Sports, Thursday, September 30th

Prep Volleyball: Red-hot WACO Travels to Holy Trinity Highlighting Big Night:

Two red-hot teams will meet up tonight in Fort Madison when No. 5 Holy Trinity hosts WACO in a Super Conference bout.

The Warriors have won six straight matches to surge to 16-8 on the year, while Holy Trinity has won four of five — their lone loss to No. 1 Notre Dame.

Ellah Kissell leads WACO with 2.7 kills per set, while Natalie Randolph paces Holy Trinity’s balanced attack with 2.4 kills per set.

WACO snapped a nine-match losing skid to the Crusaders a season ago with a thrilling 3-2 win.

Tonight’s game will go at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity High School.

Other matchups in the Super Conference tonight:

  • Cardinal at Central Lee
  • Columbus at Highland
  • Wapello at Lone Tree
  • Pekin at Louisa-Muscatine
  • Van Buren County at New London
  • Winfield-Mount Union at Hillcrest Academy

And in the Southeast Conference:

  • Washington at Clear Creek-Amana

College Football: Central Moves Up in Latest D3 Poll:

Coming off a monster 84-16 win over Simpson, the Central College football team has moved up two spots in the latest Top 25 poll.

The Dutch, who feature several on their roster from Mount Pleasant, are up to No. 13.

Wartburg is receiving votes in both the and AFCA Top 25 poll.

Central quarterback Blaine Hawkins, a graduate of Ankeny Centennial, was named the league’s offensive player of the week after throwing seven touchdowns last week.

The Dutch will host Wartburg this weekend in a showdown matchup in Pella.

Kick is set for 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

College Football: Van Valkenburg Named Campbell Trophy Semifinalist:

University of Iowa senior defensive end Zach VanValkenburg has been named a semifinalist for the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy, which is annually awarded by the National Football Foundation to the nation’s top scholar-athlete.

The announcement was made Wednesday by the National Football Foundation.

VanValkenburg has started all four games at defensive end for the 4-0 Hawkeyes in 2021.

He has totaled six solo tackles and five assists, with 1.5 tackles for loss and three QB pressures.

Iowa continues its season Friday evening at Maryland (7:05 p.m. CT, FS1). The Hawkeyes return home to host Penn State Oct. 9 (3 p.m. CT, FOX).

College Volleyball: Wesleyan Rallies for Huge Win:

The Iowa Wesleyan volleyball team fell down 2-0 but rallied for three straight wins to defeat Southeastern Community College.

It was the Tigers’ first win of the year.

Malie DaMate paced the Wesleyan front row with 19 kills while Emily Gehring added 11.

Kyra Linkin, a New London graduate, had 24 digs to lead Iowa Wesleyan.

Now 1-15, the Tigers will take on Central College next Tuesday.

First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.