SPORTS JUNE 21, 2013

Written by on June 21, 2013 in Sports

The MPHS baseball team fell to Wapello last night at Maple Leaf Diamond 7-6.  Carson Remick suffered the loss on the mound, Justin Dilks went 3-4 at the plate and had 4 RBI’s for M.P. and Colton Schinstock was 2-4.

OTHER AREA BASEBALL SCORES:  Logan Magnolia rolled over Central Lee 17-1, New London defeated Notre Dame 11-1.


AREA SOFTBALL ACTION:  Davenport Assumption scored two wins over Burlington 5-3 and 3-2, West Burlington-Notre Dame beat Cardinal 10-5, Columbus 9-3 over Winfield Mt. Union, Highland beat Wapello 10-2, Central Lee swept Harmony 12-0 and 11-1, Mediapolis won two over Waco 11-8 and 15-3.


The latest softball ratings from the girls union has Ottumwa ranked #1 in class 5A, Winterset is #1 in 4A with Washington ranked 14th.  Class 3A has West Burlington-Notre Dame ranked #1, Class 2A is topped by North Linn with Highland ranked 5th.  Martensdale St. Mary’s is #1 in class 1A New London is ranked 11th


The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has announced some outstanding performances by softball players and teams recently.

Dallas Center-Grimes All-State pitcher Paige Lowary recorded her 1,000th career strikeout in the top-ranked Fillies’ 4-0 win over Iowa City West at the Barney Dennis Classic in Urbandale June 7. 

Akron-Westfield had an incredible streak come to an end when LeMars shut out the Westerners on June 7. The shutout loss marked the first time since the 2007 state championship game against Solon that Akron-Westfield failed to score a run in a game. The streak spanned 203 games.  

Charter Oak-Ute Coach Jason Stoltzfus collected his 500th career victory in a 6-4 victory over Logan Magnolia June 10. 

Treynor coach JoEllen Travis registered her 500th career victory on June 3 when the top-ranked Cardinals defeated AHST, 7-0.


Three former Mt. Pleasant Panthers are playing in the 2013 Iowa Prime Time League in North Liberty.  Jordon Ashton, Nick Lyon and Cameron Frank are on teams  as well as Mike and Steven Soukup of Danville.


The USA Track and Field Championships are being run at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, a reminder that any youth ages kindergarten through 12th grade may get a free ticket to the event by stopping at the Iowa Hall of Pride. One of the athletes competing in the Junior Division is West Burlington’s Jeff Giannettino who won the class 2A high jump at the state meet in May and has a personal best of 6’10”.

Thursday was the first day of competition and here are some of the highlights.


THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013 



   Former Iowa collegians Tyler Mulder and Erik Sowinski both advanced to the semifinals in the men’s 800. Mulder, an NCAA champion at Northern Iowa, won his heat in 1:48.04, the third-fastest qualifying time. Sowinski, who ran at Iowa, advanced with a time of 1:48.44. Sowinski won the 800 at the 2013 USA Indoor Championships and is the American record holder in the 600 (1:15.61) at the 2013 Millrose Games 

   Former Sioux City East star Shelby Houlihan, now at Arizona State, advanced out of the first round in the women’s 800 with a time of 2:03.15. Houlihan won three titles at the 2011 Iowa Girls 4A state meet competing for Sioux City East.


     Carmelita Jeter will skip the 100-meter race at the U.S. Championships to rest a sore right quadriceps, her coach said Thursday.

   Jeter already has an automatic spot at the worlds courtesy of her win in 2011. Her coach, John Smith, said they “didn’t want to take any chances” with the strained quadriceps. He’s confident Jeter will be ready to defend her 100 title in Moscow in August.

   The 33-year-old Jeter captured three medals at the London Olympics, finishing third in the 200, second in the 100 and helping the 400-meter relay team to gold.

   Allyson Felix’s name doesn’t appear on the start list for the 100 that begins Thursday night, but shows up in the 200, her signature event. Felix won gold in that race at the London Games.



  Two-time US indoor 800 champion Duane Solomon is off to a good start in his quest for his first outdoor championship. Solomon, fourth at last year’s Olympics after a third-place finish in the Trials, turned in the fastest time in today’s opening round, running 1:46.39. Solomon is No. 2 on the all-time U.S. list, trailing only his coach, Johnny Gray. 



  Leroy Burrell once held the world record in the 100 and won a gold medal in the 4×100 relay at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. His son his pretty darn fast, too. Cameron Burrell of Missouri City, Texas, has run the second fastest high school time in the country this year and easily qualified for the finals in the junior men’s 100, winning his heat in 10.55 seconds. Burrell settled for third in the finals at 10.65, following national high school leader Trayvon Bromell of St. Petersburg, Florida (10.47) and Clemson’s Tevin Hester (10.53).


  Tony Brown of Beaumont, Texas, had the fastest time by a high school athlete in the 110-meter hurdles this spring. He showed that speed today in winning the junior men’s event in 13.69 seconds. Brown is the Class 4A state record holder in Texas and has scholarship offers from nearly 30 schools that want him as a defensive back in football. He has run 13.38 this year but had to run into a 3.5 mps head wind today.




