Written by on December 7, 2012 in Sports

Mt. Pleasant came from a 25-21 deficit to defeat Keokuk in varsity wrestling last night at Wright Field House in Keokuk by a score of 36-25. Panther winners were: Alex Lanphier, Michael Alderson, Jayton Phillips, Justin Dilks, Colton Aplara, Colton Mertens, Connor Eads and Tyler Lanphier.
OTHER AREA WRESTLING SCORES: Mediapolis 69 New London/WMU 9, Mediapolis beat Wapello 18, New London/WMU defeated Wapello, Burlington downed Davenport West 50-24 and then fell to Davenport Assumption 68-4, Columbus Community beat Cardinal 72-6 and won over Pekin 57-18.

The Mt. Pleasant Middle School 7th grade boys basketball team swept Fairfield in all three games Thursday. M.P. won the “A” game 46-25, Brady Sartorius scored 18 points. In the “B” game M.P. won 31-6, Nick Steffens scored 10 points. In the “C” game M.P. won 15-13, Keegan Rich scored 8 points.

Head girl’s track coach at Mt. Pleasant High School Dave Hutchcroft has been named the 3A Girls Track and Field At- Large “Coach of the Year” for 2012. He is 1 of 5 coaches State-wide that will be honored in Ames this weekend. This is the 7th time Hutchcroft has been chosen for this award having won it previously in 2003 thru 2008, and now 2012. Jeff Gilmore the girls track coach at Columbus Community is one of the recipients in 2A.
History of Dave Hutchcroft track coaching:
2003 – 3rd at State
2004 – State Champions
2005 – State Champions
2006 – State Champions
2007 – 2nd at State
2008 – 4th at State
2012 – 6th at State
In the 19 years he has served as head coach at Mt Pleasant Dave Hutchcroft has coached 15 individual State Champs and 4 State Champion relays.

Keokuk comes to Panther Gym to battle the MPHS girls in Southeast Conference action tonight. Keokuk is 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the league after beating Ft. Madison. They are led by sophomore Lakyn Boltz who averages 20 points per game. M.P. is 2-2 overall and on a two game winning streak, they are 1-0 in the conference with their win coming against Fairfield on the road. Taryne Shull and Kelsi Phipps each average 11 points a game for the Panthers. Freshman teams of the two schools meet at 4:45, followed by the JV game, KILJ will keep you posted on the score of the varsity game during our live broadcast of the boys game between the two schools.
The Iowa Girls High School Athletic union weekly poll has some area teams ranked. Washington is ranked 15th in class 4A, Mediapolis is 5th and Central Lee 7th in class 3A, Class 1A has Burlington Notre Dame ranked 3rd.

The 2-2 (1-0) Mt. Pleasant Panther boy’s basketball team travels to Keokuk for an early season important matchup. The Chiefs are 2-1 (0-1) on the season and are under pressure to protect their newly remodled home court against the Panthers as they already have suffered a loss to league foe Ft. Madison, another loss this early in the season especially at home would be a big set back in their attempt to win the conference title. On the other hand the M.P. team could really position themselves well in the league race with a win to put them two games up on the Chiefs early in the season.
For Keokuk Jonny Dahl sophomore son of head coach Jeff Dahl is averaging nearly 20 points per game. For MPHS Ryan Hanna is averaging 10 points per game, Faith Pope who just became eligible to play after moving in from Ottumwa played his first game as a Panther Tuesday when Mt. Pleasant rolled by 30 points over Cedar Rapids Prairie, Pope hit for 14 points in that game. Keokuk won Tuesday over Davis County. The freshman teams of the two schools play at 4:45 p.m. followed by the JV games, KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the varsity game live beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Boys basketball last night Mid Prairie defeated the Mediapolis Bulldogs 62-46.

Clinton @ Burlington, Notre Dame @ Central Lee, West Burlington @ Van Buren, Columbus Community at IMS, Danville @ Holy Trinity Catholic, Lone Tree @ Mediapolis, New London @ Cardinal, Pekin @ L&M, Waco @ Highland, WMU @ Wapello.
Central Christian College at IWC

SCC men’s basketball team beat Carl Sandburg 78-66, Nick Lyon scored 12 points.
Iowa Hawkeye wrestlers ranked 5th beat 23rd ranked Lehigh Thursday afternoon 26-9 in Iowa City.
Iowa women beat 22nd ranked Iowa State 50-42 in basketball last night in Iowa City.
Iowa and Iowa State battle in men’s basketball on KILJ-AM 1130 tonight at 6:30 p.m.

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