Mount Pleasant, IA Sports

Burlington, IAHawk Eye

Prospect League baseball: Bees' buzz ends with a bang

The buzz went out with a bang. The Burlington Bees completed their maiden season in the Prospect League with a convincing 11-5 victory over the Quincy Gems Wednesday night before 2,768 fans at Community Field. The Bees finished the second half of the season in fourth place in the Great...
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Burlington, IAHawk Eye

Prep baseball: Twenty-six area players honored on all-district teams

New London High School had perhaps the best baseball season in school history this summer, winning SEI Superconference South Division, district and substate championships on the way to its first Class 1A state tournament in 15 years. The accolades are still rolling in for the Tigers, who finished 26-2 after...
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Miller Steps Down as Washington Baseball Coach

For the first time since the mid-2000s the Washington baseball team will have a new face leading the charge next year, as Nathan Miller recently announced his intentions to step down as head varsity coach. The 1998 Washington High School grad has been in a head coaching role for the...
Van Buren County, IAHawk Eye

Female Athlete of the Year finalist: Van Buren County senior Isabel Manning

Sports — Volleyball, basketball, track, softball. Accomplishments — Volleyball: Manning was a four-time letterwinner, playing libero her first three years before switching to setter as a senior. She averaged 1.47 assists and 5.6 digs per set for her career, to go along with 59 kills, 31 blocks and 130 ace serves in 128 matches and 330 sets. She was among the state leaders in digs her first three years, then put up 429 assists her senior year. She helped the Warriors to the state tournament for the first time in school history as a junior. Basketball: Manning was one of the top shooting guards in the state during her four years. She averaged 17.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.9 steals in 92 games. She shot 43.6 percent from the field, 41.6 percent from 3-point range and 80.5 percent from the field. She finished with 1,601 career points. Track and field: Manning was a three-year letterwinner, running sprints and middle distance races and relays for the Warriors. Softball: Manning was a four-year letterwinner, earning Class 2A third team all-state honors as a senior when she hit .441 and scored 31 runs as a third baseman. For her career, Manning hit .387 with 13 doubles, five triples and seven home runs, scored 103 runs and drove in 35.
Fort Madison, IAPen City Current

FM’s Thurman named 3rd team All-State

FORT MADISON – The Bloodhounds’ came up short in their quest for an appearance at the state baseball tournament after bowing out to DeWitt Central in the substate semis. But the individual awards keep coming in. Senior shortstop Jason Thurman was named to the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association 3rd...
West Burlington, IAHawk Eye

Female Athlete of the Year finalist: West Burlington senior Sydney Marlow

Sports — Volleyball, basketball, track and field, softball. Accomplishments — Volleyball: Marlow was a four-year letterwinner for the Falcons, earning all-state accolades along the way. She finished her illustrious career with 1,492 kills, 1,427 digs, 143 blocks and 119 aces. She holds the school records for career kills and digs. Marlow had at least 300 kills in each of her four seasons, including 300 as a senior when she switched to middle hitter during the season. Her senior year was cut short when the team contracted COVID-19. postseason. Basketball: Marlow helped the Falcons reach the state tournament her senior year. It was the first time West Burlington played in the state tournament since 1977. She helped the Falcons to a 21-2 record, averaging 13.4 points, 4,6 steals, 4.3 steals and 7.2 rebounds as a senior. For her career, Marlow scored 1,275 points and had 408 steals, 295 assists and 519 rebounds. Track and field: Marlow was a three-year letterwinner. She helped the Falcons break nearly every school relay record. As a senior, Marlow ran the anchor leg on the 4x200 team which placed fourth at state in 1:45.71, anchored the 4x100 team to a fourth-place finish in 49.82 and anchored the sprint medley relay team to a seventh-place finish in 1:51.99. Softball: Marlow was a two-year letterwinner, playing her eighth-grade and freshman seasons.

