Sports, September 20th

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. 

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.

Van Buren County will hit the road to face off against Louisa-Muscatine this Friday at 7 pm.

New London will be suiting up this Friday to take on HLV with kickoff at 7 pm.

WACO will take on Easton Valley this Friday. 

Winfield-Mt. Union will look to keep the momentum going against English Valleys this Friday for their Homecoming match. 

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant and Washington battled in a conference matchup last night in Mt. Pleasant, but it was the road team coming out on top in straight sets by scores of 25-20, 25-22, and 25-16. Service errors were the downfall for the Panthers last night with the second set acting as the swing set. Washington had a late 19 to 11 lead before Mt. Pleasant roared back and tied the game at 21, but the Demons would fend off the comeback attempt and hold on to the momentum. Alex Scott had an impressive game with 11 kills and two aces for the Panthers, Emma Starr tallied 7 kills in the match. Head Coach Logan Wall and her staff are searching for what will get the Panthers over the hump. Mt. Pleasant will take on Fairfield on the road next Tuesday. 

Winfield-Mt. Union, WACO, and Holy Trinity Catholic head into the Southeast Iowa Super Conference (SEISC) Tournament tomorrow, September 21st, with a 4-0 conference record. 

New London and Danville will be back in action tomorrow for the SEISC tournament. 

Van Buren County and Mediapolis enter the SEISC tournament with a 3-1 conference record. 

Cross Country

It was a rainy evening but the Mt. Pleasant Invitational went off without a hitch as Avery Rump of Fort Madison led the pack and the girls varsity to a win for the large schools with a time of 19 minutes and 41 seconds. Washington finished in second place followed by Oskaloosa, Keokuk, Fairfield, and Mt. Pleasant. Nelle Peterson was the top runner for the Panthers with a time of 24 minutes and 42 seconds, which placed her in 28th individually. Monroe James took 32nd place. 

Mid-Prairie dominated in the girls small school race with their top runners all finishing within the top 8 including the race winner in Danielle Hostetler and the runner-up in Brooklyn Stutzman. Kaitlyn Kipp of West Burlington-Notre Dame finished in third place. Alaina Gourley helped Danville to a second place finish as her time of 21 minutes and 55 seconds grabbed her 7th place. Shelby Schulz was Mediapolis’ top runner with a 15th place finish as the Bulldogs finished in third as a team. Winfield-Mt. Union’s top runner was Afton Wilkerson with a 33rd place finish and Justine Lynn was WACO’s top finisher with a time of 28 minutes and 37 seconds. 

For the boys large school results, Micah Rees raced to a Demon win with a time of 16 minutes and 29 seconds. Tyler Alderton, his teammate, finished in second for Washington with a time of 17 minutes and 7 seconds, giving the Demons the team win. Mt. Pleasant was led by Ben Carthey’s time of 17 minutes and 19 seconds and Jude Dykstra’s run of 18 minutes and 8 seconds, which placed the duo in fourth and sixth place, respectively. Locken Henderson had a great race for the Panthers as his time of 18 minutes and 14 seconds snatched him a 7th place finish. Fort Madison, Fairfield, and Keokuk finished in fourth, fifth, and sixth place, respectively, as a team. 

In the boys small school race, Owen Schmidgall continued his great season for Mediapolis with another first place finish with a time of 16 minutes and 47 seconds. Will Schmidgall and Solomon Zaugg’s top 10 finish was still not enough to give them the team title with Mid-Prairie grabbing the win. Danville took third place as a team led by Jackson Shacklett’s third place finish with a time of 17 minutes and 33 seconds. Isaac Shinn took 10th for the Bears. Gabriel Hemsworth’s 15th place finish paced the Wolves to a fifth place team finish. Central Lee and Holy Trinity Catholic finished in 7th and 8th place, respectively. Leo Thomas finished in 20th place for the Hawks and Tanner Williams was the top finisher for the Crusaders in 38th place. Keiran Luitjens was the top runner for WACO in 27th place. 

Mt. Pleasant and WACO will compete in the Washington Invitational on September 26th. 

Winfield-Mt. Union will run on September 25th in Iowa City. 

Mediapolis and Van Buren County will run tomorrow in Burlington. 

Danville will run at Williamsburg on September 26th for a meet. 

Southeast Iowa Playbook

Tune in for the Southeast Iowa Playbook on KILJ 105.5 FM or tonight. The school of focus for the week will be WACO as they celebrate their homecoming. Seniors Colton Leichty and Zoey Dennler will be our guests for the show.

College Football

#24 Iowa will be tested this Saturday, September 23rd, against #7 Penn State at 6:30 pm. 

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

1924 – Carl Mays is the first pitcher to win 20 games for three different teams.

1953 – Cubs’ Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league home run.

1987 – Chicago running back Walter Payton scores his then-NFL record 107th rushing touchdown in the Bears’ 20-3 victory over Tampa Bay.