Written by on August 14, 2013 in Sports

Mt. Pleasant Athletic Boosters are announcing the annual sale of our local discount cards. High School Football, Volleyball, and Cross Country athletes will be selling the discount cards starting Monday August 12th for $20.00, these cards can be used to receive discounts at many local businesses. Any questions about these cards can be directed to the high school activities department.   


Four classes of cars took to the track at 34 Raceway Saturday night with three of the four classes seeing first time winners for the 2013 season.

Jay Johnson, West Burlington won the Late Models, Creston Williams of Atkins won the IMCA Sport Mods,  and Mike Weikert, Jr. of Muscatine captured the IMCA Modifieds,  all these drivers picked up their first wins of the season, while Wayne Noble, Wapello won his second 4 Cylinder feature this season at 34 Raceway.

Coming up this Saturday, August 17 will be the fan favorite “Night of the Twins featuring the Sprint Invaders 360 Sprints. Fans will see not one, but two, Sprint Invaders features. Also on the card, the UMP Late Models return as well as the 4 Cylinders and the Mod Lites are back this week. Coming up Saturday, August 24 will be $5 Fan Appreciation Season Championship night with final point races for all six classes. 4-H members are invited to wear  their green 4-h shirt and get admitted free to the grandstands.

Sprint fans can mark their calendars for two special events coming up.  The first huge event will be on Friday, August 30 when the USAC Triple Crown Non-Wing 410 Sprints will be at 34 Raceway. Also competing will be the 305 Sprints and IMCA Sport Mods.

On Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7 is a big two night show for sprint fans when the Midwest Open Wheel Association returns to 34 Raceway for the 410 Outlaw Sprint  Challenge. $4000 will go to the winner of the 410 sprint feature with a bonus $1000 to win both nights. Also on the card are 4 cylinders and Mod Lites.

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The Iowa Hawkeyes won their opening game on their London tour, they downed the London Lions 102-58, incoming freshman Peter Jok scored 22 points to lead Iowa in scoring.  Veteran players on both teams did not play in this game, the two teams meet again today with the veterans battling and they expect a crown of 6,000 fans for this game.


The Iowa Wesleyan College Tigers are ranked #7 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Preseason Football Poll.  The Tigers, who enter their first season in the UMAC, received 29 points in the coaches’ preseason poll.  The College of St. Scholastic is slated as the #1 team in the preseason poll, receiving five first place votes and 76 points in the coaches’ poll.

The Tigers enter the new era of the program, looking to a small but strong core of veterans to lead the team while looking for several newcomers to make an impact early as well.

The strength of the Tigers lies with the receivers.  Leading the way is Ridge Hobbs, one of the best wide receivers in school history.  Hobbs a Sr. from New London caught 48 passes for 880 yards and 11 touchdowns in 10 games last season.  Hobbs is currently #3 all-time at IWC in receiving yards, and needs just 137 yards to move into the #1 slot.

The Tigers will also look for big things from Chase Tackett a Sr. from Camarillo, CA.  who caught 19 passes for 223 yards last season for the Tigers.  Also returning and looking to play a big role in the passing game for the Tigers is tight end Jake Tolander a Jr.- from Winfield.  Tolander averaged 14 yards per catch last year.

On the defensive side, the Tigers return just one starter from last year’s team in Sam Balbach a Jr. from McCordsville, Indiana.  Balbach recorded 23 tackles and 3 sacks in seven games last season.  Also looking to put a stop to the opponents’ offense is converted linebacker Jamarco Clark a Sr.- from Pensacola, Florida.  Clark played tight end for the Tigers last season, but will switch sides of the ball for his senior season.

The Tigers open the 2013 season September 7th at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.



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.


A Van Buren Warrior Track Team Benefit 4 person best shot golf tournament will be held at the Riverview Golf Course in Keosauqua August 17 starting at 8 am.  Cost is $30/person or $120/team.  There are prizes for 1st through 3rd place.  For details contact Mike Hurley at 293-6159.

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