SPORTS JULY 26, 2016

Written by John Kuhens on July 26, 2016


In Class 2A quarterfinal action from the Iowa High School State Baseball Championships. The 7th ranked and fifth-seeded Hinton Blackhawks rolled past the fourth-seeded Van Buren Warriors 9-1 Monday afternoon at Principal Park.
Van Buren got their only run in the bottom of the fifth. Tyson Sprouse lead off the inning with a single to shallow center and Robert Barker singled to shallow left to put runners on first and second for Thomas Laughlin. Laughlin followed suit and drove a single of his own to score the only run for Van Buren.
Hinton will take on the defending champions, Clear Lake, on Thursday at 5 p.m. The Blackhawks move to 24-5 on the season in posting their first-ever state tournament victory.
Van Buren finishes 23-5 on the year.

OTHER CLASS 2A STATE TOURNAMENT SCORES:  Clear Lake won 10-5 over Denver, Pleasantville 3 Dyersville-Beckman 1, Carroll Kuemper 2 CMB 2 (8 innings)

CLASS 3A ACTION TODAY:  Harlan vs Sioux City Heelan 11 a.m., at 1:30 Dubuque Wahlert plays Solon, Carlisle battles DeWitt Central at 5 p.m. and Pella plays Humboldt to wrap up the 3A 1st round action.


The Iowa Girls Coaches Association has named the Class 4A Southeast All District Softball selections for 2016.  From the KILJ listening area we have:

Bailey Johnson Mt. Pleasant 11

Kaylee Watson Fairfield 11

Michaela Davis Keokuk 10

District Coach of the Year: Jay Harms, Oskaloosa

The Class 1A Southeast All District Softball selections are:

Morgan Christner New London 12

Carson McSorley New London 10

Lindsey Davis Cardinal Eldon 12

Kenadi Schulte New London 11

Kinsey Petersen Danville 12

Chloe Jacque Lone Tree 9

Hannah Mathews Winfield Mt. Union 11

District Coach of the Year: Brian Sweet, Martensdale-St Marys


The 44th annual North-South All Star High School Football Game was played this past Saturday at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.  The North squad outscored the South 49-35 to pick up the win.  In true All-Star game fashion there wasn’t much defense as the two offenses were able to pile up a combined total of almost 900 yards of offense.  Three KILJ area players played for the South team, Keegan Pullis of Mt. Pleasant, Sam Jennings of Winfield Mt. Union and Jackson Gerot from Waco.  Proceeds from the game go to benefit Shriners Hospitals that provide care to severely ill children.


Mt. Pleasant High School 9th-12th grade Football Camp is August 3-5 from 8:00 to 11:00 am.  Show up at Maple Leaf by 7:45 am.

7th and 8th Grade Football Camp is August 3-5, 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

Sign ups for 5-6 grade tackle football can be turned in on “equipment day.”  If people need the forms they can find it on the Mt-Pleasant HS Activities page.




8/13/16 Equipment fittings and testing 1:00 p.m., Cottrell Gym

8/18/16 Practices start

9/09/16 Pre-game warm up with the varsity (vs Washington)

9/11/16 First game

9/18/16 Second game

9/25/16 Third game

10/3/16 Last game (Monday night game to follow JV Game) 7:30 start time.


The Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club Young Guns Golf post season banquet will be held August 1st, instead of August 2nd.  The banquet begins at 6 p.m. families are asked to bring a side dish to share.