Written by on March 3, 2013 in Sports

Championships were decided at the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union State Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.  The Class 1A winner was Central Lyon the team that knocked Burlington Notre Dame out of the tournament, the Lions won 63-61 over Newell Fonda.  Class 2A saw Hull Western Christian capture the title with a 75-58 win over Lawton Bronson.  Davenport Assumption won their third straight state title with a Class 3A 62-40 championship win over Estherville.  The 4A title was won by Cedar Rapids Xavier 53-52 over Harlan.  Southeast Polk scored a 43-34 win over West Des Moines Dowling in the 5A championship.


The MPHS girls track team opens up the indoor track season today.  They will be running at Iowa City.  This meet is the Girls Demon Indoor, Run by Washington Iowa Athletic Boosters in the Iowa City Rec Center.


Mwale Kapande, former state champion long jumper for the Mt. Pleasant Panthers attained All American status at the NAIA National Championships in Geneva Ohio Friday, March 1st, where she entered the meet ranked 13th and on her third jump went all the way to a 19′ 3.25″ jump good enough for third place. The top 6 finishers earn “All American” status. Mwale was “All America” as a sophomore at Graceland University before transfering to Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids her junior year, where she has earned “All America” in each of the National indoor and outdoor seasons.


Tickets for Mt. Pleasants first round game of the Boys’ State Basketball Tournament will be on sale at the activities office at Mt. Pleasant Community High School.  The tickets cost $8.00 each.  Two reasons to come out and buy your tickets at the high school are 1) convenience – you do not have to stand in line to buy your ticket at the arena and 2) our activities department gets 25 cents for each ticket we sell.  THIS HELPS  THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT DEFRAY COSTS FOR LODGING AND MEALS FOR THE TEAM.

These tickets will be available on the following schedule:

Today, Mar. 3rd, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tue., Mar. 4th, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., noon


The Southeastern Community College men were eliminated from the Region XI playoffs by Iowa Western Community College Saturday by a score of 68-47.  Nick Lyon former M.P. Panther scored 6 points for the Blackhawks.


Danville (25-0)

Tourney History: 1952, 2001 (1-2A), 2002 (1-2A), 11 (2), 12 (2) [Five previous trips; 10-3]

Coach: Ken Laffoon

Current Win Streak: 25

Conference & Conference Finish: First in SEISC-South

Journey to the Tourney: Rolled past New London 89-34, Van Buren 80-40, and Pekin 88-58. In Sub-state they

    defeated Sigourney 61-29

Notable: The Bears’ senior class has won 101 of its last 104 games

Probable Starters

No. Name Year Ht PPG RPG
2/2 Connor Hoberg Sr 6-0 9.0 2.2
4/4 Mason Speer So 5-10 7.3 0.8
10/10 Michael Soukup Sr 6-5 19.5 6.6
11/11 Steven Soukup Sr 6-5 27.7 9.5
42/42 Connor Hoelzen So 6-3 7.4 4.2

Colors:  Royal Blue & White

Mascot:  Bears

Did You Know? Danville’s two state titles were in Class 2A in 2001 and 2002 when they opted to play up in class.


Wapsie Valley, Fairbank (17-8)

Tourney History: 7 previous trips: 1968, 88, 89 (3), 96 (3); 2003 (2); 04, 10 [6-7] Readlyn qualified in 1952

Coach: Marty McKowen

Current Win Streak: 8

Conference & Conference Finish:  Runner-up to Hudson in the North Iowa Cedar League-East

Journey to the Tourney:  Warriors ousted Janesville 79-48; North Butler 57-42; and Postville 73-60. In the Substate

    they defeated Bishop Garrigan, Algona 66-50.

Notable: Six of the Warriors’ eight losses have been to teams from Class 2A or 3A

Probable Starters

No. Name Year Ht PPG RPG
12/12 Mitchell Boevers Sr 5-11 19.6 4.8
20/20 Kenny Saulsberry Sr 5-10 5.4 4.8
24/24 Nick Gaul Sr 6-1 10.2 4.8
32/32 Tyler Odneal Sr 5-9 7.1 3.4
50/50 Collin Bergmann Jr 6-5 9.1 5.2

Colors:  Black & Gold

Mascot:  Warriors

Did You Know? Coach McKowen was an All-State baseball player at Washington High School. He coached his two sons Jon and Brooks, neither of whom had a losing season. Brooks graduated in 2003 as Iowa’s all-time leading prep scorer with 2,831 points.

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