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SPORTS OCTOBER 11, 2012

Written by on October 11, 2012 in Sports

The Mt. Pleasant girls and boys cross country teams will be running in the Southeast conference Cross Country Meet at Ft. Madison today.
The Mississippi Athletic Conference also has their conference meet at Pleasant Valley.
The Mediapolis Invitational will be run today also.
AREA VOLLEYBALL: The Mt. Pleasant Panthers will be playing at Ft. Madison. M.P. is coming off a second place finish in the tournament they hosted last Saturday. Cardinal and Davis County at Van Buren, Mediapolis Invitational, Washington at Keokuk.

Keokuk comes to Mt. Pleasant to battle in high school football Friday night. Both the Panthers and the Chiefs have a District #7 record of 2-2, both are still contending for a playoff spot. Mt. Pleasant with wins this week against the Chiefs and next week at Williamsburg would get in. If Keokuk wins and Fairfield wins against Centerville this week then they both would jump ahead of M.P.
Gabe Vandenberg leads the Chiefs passing attack hitting 62% of his passes, he has thrown 15 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. The top receiver is Darrion Sanders who has caught passes covering 565 yards and 6 scores, Dan Williams has caught 514 yards in passes and scored 5 times. Rushing the ball Keokuk is led by Trevor Roth with 636 yards on the ground and Matt Nye has added 531, together they have 15 rushing touchdowns.
Mt. Pleasant’s offensive stats: Connor Shull has thrown for 803 yards 4 td’s and 6 int’s. Josh Larson has rushed for 270 yards and 4 scores. Dalton Conrad has caught 25 passes for 442 yards and 2 scores. Carson Remick leads the tackling with 78, Tony Cristoforo has 56 stops.
This week’s Panther pregame meal will be sponsored by Children’s Dental Center and Doyle and Pat Dunn.
KILJ-FM 105.5 and kilj.com will carry the game live beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the pre-game show. The freshman game will be played at 5 p.m. JV teams of the two schools play Monday in Keokuk.

Here is the local football schedule for Friday night October 12th:
Keokuk at Mount Pleasant
Fairfield at Centerville
Washington at Fort Madison
Williamsburg at Vinton-Shellsburg (ND)
Columbus Community at Mediapolis
Louisa-Muscatine at Central Lee
Mid-Prairie, Wellman at West Burlington/Notre Dame
Cardinal, Eldon at Sigourney/Keota
Regina, Iowa City at Wapello
Highland, Riverside at Lisbon
Lone Tree at Danville
New London at WACO, Wayland
Van Buren, Keosauqua at Winfield-Mt. Union
Davenport, North at Burlington

Post season play in Major League Baseball was exciting Wednesday. The St. Louis Cardinals beat Washington 8-0, Redbirds hold a 2-1 advantage in the series and will play this afternoon at 3 p.m. at Washington.
The Yankees went 12 innings with Baltimore and the Pinstripes won out 3-2, the two teams play at Yankee Stadium again tonight at 6:30.
Oakland beat Detroit 4-3, that series is tied at 2 games apiece, they play in Oakland tonight at 8:37 p.m.
San Francisco rolled over Cincinnati 8-3, that series is tied at 2-2 and game five is at noon today on the Reds home field.

A four-person, best shot golf tournament to raise funds for United Way of Henry County will be held Friday, Oct. 12, at Deerwood Golf Course, New London.
Money raised will help pay for the 2013 budget to aid helping organizations throughout the county. The fee is $60 per person, and golfers will receive use of a golf course as well as a light meal of brats, chips and soda.
There will be a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Entries are limited to the first 72 golfers to register.
For registration information, email haysj@hearthhome.com.
Golf competitions, mulligans and raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the course.

Hall of Fame classes for 2013 in Wrestling and Basketball have been announced by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. The new members will introduced on the Saturday night of the Traditional State Wrestling Tournament (February 16) and the State Basketball Tournament (March 9).
New inductees in wrestling are: Coach Robert “Bob” Kenny; and Athletes – Wil Kelly, Steve Knight, Matt Otten, and Joe Zuspann. Being honored in basketball are: Coaches Jim Squiers and David Lee; along with former players Msgr. Wayne Ressler, Lonnie Porter, Dean Schnoes, Ed Vaske and Casey Blake.

WRESTLING
BOB KENNY – currently the activities director at Mason City High School, he retired in 2006 with a 20-year career dual meet record of 289-123-1 with stops at Maquoketa Valley and Estherville before amassing a 227-33-1 record at Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted. His E-Hawks won six traditional State Meets and added a runner-up finish. In addition, he directed two State Dual Team champions and two others who were runner-up. All told he coached 88 state qualifiers with 56 earning medals and 12 winning titles.

WIL KELLY, Wahlert, Dubuque – a four time state qualifier he won three consecutive state titles 1993 (119), 1994 (130) and 1995 (135). He was 120-3 for his prep career and undefeated in his three championship seasons. He went on to perform superbly at Wartburg College where he twice was an NCAA All-American by placing third and winning a national title in 2003 at 141. He was an assistant at Wartburg College, helping with multiple championship teams and is currently the head wrestling coach at Cedar Falls High School.

