Sports, September 2nd

High School Football

If Mt. Pleasant and West Burlington-Notre Dame’s game could be described in one word: it would be turnovers, in the Panthers 47-28 loss last night. The Panthers had Jurha Turner rush for 127 yards and Payton Walker rush in for a touchdown in the first half, but five turnovers put the Falcons in front 27-7. Caden Schwenker led the offense for the Falcons with three total touchdowns. Quincy Collins has now made it back-to-back weeks with a pick-six. 

Payton Walker found the endzone again in the second half and in the fourth quarter special teams scored twice for the Panthers. Jackson Newman had an 83-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Turner returned a fumbled punt by the Falcons back 45 yards for a touchdown of his own. For Head Coach John Bowlin, the Panthers defense needs to even up the turnover battle. Mt. Pleasant will hit the road to face off against Tipton. West Burlington-Notre Dame will take on West Liberty. 

In other Class 3A District 4 matchups, Washington’s Logan McDole tossed two touchdowns in the Demons’ 32-7 victory over Burlington. Pella took down Keokuk 31-17. Lastly, Fort Madison snuck past Fairfield 21-14 last night. 

Mediapolis was shutout by Sigourney Keota last night 21-0. The Bulldogs will host Regina Catholic next Friday. 

Central Lee handled Cardinal last night to the tune of a 55-0 victory. The Hawks will hit the road to compete against Durant next Friday. 

Van Buren County lost to Pekin last night 52-12. The Warriors hit the road to take on Highland. 

New London played spoiler last season against Winfield-Mt. Union, but the Wolves dominated from the beginning as they took down the Tigers 76-16. Jake Edwards tossed for 210 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns went to the hands of Cam Buffington who totaled 140 yards. Cole Milks rushed for 171 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. New London travels to take on Iowa Valley next Friday at 7 pm. 

WACO moves to 2-0 on the year after taking down Iowa Valley last night 46-22. Clayton Miller and Louden Huisenga each finished with four total touchdowns in the contest, while Hunter Hughes and Chase Waterhouse each had an interception. This sets up a top five matchup at Winfield as the Warriors will face off against the #2 ranked Wolves. 

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant’s next match is on the road against Fort Madison on September 5th. 

New London will face off against West Burlington this morning.

Holy Trinity Catholic will face off against Burlington Notre Dame on September 5th. Head Coach Melissa Freesmeier talked about some improvements her team will look to make before the matchup. 

Winfield-Mt. Union and WACO will compete in the English Valleys Tournament today.

Central Lee will face off against Mediapolis on September 5th. 

Van Buren County will take on Edgewood-Colesburg today.

Cross Country

Mt. Pleasant will travel to Pella today to compete in a meet at Central College.

Danville, Van Buren County, Central Lee, Winfield-Mt. Union, Holy Trinity Catholic, and Mediapolis will all be competing in a meet hosted by the Warriors on September 5th. 

College Football

The University of Iowa will be hosting Utah State today at 11 am. Cade McNamara is questionable heading into the matchup this weekend. Deacon Hill will get the start if McNamara is unable to play.

Iowa State University will be taking on the University of Northern Iowa this afternoon at 1 pm in Ames. 

Both games will be on KILJ with the Hawkeyes on 105.5 FM and the Cyclones on 98.5 FM and 1130 AM at their respective times. 

This Day in Sports History

1965 – Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits his MLB 400th career HR off Curt Simmons in Chicago’s 5-3 win versus St. Louis at Wrigley Field; Simmons also gave up Willie Mays’ 400th HR in 1963.

1987 – Houston outfielder Kevin Bass becomes 1st NL player to switch hit HRs in a game twice in one season in Astros 10-1 win versus the Cubs.

1990 – Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb throws MLB record 9th no-hitter of the season; beats Cleveland, 3-0.