Written by John Kuhens
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
MPHS girls track team hosted the Panther Relays for Girls, New London won the small school title with 109 points ahead of second place W. Burlington-Notre Dame with 107. Cedar Rapids Prairie won the big school class with 130.5 points, ahead of Williamsburg/IMS with 118. MPHS scored 85 points for 4th place. Emma Ludwig won the 400 dash 67.11, Chloe Haffarnan won the 800 in 2:32.18, Hanna Weber won the 3,000 in 11:54.9, Kaitlin Jones won the 400 hurdles 69.85. M.P. won the 4×800 relay 10:37.6 with Sierra Wyse, Emma Ludwig, Natalie Myers and Chloe Haffarnan.
MPHS girl’s golf team fell to Washington 195-213, Natalie Booton was medalist for the day with a 41, Lindsay Dorn 51, Morgan Barton 60, Courtney Mabeus 61.
MPHS boy’s golf team defeated Keokuk 167-186. Quinn Daniel shot 39 and Patrick Zelinsky 40 to lead the Panthers to victory. Aaron Schleisman shot 42 and Ross Heitmeier and Kyle Kaufman had 46’s.
MPHS boy’s tennis team fell to Keokuk 7-2. Eric Hahn won his #2 singles match and Jerad Ruble won his match to score for M.P.
MPHS boy’s soccer team fell to Ft. Madison 2-0.
Today’s sports activities: MPHS girls golf at Ottumwa with Kirksville. MPHS girls soccer at Holy Trinity Catholic, MPHS boys track at Mid Prairie.
MPHS boys basketball coach Paul Rundquist was named as the Class 3A boys basketball coach of the year by the Iowa Boys Basketball Coaches Association. Rundquist led the Panthers to a 3rd place finish in the 2011 boys state basketball championships and a 4th place finish last year.
449 high school seniors across Iowa will be honored Sunday, May 1, at the Eighth Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony, held at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines starting at 1:00 p.m.
The Governor’s Office, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its title sponsor, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, are presenting this recognition program.
The Honorable Governor Terry Branstad will host the event and address the audience of 2,500-plus. Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Lang and Mike Billings, superintendent of Schools at Roland-Story Community Schools, Story City, and chairperson of the Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, will welcome the students and their guests.
The seniors being honored were selected by their high schools as the highest academic achievers.
From the KILJ listening area: Eric Myers Central Lee, Marina Ramirez Columbus Community, Jacob Brooks Danville, Rachel Swanson Fairfield, Kenny Luse and Sally Weisinger Ft. Madison, Laura Vance Harmony, Katherine Hoyer Holy Trinity Catholic, Sarah Calderwood Mediapolis, Amber Jackson New London, Makenzie Kauffman and David Litchfield of Mt. Pleasant, Kati Sue Helling Van Buren, Caleb Brose Waco and Megan Escher of WMU.
Midwest Collegiate conference named their Athletes of the Week and another IWC Tiger baseball player has been honored. Josh Sturges a senior shortstop from Murray, Utah is the MCC baseball player of the week. He hit .563 last week with 2 doubles, two home runs, four rbi’s, two stolen bases and scored six times.
Drew Koeppel (Jr.-Bartonville, Ill.) had two run-scoring singles and reached base five times, and the Iowa Wesleyan College baseball team kept the heat on offensively throughout for a 16-8 win over Waldorf College Monday afternoon.
The Tigers reached their leadoff man on base in every one of their at bats in the nine-inning Midwest Collegiate Conference game. IWC also took advantage of 13 bases on balls by Waldorf pitchers, winning its seventh straight game to improve to 26-18 overall and 14-6 in the MCC.
Wesleyan increased its lead at the top of the conference standings, gaining a game on its nearest competitor. Waldorf dropped to 12-7 in the MCC (20-14 overall), and the Tigers now lead the Warriors and Grand View University both by 1 1/2 games with four conferences games to play.
The 2011 Iowa Wesleyan College fundamentals camp will be held June 13th thru the 17th at Howe Activity Center. It’s for boys in grades 5-8. Campers will learn offensive and defensive fundamentals and also play in a number of games as well as contests. The camp is headed up by IWC men’s basketball coach Al Magnani, registration is underway now, if interested call 385-6307 or 986-5482.
Mother Nature forced the cancellation of racing action at 34 Raceway last weekend but the action will come back Saturday, April 23 with the excitement and anticipation of the Midwest Open Wheel 410 Outlaw Sprints. Feel the power as the 410 winged warriors, Brian Brown, Terry McCarl, Joey Moughan, Donnie Beechler and more take on the 3/8 high bank of 34 Raceway in their first of two appearances in 2011.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts, Monster Energy Drink, Pepsi sponsored MOWA 410 Outlaw Sprint Shootout will kick off with a Drivers Meet-n-Greet at the Burlington O’Reilly’s Auto Part Store from 11:00 am to 1:00 p.m. with a free lunch and Pepsi products. Then head on out to 34 Raceway for some great 410 sprint racing excitement.
The J & J Steel/Ideal Ready Mix IMCA Late Models will be providing their own ground shaking action along with the Mike’s Auto Parts IMCA Stock Cars in their first track points races of the year. Pit gates open 4:00, Grandstands 5:00. Time trials start at 7 p.m. Pit Pass $25, Grandstand Admission $18 Adults, $15 Seniors & Students, Kids 10 and under FREE.