Written by on August 29, 2012 in Sports

MPHS girls cross country team placed third in their opening meet of the season at Williamsburg last night. Natalie Ita placed 6th individually in a time of 17:26, 20 seconds faster than her time last year on this course. Williamsburg won the event with 50 points, Benton Community 73 and Mt. Pleasant was third with 79. Finishing 4th was Vinton 96, Clear Creek Amana had 113, Mid Prairie 120 and Springville 177.
On the boy’s side Vinton Shellsburg won the title with 53 points, Mid Prairie was 2nd with 76. Mt. Pleasant finished 6th with 124 points. Drew Perry was 16th individually for MP in a time of 19:11.
Saturday both the girls and boys teams run at Pella.
The IMS Invitational was run yesterday, Iowa City High won the girls race and Muscatine the boys. Wapello girls were 4th and Mediapolis 5th. The Mediapolis boys were 3rd and Wapello 6th.

Area Volleyball results: Davenport West beat Burlington 3-2, #11 New London swept Van Buren 3-0, #4 ranked Holy Trinity Catholic swept Wilton 2-0 to win the Championship match in the Wapello Tournament. Mikaela Foecke had 33 kills and 9 blocks during the tournament. Central Lee went 1-2 for the night and Wapello was 1-2 also.

The IWC volleyball team that lost all four matches over the weekend in Milwaukee at Cardinal Stritch University playing them twice and losing twice to the University of St. Francis.
Tonight the Tigers play at Culver Stockton in Canton, Mo.

One day after he appeared to win the Washington Redskins kicking job, Graham Gano is out of work. His replacement is Billy Cundiff, who spent two days unemployed after getting cut by the Baltimore Ravens.
Gano was released and Cundiff, signed by the Redskins on Tuesday.
Cundiff is a native of Harlan, Ia., who played collegiately at Drake.

Park and Rec is conducting registration for their Flag Football programs. Kindergarten Flag Football will meet at East Lake Park Softball Complex Tuesdays starting September 18th and running until October 9th from 5:30 to 6:30. The program teaches the fundamentals through drills. No contact drills will be conducted. Cost is $20 for residents. The other grades are divided as follows: 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th and 5th and 6th. Practices will run September through October at the East Lake Soccer Complex. Cost is $20. Volunteer coaches are also needed. To register or for more information, stop in the office or call 385-1466.

Friday, Aug 31st, there is no school in Mt. Pleasant due to Old Threshers. If you have or know children who would like to come and play in the IWC gymnasium at 9:50 to 10:50 with tennis shoes on their feet, please invite them. Valerie Unkrich’ s elementary PE and Health class will be teaching fun activities which will be a fun learning experience for all.
What: Need Kids – pre-school to 5th or 6th grade.
Where: IWC Howe Center Gymnasium
When: Friday, August 31st at 9:50 to 10:50. Be ready for activity at 10:00.
Wear or carry tennis shoes for the gym floor.

Area runners are invited to participate in the Mile-Mile run on Labor Day. At 9 a.m. on September 3rd the Mile-Mile will be a one mile dirt road run from Mile Avenue on 210th to Nebraska Ave. Parking is available at the finish line area. Come help support the cross country teams and get some good exercise, contact Lyle Murray at 850-0867.

The Iowa Wesleyan Tigers opened up the 2012 football season against the William Penn University Statesmen, ranked #14 in the nation in the NAIA. The Tigers kept it close early, but the Statesmen took over in the second half to defeat the Tigers 39-14.
The Tigers were led offensively by McConnell, who completed 15-27 passes for 190 yards with no interceptions. McConnell also led the team in the running game with 45 rushing yards on 14 carries. Brandon Harris (Sr.-Baton Rouge, La.) added 43 yards on 9 carries. Hobbs caught 5 passes for 96 yards and one touchdown for the Tigers.
Defensively, Richard Silva (Sr.-Kirkland, Wash) led the Tigers with eight tackles. Tarvis Gordon (Sr.-Sanford, Fla.), Justin Hunnicutt (Sr.-San Francisco, Calif.), and Aaron Wagoner (Sr.-Roseville, Calif.) all added four tackles for the Tigers.
The Tigers will look to bounce back Saturday, September 1 as they play host to Siena Heights University who has a 1-0 record at 1:00pm at Mapleleaf Stadium in Mount Pleasant.

The ride couldn’t have been any sweeter for Northern Illinois and coach Dave Doeren in his debut last season.
Behind veteran quarterback Chandler Harnish, who tied or set 24 school records, the Huskies (0-0) took the Mid-American Conference championship game with a 23-20 comeback victory over Ohio. Then, NIU ran past Arkansas State in the Bowl, 38-20.
That victory gave the Huskies a nine-game winning streak, the nation’s longest heading into their Saturday 2:30 p.m. game against Iowa (0-0) at Soldier Field, a game you will hear live on KILJ-FM beginning at 12;30 p.m.
With 11 victories in the last two seasons, NIU joins a select group that includes Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, TCU, Boise State, Oregon, Stanford, LSU and Alabama.

Mt. Pleasant is looking for big improvement in week 2 of the 2012 season after dropping their opening game of the season at home against Marion 70-7.
This week it’s off to Ottumwa to play the class 4A Bulldogs who are 1-1 after losing to #1 ranked Valley of West Des Moines 27-0 and beating Keokuk last week 34-21.
Ottumwa came from behind scoring 25 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to beat the Chiefs who had built a 14-3 lead in the first quarter.
Seth Griffiths led Ottumwa in rushing with 175 yards on 20 carries and 2 td’s.
Defensively Shawn Foster intercepted Keokuk’s QB twice and Collin Schulz returned another interception for a score.
Class 4A Mississippi Athletic
Burlington at Davenport, West
Davenport, Central at Bettendorf
Davenport, North at Muscatine
North Scott, Eldridge at Clinton

Class 3A District 7
Albia at Centerville (ND)
Central Clinton, DeWitt at Williamsburg (ND)
Davis County, Bloomfield at Fairfield (ND)
Fort Madison at Chariton (ND)
Keokuk at Mediapolis (ND)
Mount Pleasant at Ottumwa (NC)
Washington at Pella (ND)

Class 2A District 5
Clear Creek-Amana at Mid-Prairie, Wellman (ND)
Highland, Riverside at Central Lee, Donnellson (ND)
Van Buren, Keosauqua at West Burlington/Notre Dame (ND)
Wapello at Columbus Community, Columbus Junction (ND)
West Liberty at Mount Vernon (ND)
Wilton at Louisa-Muscatine (ND)

Class 1A District 6

Pekin at Sigourney/Keota (ND)
#3 Solon at #1 Regina, Iowa City (ND)
West Branch at Durant (ND)
Class “A” District 5
Alburnett at Lisbon (ND)
Danville at Cardinal, Eldon (ND)
English Valleys, North English at New London (ND)
WACO, Wayland at North Mahaska, New Sharon (ND)

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