STEVE KNIGHT, Clinton – also a four-time state meet qualifier he won titles in 1982 (105) and 1983 (112). He was a Junior National Champion and the first ever American wrestler to win the “Outstanding Wrestler” award in freestyle and Greco-Roman in the same year. He was an NCAA All American at Iowa State where he earned his BA and MA Degrees. He was a Pan American gold medalist. He is the lead coach for Iowa’s Excel Junior Olympic Program and has served on the U.S. Olympic coaching staff.

MATT OTTEN, North Central, Manly – in 1985 he became Iowa’s 20th four time state meet finalist while winning championships in 1986 and 1987. He had a high school winning percentage of 97.3 (120-3), losing only one regular a season match. He went on to compete at Drake University until a shoulder injury ended his career. He currently is a probation officer in Cerro Gordo County working with that area’s youth. He resides in Mason City.

JOE ZUSPANN, Fort Dodge – he was a three time top three finisher in the State Tournament winning second in 1972 and taking the 1974 138 lbs. title. He was also a three-time competitor in the National freestyle competition and earned high school All American status in 1974. He competed at Iowa State where he a three time All American and a three-time top four finisher at the NCAA tournament where his 1977 runner-up finish helped the Cyclones to the national title. He twice was invited to the U.S. Olympic trials. He was an assistant coach at Iowa State and Rhode Island before moving to Lawton, OK, where he developed them into a statewide prep power.

BASKETBALL
Coaches
JIM SQUIERS, Marquette Catholic, Bellevue – this will likely be the final years for the venerable coach of the Mohawks the past 41 years. He has amassed an impressive mark of 638 triumphs against 275 losses. He is fifth on Iowa’s all-time win chart. He has coached eight teams to the State Tournament with six winding up in the final four. Twice his teams have been runner-up.

DAVID LEE, BCLU-UW – He retired four seasons ago with a 33-year career record of 428-307. Her started his career at Pomeroy and spent most of his years at Beaman-Conrad-Liscomb and BCL-UW before completing a three year hitch at South Hardin. He coached BCL-UW to two state tournaments – 1987 and a fourth place finish in 1988.

Players
WAYNE RESSLER, Cascade St. Martin’s – Scored 1,771 career points, twelfth highest all players at the time. He played on teams that were a combined 106-20 and lost twice to the eventual state meet qualifier and teams that finished first or second. Was a first team all-state player in 1957 and won numerous area honors. Played at Loras and after graduation went into the priesthood and was ordained in 1965 and for the past 47 years Msgr. Ressler has served the Dubuque Archdiocese.

LONNIE PORTER, Waterloo East – he was the starting guard on the Trojans back-to-back State Tournament teams in 1960 (runner-up) and 1961, when he earned All-State honors from the Des Moines Register and the Iowa Daily Press Association. Went to Adams State College where he earned his BS and MS degrees and was a four-time All-Region NAIA All American pick, and an Academic All-American. He coached Denver Manual to the large school state title in 1971 before being an assistant college coach and finally as the head coach at Regis University in Denver, CO in 1977 a position he still holds. His teams have recorded over 500 wins. He has been recognized for his efforts in working with disadvantaged youth in Colorado with his leadership academy and basketball clinics, and has earned numerous city and state public service awards.

DEAN SCHNOES, Cherokee, Washington – A two-time All Northwest Iowa selection and twice named to All-State teams he was the sole junior starter on the Braves 21-1 state tournament runner-up squad in 1975. He averaged over 17 ppg and 13.2 rebounds per contest in that memorable season. His senior year he again averaged a “double-double” of 21.8 ppg and 12.6 rpg for a team that lost only three games. He went on to play collegiately at Northwestern College in Orange City. He is currently the Superintendent of Schools at Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton.

ED VASKE, NESCO – An all-around basketball talent, he was a three-year starter on high school teams that were 82-12 with State Tournament trips in 1984 and 1986, sandwiched around a last second loss in the substate. In 1986 his team finished runner-up and he was captain of the All-Tournament team and led the tournament in scoring. He won All-State honors in 1985 and 1986. He went on to secure his college degree and played basketball at Simpson College earning three letters and contributing to a rising program. He currently lives in Ankeny and works for a private business in sales.

CASEY BLAKE, Indianola – Although widely known for his baseball prowess and a 12-year career in the Major Leagues, he was an outstanding all around athlete. He was a three year starter including teams in 1990 (third) and 1992 (runner-up) that made the State Tournament. In 1991 they fell in the substate to Ames, the eventual champion. He was twice an All-State selection and was the co-captain of the 1992 All-Tournament team. He scored over 1,200 career points and is one of eight players all-time to make 100 three-point goals in a season and he did it twice. He and his wife have “given back” to the community with funds building a sports facility for the community’s youth. The family makes their home in Indianola.

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