Written by on September 16, 2013 in Sports

The 15th ranked Mt. Pleasant Panther volleyball team competed in the Wilton Tournament on Saturday picking up 2 wins-Midland Wyoming and Winfield Mt. Union and 3 loses IMS, Wilton, and Durant.

Kelsi Phipps had 13 blocks.  7 hitters were in double digits kills led by Kelsi Phipps with 23 and Taryne Shull with 21.  Ashley Loving had 51 assists. Brianne Potts had 38 digs, with Brianne Holtkamp adding 36.   Brianne Potts had 8 aces on 31 for 31 serving. 

M.P. is now 10-3 on the year and goes to Ft. Madison Tuesday for Southeast Conference action.


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.


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 14 years and did not coach this past summer.  He also has been serving as the bowling coach at Mt. Pleasant.  Other coaching appointments will be Mike Beason Middle School wrestling, Damon Loyd High School assistant wrestling and Caleb Akey 7th grade boys basketball.

Iowa Wesleyan College football lost to St. Scholastica 47-10 at Duluth, Minn. Saturday.  Former WMU standout Jake tolander caught the touchdown pass.  The Tigers are now 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.  Saturday, September 21 will be Mount Pleasant Community School District Elementary Day at the Iowa Wesleyan College football game. All elementary school students in the Mount Pleasant school district will be given free admission to the Tigers’ home game against the University of Minnesota-Morris Cougars. The game will begin at 12:00 p.m. at Mapleleaf Stadium in Mount Pleasant.

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.”

Other IWC Tiger sports teams were in action over the weekend.


The Iowa Wesleyan College Tigers picked up two conference wins on Saturday.  IWC defeated Blackburn (25-20, 25-4, 25-9) and MacMurray (23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-19). IWC is now 3-8 overall and 2-1 in the conference.


Cross Country:

The Tigers competed at the Grinnell Les Duke Invitational. Jake Ayers competed in the men’s 8k, running 29:21 and placing 81st overall. It was 40 seconds faster and 48 places better than he did at the same meet last year.  Bre Derynck competed in the women’s 6k. She ran 28:58, good for 114th overall.



The IWC men’s and women’s soccer teams played at Knox College. The men lost 0-6.  The women lost 0-8.



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.



Muscatine High School, Junior, Evan Epperson, picked up what was probably the biggest win of his racing career Saturday, Sept. 14. At 34 Raceway.  Epperson held off several challenges by Gregg Rossell to win the $1500 payday after taking the checkered flag in the STARS National Mod Lite event at 34 Raceway.  Jarrod Schneiderman, West Burlington, took the checkered flag in the $1000 to win 305 Sprint feature and John Oliver, Jr., Danville and Sean Wyett, Danville, also went home with trophies winning the Stock Car and Sport Mod.

The 2013 season is nearing the end but there is one more racing coming up that race fans won’t want to miss.  The Sprint Invaders Season Championship will decide the 2013 Sprint Invaders Championship this Saturday, Sept. 21. Russ Hall leads the point race with 2279 but the battle for second in the standings sees just a one point difference between Dustin Selvage (2178) and Ryan Jamison (2177).  Also on the card will be the IMCA Modifieds back for the first time since Season Championship night, August 24 and the 4 Cylinders.  For more information go to or facebook – 34 Raceway.

Saturday, Sept. 28 will wrap up the 2013 season at 34 Raceway with the Quads, Bikes and Side X Sides. With jut $5 grandstand admission, fans will see plenty of turns, jumps and side by side action. Bring the family because kids are admitted FREE. Grandstands open at 3, practice at 5 and racing begins at 6:15. For more information contact Nick Eastin at




In Columbus Junction, Iowa

October 12, 2013

8:00 a.m.

Enjoy the annual Columbus Day festivities in scenic Columbus Junction, home of the historic swinging bridge.  Spend the day and witness one of the best small parades in Iowa!  Shop at the many stores and street vendors; or just come to run and enjoy the morning traveling the beautiful shaded streets of Columbus Junction.


The Race: Distance and Course

5K Run/walk.  Start and finish on Main Street, downtown Columbus Junction.  The course will be on city streets with a trip through the park.


Trophy to the male and female overall winner.  Medals to ALL finishers


$10.00 which includes a race t-shirt to each paid participant

Cross Country team members from ANY high school can register for $5.00!!


Participants may register from 7:00 to 7:45 a.m. race day at the SOUTH end of Main St.

or mail entry form to:

 Polly Prior 125 Springer Ave. Columbus Junction, IA 52738 (319-728-4200)


Winfield Mt. Union High School is preparing for a very spirited homecoming celebration. Boom night activities will be Wednesday October 2nd starting at 6PM.  They will crown the king and queen then have some fun with the guys playing volleyball and girls football in the powderpuff football game.  The evening will end with some speakers around the bonfire including a former WMU graduate.

Friday will be spirit day with a pep assembly starting at 2:15.  The parade will end the school day at around 2:40!  The court will be announced again during half time of the game.

Saturday evening 8-11, students will have a dance to end the homecoming week activities.



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.


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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