Sports, September 23rd

High School Football

Mt. Pleasant had their Homecoming spoiled by one of the top teams in the state for Class 3A Mt. Vernon by the score of 76-14. The Mustangs scored quick and often as Joey Rhomberg connected with Jase Jaspers for a 53 yard touchdown on the second play of the game. This was the beginning of a 35-point first quarter for Mt. Vernon that included a pick-six and blocked punt for a touchdown. 

The Panthers found the endzone in the third quarter on a 74-yard touchdown pass from Payton Walker to Payson Coleman, who fought off pass interference to make the catch and stay on his feet. Mt. Vernon collected their third pick-six of the game before Walker found Coleman again from 30 yards out to give us the final score. Walker finished with 133 rushing yards to go along with his two passing touchdowns. Head Coach John Bowlin talked about the lessons his team could learn from the contest. The Panthers will head to Washington next Friday. 

In other Class 3A District 4 matchups, Keokuk dominated Washington 47-0 last night and Fort Madison fell to Assumption 38-7. 

Fairfield was shut out by Benton last night 38-0. The Trojans will host the #1 Class 3A team in the state Williamsburg. 

Mediapolis took down West Burlington-Notre Dame last night 50-18. The Bulldogs will travel to take on Mid-Prairie next Friday. 

Columbus cruised to a 55-0 win over Highland last night. The Wildcats will host Louisa-Muscatine. 

Central Lee has now dropped their last two contests as Albia grounded the Hawks 37-7. 

Danville took down Wapello last night 41-14. The Bears will host Van Buren County next Friday for their Homecoming.

WACO defeated Easton Valley in dominating fashion 56-14 to celebrate their Homecoming game. The Warriors will travel to take on New London next Friday.

New London picked up their first win of the year a week after having to forfeit a game as the Tigers defeated HLV 36-28. 

Winfield-Mt. Union improved to 5-0 on the season after commanding their Homecoming opponent in English Valleys to the tune of 74-6. Cam Buffington rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on four carries. The Wolves will hit the road to face off against Iowa Valley next Friday.

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant will face off against Fairfield on the road next Tuesday. 

Holy Trinity Catholic was the top team in Pool 1 as the Crusaders swept the competition last night. Mediapolis will be tasked with taking on the top seed to begin the quarterfinals. The Crusaders defeated the Bulldogs 11 days ago in straight sets as Mary Kate Bendlage and Presley Myers each notched double-digits kills.

Winfield-Mt. Union finished second in Pool 1 competition with a 2-1 record as Audrie Gipple tallied 11 kills and four aces across the four matches. This earned the Wolves the right to compete against the top team in Pool 2, West Burlington. The Falcons won in straight sets for all three of their matches. They will be led by Taryn Snodgrass who has tallied 573 assists and 19 aces on the season.

Burlington Notre Dame ran through their competition last night to take the top spot in Pool 3. Lauren Krieger notched 55 assists and Aviana West grabbed 23 kills in the Nikes’ wins over Hillcrest Academy, Columbus, and Van Buren County. Wapello shook off a loss to Central Lee and managed to earn a play-in spot in Pool 4. The Arrows will have to take on the Nikes tomorrow.

Van Buren County took the second spot in Pool 3 with wins over Columbus and Hillcrest Academy. The Warriors will take on Central Lee, the number one team out of Pool 4. Taylor Jones had 43 total kills in their wins against Louisa-Muscatine, WACO, and Wapello.

The SEISC finals will begin play at 5 pm as Burlington Notre Dame looks to defend their conference title. Holy Trinity Catholic will be looking for their 9th title to tie Mediapolis for the most all-time, while the Bulldogs would like to add to their lead.

Cross Country

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

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

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

College Football

#24 Iowa will be tested tonight against #7 Penn State at 6:30 pm. 

Iowa State University will take on Oklahoma State tonight 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

1979 – MLB St Louis Cardinals legend Lou Brock steals his 938th and final base of his career.

1984 – Sparky Anderson is the first manager to win 100 games in both leagues.

2022 – St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hits two home runs with 5 RBIs in a 11-0 win over Dodgers in LA; becomes the fourth player in MLB history to hit 700 career home runs.