Written by on September 27, 2012 in Sports

The local sports schedule for tonight. VOLEYBALL: Maharishi at Notre Dame, W. Burlington at Harmony, Cardinal at Van Buren, Central Lee at New London, Highland at Wapello, IMS at Waco, Mediapolis at Lone tree, WMU at Pekin.
CROSS COUNTRY: The Winfield Mt. Union Invitational is going on tonight.
The IWC women’s soccer team plays at Cornell, and the men’s soccer team is at St. Ambrose.

The 6th game of the season is a big one for two teams battling to find some positives in the 2012 season when Fairfield plays at Mt. Pleasant this Friday night. With a win Mt. Pleasant could put themselves in very good position to capture a post season playoff spot, keep their district record perfect and move their overall record to five hundred. The Panthers are 2-3 overall coming into the game and 2-0 in the district. Fairfield is 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the district. They have been playing the top teams in the district early in the season with losses to Washington, Williamsburg and Keokuk. A three game winning streak for the winless Trojans would put them in position to go to the playoffs out of the 7 team district #7. Mt. Pleasant has games left with the top teams in the district after this week.
Fairfield’s quarterback Dillon Fry has thrown for 707 yards, 8 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Spencer Peterman has caught 25 passes for 347 yards and 3 scores. Mason Carnahan has rushed 75 times for 436 yards and 2 scores. Justin Leonard leads the defensive effort of Fairfield with 40 tackles.
Mt. Pleasant quarterback Connor Shull has thrown for 481 yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Dalton Conrad has caught 10 balls for 216 yards two going the distance. Alex O’Donnell has come on of late to catch 7 passes for 99 yards and 2 scores. Josh Larson leads the rushing with 54 carries for 170 yards and 2 scores. Carson Remick leads the MPHS defense with 61 tackles.
KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the game live Friday beginning 6:30 p.m. You can listen to a replay of the Fairfield and Centerville games on stream beginning Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and on AM-1130 stream at 3 p.m. Sunday.
After the pregame practice tonigh The Press Box and Quality Equipment will be sponsoring the team meal.

Area Football Schedule for Friday September 28th
Fairfield at Mount Pleasant
Centerville at Fort Madison
Keokuk at Oskaloosa (ND)
Washington at #8 Williamsburg
West Liberty at #2 Mediapolis
Davis County, Bloomfield at Central Lee
Mid-Prairie, Wellman at Columbus Community
West Burlington/Notre Dame at Louisa-Muscatine
Alburnett at Regina, Iowa City (ND)
Cardinal, Eldon at Wilton
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont at Wapello
West Branch at Sigourney/Keota
Highland, Riverside at Van Buren
New London at Danville
WACO at #10 Lisbon
Winfield-Mt. Union at Lone Tree
Burlington at Clinton

Iowa’s latest edition to the National Basketball Association, Harrison Barnes of Ames, is the featured individual on the 2012-13 IHSAA Sportsmanship-Citizenship posters, which were mailed to the member schools in September.
This year’s poster is the 20th produced by the IHSAA since the start of the program in 1995, when another Ames High graduate Fred Hoiberg was featured. The Association annually chooses a former prep athlete, male or female, to be featured on the poster. Citizenship and Sportsmanship have been the cornerstone values of the IHSAA since its creation in 1905.
Barnes was chosen because of his overall achievements in high school sports, fine arts, classroom achievement and subsequently two stellar seasons at the University of North Carolina, which led to him being drafted in the first round by the Golden State Warriors.

Nice article about former Mt. Pleasant Panther Jordon Cotton appeared on, here is a reprint.
University of Iowa wide receiver Jordan Cotton entered the 2012 football season with one reception–it came against Minnesota last October. The Hawkeyes (2-2 overall) open Big Ten Conference play Saturday against undefeated Minnesota (4-0), with Cotton, now a junior, playing a much larger role than he has in the past. Cotton saw action in two games as a sophomore: at Minnesota and against Michigan State. He didn’t have a reception against the Spartans, but he had his number called early on a fourth down at Minneapolis. Iowa took its opening drive of the game to the Gopher 35-yard line, where it was faced with fourth-and-6. “I caught a four-yard hitch route and it was a yard short. That’s all I remember,” Cotton said. Cotton has seen his playing time increase this season. In four games, he has three catches for 57 yards and a long of 36. His 19-yards per reception leads the team. “It feels great going out there and doing my job,” Cotton said. “When your number is called, you have to be ready, and that’s what I have been doing so far.” Cotton had one catch for eight yards against Northern Iowa, and it moved the chains on third down deep inside Hawkeye territory. The next Saturday against Central Michigan, he hauled in two passes for 49 yards, and returned a kickoff 25 yards. “Jordan has done a nice job,” UI head coach Kirk Ferentz said. “He has been steadily improving and he had a really good month of August. He made a nice third-down catch two weeks ago, and certainly the run after the catch Saturday was impressive. I think he’s gaining confidence, and that’s a positive.” The key to more touches, according to Cotton, has been consistency, and spending an extra 5-10 minutes post-practice every day with quarterback James Vandenberg. The traveling trophy Floyd of Rosedale is at stake when Iowa’s neighbors to the north come to Kinnick Stadium. “It’s the first game in the Big Ten, it’s a trophy game, and Homecoming,” Cotton said. “We have to prepare well for this game.” Ferentz spoke for the entire program when he said: “I’m not happy that we are 2 2–nobody is.” But the start of the Big Ten season is a fresh beginning. “We’re 0-0 in the Big Ten, so our goals are still out there,” Cotton said. “The Big Ten title is in reach still, we have to take it one game at a time.” Iowa has won its last three Homecoming games, including 45-24 against Indiana last season. Minnesota has won the last two meetings with the Hawkeyes, 27-24 in 2010, and 22-21 in 2011–both games were played at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

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