SPORTS AUGUST 10, 2015

Written by John Kuhens on August 10, 2015

The Iowa Hawkeye football team held their media day Saturday.  The coaching staff admitted that the fans deserve a better season than the team had last year and the players say they have forgotten about last season but will use it as a motivation to perform better this year.  Questions to be answered:  Can quarterback C.J. Bethard stay healthy all season and can he perform well consistently.  Will the Hawkeye linebackers be better and will the specialty teams come out of their funk.  Without question the tight end position is in good hands with former Mt. Pleasant Panther Henry Krieger-Coble 6’4” 250 pound senior listed as #1 at that spot heading in to fall practices.  “Hank” last year started 3 games, played in 10 before injuring a shoulder.  He caught only 3 passes but 2 went for touchdowns.  He is an outstanding blocker and that plays a key part in the Iowa offense.  Henry also does well in the class room where he has been a two time academic all conference.   His backup right now is his cousin George Kittle and we will talk about him tomorrow.

The Iowa State Cyclones Men’s basketball will be taking off today for Spain for 10 days.  They will compete against the Venezuela National Team and the Barcelona All-Stars in some international competition.  A big portion of the trip will be site seeing and team bonding.  Jordan Ashton, former Mt. Pleasant Panther is excited to be a part of the Cyclone team and will travel with the Iowa State team on this trip.  Jordon is a preferred walk on for the “Clones” this season after transferring from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids where he was one of the top J.C players in the nation last year

 

 

The Mt. Pleasant High School 9-12 grade volleyball practice will start Monday night at the high school gymnasium from 6-8 p.m.

 

Hall of Fame broadcaster and former NFL star Frank Gifford  passed away over the weekend at the age of 84.  Kathie Lee Gifford of NBC’s Today show is his wife.  Gifford is the guy who did the play by play on Monday night Football beginning in 1971 working with Dandy Don Meredith and Howard Cossell.

 

Joey Logano won the Sprint Cup Race in Watkins Glen, New York Sunday, he passed Kevin Harvick on the final turn to grab the win.

 

Shane Lowry won the PGA Bridgestone Invitational golf tourney Sunday, he had a 269 total  shooting 66 on Sunday with some exciting saves along the way.  Bubba Watson was 2 strokes back with a 271.  1st place prize money was 1.5 million dollars.

 

The Minnesota Vikings won the Hall of Fame exhibition football game Sunday night 14-3 over the Pittsburgh Steelers in front of 23,000 fans in Canton, Ohio.  Most of the game was played by backup players as the two teams used their starters sparingly.