Sports, September 23rd

High School Volleyball

Pool play started yesterday, September 22nd, for the Southeast Iowa Super Conference. The tournament is highlighted by West Burlington, WACO, New London, and Holy Trinity Catholic who were all ranked in last weeks Top 15 Iowa High School Volleyball rankings compiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

In pool one it was West Burlington that ran the table going 3-0 and winning in straight sets over Central Lee, Lone Tree, and Mediapolis. Central Lee went 2-1 defeating Mediapolis and Lone Tree in straight sets. Mediapolis went 1-2 with their lone win coming against Lone Tree who went 0-3.

Notre Dame was the host team for pool two but did not treat their guest’s kindly as they went 4-0, defeating all their opponents in straight sets.

Pool 3 was played at Harmony High School with Van Buren County being the host. WACO went 2-1 as they defeated Hillcrest Academy and Van Buren County handily in straight sets, but New London got the best of them winning 2 sets to 1, 21-19, 18-21, and 15-10.

Winfield-Mt. Union, the fourth seed, hosted the fourth and final pool play and dominated their first two games defeating Pekin and Highland in straight sets. However, Holy Trinity Catholic bested them 2 sets to 1 winning the third set 15-8. The 2-1 record is enough for Winfield-Mt. Union to advance to the finals. Melina Oepping led the Wolves in kills with 18, while Keely Malone tallied 40 assists.

Play continues tomorrow, September 24th, as we head to the finals.

High School Cross Country

The Mt. Pleasant Invitational was run yesterday with the Varsity boys’ team finishing in 3rd place with a team time of 1:32:11. Ben Carthey was the lead runner for the Panthers as he finished in 2nd place with a time of 17:08. Jude Dykstra, a freshman for Mt. Pleasant, finished in 7th with a time of 18:05. Jonathan Hough finished in 16th. Isaac Rynders, Gabe Feldmann, Tyler Johnson, and Ethan Brush finished in 21st through 24th, respectively. Washington won the Large Class and Danville won the Small Class.

The girl’s team finished in 2nd place in the Large Class with a team time of 1:51:54. Emma Welcher, a freshman, finished in 3rd with a great time of 21:01. Isabelle Meador finished in 7th with a time of 21:16. Audrey Lord finished in 18th. Ella McNamee and Aliya Graber finished in 25th and 26th, respectively. Jayden Housh finished in 31st. Nelle Peterson, Saree Vine, and Natalie Parrot finished in 42nd through 44th, respectively. Washington won the Large Class and Danville finished in first in the Small Class.

High School Football Recap

The Mt. Pleasant Panthers travel to play Fort Madison tonight. The Panthers will lean on their passing attack to bring down the Bloodhounds talented defense that is allowing less than ten points a contest. The game will be on KILJ with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 pm, pregame at 7:15.

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 tonight.

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

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 tonight.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The women’s soccer next game will be tomorrow, September 24th, against Waldorf University in Burlington at 2 pm.

The Tiger volleyball team is looking for their second win in a row today, September 23rd, when they face off against Culver-Stockton College at 7 pm.

The Tiger football team will play Dakota State University to start conference play tomorrow on the road at 4 pm. Men’s soccer will face off against Waldorf on Saturday, as well, clashing with them at 4 pm.

The men’s and women’s golf team traveled to play in the Simpson Fall Invitational on Wednesday, and Aubrey Duncan continued her dominance from the weekend and finished in 2nd place overall as she shot a 78. Duncan was named to the All-Tournament Team for her 2nd place finish. The Tiger women finished in 5th out of 8 teams with a total of 360 strokes. The men also finished 5th out of 8 total teams with a team total of 318 strokes. Trace White was the standout as he tied for 5th with a shot of 76. He joined Duncan on the All-Tournament Team. Men’s and women’s golf will be participating in the Purple Cup on Saturday and Sunday, both Tee offs scheduled for 12:30 pm.

This Day in Sports History

1845 – The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York was formed by Alexander Joy Cartwright. It was the first baseball team in America.

1984 – Sparky Anderson is 1st manager to win 100 games in both leagues

1988 – Jose Canseco is baseball’s 1st to steal 40 bases & hit 40 HRs