Written by on April 5, 2013 in Sports

The MPHS girls golf team participated in the Keokuk Tournament yesterday.  The Panthers finished 3rd in the team race with a 411 score, Burlington won the title with a 380 score.  In medalist play Courtney Mabeus shot a 105 and Brianne Holtkamp shot a 110.  Samantha Smith of Burlington was medalist with a 93.


Mt. Pleasant defeated Washington in boys Southeast Conference golf 166-175, Kylie Miller led the Panthers with a 38, Kyle Kauffman shot a 40, William Kinney had a 42, Quinn Daniel and Jordon Phamsouvandara shot 46 and Jacob Smith carded a 50.  Washington was led by Blake Weidman with a 40.


MPHS beat Fairfield on the road yesterday in girl’s tennis……..Mt Pleasant   5  (record 2-0) Fairfield         4


Singles winners:  #1  Taylor Beatty  (MP)  def  Haylee Gilpin  8-4  (MP record 1-1)

              #3  Tasha Glover  (MP)  def  Kim O’Carroll  8-6  (2-0)

              #4  Becca Lehman  (MP)  def  Rachel Hathaway  8-5  (2-0)

              #6  Emily Hatfield  (MP) 

              JV  Ashton Whaley  (MP) 

              JV  Abby Skubal  (MP) 

              JV  Lorynn Whaley  (MP) 

              JV  Elizabeth Shaw  (MP) 


Doubles winners: 

               #3   Crile/Hatfield  (MP) 

               JV  A Whaley/Skubal  (MP)  def 

               JV  Meagan Woodard/Steph Ford  (MP) 

               JV  Jessica Holtkamp/Hannah Wickham  (MP) 

               JV  Aline Thiengmany/Emily Larson  (MP) 


Mt. Pleasant boy’s tennis team beat Fairfield 7-2.  Winning singles matches:  Zach Schmitz, Matt Zihlman, Tyler pace, Blake Wickham.  Doubles winners:  Chase Higginbotham-Schmitz, Zihlman and Pace, Sterling Wickham and Wickham.


Mt. Pleasant defeated Ottumwa in girls soccer 4-0.  Scoring goals  Hollie Long (2), Sara VanDorin, Amber Hainline.  Loren Hilman was in goal for the Panthers.


Mt. Pleasant won the girls division of the Centerville Relays with 189.5 points. Some of the outstanding individual performances,  Mary Wester was second in the shot put at 39’ 4 1/4” a new school record,  and she won the discus.  Leslie Taylor won the long jump, 100 meter hurdles and ran on the winning shuttle hurdle relay.  Chloe Haffarnan won the 800 meters.  Emma Ludwig won the 400 meter dash.  Elaina Conrad won the 1500 meter run and Natalie Ita was second in that race.


MPHS boys track team finished second to the host school Centerville yesterday in their coed meet scoring 131.5 points to the Big Reds 132.5.  Winning individual performances for M.P. were:  Emmett Wester  shot put, Justin Dunn discus, Logan Mulford high jump.


The Iowa Wesleyan College Tigers baseball team defeated Graceland University in both games of a doubleheader on Thursday @ Graceland.

 IWC won the first game 8-4.  The Tigers then won the second game 9-8. 

The wins move the Tigers above .500 for the first time this season, pushing them to 10-9 overall.


Here is the IWC sports schedule for this week.   

Friday-Men’s golf @ Ashford Invite @ Riverside

Saturday Men’s golf @ Riverside

Softball @ Grinnell Tournament Friday and Saturday……. 2:00 Grinnell College

             4:00 Westminister College

Saturday softball

                11:00 Oshkosh

                1:00 Consolation or

                3:00 Final

Saturday Men’s/Women’s track @ Ashford Invite, Clinton, IA


Iowa dropped their championship game in New York Thursday night in the N.I.T. 74-54 to Baylor.  Hawks experienced ball handling and shooting problems which led to their defeat.  Iowa men end the year with a record of 25-13, Baylor ends the year 23-14.


The NCAA women’s final four field is set for Sunday, the semi finals will be played in New Orleans with Louisville against California and Notre Dame plays U-Conn.


Men’s NCAA final four Saturday night will feature at 5 p.m. Louisville vs Wichita State, followed by Michigan vs Syracuse.


IMCA Late Model racers will take to the 34 Raceway

Saturday, April 6 for the Fifth Annual Slocum 50.

The Saturday show will be the 48th Deery event held at West

 Burlington’s 34 Raceway.

Also competing for track points will be the 4 Cylinders.

Pit gates open at 4, grandstand at 5. Adults $15 ($1 of every adult

 grandstand admission will be donated to the Brent Slocum Scholarship

 fund). Seniors & Students $13, Kids 10 and under FREE. Pit pass $30.

For more information


Kevin Kanaskie was announced as the new coach of the Ottumwa boys basketball program Wednesday afternoon at Ottumwa High School.
Kanaskie, who holds the all-time record in assists — and starts, games played and minutes played — at Middle Tennessee State University, where he played point guard from 2005-2009; expressed how excited he is to take the reins of the Bulldog program.
Kanaskie played briefly for Dowling Catholic High School before he moved on to have a sterling career at State College Area High School in Pennsylvania.

 The new guidelines for pre-season football practices have been explained to Iowa High School Athletic Association member school’s athletic directors and administrators and will go into effect this fall. 

     The new measures incorporate many of the recommendations from research and studies by the medical community relative to the length of practice, the amount of contact in pre-season drills.

     In December, the new regulations were discussed and approved by the Football Playoff Committee, a group representing school administrators and the Iowa Football Coaches Association. The regulations were approved by the Board of Control and in March explained to the Representative Council.

    Specifically, the new regulations during the acclimatization period that effect the state’s 342 programs and 21,200 athletes addresses the following areas:

     (1) There shall be no more than one practice per day.

     (2) A practice is defined as a period of time in which a student participates in physical activity.

     (3) A practice cannot exceed three (3) hours in length. Warm-up, stretching, speed and agility rules, strength training, and cool down are all considered part of a practice.  Optional weight training activities that are available to all students are not considered part of the practice.

     (4) On the first two (2) days of practice helmets and mouth guards may be worn and no activities that require protective equipment shall be done.

     (5) During days three through five (3-5), helmets, mouth guards, and shoulder pads may be worn and contact with blocking sleds, tackling dummies and technique drills for blocking and tackling may begin, but no full contact. Above the waist contact between players focusing on proper tackling and blocking techniques may occur.

     (6) Starting on day six (6), all protective equipment may be worn and full contact drills may begin.

     (7) The first two Sundays during the 14-day acclimatization period shall be days of complete rest (no practice, stretching, conditioning, speed and agility drills, strength training, etc.)

     Todd Tharp, assistant executive director at the IHSAA and the administrator for football noted, “We had great discussions with the football committee and representatives of the coaches association”, he said. “The health and safety of athletes is always everyone’s number one priority and these new measures apply equally to all schools.”

     Several states implemented many of the above measures in 2012.

     Iowa has been among the national leaders in addressing player safety and health issues including being among the first to define illegal helmet contact, heat and hydration issues, and addressing protocol for dealing with possible concussions/head injuries. 

     IN OTHER Board of Control action related to football, four other items were approved effective this fall. They are: (1) The IHSAA and the Football Coaches Association will work jointly to produce a football safety video; (2) Schools are now allowed to have a scrimmage with another school prior to the first legal playing date and after 10 days of practice; (3) In games where the continuous clock is being used the clock will stop for the administration of penalties; and (4) The UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls will be used only for semifinal and championship round contests unless the host school uses the UNI-Dome as their primary home facility.

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