Sports, September 29th

High School Volleyball

New London beat Central Lee Tuesday in a tough 4 sets by scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-12, and 25-23. The Tigers were able to contain the senior hitter for the Hawks Makayla Morrison, who had 18 kills in the four sets.  New London travels to take on West Burlington tonight at 5:30 pm.

Winfield-Mt. Union clashes with Louisa-Muscatine tonight at home at 7:30 pm. This will be their first game since the Southeast Iowa Super Conference tournament last weekend. Through 23 matches, Keely Malone has 360 assists, and Melina Oepping tallies 141 kills, both team leaders.

WACO travels to play Wapello tonight at 7:30 pm. They are looking for win number 20 for the season.

Holy Trinity Catholic hosts Van Buren County tonight at 7:30 pm. The Crusaders will be looking for their 17th win of the season.

High School Football

The Mount Pleasant Panthers are back at home tomorrow, September 30th, to play Iowa City Liberty, a team ranked in the Top 10 for Class 4A football. The Panthers look to kickstart their offense again and capture their first win of the season in upset fashion. The game will be on KILJ with pregame at 7:15 pm, kickoff at 7:30.

WACO is on the road this week as they face off against Lone Tree, who is fresh off a crushing loss to Winfield-Mt. Union. The Warriors look to go 7-0 after their game on Friday at 7 pm.

Winfield-Mt. Union clashes with Tri-County and New London will have a tough game at home against Iowa Valley as they try to bounce from their loss to WACO last week. Both games at 7 pm.

For other games in Mt. Pleasant’s district, North Scott is at home against Burlington and Fort Madison clashes with Clinton both games scheduled for 7:30 pm. Other area games: Washington looks to spoil Solon’s Homecoming game and Fairfield celebrates Homecoming this week as they host West Burlington, games at 7:30 pm.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The women’s soccer team captured their fifth win of the season last night as they shutout Coe College 2-0. It wasn’t until the second half that the offense for the Tigers was able to strike, as Baylee Alvarado scored in the 55th minute off an assist by Desire’ Adams. The second goal would be one Coe College would like to have back as they headed the ball into their own net off a corner kick in the 77th minute. Kylie Mulhern-Guillier had two saves in the net for the Tigers. Their next game will be October 4th as they travel to clash with the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy Eutectics at 4 pm, as they look to extend their win streak to three games.

The Tiger volleyball team’s next game will be tonight, September 29, when they travel to play Stephen College at 6 pm.

The men’s and women’s golf teams will be competing in the Iowa Wesleyan Tiger Classic this morning at 11 am.

The Tiger football team will be looking to get back on track Saturday, October 1st, when they celebrate Homecoming against Mayville State University at 1 pm.

The men’s soccer team looks to get back in the win column October 5th, when they travel to play Missouri Baptist University at 2 pm.

Derek Zander, the Vice-President of Advancement and Athletics, joined us on Tiger Nation this morning and gave a glimpse into his favorite part of the job:

“Is walking down the front row of the bleachers and talking to students. The fact that at a lot of universities the athletic director can kind of be seen as maybe intimidating, unapproachable, and kids may not have the access to him or her and, for me, having that relationship with the kids, getting to know them on a personal basis. Having tough conversations with them in my office about maybe some accountability things that we are struggling with, with him or her, some issues that we are having and then trying to serve as that middle person between them and their coach to help facilitate conversations I think that’s important. So, again the relationships with the kids.”

You can listen to Tiger Nation every Thursday during the school year at 9 am or on our SoundCloud, KILJ Radio, after they air on the radio.

This Day in Sports History

1951 – The first network football game was televised by CBS-TV in color. The game was between the University of California and the University of Pennsylvania.

1957 – The New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds. The next year the Giants were in San Francisco, CA.

1977 – Eva Shain became the first woman to officiate a heavyweight title boxing match. About 70 million people watched Muhammad Ali defeat Ernie Shavers on NBC-TV.