Written by on August 20, 2013 in Sports

When you go to the first Mt. Pleasant Panther varsity football game you’d better get a program.  There are new assignments on the coaching staff and a lot of new players to keep track of.  The Panthers who went 2-7 overall last year are looking to improve on their 2-4 district record and get back into the post season playoffs.  Shawn Striegel moves into the head coaching position to replace the retiring Bob Jensen, he has brought with him a new look offensively utilizing some more traditional sets.  Defensively he also will give Panther opponents a different look than in past seasons.  MPHS opens the 2013 season at Marion on August 30th, then hosts Ottumwa and Solon the following two weeks before entering district play.


Here’s a blast from the past.  Tom King who was a student-athlete at MPHS back in the 70’s and then spent his teaching and coaching days in Oelwein and Manchester in Northeast Iowa has retired.  He was spending some time this week in Mt. Pleasant visiting his mother Mary King.  He attended Monday’s M.P. football practice and said he plans to attend homecoming this year, his first chance to do so, he spent the last 30 years coaching and attending his children’s athletic events.  Once a Panther, always a Panther right Tom?


Familiarity reigns again in the 2013 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Preseason poll as Webster University was picked as the favorite and Greenville College was a close second for the second consecutive year. The SLIAC’s newest member Iowa Wesleyan College was picked to finish eighth in the poll, receiving 30 points. Iowa Wesleyan finished last season with a 4-29 record and return just three players and two starters as they enter their new conference. Senior outside hitter Lacie Tarver and senior outside hitter Kara Dennell will lead the way for the Tigers while newcomers Danielle Nelson, Kassie Vazquez and Dakota Flesner should see the court often.

Webster and Greenville have finished in the top two spots of the regular season standings in each of the last two years, with both teams finishing last year with a 15-1 conference mark.


New London’s annual meet the players night will be held Saturday August 24th at 5 p.m.  All football players in grades 3 thru varsity will be introduced, also the volleyball teams will be introduced. Tiger-wear will be for sale and also game night parking spaces will be auctioned off.  The cost of the meal is only $5.


The Iowa Hawkeye men’s basketball team dropped an 84-82 overtime game in Toulon, France Monday when a former Hawkeye Pierre Pierce hit a basket to give the French team the win.  Devyn Marble had 18 points to lead the Hawks who wrap up their foreign tour with a game against FosQuest, the Iowa team comes back to the U.S. on Thursday.


Sammamish, Washington eliminated the Urbandale, Iowa team from the Little League World Series Monday night with a 6-5 win.    


The Mt. Pleasant Athletic Booster Club will host the annual “Meet The Players Night” on Friday, August 23rd at the Mapleleaf Community Complex.  The Athletic Boosters will be serving meals, selling memberships, and introducing the players, cheerleaders and coaches of the Mt. Pleasant Community Middle School and High School fall sports teams, followed by a scrimmage of the 9th – 12th grade football teams.  This is a great opportunity to show your support for our teams and get involved in another exciting year of athletics in Mt. Pleasant.  Everyone is invited to attend.



Schedule of Events:


                           6:30 p.m. – Mt. Pleasant Athletic Boosters begin serving meals


                           7:15 p.m. – Introductions of players, managers, cheerleaders, and coaches begins

–          7 – 12 Cross Country introductions – girls, then boys

–          7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Varsity Football (9th & 10th warm up during VB introductions)

–          7th, 8th, 9th, JV, V  Volleyball


7:40 p.m. – Introductions of 7th, 8th, 9th, JV & Varsity Cheerleaders

         9th grade defense vs. 10th grade offense scrimmage


7:50 p.m. – 9th grade offense vs. 10th grade defense scrimmage


8:00 p.m. – Varsity offense vs. Varsity defense scrimmage



The Mount Pleasant Family Aquatic Center is closed for the season.


Here is some news of upcoming bowling events in Mt. Pleasant.

 1)  The Mt. Pleasant USBC will hold their fall membership meeting on Tuesday evening, August 20th, at 7 pm at the Iris Bowling Center Alley Lounge.  Delegates for the men’s, women’s and youth conventions will be elected.  All members are encouraged to attend.  Youth bowlers 14 or over may participate in the elections.

2)  Sign-ups for the youth bowling league will be Friday & Saturday, August 23rd & 24th, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Iris Bowling Center.  Membership fee is $17.00.  Weekly bowling fee is $6.50.  Each youth bowler will receive 2 free t-shirts.  The bowling season will be 20 weeks.


Coming Up this Saturday, August 24 At 34 Raceway’s  will be $5 Fan Appreciation Night and Season Championships for all classes at 34 Raceway. Grandstand admission is just $5 with kids 10 and under admitted free. Plus 4-Hers in their green 4-H shirts will be admitted free on I-Wireless, Denny Woodworth Attorney At Law and JL Scrap Metals Night.


The Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA will be returning to action on Friday, August 23rd. That will be KILJ 105.5 FM Season Championship Night, with all five track champions being crowned.

For more information about the up coming events at the Lee County Speedway you can call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330 or visit the tracks website at



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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