Mediapolis continues to roll through the Class 2A football playoffs with another convincing win. Last night they beat West Liberty for the second time this season, 42-6 was the final. In week six of the regular season the Bulldogs had beaten the Comets 56-21. Mediapolis quarterback Jesse Ertz threw five touchdown passes in the game and that tied the record of 93 touchdown passes in a career held by former Keokuk High School and now Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg.
Bondurant Farrar who won last night 33-0 over Mid Prairie is the next opponent for the Bulldogs, they will host the Blue Jays Friday night on Archer field in Mediapolis where they have won 19 of their last 20 games.
Other playoff games of interest: Lynnville Sully 41 Montezuma 0, Iowa City Regina beat West branch 27-9, Winterset 27 Washington 21, Williamsburg 54 Pella 27.
Mediapolis plays a big post season game tonight also, this time though it’s volleyball. The #1 ranked and undefeated Bullettes will travel to Ottumwa to play Davis County Mustangs in a class 3A Regional final, with the winner going to the State Tournament next week at the Ice Arena in Cedar Rapids. Davis County is 20-14, Mepo is a perfect 41-0. This is a rematch of a semi final match from last year that Davis County won in four games, Mediapolis has been looking forward to a rematch since that time and is hoping to qualify for the State Meet for the sixth time in school history. KILJ-FM 105.5 and kilj.com will carry the match live tonight.
Class 5A Regional play has Burlington playing Iowa City City High at Iowa City West.
Class 1A Regional final action is tomorrow night in Mt. Pleasant Panther Gymnasium at 7 p.m. WMU who has a record of 28-7 will tangle at 7 p.m. against #2 ranked Holy Trinity Catholic who is 42-4, KILJ-FM 105.5 and kilj.com will carry the match live beginning at 7 p.m.
Awards were handed out last night at the Mt. Pleasant High School football awards potluck. The Most Valuable Player award is being shared by Connor Shull and Dalton Conrad. Maroon and Gold award went to Justin Dunn, Coaches Award Lee Davis, Outstanding offensive lineman award to Emmet Wester and Outstanding defensive award to Carson Remick. Connor Shull became a member of the 1,000 yard club for passing for over a thousand yards this past season.
All District Awards Were given to Dalton Conrad, Alex O’Donnell, Carson Remick, Connor Shull and Emmet Wester. Honorable mention honors were awarded to Jacob Dilks, Liam Clancy and Justin Dunn.
Former Mt. Pleasant High school wrestling coach Jamy Ball was honored over the weekend with a lifetime service award from the Iowa Wrestling Coaches Association. The ceremony to honor Coach Ball and 4 other long time coaches was held during the state wide wrestling coachs convention this past weekend. Jamy Ball is a native of New Hampton, Iowa, a graduate of Buena Vista College. He started his coaching career in Lake Mills and coached through 2009 when he stepped down from the Mt. Pleasant High School head wrestling coaching position. He twice was named as the Class 1A coach of the year and coached Lake Mills to the State Dual meet title in 2000. He has coached over 70 state meet qualifiers with many being place winners 4 were state champions. Jamy Ball teaches elementary exercise science in Mt. Pleasant and also coaches varsity boy’s golf and is in the freshman football program. During his coaching days he also has coached softball and track. Jamy and his wife Beth have three grown daughters. His brother Tom also has received the lifetime service award.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.