Written by on August 27, 2013 in Sports

The Southeast Iowa Super Conference has a super presence in the pre season volleyball rankings from the Iowa Girls high School Athletic Union.  Holy Trinity Catholic is ranked #1 in Class 1A, they are joined by New London at #6 and Winfield Mt. Union at #9.  No area teams are in the Class 2A top 15.  Class 3A has Mediapolis ranked 14th.  Class 4A has Fairfield ranked 15th.  Class 5A does not have any southeast Iowa teams ranked in the top ten.

In volleyball action last night at the Waco Tournament, Iowa Valley won the Championship, they beat Wapello in the 1st place match.  Waco finished 3rd, they downed Pekin 2 games to none.  Harmony, Maharishi and Columbus Community were the other teams involved.

Some area volleyball matches today:  Davenport Assumption at Burlington, Albia at Van Buren, L&M at Mid Prairie.


You’ll be hanging on to your seats at 34 Raceway this Friday, August 30 when the USAC Non-Wing 410 Sprints will be taking on the 3/8 high banked track.

Dave Darnold holds a narrow 5 point lead over Bryan Clausen in the series point race as of their last race at Kokomo Speedway in Indiana August 24. Ten races will remain in the 41 race series following their stop at 34 Raceway. Its only the second stop in Iowa this season, the other being at Oskaloosa where Tony Stewart sustained a broken tibia and fibula in a sprint car crash on Aug. 5.

Also on the program will be the sprints ($750 to win, $125 to start), and the IMCA Sport Mods ($500 to win, $75 to start).  Pit-Passes: $35. 

Adult Grandstand Admission $25.00, Seniors $23.00, Students $13.00, Kids 10 and under free.

Pit gates open at 3:00, Grandstands at 5, Hot Laps start at 6:30, Qualifying begins at 7. 

Racing to follow.


Sporting events this week:  The MPHS freshman football team hosts Marion Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.  Friday night the M.P. JV plays at Marion at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity game. Saturday the MPHS volleyball team opens their season at the Osceola Clarke tournament.

Iowa Wesleyan College cross country teams will run at Mt. Mercy Friday.  Saturday the Tigers women’s and men’s soccer teams host Culver Stockton.  The Wesleyan volleyball team plays at the Monmouth College Invitational Saturday.


The opening of the 2013 football season is this Friday night, 8/30/13.  Here is the schedule of games in the KILJ listening area:

3A-District 7

Mount Pleasant at Marion (ND)

Albia at Fairfield (ND)
Davis County, Bloomfield at Centerville (ND)
Fort Madison at West Burlington/Notre Dame (ND)
Grinnell at Williamsburg (ND)
Keokuk at Ottumwa (NC)
Washington at Mid-Prairie, Wellman (ND)


2A-District 5
Lone Tree at Mediapolis (ND)
Louisa-Muscatine at Durant (ND)
Sigourney/Keota at Central Lee(ND)
WACO, Wayland at Columbus Community (ND)
West Liberty at Regina, Iowa City (ND)


1A-District 6

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont at Pleasantville (ND)
Van Buren, Keosauqua at Cardinal, Eldon (ND)
Wapello at Winfield-Mt. Union (ND)
West Branch at Lisbon (ND)

“A”-District 5

English Valleys at Danville (ND)
Highland, Riverside at Iowa Valley, Marengo (ND)
Pekin at New London (ND)


Mississippi Athletic Conference

Burlington at Assumption, Davenport 
Davenport, Central at Muscatine 
Davenport, North at Clinton 
North Scott, Eldridge at Bettendorf 



The Mt. Pleasant Rec Department has several programs that have registration going on now.   1st thru 6th grade flag football program is for girls and boys, games will be played in September and October on Saturdays at East lake Park.  Registration ends August 30th, fee is $20 for resident and $25 for non-resident.  Practices will begin early in September.

The Kindergarten flag Football program registration ends September 6th.  The program will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:15 for four weeks September 17th thru October 8th.

Registration for the Panther basketball camp for girls and boys in grades 3 thru 6 ends September 6th.  The program will be held September 9th thru 12th from 6-7 p.m. in Cottrell Gym.

You may also register now thru September 6th for Panther Cheerleading Camp for k thru 5th graders, it will be held Tuesdays September 17th and 24th, October 1st and 8th from 6:15-7 p.m. at Cottrell Gym.



The IWC men’s and women’s basketball 2013 golf outing is coming up on September 20th at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club.  This is a 4 person best shot tournament to benefit the IWC basketball programs.  Cost is $70 per golfer, and that includes dinner.  There will be various contests and games for golfers to win nice prizes like grills, professional game tickets, golf equipment and other items.  If you would like to participate sign up by September 14th with Kurt Moon at Brown’s Shoe Fit in Mt. Pleasant or call 385-2931.  There are also opportunities for hole sponsors, and raffles prize donations.


Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission is holding its annual golf outing (four person best shot) as a fundraiser for the Great River Housing Trust Fund. This event will be held at Flint Hills Municipal Golf Course in Burlington on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 with Registration and Buffet lunch at 11:00 am, and Tee Off at 12:15 p.m. The Cost is $50 per golfer and includes: Buffet Lunch, 18 holes of golf and cart; awards for top teams, and chances to bid on silent auction items. The Great River Housing Trust Fund promotes affordable housing in Southeast Iowa through owner-occupied rehabilitation, first time home buyer assistance, and development partnerships. The registration form is available online at, or by contacting Debbie Laughlin 319-753-4305.


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 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.

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