It’s that time of year when we bring you our year in review of the top sports stories of 2012. The first quarter of this year was filled with big sports happenings, here is a quick review of the top stories.
The Washington Demons appeared back
in the same football district as the Mt. Pleasant Panthers after a two year absence the rivalry between MPHS and WHS resumed on the grid iron. The Iowa High School Athletic Association released the new football districts for all teams in the state in January. Joining MP in district #7 of class 3A along with Washington were: Centerville, Fairfield, Ft. Madison, Keokuk, and Williamsburg. For the last two years Washington had been in a different district and was not on the Panther schedule for the first time in decades.
The MPHS girls fell to #15 ranked Washington 68-40 in their regular season fianle. Kelsi Phipps had 12 points, Natalie Booton added 10, Taylor Shull was held to 7 points. M.P. ended the regular season 12-8. Taylor Shull was named first team all conference and conference player of the year. Second team honors went to Kelsi Phipps and Taryne Shull. MPHS girl’s basketball team fell to #14 Keokuk at Keokuk 55-54 in a 3A regional game . Mt. Pleasant led for quite a bit of the game but just couldn’t hold the lead and grab the win. Taylor Shull finished her high school career scoring 22 points. M.P. had a final record of 12-9 on the season which was the first for head coach Joanna Settles.
Mt. Pleasant High Schools wrestling team sent two wrestlers onto the State Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Jayton Phillips at 160 pounds and Colton Aplara at 220 pounds both finished second in their weight classes at the Iowa City West 3A District meet. New London/WMU sent Sawyer Farris and Mediapolis sent 6 wrestlers. The 2012 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament wrapped up Saturday in Des Moines. Mt. Pleasant’s Colton Aplara brought home the 8th place finish at 220 pounds in class 3A. Sawyer Farris of New London-Winfield Mt. Union finished 3rd at 120 pounds in class 2A.
Mediapolis had four medal winners, Cole Erickson 4th at 120 lbs., Drew Foster 3rd at 126 lbs., Drew Buster 6th at 138 lbs, Adam Drain finished 3rd at 160 lbs.
Keith Brown (Fr.-Milwaukee, Wis.) won the Midwest Collegiate Conference title in the men’s 55-meter hurdles to lead the Iowa Wesleyan College track & field teams at the MCC Indoor Championships .
Brown’s time of 7.63 seconds in the hurdles broke the meet record. His time also broke the school record time of 7.65 he set earlier in the spring. Keith Brown captured a fourth place finish in the 60 meter hurdles at the NAIA National Track Finals. Brown ran a time of 8.18 just .10 of a second off the first place time of 8.08 turned in by the winner of the event. Wesleyan picked up 5 team points off Brown’s fourth place finish.
The Mt Pleasant Panthers boys basketball team qualified for the State Tournament for the third year in a row . Mt Pleasant won the substate championship over Centerville by a final score of 72-40. 1918 was the last time Mt. Pleasant boy’s basketball fans could truly say “we’re #1!” Until this past March, that’s when the final buzzer sounded signaling the class 3A state championship basketball game was over, Mt. Pleasant held a 66-62 advantage after two overtimes, defeating Epworth Western Dubuque. Not only did the Panthers win the championship game, they also placed two players on the 3A all tournament team Nick Lyon and Jordon Ashton, Jordon winning captain honors. Then Dalton Conrad who hit the 3 point field goal at the end of the first over time was named the Pizza Ranch Player of the Game by the Iowa High School Sports Network. But wait there’s more, for the third year in a row Mt. Pleasant Community School brought home the “Sportsmanship Award” that recognizes the crowd, players and coaches for exhibiting excellent sportsmanship and citizenship.
The Mt. Pleasant Panther boys basketball team wrapped up a 26-1 season with a state championship, the first since 1918.
Jordon Ashton was named the class 3A player of the year by the Iowa Basketball coaches association. Jordon helped lead the MPHS Panthers to their first state title since 1918. Ashton was named the all tournament team captain and also first team all conference in the Southeast Conference.
The Danville Bears also qualified for the class 1A state tournament. The Danville Bears made it to the class 1A State Championship basketball game in Des Moines and had high hopes for a first place finish. But Ken Laffoon and his boys had to once again settle for a second place finish against the Boyden-Hull Comets. The 27 and 1 Bears experienced foul trouble through the game. . This is the team’s second year in the #2 spot; last year they lost to Storm Lake St. Mary’s.
The MPHS girl’s bowling team qualified for state in Class 1A State Bowling. Steph Ford of the Panthers qualified in the individual competition. The MPHS girls bowling team finished 5th at the Class 1A State Bowling Tournament in Des Moines at Plaza Lanes, rolling a 2,593 total. Keokuk won the event with a 2,811 total. Steph ford led MPHS rolling a 365 total, which was good for 12th place individually.
The Iowa Wesleyan College men’s basketball team ended its season with an 86-79 loss to St. Ambrose University in a quarterfinal game in the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament. The Tigers under new head coach Jess Settles ended its season with an overall record of 12-14.
Iowa Wesleyan College women’s basketball team ended their season losing toSt. Ambrose University 69-52 on in the quarterfinals of the Midwest Collegiate Conference tournament at Ruble Arena.
Anna Jones led IWC with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
The game was the final one in a special career for Anna Jones. The IWC guard finished with 1,518 points, fourth in school history and making her only the fourth player in IWC women’s basketball history to go over 1,500 points. She also finished with 804 rebounds, fifth-best in school history and the fifth player to go over 800. Jones also holds school records with 529 assists and 351 steals. Jones was named to first team all Midwest collegiate conference and first team NAIA Division II all American.
MPHS girl’s track team picked up several places at the State Indoor Track Meet at UNI. Leslie Taylor was 5th in the 60 meter hurdles, Hannah Becker was 10th. Chloe Haffarnan finished 6th in the 800 meters and the Panther 4×800 relay was 10th with Natalie Ita, Taryne Shull, Natalie Myers and Chloe Haffarnan.
Brandon Moorman of Mt. Pleasant high School signed a national letter of intent to run track at Iowa State University next year. Brandon was the state champion in the boy’s class 3A 110 meter high hurdle event in 2011. Moorman is expected to be used in hurdle races for the Cyclones.