Sports, September 21st

High School Volleyball

The Mt. Pleasant Panthers captured their fifth win of the season after winning the fifth set on the road against Keokuk. It was a comeback effort after the Chiefs won the first and third sets, but the Panthers battled back and won the fourth set 25-23 and dominated the last set 15-5. Mount Pleasant’s next game will be next Tuesday, September 27th, at 7:15 pm.

Pool play starts tomorrow, September 22nd, for the Southeast Iowa Super Conference. In pool one it is West Burlington, who is the one seed, Mediapolis (8th), Central Lee (9th), and Lone Tree (16th). Pool two will be hosted by Notre Dame with the Nikes holding the two seed. Wapello (7th), Danville (10th), Columbus (15th), and Louisa-Muscatine (17th) will be the other teams in pool 2.  Pool 3 will be played at Harmony High School with Van Buren being the host. New London highlights it as they come in as the third seed, but WACO will be there as the sixth seed. Van Buren County comes in as the eleventh seed and Hillcrest Academy is the fourteenth seed. Winfield-Mt. Union, the fourth seed, will host the fourth pool with Holy Trinity Catholic coming in as the fifth seed, along with Highland (12th), and Pekin (13th). The winners from each pool will advance to the Championship played on Saturday.

The Wolves are led by a trio of seniors in Keely Malone, who has 303 assists on the season and the school record for career assists, Melina Oepping, who leads the team in kills with 115, and Bradie Buffington, who is second on the team in kills with 87.

The Warriors count on Ellah Kissell and Grace Coble to get the job done as Kissell leads the team in kills with 96 and Coble leads the team with 244 assists and contributes another 56 kills to the stat line.

The Tigers lean on Eliana Manning and Natalie Burden, the latter leads the Tigers in kills with 104 and the former has racked up 224 assists through their nine matches.

Holy Trinity Catholic fresh off a win against Burlington in straight sets is led by the Bendlages as Mary Kate leads the team in kills with 126, while Anna has tallied 303 assists through 14 matches.

Burlington Notre Dame counts on Gabby Deery who has 293 kills on the year and West Burlington leans on Sophia Armstrong who has 235 kills on the season.

High School Football Recap

The Mt. Pleasant Panthers travel to play Fort Madison this Friday, September 23rd. The Panthers will lean on their passing attack to bring down the Bloodhounds talented defense that is allowing less than ten points a contest.

WACO celebrates Homecoming this week and they look to continue their perfect season when they face off against the New London Tigers at 7 pm this Friday.

Winfield-Mt. Union will be celebrating Homecoming this week against a 3-1 Lone Tree team at 7 pm this Friday.

Washington will look to right the ship against Grinnell this Friday for their Homecoming game and Fairfield will look to spoil Keokuk’s Homecoming at 7:30 pm this Friday.

High School Cross Country

The Mt. Pleasant Invitational will be run tomorrow, Thursday, September 22nd.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The Tigers volleyball team dominated their way to their second win of the season as they beat Faith Baptist Bible College in straight sets. Malie DaMate was the leading force for the Tigers as she led the team in kills with 7 and assists with 15. Their next game is this Friday, September 23rd, when they travel to face off with Culver-Stockton College at 7 pm.

Men’s and Women’s golf will be participating in the Simpson Fall Invite this morning. They are fresh off a dominant outing by both teams as the women’s team won the Monmouth Invitational led by Aubrey Duncan who got her second collegiate victory, first with the Tigers. The men’s team got second overall led by Brevin Wilson and Trace White who tied for 2nd overall with a score of 149 over the 36 holes.

Both men’s and women’s soccer fell yesterday to Harris-Stowe University as the women’s team was blanketed 7-0 and the men’s team fell 1-0. The women’s team will have to bounce back quick as they play tonight against Mount Mercy University at Mediapolis High School at 7 pm. The men will have to wait until Saturday to play Waldorf at 4 pm.

This Day in Sports History

1970 – “NFL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won 31-21.

1982 – National Football League (NFL) players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.

2008 – The New York Yankees played their last game at Yankee Stadium. The new Yankee Stadium opened across the street in 2009.