Written by on February 25, 2013 in Sports

The old saying is sports is that “defense” wins championships, a person would truly believe that after watching the Mt. Pleasant Panther boys basketball team win a 3A district championship game over Williamsburg 47-26 at Fairfield Friday night.  M.P. slapped a tough man to man defense on the Raiders and turned Faith Pope loose offensively to get out to a 13-4 lead at the end of 1 quarter, and outscored Williamsburg 14-8 in the 2nd period to build a 27-12 halftime lead and get the game under control.  The Panthers then continued the tough “D” in the second half and became very patient on offense to get good shots and run valuable time off the clock.  Pope ended the night with 20 points, Cameron Frank added 9.  Mt. Pleasant is now 18-5 on the year and plays in the substate championship game again tonight, this time it’s against Solon who is 19-4 at Iowa City West High at 7 p.m.  The Spartans used tough defense to beat Keokuk Friday night in their district championship winning 49-30, the Chiefs were held scoreless in the second quarter by the Solon defense so tonight could be a game where it’s a struggle for each team to create offense.

Solon is led by Joe Weeks a 6’5” senior who scores 12 points per game, sophomore Emilio Villagrana scores 10 pts. Per game as he has hit 22-3 point field goals this season on 77 attempts. 

KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the game live. 

Here is the class 3A substate pairings for tonight:

Marion vs. Assumption, Davenport (at Clinton)
Atlantic vs. Harlan (at Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln)
Mount Pleasant vs. Solon West (at Iowa City, West)
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City vs. MOC-Floyd Valley (at Le Mars)
Crestwood, Cresco vs. Vinton-Shellsburg (at McLeod Center, Cedar Falls)
Clear Lake vs. Waverly-Shell Rock (at McLeod Center, Cedar Falls)
Grinnell vs. Centerville (at Oskaloosa)
Norwalk vs. Dallas Center-Grimes (at Waukee)


The Danville Bears boys basketball team had a really good weekend.  Friday night they  rolled over Pekin in the 1A district championship at Muscatine  88-58.  That set them up to battle Sigourney in the substate championship at Oskaloosa Saturday night and the Bears rolled to a 61-29 victory to send them to the State Tournament for the third straight year.  Steven and Michael Soukup again provided the offense for the Bears, Steven popped in 36 and Michael contributed 13.  Danville will be the #1 seed in this years Class 1A tournament field and open up the tourney against 8th seeded Wapsie Valley  who has a record of 17-8.  They are led by 5’11” senior Mitch Boevers who averages 19.3 points per game and has hit 64 of 186 3 point field goal attempts on the year.

Danville has finished second the last two years dropping championship games to Storm Lake St. Mary’s in 2011, they fell to Boyden Hull last year.  This year Danville comes in ranked #1 and undefeated at 25-0.  Over the last 4 years Danville has won 101 games and lost just 4.



NORTH DIVISION                                                             SOUTH DIVISION

1st  Team All Conference                                                              1st Team All Conference

Bryan Forbes                     Sr            Lone Tree            Mike Soukup                     Sr            Danville

Jordan Wagenbach         Sr            Mediapolis          Steven Soukup                 Sr            Danville

Cameron Gingerich         Sr            IMS                        Connor Hogberg                               Sr            Danville

Peyton Thompson           Sr            IMS                        Alex Kuster                         Sr            Notre Dame

Jake Hootman                   Sr            Highland              Kullen Koelker                   Sr            Notre Dame

Logan Forbes                     Sr            Lone Tree            Cole Riniker                        Sr            Notre Dame

Cade Millikin                      Jr             Pekin                     Mitch Moeller                   Sr            HTC

Max Fricke                          Jr             Winfield-MU      Marcus Knight                   Sr            HTC

Talon McFarland                               Sr            Highland              Thomas Fitzsimmons      Jr             Van Buren

Jordan Schoonover         Sr            Wapello                               Dakota Showman                 Cardinal

Gabe Lorack                       Sr            Lone Tree




5th ranked Burlington Notre Dame girls basketball team begins their quest for a state championship today as the first ever 5 class girls state basketball tournament begins it’s week long run at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.  The 21-3 Nikes will play Colo Nesco who has a record of 23-2 at 1:30 today, KILJ-AM 1130 and will have the daytime state tournament games on live all week, KILJ-FM 105.5 will carry the night games.

Villisca plays Newell Fonda at 10 a.m. this morning, the it’s Bellevue Marquette vs Ar-We-Va at 11:45, following the Notre Dame game will be Earlham against Central Lyon.

Class 2A play begins at 5 p.m. with Pella Christian against Western Christian, Aplington Parkersburg plays Panorama at 6:45 and the final game of the first day has Iowa City Regina playing Lawton Bronson.  KILJ-FM will not carry the state tourney games tonight because of our coverage of the MPHS boys substate championship game.


The Iowa State Cyclones play host to Kansas tonight, KILJ-AM 1130 will carry the game beginning at 7:30 p.m.


Jimmy Johnson won the Daytona 500 race Sunday to begin the NASCAR racing season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second.  Pole setter Danika Patrick ended up 8th.


The NFL scouting combine has been going on in Indianapolis, James Vandenberg who quarterbacked the Iowa Hawkeyes the last two seasons showed his stuff at the combine.  James who led Keokuk high school to a state championship ran a 4.92 40 yard dash 6th fastest amoung 16 QB’s, his long jump was 4th best and his vertical jump was 3rd best



Mt. Pleasant Girls Softball Registration will be held Saturday, March 9th & March 16th
at Van Allen Gym 9 am – noon
get more information at



What:  Mt Pleasant Easter Weekend 3 on 3 Tournament

Where:  Mt Pleasant High School, 2104 South Grand Avenue

Who:  3rd-12th grade boys/girls; open-35 & older men/women

When:  March 30th, 2013…$50 per team…max 4 players per team

Contact:  Ronnie Ashton at for more info

Phone:  319-931-2896

Format:  4 team round-robin in each division; guaranteed 3 games

                               Medals awarded to 1st & 2nd place in each division

Send registration to:  Mt Pleasant Tourney Teams    

                                                    1130 South Linden Lane

                                                    Mt Pleasant, Ia, 52641  

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