The help wanted sign is going out in the Mt. Pleasant High School Athletic Department. Bob Jensen long time football coach, activities director and exercise science instructor has submitted his resignation to the Mt. Pleasant Community School District Board of Directors who will meet tonight and approve the request.
Jensen grew up in rural Harlan, Iowa, attended the University of Northern Iowa and taught a short time in Elkader before coming to Mt. Pleasant in the early 70’s to teach, coach and raise his family.
His Panther football team this season had a record of 2-7 one of the few teams during his 24 years as head coach that ended the season with a losing record. During his tenure as head coach numerous players advanced to play at the next level in college.
The board will now have to decide whether Coach Jensen’s replacement will come from within the system or not.
Holy Trinity Catholic and Mediapolis both dropped their State Volleyball Tournament semi final matches Friday in Cedar Rapids. #3 ranked and four time defending state champion Tripoli downed #2 ranked Holy Trinity Catholic 3-1. It’s the second time that Tripoli has eliminated HTC in the semis and they did it once when the team was Marquette Catholic of West Point in 2004.
Tripoli went on to win their fifth straight state championship beating #1 ranked Grundy Center in Saturday’s championship.
Mikaela Foecke of Holy Trinity was named to the all tournament team.
Mediapolis was ranked #1 and undefeated but that didn’t stop #7 ranked Union LaPorte City from sweeping the Bullettes in three games, and moving onto the 3A championship match. M.O.C. defeated the Knights to capture the 3A crown.
Making the all tournament team from Mediapolis was sophomore Heidi Hillyard.
The other class championships had 5A going to Bettendorf, class 4A was won by Charles City, Class 2A Dike New Hartford captured the title.
St. Ambrose defeated the IWC women 59-52 in the Mt. Mercy Tournament Friday night, but the Tigers bounced back Saturday to win their first game of the season by beating Mt. Mercy 75-68. Leading Wesleyan was Jana Meister who poured in 26 points, Wesleyan is now 1-3 on the year.
The undefeated and #2 ranked Mediapolis Bulldog football team played at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls Saturday night for a class 2A semi final game against Dyersville Beckman and pulled out a 19-6 win. #5 ranked Spirit Lake defeated Carroll Kuemper 17-10 and will face Mediapolis in the class 2A championship football game this Friday at 2 p.m. in the “Dome.”
The Iowa Wesleyan College Tigers dominated Concordia University (MI) in the Tigers’ last game of the season on Saturday. Quarterback Kevin McConnell (Sr.-Kansas City, Mo.) and receiver Ridge Hobbs had another sensational game in two historic careers, leading the Tigers to the 41-7 victory.
McConnell started things early as he connected with Hobbs for an 80-yard touchdown pass (Jr.-New London, Iowa) on the Tigers’ first offensive play of the game.
Hobbs was unstoppable as he caught eight passes for an amazing 239 yards and three touchdowns. The 239 receiving yards is a new single game school record, surpassing the previous mark of 216 receiving yards set by Bruce Carter in 1991.
McConnell was 20-35 passing with four touchdowns and one interception. He recorded an impressive 364 yards through the air. The Tigers’ defense was equally as impressive as they held the Cardinals to just 170 yards of total offense. Jayme Ozuna (Fr.-Kerrville, Texas) had two interceptions, while Duane Lee (Sr.-San Jose, Calif.) also had an interception.
Richard Silva (Sr.-Kirkland, Wash.) led the Tigers with 6.5 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
The victory moves the Tigers to 3-8 overall to end the year.
KILJ-FM has Iowa men’s basketball on the air tonight as the Hawks host Central Michigan, airtime is 5:30 p.m.
KILJ-AM will bring you Alabama A&M vs Iowa State airitime is 6:30 p.m.
Winfield-Mt. Union School is having a meet the players event Tuesday night (11/13) at 6:30. The high school basketball teams will play and the wrestlers, cheerleaders, and drill teams will be introduced in between. We will also be collecting canned goods that evening for MOPS (food pantry).