Sports, September 1st

High School Football

Mt. Pleasant will be looking for their first win of the season as they face off against West Burlington tonight. KILJ will be on the call with the pregame show at 7:15 pm.

In other Class 3A District 4 matchups, Washington will host Burlington. Keokuk will take on Pella at home and Fairfield will travel to face off against Fort Madison. 

Mediapolis will travel to take on Sigourney Keota at 7 pm.

Central Lee will compete against Cardinal at home. 

Van Buren County hosts Pekin at 7 pm.

Danville will have their first home game this week against Highland.

Winfield-Mt. Union and New London combine for a district matchup tonight at 7 pm. 

WACO takes on the 2-0 Iowa Valley Tigers tonight at home.

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant took the first set against Albia, 25-20, last night; however, the Blue Demons won the next three sets 25-11, 25-19, and 25-18 to win the match. The Panthers are now 3-7 on the season with their next match on the road against Fort Madison on September 5th. 

New London was looking for an upset last night in front of the home crowd against Holy Trinity Catholic; instead, the Crusaders swept the Tigers in straight sets by scores of 25-9, 25-21, and 25-19. Presley Myers and Natalie Randolph led the way for the Crusaders as they were efficient with their attacks and led the front line in the block party. Holy Trinity Catholic’s Head Coach Melissa Freesmeier has been pleased with how her squad has played to begin the season. Sophie Malott led the effort for the Tigers. Head Coach Jackie Housman knows that  this is a young team with a bright future. 

Winfield-Mt. Union and WACO will compete in the English Valleys Tournament tomorrow, September 2nd.

Van Buren County and Central Lee faced off last night with the Warriors getting the better of the Hawks three sets to one in what was a close matchup. Van Buren County won the first two sets: 25-20 and 25-11. Central Lee answered back by taking the third set in a nailbiter 27-25, but the Warriors held off the comeback attempt and won the fourth set 25-18. Central Lee will face off against Mediapolis on September 5th. Van Buren County will take on Edgewood-Colesburg tomorrow.

Volleyball Rankings

Holy Trinity Catholic fell two spots in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union rankings from #2 to #4 in Class 1A. The Crusaders have hit a hot streak with five straight wins without dropping a set. 

In Class 2A, West Burlington, touting a 7-1 record, came into this weeks rankings at #14. The Falcons are led by Taryn Snodgrass with 134 assists on the season.

Cross Country

Mt. Pleasant will travel to Pella tomorrow, September 2nd, to compete in a meet at Central College.

Danville, Van Buren County, Central Lee, Winfield-Mt. Union, Holy Trinity Catholic, and Mediapolis will all be competing in a meet hosted by the Warriors on September 5th. 

College Football

The University of Iowa will be hosting Utah State tomorrow at 11 am. Cade McNamara is questionable heading into the matchup this weekend. Deacon Hill will get the start if McNamara is unable to play.

Iowa State University will be taking on the University of Northern Iowa this Saturday at 1 pm in Ames. 

Both games will be on KILJ with the Hawkeyes on 105.5 FM and the Cyclones on 98.5 FM and 1130 AM at their respective times. 

This Day in Sports History

1946 – First US Open for Women’s Golf, Spokane CC: Patty Berg wins inaugural Open and it’s the only one played in match play format; takes it over Betty Jameson.

1964 – San Francisco Giants reliever Masanori Murakami becomes the first Japanese-born player to appear in the MLB; on his debut, the Osuki native throws a scoreless inning in a 4-1 loss v New York Mets.

1984 – Willie Totten of Mississippi Valley State passes for a Division I-AA record 536 yards and nine touchdowns in a 86-0 rout of Kentucky State. Jerry Rice catches 17 passes for 294 yards and five touchdowns and breaks his own Division I-AA record for receiving yards.