Written by on November 29, 2011 in Sports

Mt. Pleasant Middle School hosted Ottumwa in girls basketball Monday. In the “A” game Ottumwa won 15-14, leading MP in scoring was Carolyn Lutovsky had 10 points. MPMS won the “B” game 18-8, Tabitha Liechty scored 10 points. 8th grade girls host Aldo Leopold Middle School Thursday.

The Mt. Pleasant High School girl’s basketball team is now 0-2 and plays another tough team tonight when they travel to #15th ranked class 4A Ottumwa. KILJ-FM and will have score updates during our MPHS boy’s broadcast. MP will be opening their conference season Friday at home against Fairfield.

MPHS boy’s basketball team opens the 2011-2012 season at home tonight when they host Cedar Rapids Xavier. The Panthers are coming off a season where they won the conference title and finished 3rd at the state tournament. The Panthers look to have one of the taller teams they have had in recent years with Nick Lyon and Blake Vandenberg who are both 6’7” tall. Jordon Ashton will be counted on to provide scoring from the outside he scored 40 points while playing in 3 state tournament games last march.
KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the Panther game live Tuesday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Panthers play at Fairfield Friday and host Pella Saturday.

Other area games: GIRLS: Burlington @ Keokuk. BOYS: Keokuk @ Burlington. GIRL AND BOY DOUBLE HEADERS: Van Buren @ Burlington Notre Dame, Central Lee @ W. Burlington, Danville @ Cardinal, Harmony @ New London, Iowa Mennonite @ Winfield Mt. Union, L&M @ Mediapolis, Pekin @ Waco, Wapello @ Columbus.
WRESTLING: English Valleys and Mid Prairie @ Wapello, Keokuk, Davis County and Fairfield @ Centerville, New London/Winfield Mt. Union and Lisbon @ West Liberty.

The Predicament has released it’s preseason wrestling ratings to start the 2011-2012 season. Several KILJ area wrestlers are ranked to begin the year. Justin Dilks of Mt. Pleasant is ranked 5th at 182 pounds class 3A, New London/Winfield Mt. Union has two ranked wrestlers, Grant McPheron is 10th at 113 and Sawyer Farris is #2 at 126 in class 2A. Mediapolis has two ranked wrestlers also with Drew Foster 9th at 126 and Adam Drain is 3rd at 160.

The MPHS wrestling team will have a busy week. The JV and varsity wrestle at Columbus Community Thursday night, the JV team will wrestle Friday night in the Wapello JV Tournament, the varsity team will wrestle in the Wapello Tournament Saturday.

The IWC men’s basketball team will play at home tonight against Hannibal-LaGrange, this will be the first game the Tigers play under new head coach Jess Settles. Iowa Wesleyan College is getting into the holiday spirit by holding a food drive in conjunction with tonight’s game.
Those bringing one food item will be admitted for free. The food, along with one-half of all admission proceeds, will be donated to the Fellowship Cup.

Iowa Wesleyan College student Blake Smith is sporting a new look these days. The senior basketball player from Sydney, Australia, abandoned his razor as of November 1 as part of a campus Movember initiative. The international event raises money and awareness for men’s health issues, including prostate cancer. Smith initiated the local effort and involved teammates.
The local November campaign will be featured at the Iowa Wesleyan basketball game tonight.
Donations will be accepted at the basketball game. In addition, those interested in supporting Smith and the members of the IWC team can log on to to pledge their support.
The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Since its beginnings in Melbourne Australia, Movember has grown to become a global movement inspiring more than 1.1 million people to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Ireland.
The goal of the Movember movement is to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.

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