touchdowns while Cam Buffington totaled 385 yards and six touchdowns in the winning effort. The Wolves will look to keep the momentum going against English Valleys this Friday for their Homecoming match. 

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant participated in the Ottumwa Invitational over the weekend. The Panthers were swept in all five of their matchups. Mt. Pleasant will take on Washington at home tomorrow, September 19th.

Winfield-Mt. Union heads into the Southeast Iowa Super Conference (SEISC) Tournament this Thursday, September 21st, with a 4-0 conference record. 

Mediapolis traveled to Lisbon over the weekend for a tournament and finished the tournament with a 2-3 record. The Bulldogs were swept by West Burlington, Lisbon, and West Branch. In the matchup against the Falcons, Jaydon Wirt had 13 assists with Taryn Snodgrass collecting 18 assists for the Falcons. Mediapolis returned the favor and defeated Iowa Valley and Midland in straight sets. Haley Steffener had 12 kills between the two wins. 

Central Lee, Mediapolis, and Danville will compete at the Holy Trinity Catholic Classic tonight.

WACO will enter the SEISC tournament with a 4-0 conference record. 

New London will be back in action this Thursday for the SEISC tournament. 

Van Buren County enters the SEISC tournament with a 3-1 conference record. 

Cross Country

Mt. Pleasant will hold their Invitational tomorrow, September 19th, with Central Lee, Danville, Holy Trinity Catholic, Mediapolis, WACO, and Winfield-Mt. Union all in attendance. 

College Football

The University of Iowa rode 27-second half points to a 41-10 blowout of Western Michigan. Leshon Williams rushed for 145 yards and caught a touchdown in the winning effort. The win moved the Hawkeyes up one spot in the AP poll as they are now ranked #24. The University of Iowa will be tested this Saturday, September 23rd, against #7 Penn State at 6:30 pm. 

Iowa State University fell to Ohio in a low scoring affair this past weekend 10-7. The Cyclones had trouble moving the ball on the ground as they rushed for only 38 yards on the game. Iowa State University will take on Oklahoma State this Saturday to begin Big 12 play. 

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

1848 – Baseball rules that the 1st baseman can tag the base for an out instead of the runner.

1984 – Tim Raines is the first player with four consecutive 70-stolen-base seasons.

1987 – Detroit first baseman Darrell Evans hits home run #30 off Bill Wegman in 5th inning of Tigers’ 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers; first 40 year old to hit 30 Home runs in a season.