Written by on October 29, 2012 in Sports

Area cross country runners did well in the State Cross Country Meet in Ft. Dodge Saturday. Cassie Stufflick of Danville/New London won the individual title in the girl’s class 2A race in a time of 14:54. Mediapolis ran in the team race and finished 10th their best individual finish was Savannah Banwart in 15:51 good for 22nd place.
In the 2A boy’s division Dillon Timmerman of Mediapolis finished 14th in a time of 16:22. Danville/New London’s Nick Oliver was 67th in 17:36.
In Class 3A girl’s competition Sarah Steffensmeier of Ft. Madison was 6th in a time of 14:56, Ft. Madison as a team finished 11th.
On the boy’s side Issac Steffensmeier was 4th in 15:50, the Ft. Madison team finished 8th.

Iowa Wesleyan College lost to Olivet Nazarene University 39-28 on Saturday, former New London Tiger Ridge Hobbs caught 2 touchdown passes. The Tigers play at Grandview in Des Moines Saturday at 1 p.m.

Iowa Wesleyan went 0-4 at the Augustan College Pumpkin Bash on Friday and Saturday
* IWC lost Simpson 3-1
* IWC lost to Buena Vista 3-0
* IWC lost to William Penn 3-0
* IWC lost to Augustana 3-0

Winfield Mt. Union won their class 1A Regional Semi Final match over Sigourney Friday night in a 3 game sweep 27-25, 25-18, 25-23. Leading the Wolvettes in hitting was Alicia Escher with 19 kills, Katie Benson had 39 assists, Shelby Therme had 2 ace serves, Erica Robinson 5 blocks and Anna Crawford had 25 digs. WMU has a record of 28-7 as they head into the Regional Final at Mt. Pleasant high School Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against #2 ranked Holy Trinity who won their semi final match over Moravia at Moulton Udell in a 3 game sweep 25-13, 25-8 and 25-9. Mikaela Foecke had 14 kills, 3 blocks and 2 ace serves, Emily Tinguely had 31 assists and 6 digs, Rachel Kempker had 3 blocks. Holy Trinity Catholic is now 42-4 on the season. KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the match live beginning at 7 p.m.
In 2A regional semi finals action Wapello fell to Durant 3-1 and Pekin lost to Eddyville Blakesburg 3-0.

The Iowa Wesleyan athletic department wants to encourage fans to bring jars of peanut butter to the men’s exhibition basketball game on Tuesday night against the Blackhawks of SCC. The jars of peanut butter will be donated to the Fellowship Cup for distribution.
The faculty and staff at IWC are participating in a service challenge, a competition to see who can get the most jars of peanut butter collected and donated to the Fellowship Cup. Peanut butter is a staple for patrons of the Fellowship Cup, but it is one of the more expensive and hardest items to get from the food bank. IWC encourages Tigers fans to add peanut butter to their grocery lists this week and bring them to the game Tuesday night.
Come out for a great night of basketball and help do your part to help those in need. Tip-off is set for 6:15pm at Ruble Arena on the IWC campus.

Round two of the Iowa High School football playoffs take place tonight. Southeast Iowa has one team left in 2A and in 3A that are still in the running for a state title. The #1 ranked Mediapolis Bulldogs in class 2A tonight will host West Liberty, a team they defeated 56-21 in week six of the regular season. Kickoff at Archer Field is 7 p.m., tonight’s winner will play the winner of the Mid Prairie at Bondurant-Farrar game.
In class 3A the Washington Demons are traveling to Winterset the winner of that game will play the winner of the Pella at Williamsburg game.

The San Francisco Giants clinched the World Series title last night on their opponent’s home field winning 4-3 in ten innings over Detroit.

