Ft. Madison scored early and hung on late to hand the Mt. Pleasant Panther baseball team a 5-2 defeat in the first round of the 3A District Tournament at Fairfield last night. The Bloodhounds scored 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning and that proved to be all the offense they needed, but they did add an insurance run in the 4th and 5th innings. M.P. got their 2 runs in the top of the 3rd inning. Connor Shull suffered the loss on the mound, with relief help from Alex Moore. Leading the Panther hitting was Justin Chalupa who went 2-3. Mt. Pleasant ends the year with a 17-13 mark and Ft. Madison who is 17-22 advances onto to play Fairfield on the Trojans home field Monday night at 7 p.m. The Trojans beat Washington by a 5-2 score also.
In the other half of the substate Chariton beat Keokuk 10-0, Centerville won 2-1 over Oskaloosa. Those winners also meet Monday night in Centerville
Ottumwa softball coach Frank Huston will be awarded the Golden Plaque of Distinction and record-setting stolen base leader Jennifer Jorgensen leads a class of four players headed to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s softball hall of fame.
The coach and players will be honored during next week’s state tournament at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge.
Huston will lead his 27th team to state. He has won 1,673 games in his career, the second-highest total in the country.
Jorgensen, who played at Southeast Webster-Grand of Burnside, stole a national best 320 national bases, according to the National High School Sports Record Book. Including her eighth-grade season, she had 380 steals. She was named the Des Moines Register’s female athlete of the year in 2008.
Two former Central College all-American pitchers also will be inducted into the hall of fame. Libby Hysell of Colfax-Mingo, who played from 1994-99, won 88 games in her high school career. Emily Grimes, who played at Newton and Pella Christian from 1987-90, went 112-15 in high school.
Spirit Lake’s Rachel Gerking, who posted a career batting average of .503, also will be honored. She went on to play at Northern Iowa.
The 2nd annual Mile Mile run is coming up August 3. A straight one mile dirt road course will be used, in case of mud a grass loop run will be held.
The event is located at: 2332 210TH ST. just outside of Mt. Pleasant Ia. And begins at
9:00 AM. The event is a dirt road straight mile race. All proceeds go to the Mt Pleasant XC team. The race will be from Mile Ave on 210th to Nebraska Ave. It is a hard packed dirt farm field road.
Entry fees are $5 and there will not be any shirts. This is an old school race. Awards will be to male and female winners in Grade school, middle school, high school, college and open divisions.
Contact Lyle Murray 319 850-0867 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Columbus cross country team will hold two fund-raising runs at Chinkapin Bluffs Recreation Area in August. The first one will be Thursday, August 8, and the second will be Tuesday, August 13. The runs begin at 5:30 p.m. There will be a 3-mile run on the grass trail and a kids’ run on the gravel path. Entry fee is $5, which benefits the Columbus cross country team. Registration will be at 4:30, with the runs starting at 5:30. For more information, contact Steve Riley (319-217-0130).
Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the Mt. Pleasant Banquet on Thursday, September 19, at Manning Hall, 601 So. Jackson Street, Mt. Pleasant. This special event will feature a two-meat dinner, auction, and prizes with a wide array of products such as firearms, outfitter packages, hunting and outdoor related equipment, artwork, and collectibles only available at WTU events. Proceeds from this fundraising event will go toward projects that uphold WTU’s mission.
The social hour begins at 5:15 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 each, or $20 for a spouse or child. Ticket order deadline is August 29, and tickets will not be sold at the door.
To order tickets locally, call Dan Cook at 319-931-0093 or WTU National Headquarters at 800-274-5471, or go online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com. You may also call, Scott Martin at 319-850-1397, Joe Ruby at 319-931-3341, Randy White at 319-986-6996, or Benny Lee at 573-308-5485.