Written by on August 6, 2013 in Sports

The University of Northern Iowa football team made their return to campus yesterday as they begin preparing for the 2013 season with their fall camp.

The Panthers will look to continue their momentum from a strong spring performance into the fall. UNI was picked to finish third in the MVFC this season and will return seven offensive and six defensive starters after ending the 2012 season on a three game winning streak.

Head coach Mark Farley will enter his 13th season at the helm for the Panthers, winning at least a share of seven Missouri Valley Football Conference championships. Farley picked up his 100th career win during the 2012 season when UNI defeated Central State and helped lead UNI to tie the MVFC record for most consecutive weeks ranked in the Top-25 at 99.

UNI fans will see some new faces this season as the Panthers welcome 35 newcomers. The group consists of incoming freshman, JUCO transfers and FBS transfers. Brion Carnes will join the Panthers after playing at Nebraska last season along with Ray Mitchell who spent last season at Kansas.



Football Camp (free for Mount Pleasant students)

Camp Dates:  August 7th, 8th, 9th

High School (grades 9-12) – Report @ 7:30 am.  Camp will run from 8 am – 11 am.

Middle School (grades 7-8) – Report @ 1:15 pm.  Camp will run from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.

If you have completed sports physicals, consent forms, and concussion forms, bring those to turn in to your coach during camp.


There is a 5th and 6th Grade Panther Football “Training Camp”.
going this week and next for all players planning to sign up for the 5th/6th grade Mt. Pleasant Tackle Football League.
Cardio/Plyo workouts will be followed by various football drills.
This is a free program designed to get focus back on football season.
The camp is held at Schaeffer Park on South Walnut Street T in Mt. Pleasant, players are urged to wear shirts/shorts and cleats.
Don’t forget on Saturday 8/17….Tryouts and Equipment Check Out will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant High School
If you have questions, email


Coming up this Saturday at 34 Raceway the Late Models will return as well as the IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods and 4 Cylinders.  A driver’s on track autograph session will be held during intermission.


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).


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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