Kansas  senior Andrea Geubelle, two-time NCAA indoor champ (2012, 2013), won the women’s triple jump at 46-0.50 (13.03m) but still needs to mark the “A” qualifying standard of 47-3 (14.40m) to compete in the world Championships. Geubelle, who was third at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, has the the farthest triple jump mark in the U.S. this year with a leap of 14.18 meters (46-6.25 ft.), hit during the indoor season.  Geubell led Kansas to its first ever NCAA Outdoor Track and Field team title, and will conclude her week in the long jump Saturday.



17-year-old  Mary Cain, the youngest competitor in the senior division, was among 12 runners advancing to the finals of the women’s 1500. Cain from Bronxville, N.Y. owner of three national high school records (800, 1500, 5000) posted the third fastest qualifying time of 4:11.48. Nike’s Trenier Moser led qualifiers in 4:11.20.



Sanya Richards Ross, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, ran the second fastest qualifying time in the women’s 400 meter dash running 51.43 to win the first heat. 



  Four-time U.S. national champion Alysia Montano led the qualifying out of the first round of the women’s 800, winning her heat in 2:01.90. Montano won U.S. titles in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and finished fifth in the London Olympics last summer. Maggie Vessey, the runner-up to Montano in 2010 and 2011, also advanced to the semifinals, winning her heat in 2:03.15. Vessey was sixth at the 2011 World Championships.



  London Olympians Bridget Franek and Shayla Kipp were among the runners advance to the final in the women’s steeplechase. Bridget Franek, 14th in the London Games, ran 9:57.96 for the second-fastest qualifying time. Kipp grabbed the next-to-last spot in the final with a time of 10:07.75. Former Michigan State runner Nicole Bush, the 2009 NCAA runner-up, led the qualifying in 9:54.41.



  Illinois sprinter Morolake Akinosun is finding the Jim Duncan Track at Drake Stadium to her liking. In April, she ran on three winning relay teams at the Drake Relays. Today, she won the junior women’s 100 in 11.64 seconds running into a strong head wing. Akinosun, heading into her sophomore year, helped Illinois win the 4×100, 4×400 and sprint medley relays at the Drake Relays.


  Rachel Proteau of Albany, Oregon, followed up her state high school record in the high jump by winning the junior women’s title, clearing 5-10 3/4. Proteau broke Oregon’s 39-year-old state record when she cleared 6-1 at the state championship meet last month. That matched the No. 1 jump by a high school athlete this year. Proteau compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average and will study bio-engineering at Kansas State on a combination athletic/academic scholarship.


  Stony Brook’s Christina Melian outkicked Iowa high school star Anna Holdiman to the junior women’s 3,000. Holidman, a state track and cross country champion from Waverly-Shell Rock High School, led the entire race until Melian passed her on the first curve of the final lap and pulled away. Melian, the ECAC 3000 champion as a freshman this year, finished in 9:45.06. Holdiman ran 9:48.23.


  Kendell Williams of Marietta, Georgia, led through all seven events in winning the junior women’s heptathlon with 5,481 points. Williams, the USA runner-up last year and eighth-place finisher at the World Junior Championships, started Thursday’s final round of competition by winning the long jump. The Georgia recruit finished ninth in the final two events, the javelin and 800, which was good enough to maintain a comfortable lead. Kendall Gustafson of Pacific Palisades, California, won the javelin to move into second place and stayed there, finishing with 5,189 points. Wichita State’s Nikki Larch-Miller took third with 5,123 points, a personal best.

  Williams was strongest in the opening day events, winning the 100 hurdles and high jump and finishing second in the 200.






It started with a light rain Saturday night, June 15,

 but before heat and qualifying races could be completed the rain would

 get heavier and with no end in sight officials were forced to call it

 a night for the fans and 96 cars that were ready to race. Tickets from

 the June 15 event may be used at any race the remainder of the 2013

 season valued at $5. Please note If you come on a regular Saturday

 night program, you will just pay difference. Remaining $5 Fan

 Appreciation  nights are Sat. July 6 & Sat. Aug. 24.  All PIT PASSES

 may be used any night throughout the season at face value of $25.

This Saturday, June 22 will be the 305 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods,  

 IMCA Stock Cars,  4 Cylinders and Mod Lites will be in action.

You might want to mark your calendars for some upcoming special events.

Wednesday, July 3 the Sprint Invader 360’s will

 return  to 34 Raceway to make up their May 26 rainout. Along with the

 360 sprints will be the Mod Lites, 4 Cylinders and Vintage cars. A pit

 stop and fan interaction mid race event will give the race fans a

 little extra fun.

Another can’t miss event will be thei UMP Summer Nationals Hell

 Tour taking on the 3/8 mile on Saturday, July 13. The $10,000 to win

 late model event will draw some of the best in late model racing as

 they provide the ground shaking excitement of the high powered

 engines.  4 Cylinders, 4 Wheelers and pit bikes will also add to the



Bob Jensen Activities Director at Mt. Pleasant High School has announced the following Mt. Pleasant games :

JV/V baseball at Oskaloosa from June 4th has been rescheduled for July 11th at Oskaloosa at 5:30 p.m.

JV softball: Washington at Mt. Pleasant from June 6th has been rescheduled for July 3rd at Mt. Pleasant at 12:00 p.m., noon.

JV baseball: Washington at Mt. Pleasant from June 6th has been rescheduled for July 16th at Mt. Pleasant at 12:00 p.m., noon.

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