Written by on August 22, 2013 in Sports

The Mt. Pleasant Panther volleyball team  took 2nd place in the Southeast Conference in 2012 with a record of 6-2 and was eliminated on the post season tournament trail by conference foe Fairfield.  Luci Wulfekehle stepped down as the head coach and a number of top players graduated.  Now begins the new era of Panther volleyball with Jeff Schulz as the head coach.  He brings with him lots of experience and success as a high school and college volleyball player.  He also spent several seasons as an assistant to Dennis Jaundrey at Mediapolis before being hired as the head coach at MPHS.  57 players are in the Panther volleyball camp in grades 9 thru 12.  M.P. will open the 2013 season Saturday August 31st at the Osceola Tournament.  The  first Southeast Conference match is against Fairfield.


The IWC men’s soccer team has been slated to finish 8th in the St. Louis Athletic Conference (SLIAC).  The men’s team garnered 26 points in the SLIAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll, enough to top Eureka College (19 points) and MacMurray College (14 points).

Just as in the SLIAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll, Webster University took the top spot.  The Gorloks received 79 points in the men’s poll, including seven first-place votes.  Webster finished 12-6-2 last season, winning both the regular season and the SLIAC Tournament titles.

The Tigers, who finished 7-10 last season, look to make their mark in their first year in the SLIAC.  The men’s team is familiar with the SLIAC teams, as they played seven games against SLIAC members last year, recording a 3-4 record.

IWC is led by Head Coach Brocklon Chatman, who is in his third year at the helm of the men’s program.  The Tigers will look for leadership from returning defender Tyler Hitt (So.-Rockford, IL).  Newcomer Bo Vitale (Fr.-Mt. Pleasant, IA) looks to contribute right away after being named Southeast Iowa Player of the Year last year while in high school.


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.


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 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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