Sports, Wednesday, September 1st

Prep Cross Country: Winfield Boys’ Second at Hillcrest:

Gabe Hemsworth went 20:08.15 to pace the Winfield-Mount Union boys’ cross country team to a second place finish at the Hillcrest Academy Invite last night.

Hemsworth’s time was good for fourth individually. Kohlby Newsom finished fifth for the Wolves, while Jacobs Hanes and Lane Scorpil went 12th and 13th respectively.

Cedar Rapids Jefferson won the invite.

WACO finished third, they were led by Wyatt Dennis who ended sixth overall with a time of 20:37.87.

On the girls’ side, neither WACO nor Winfield had enough runners to qualify for team scores.

WACO was led by McKenzy Vradenburg, while Winfield-Mount Union was paced by Maggie Hutton.

Prep Cross Country: IATC Releases Week One Rankings:

The Iowa Association of Track Coaches has released their Week One team rankings ahead of a busy prep cross country schedule and several area teams have been recognized in the poll.

In Class 3A, Washington and Fort Madison check in in the boys’ poll. Dallas Center-Grimes is the top ranked program in 3A boys.

In Class 2A boys’, Danville-New London remains the top-ranked program in the state, as they return several from last year’s state qualifying team. They have their sights set squarely on a state championship in 2021.

The Danville-New London girls enter this week’s poll at No. 16 in Class 2A girls’ and while they graduated the terrific Addison Parrott, several key members return to this year’s squad.

In Class 1A boys’ Pekin is inside the top-10 at No. 9, Columbus Community is No. 14.

The Pekin girls’ are No. 3 in the 1A poll.

Prep Volleyball: Notre Dame Finishes Second in Wapello, Other Area Finals:

In a matchup of two top-10 teams in the state, the Wilton Beavers have the first olive.

The No. 4 (2A) ranked Beavers took down defending state champion and No. 1 (1A) Notre Dame in the championship of the Wapello Tournament, 21-16, 21-17.

Wilton also beat Notre Dame in pool play, where the Nikes beat Columbus, English Valleys and Wapello.

The Arrows placed third in their home tournament, they dispatched of English Valleys and Keota.

Fairfield 3, Mount Pleasant 1 

Mount Pleasant grabbed one set, but saw Fairfield control the flow of the match, as the Trojans cruised to a 3-1 victory over the Panthers yesterday night.

Fairfield took sets one, two and four — winning 25-17, 25-22 and 25-17 to clinch the victory.

Macy Rayburn led the way with nine kills for Fairfield while Maya Lane had eight.

The loss dropped Mount Pleasant to 5-5, they’ll look to right the ship Thursday night when they travel to Albia.

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

College Football: Ferentz, Hawkeyes Ready for Tough Task in Indiana:

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says his No. 18 ranked Hawkeyes face a big challenge in Saturday’s opener.

The Hawkeyes host the No. 17 ranked Indiana Hoosiers — a program has made major progress under Tom Allen.

They’re a really well coached football team, in all areas. They’ve played extremely well and have had two really successful seasons since bringing in Tom Allen. We are going to see a really good football team on Saturday. We know that.” Ferentz said.

Ferentz says starting with a Big Ten foe will let the Hawkeyes know where they stand, especially with the Hoosiers getting back All-Conference talent Michael Penix Jr., who returns after having his season cut short due to an ACL injury.

Kickoff from Kinnick Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. you can listen on FM 105.5.