The University of Dubuque will honored the first recipient of the Jerry Petitgoue Award to alumni Paul Rundquist on Saturday, October 27 at halftime of the football game Vs. Simpson College.
The 2012 and inaugural honoree, Paul Rundquist (Cl ’96). guided his 2011-12 boys’ basketball team to a 26-1 record at Mount Pleasant High School. He coached his team to an undefeated season in conference play, culminating in the school’s first State of Iowa Championship since 1918. He was named Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Class 3A Coach of the Year and Sub-state 6 Coach of the Year. He is also a 2012-13 IHSAA Basketball Advisory Committee member. He has taught Special Education at Mount Pleasant Community High School since 2001. He earned his master’s degree from Viterbo University in 2005.
Rundquist comes from a history of quality coaching. His father, Gordon, is a member of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame and has the 12th most wins in state history, 559-250 in 38 seasons at Maquoketa Valley. The elder Gordon has spent retirement as an assistant coach with Iowa City West High School. The father and son enjoyed 2011 when both of their teams qualified for the state championship. In 2011, Paul led his team to a third place finish and a record setting 24-3 season.
The award is named after the winningest high school boys’ basketball coach in Wisconsin history, Jerry Petitgoue (Cl ’63), has been honored by the University of Dubuque by having an award named after the legendary coach. Petitgoue has over 800 wins as a high school coach in Wisconsin. A Galena, native, he attended the University of Dubuque and graduated in 1963. He began his coaching career at Gratiot High School in the fall of 1963. His second game as head coach was postponed due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He would coach four years at Gratiot (Wis.) before moving on to coach at Cuba City High School (Wis.) for the past 40 years.
The Spartans are naming the award, the Jerry Petitgoue Coaches Award, which will be given out to a University of Dubuque graduate who exemplifies the ideals of excellence Petitgoue has embodied throughout his 44-year career. The Petitgoue Coaches Award will be awarded annually. From college to little league, UD alumni coaches of all sports are being sought for nominations for future consideration by the university.

The Iowa Wesleyan men’s and women’s basketball teams are ready for a big year. Both teams will be playing to get into the USCAA National tournament this winter.
Before kicking off the season, the Tigers’ basketball teams would like to invite the community to Ruble Arena on the Iowa Wesleyan campus to meet and greet this year’s teams. The event will be held on Friday, October 26 from 6:30pm-7:30pm.
The men’s team is coached by Jess Settles, who is in his second year at the helm for the Tigers. Settles coached the Tigers to a 12-14 record last season. The Tigers averaged 74.5 points per game last season, shooting 45.8% from the field. They also averaged 16.5 assists, 8.0 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game under Settles’ guidance last season.
The women’s team is coached by Steve Williamson, who begins his ninth year with the program. Williamson has transformed the program since taking over. Prior to Williamson taking the helm, the Tigers suffered 19 losing season. Williamson has built the program into a national contender as he owns a 165-88 record with the Tigers, recording the second most wins in school history after legendary coach Olan Ruble, who won 274 games from 1943-65.
The men’s team will open up their season on November 3 as they host Benedictine University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm at Ruble Arena.
The women’s basketball team will open up their season on November 2-3 as they travel to Des Moines, Iowa for the Grandview University Classic.

The Cross Country Awards Banquet at Mt. Pleasant High School was held Thursday evening. The Special Award winners were: Ally Davis(Most Improved), Megan Shumaker(Newcomer of the year), Ellie Conrad(Most Potential), Natalie Ita(MVP), Logan Mulford(MVP), Derek Holtkamp(Newcomer of the year) Brach Prough(Most Improved), Chloe Haffarnan(Panther award), Tommy Thorne(Panther award), Drew Perry(Panther award), Henry Pham(received the Most Potential award)

The Mt. Pleasant Park and Rec has registration underway for the program “Intro to Team Sports Boys and Girls.” The program starts on November 1st and will run the following four Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:15 pm in Cottrell Gym. It is for children ages 4 through six. They will be introduced to sports through fun drills and activities in a non-competitive environment. For more information or to sign up, call the office at 385-1475.

The 11 and under Mt. Pleasant boy’s baseball team is hosting a 5K run/walk this Saturday October 27th. Proceeds from the event will go to support the 11 and under baseball program in Mt. Pleasant. The course is a mile and a half around East Lake Park. Each participant will do two laps. The event will start at the shelter house north of the softball complex. Runners and walkers are welcome the event will be timed. Competitive categories are 9 and under, 10-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 50 and up. You may register Saturday with 9 and under costing $15, 10 and up is $25. You may register on line at

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