College Football: Central Earning Preseason Attention

Pella — The Central College football team — which will feature several Mount Pleasant alumni — is receiving quite a bit of preseason love. The Dutch are ranked No. 11 in the latest NCAA Division III preseason poll according to the nationally published Lindy’s College Football Magazine. Central earned their...
Wapello, IAHawk Eye

Male Athlete of the Year finalist: Wapello senior Caden Thomas

Sports — Football, basketball, track and field. Accomplishments — Football: Thomas was a four-year letterwinner, becoming an all-district receiver and a solid defensive player for Todd Parsons and the Indians. As a senior, he caught 23 passes for 550 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had 29 1/2 tackles, 23 of them solo and eight of them for losses. For his career, Thomas caught 52 passes for 1,008 and 20 touchdowns, including one for 86 yards. In addition, he had 105 career tackles, 82 of them solo and eight for losses. Basketball: Thomas was a four-year letterwinner, becoming one of the top post players in the conference. As a senior, Thomas averaged 11.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, one steal and 0.9 blocks per game. For his career, Thomas averaged 9.2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, o.8 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. He shot 59.3 percent from the field and 67.8 percent from the free-throw line. Track and field: Thomas was a four-year letterwinner, two-time state qualifier and four-time state placewinner for the Indians. He placed 13th in the 400 as a sophomore in 52.03. As a senior, he placed second in the 400 at state in 50.27. He helped the Indians place fourth in the sprint medley relay in 1:35.78 and fifth in the 4x100 in 45.18. He also qualified in the 200.
New London,

Prep Baseball: Iowa Print Writers Association Names All-State Team

(Photo Courtesy: Donald K. Aliprandi / New London — The Iowa Print Writers Association has released their 2021 All-State teams, announced late yesterday night. In Class 1A, New London’s Tucker Gibbar was the lone local selection. Gibbar was listed as a Third Team choice at catcher. The terrific backstop...
Danville, IAHawk Eye

Female Athlete of the Year finalist: Danville senior Addison Parrott

Sports — Cross country, basketball, soccer, track. Accomplishments — Cross country: Parrott was one of the state's top runners all four years. She placed 48th at state as a freshman. As a sophomore she finished 10th. She took sixth at state as a junior and was second at state as a senior. She had a personal best of 18:57.50. Parrott helped the Bears qualify for state as a team in three of her four years. The Bears were 12th in 2017, fifth in 2019 and 13th last season with a very young team. Basketball: Parrott earned a varsity letter as a freshman. Track and field: Parrott was a three-year letterwinner, qualifying for state all three years. She helped Danville win the Class 1A state team title as a freshman in 2018. As a freshman, she finished 10th at state in the 3,000 and 11th in the 1,500. As a sophomore, Parrott finished eighth at state in the 3,000 and 10th in the 1,500. Parrott placed second at state in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 as a senior and ran the anchor on the distance medley relay team which finished seventh. Soccer: Parrott helped ND-WB/Danville to a pair of state tournament. She scored 19 goals and had 18 assists for her career.
Lee County, IAHawk Eye

Female Athlete of the Year finalist: Central Lee senior Mya Merschman

Sports — Volleyball, basketball, track and field. Accomplishments — Volleyball: Merschman was one of the most versatile players around. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Lady Hawks, finishing her career with a,018 kills, 352 blocks, 452 digs and 56 ace serves. Merschman was deadly accurate from the service line, where she served 98.2 percent for her career. Merschman helped the Lady Hawks to a 22-8 record as a senior. She averaged 3.8 kills, 1.8 digs and 1.6 blocks and was successful on 288-of-293 serves with 18 aces. Basketball: Merschman was a four-year letterwinner for the Lady Hawks, helping her team to a 13-9 record as a senior. She averaged 27-6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.2 blocks as a senior and shot 58.1 percent from the field, 42.7 percent from the 3-point line and 83.5 percent from the free-throw line. She earned Class 3A first team all-state accolades as a senior. Merschman started 93 of 94 games in her career, averaging 20.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. Track and field: Merschman was a two-year letterwinner on the track for the Lady Hawks. She excelled in the sprints and long jump as a freshman and sophomore. Her best long jump was 16-6 3/4 as a sophomore.