SPORTS DECEMBER 28, 2012

Written by on December 28, 2012 in Sports

Davenport North brought an end to the MPHS softball season in the first round of the 4A Regional Tournament that MP hosted . The Wildcats won 8-1.
Mt. Pleasant ends the year with a 14-24 record. The Southeast Conference named their all conference softball teams for the summer of 2012. Mt. Pleasant finished fourth in the league standings with a 5-11 record, Washington won the title with a 12-4 record.
Mt. Pleasant had two players make 1st team all conference-Sami Goble a junior and Leslie Taylor a sophomore. 2nd team honors went to-Jenna Stukerjuergen a freshman. Honorable mention honors were awarded to-Natalie Booton and Shelby Allender.
Making academic all conference: Danika Christner and Elizabeth Lambert. MPHS softball team handed out awards at their team banquet. MVP and top offensive player of the year was Sami Goble, Jena Stukerjuergen was named top defensive player, Rookie of the year Shelby Allender and coaches awards were given to Lindsay Dorn and Natalie Booton.

Bellevue Marquette Catholic defeated New London in a 1A Regional final game 5-1 at Iowa City West . New London ended the year with a 23-17 record. Bria Mears was the losing pitcher for the Tigers, Victoria Noel was 2-3 with two more stolen bases to give her 39 for the year to put her as one of the top base stealers in the state, she was just entering her freshman year of high school.

The Mt. Pleasant Panther baseball team tied with Ft. Madison and Washington for the Southeast Conference Title, it’s the first time that has happened in the history of the league. Williamsburg defeated the MPHS baseball team 6-1 in the District championship at Maple Leaf Field. Mt. Pleasant ended the year with a 21-18.

The MPHS baseball team handed out awards at their end of the season banquet. Coaches award went to Travis Richards. Rookie of the year Carson Remick, Cameron Engberg most improved, Defenisve player of the year Justin Chalupa. Offensive player of the year and MVP was Joey Vaughn.

The Iowa Softball Coaches Association has named their All State softball teams:
Bria Mears of New London was named 3rd team all state in class 1A.

The Iowa Baseballl Coaches Association named their All District players for the four classes. Mt. Pleasant had Joey Vaughn make 1st team all district and Dustin Amos was named 2nd team all district.

Tad Hulst was hired as the new Track and Field and Cross Country coach for women and men at Iowa Wesleyan College. Tad will also serve as sports information director at IWC to replace Adam Glatczak who moved to Lakeland College in Wisconsin.

A Southeast Iowa athlete announced his intentions as to where he will further his college education and football playing days. Jesse Ertz, senior quarterback for the Mediapolis bulldogs announced he will attend college and play football for Kansas State. Ertz set a new record for career touchdown passes and led his team to the state finals in the playoffs, a game he missed because of a knee injury. He since has had corrective surgery and is rehabbing.

The Harmony School District decided to share their football program with Central Lee due to lack of numbers. It remains to be seen if the Rockets will be able to reestablish their program this up coming fall.

Mt. Pleasant Panther football suffered a big loss Friday September 14th. No it wasn’t the 2012 homecoming football game, they won that 15-14 over Ft. Madison. The loss was Former head coach Bob Evans who passed away at the age of 87.
“Coach”, as everyone affectionately called him led the Panthers onto the field for Friday night battles for 33 years, compiling a won loss record of 202 wins 91 losses and 4 ties. Winning 17 conference championships and qualifying for the playoffs from 1983-1986.
His 1957 to 1961 teams won 40 games in a row, not just playing Southeast Iowa schools but also taking on some of the large schools in Iowa and Illinois. The biggest accomplishment of his coaching career may have come in the 1963 season when his team went undefeated and unscored upon. Earning them the title of “Mythical State Champions”, since a true playoff system was not established till the early 70’s.
Bob retired from coaching in 1988, he kept busy on Friday nights watching his sons coach and grandsons play, but continued to follow the Panthers, listening on the radio and many times parked in his vehicle on the east side of “Evans Field.” In 2007 the football field at Maple Leaf Complex was named after the man we all affectionately call “Coach.”
People who didn’t know the man will remember him because of his name on the field, those of us who knew him will remember him for what he and his teams accomplished on that field, and what he did in the community.

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