Written by on March 6, 2013 in Sports

It was 36 minutes of very intense high school boy’s basketball as Mt. Pleasant and Waverly Shell Rock battled in the class 3A quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.  The Go-Hawks defeated the Panthers 54-49 in overtime to advance onto the semi finals Thursday night at 8:15 against Davenport Assumption.  MPHS jumped out to a 14-11 lead after one quarter but then lost the lead and trailed 26-22 at halftime.  After falling behind by 10 points in the third quarter M.P. came back and took a 6 point lead late in the game but missed some free throws, had some turnovers and had post man Faith Pope foul out of the game and that opened the door for Waverly to tie the game at the end of regulation and then win it in overtime.

Faith Pope was the only double figure scorer for Mt. Pleasant with 21 points, Ryan Hanna added 9 and Cameron Frank 8.  That ends the season for the Panthers who were 19-6 on the year and have had an impressive 4 year run where they have won 92 games lost just 14 while finishing 4th in the state in 2010, 3rd in 2011 and champions in 2012.  Also a congratulations to all the Panther fans who were so supportive throughout the season.


Iowa Wesleyan College softball and baseball teams are in Arizona this week, here’s an update on yesterday’s action.

Iowa Wesleyan College Baseball

The Tigers went 1-1 today in two games against Wartburg College at the Tucson Invitational.  The Tigers won the first game 5-4, giving first year head coach Derek Zander is first win as IWC’s head coach.  The Tigers then fell to the Knights 2-3 in game 2.

 IWC is now 1-4 on the year after three days at the Tucson Invitational.


IWC Softball

The Iowa Wesleyan College Tigers’ softball team lost two games today at the Tucson Invitational.  In game one, the Tigers fell to Saint Mary’s University (MN) 4-7.  The Tigers then fell to DeSales University (PA) 5-9.

 The Tigers are now 1-3 on the year after two days at the Tucson Invitational.


Mt. Pleasant Park and Rec has registration underway for several programs.  Kindergarten soccer teaches boys and girls the fundamentals.  Registration ends March 22 and the league will be held Tuesdays from 5:15 to 6 pm from April 9th through the 30th.  Preschool Soccer is for children at least three and runs April 9th through 30th Mondays from 5:15 to 6 pm or 6:15 to 7 pm.  Youth Soccer 1st through 6th grade have league play in April and May with the first practice held March 23rd.  7th and 8th grade soccer will also run in April and May with a first practice on March 23rd.  Registration ends March 8th.  For more information or to signup, stop by the office or call 385-1475.



Seven former players and coaches are going to Join the IHSAA Basketball Hall of fame, March 9

     Two coaches and five former players, each from different decades will be inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

     The festivities will be at the halftime of the Class 4A State Championship game.

     Coaches joining the Hall are Dave Lee from Conrad, former BCLUW mentor and Marquette  Catholic, Bellevue coach Jim Squiers who is retiring this year.

     The Hall of Fame players are each former All-State honorees who appeared in the State Tournament.  They include Monsenior Wayne Ressler of Cascade St. Martin’s; Lonnie Porter from Waterloo East and now coaching at Regis University in Denver, CO; Dean Schnoes from Cherokee; Ed Vaske who played at NESCO, Zearing; and Casey Blake from Indianola.



The State Bowling tournament has been postponed till March the 11th in Des Moines.  Brock Palar of the Mt. Pleasant Panther bowling team will be competing.


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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