SPORTS OCTOBER 15, 2012

Written by on October 15, 2012 in Sports

The Iowa Wesleyan football team fell 23-14 to St. Ambrose University on Saturday at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. The loss drops the Tigers to 1-6 on the year, while the Bees, ranked #15 in the NAIA, improve to 5-1.
The Tigers fell behind in the first quarter as the Bees scored first with 3:23 left in the first quarter. The Tigers tied it up in the second quarter after Kevin McConnell (Sr.-Kansas City, Mo.) connected with Ridge Hobbs (Jr.-New London, Iowa) for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 11:45 remaining in the half. The teams went to the locker rooms tied 7-7 at halftime.
The Tigers scored with 11:20 remaining in the game after McConnell connected with Buddy Guastella (Sr.-Yorba Linda, Calif.) on a 4-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers couldn’t reach the end zone again, as the Bees added a field goal for the last points of the game.
McConnell completed 22-36 passes for 205 yards with two touchdowns. He also rushed for 32 yards, but was sacked six times by the Bees’ defense.
Daniel Veal (Sr.-San Diego, Calif.) led the Tigers rushing with 37 yards on 11 carries. Raul Beceril (So.-Mission, Texas) caught five passes for 57 yards.
Defensively, Aaron Wagoner (Sr.-Roseville, Calif.) and Tarvis Gordon (Sr.-Sanford, Fla.) recorded sacks for the Tigers. Richard Silva (Sr.-Kirkland, Wash.) led the Tigers’ defense with eight tackles. Duane Lee (Sr.-San Jose, Calif.) also had an interception on the day for the Tigers.
The Tigers return to action next Saturday, October 20 as they host Waldorf College at Mapleleaf Stadium in Mt. Pleasant. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00pm.

Keokuk handed Mt. Pleasant a 63-21 loss in District-7 football Friday night to clinch a playoff spot, M.P. is still in contention for the playoffs after Centerville upset Fairfield, it will take a win at District leader Williamsburg for the Panthers to get in.. Chiefs got out to a 21-0 lead on long scoring plays before MPHS got on the board in the 1st quarter with a 39 yard touchdown pass from Connor Shull to Dalton Conrad. Josh Larson then scored from 5 yards out to pull the home team to with 21-14 with 9:01 to play in the 1st half. Keokuk answered with 3 scores in the last 8 minutes of the half to lead 42-21 at intermission. The other Panther score was a 10 yard pass from Shull to Alex O’Donnell. Liam Clancy added the PAT’s.
In the second half Keokuk put up another 21 points.
In the freshman game Keokuk won 46-0. The JV teams of the two schools will play in Keokuk tonight.

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Regional Volleyball Tournaments begin this week.
In Class 1A play begins Tuesday night with Waco @ New London, Maharishi @ Winfield Mt. Union, Harmony @ Danville, Burlington-Notre Dame @ Holy Trinity Catholic in a match you’ll hear live on KILJ-FM 105.5 and kilj.com, Moravia @ Corydon Wayne, Seymour @ Moulton. Second round action will be Oct. 23rd, semi finals on Oct. 26th and Regional finals will be played at Mt. Pleasant on 10/31.
In class 4A the Mt. Pleasant Panthers drew a 1st round bye, they will play the winner of the Oct. 22nd Knoxville at Fairfield match on Oct. 25th at Fairfield. Washington, Clear Creek Amana and Cedar Rapids Xavier are in the bottom bracket. Semi Finals will be played 10/25 and Finals at Washington 10/30.
In Class 3A play begins 10/22, here are the area pairings: Mid Prairie @ Mediapolis, Central Lee @ Columbus Community, Davis County @ Centerville, Chariton @ Albia. Winners play in the semi finals on 10/25 and those winners meet in the championship at Ottumwa on 10/30.

The Mt. Pleasant 7th grade volleyball team played Ottumwa at Home Thursday October 11, 2012 for their final match of the season.
A Match M.P. Won 2-0
Leading the serving:
Pearl Krieger
Kaylynn Batey
Ashley Menke
Mikayla Beason
B Match M.P. Lost 2-0
Leading the serving:
Katie Ensminger
Megan Sutherland
Jordon Metheney
Sarah Lanphier

The National League Baseball Championship Series got started last night with St. Louis beating San Francisco 6-4, game two will be tonight in San Fran beginning at 7 p.m.
The American League Championship Series has Detroit jumping out to a two games to none lead. Tigers beat the Yankees 3-0, they have a day off today and game three will be played in Detroit at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The BCS has announced their first rating of college football teams. Alabama is ranked #1, Florida is a close second, Oregon is 3rd and Kansas State 4th, Notre Dame is 5th. The Iowa State Cyclones are 24th.

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