The Mt. Pleasant Panther varsity football team is improving, they aren’t where they want or need to be yet, but they are getting better. Friday night Solon defeated the Panthers 45-13 in their final non-district game of the season, M.P. had scored only 3 points in their first two games combined. An opening game scoring drive that took 6 ½ minutes put Mt. Pleasant on top 7-0 after Carson Remick scored from 3 yards out and Zoom Gwamna kicked the P.A.T. Solon marched right down the field and tied the game, then scored 28 unanswered points before the Panthers scored midway thru the 3rd period on a Dustin Amos to Cole Phillips 27 yard touchdown pass, Gwamna’s point after was blocked.
Mt. Pleasant had 168 yards rushing and 58 yards passing on the night, much improved statistics from the previous weeks.
Carson Remick . Austin Smith and Justin Dilks led the defense.
Two Panthers were injured in the game Josh Larson and Tony Crisitoforo, . The Bloodhounds were beaten 55-8 by Williamsburg in district action Friday night.
Solon won the freshman game over M.P. 18-16, Pat Canby led the offense with a rushing td and caught a scoring pass from Brock Wilson. Top defenders were Tray Cosgrove, Dalton Shull, Canby and Wilson. That is the first loss ever for the freshman group, the Solon freshman have never lost a game thru their careers.
OTHER AREA GAMES: MUSCATINE 24 BURLINGTON 15, WASHINGTON 59 FAIRFIELD 23, CENTERVILLE 49 KEOKUK 20, MID PRAIRIE 49 CENTRAL LEE 7, WEST BURLINGTON-NOTRE DAME 47 COLUMBUS COMMUNITY 21, MEDIAPOLIS 32 WAPELLO 0, DANVILLE 27 WMU 22, WACO 45 LONE TREE 14, HIGHLAND 43 NEW LONDON 6, LISBON 56 VAN BUREN 8.
The 15th ranked MPHS volleyball team is playing in the Wilton Tournament today, they will play IMS, Durant-Bennett, WMU, Wilton and Midland Wyoming.
Troy Mears has been hired as the varsity softball coach at MPHS, replacing Angie Rogers who stepped down after this last season. Mears coached the New London Tigers for a number of years and did not coach this past summer. He also has been serving as the bowling coach at Mt. Pleasant.
The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) has selected the Iowa Wesleyan vs. St. Scholastica football match up as the Game of the Week. The Tigers travel to Duluth, Minn. on Saturday to take on the Saints in the Tigers’ first UMAC action in school history.
The Tigers will look to bounce back after last week’s 55-21 loss to Simpson College. Despite the loss, the Tigers put up impressive offensive numbers, recording 338 total yards on offense against the Storm. The Tigers will look to take advantage of a Saints record that is winless when they’re outgained. The Saints are 30-2, however, when outgaining their opponents.
The Saints are also coming off a loss in week one, falling to Whitworth 36-7.
It will be the first time that Tigers’ Head Coach Tom Parkevich will face his former school, who is ranked #1 in the UMAC Preseason Poll. Parkevich came to IWC after spending time as the Saints defensive coordinator.
The Tigers and Saints will clash at 4:30pm CST at Molosky Stadium on the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus.
Kent and Ronda Whitney, owners of Whitney Monuments of Mt. Pleasant, have generously donated a custom engraved rock for the Tigers’ football program. The Tigers will use the rock as a symbol and reminder of what the program is and what it strives to be.
On the rock is a list of the six rules of the foundation: Integrity, Trust, Pride, Family, Commitment, and Loyalty. We will use it to remember the past players as well as looking ahead to the future.”
From August 24th thru Sept. 2 the following athletic teams logged in 1584 hours working in some capacity associated with Midwest Old Threshers or the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce. They were also attending classes /practices. So some days were very long. The teams involved included Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Golf, Football, men’s/ women’s cross country and track, men’s/ women’s soccer, Baseball, and softball.
A big night of racing is coming up this Saturday. The Mod Lite Stars National Event comes to 34 Raceway with $1500 on the line to win the 34 car, 34 lap Mod Lite feature. A caution will come out on lap 20 for a fuel and chassis adjustment during the 34 lap Mod Lite feature event.
Also on the card will be 305 Sprints competing for $1000 to win, Stock Cars $500 to win and Sport Mods $500 to win.
Pit gates open at 4:00 , grandstands 5:00 and racing begins at 7:00.
For more information and payout go to www.34raceway.com.