Written by on September 9, 2013 in Sports

Mt. Pleasant finished 7th in the girl’s division and 6th in the boy’s division at the Pella Invitational Cross Country meet Saturday.  Waukee won the girl’s title scoring 31, Mt. Pleasant in 7th scored 172.  Beth Wells was the top Panther finisher in 17:45 good enough for 25th place.

Iowa City West won the boy’s class with 31 points, MPHS was 6th with a 153 score.  Logan Murray was 5th overall running a 17:28 time.

Most of the schools finishing ahead of the Panthers in both divisions were larger 4-A schools.  Mt. Pleasant runs at Fairfield in their invitational Thursday.


Mt. Pleasant fell to Ottumwa in non-district football action on Evans Field Friday night 46-3.  The Bulldogs built up a 26-0 lead at halftime, tacked on 7 more points in the 3rd quarter and 13 in the 4th.  M.P. got on the board for the first time since the 8th game of the 2012 season in the 4th quarter when Zoom Gwamna hit a 32 yard field goal.  MPHS is now 0-2 and have 1 more non-district game this Friday night when they host Solon on Evans Field, the Spartans lost 38-0 to power house Iowa City Regina.

The preliminary game saw the Mt. Pleasant freshmen rolled over Ottumwa 54-12 led by Dshundric Foster and Pat Canby each with 3 touchdowns.  Quarterback Brock Wilson threw a touchdown pass.  Ryan Moutrie, Thad Williams, Trey Cosgrove and Pat Canby led the defense.

Thursday night the Ottumwa JV defeated the Panthers in Ottumwa 33-0.


It was a tough start for the IWC Tiger football team on Saturday to kick off the 2013 season, they ran into the powerful Storm of Simpson College and lost 55-21. 

The Storm struck early, scoring on the opening drive of the game to take a 6-0 lead.  After a three-and-out by the Tigers, the Storm scored again on their second possession of the game.  The Tigers managed to get in the end zone before the end of the first quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by Raul Becerill.

The Storm then outscored the Tigers 28-0 in the second quarter, giving the Tigers a 41-7 deficit at halftime.

Zandro Diaz had a strong game as the starting quarterback for the Tigers.  Diaz was 18 for 27 passing with 310 yards.  He threw two touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

Ridge Hobbs and LiMichael Peeples each caught seven passes and one touchdown in the game.  Hobbs had 159 receiving yards, while Peeples had 85 receiving yards.

Defensively, Harley Malmgren led the Tigers with 12 tackles.  Nate Daniels and Jamarco Clark each added nine tackles for the purple and white.  Daniels also had the lone sack for the Tigers’ defense.

The Tigers will look to rebound from the loss as they get ready for their first action in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) next week.  The Tigers will remain on the road as they travel to Duluth, Minn. to take on St. Scholastica on Saturday, Sept. 14.


Iowa Wesleyan College volleyball lost both matches Saturday at the AIB Invitational in Des Moines, falling to 1-7 on the year.

Iowa Wesleyan lost to College of St. Mary  and to the host school A.I.B.


The men’s golf team finished 17th at the Mt. Mercy Cropper Classic over the weekend.  The Tigers, who entered the start of day two in 15th place, fell two spots in the final round as they shot a team score of 330 on Sunday to finish with a 655 two-day score.

AIB College of Business won the team title, shooting an impressive 597 team score.  Bennett Laxton of Viterbo won the individual title.  Laxton shot a two under par to tie with Ryan Schrimper of Mt. Mercy.  Laxton then defeated Schrimper on the first playoff hole.

Blake Mitchell led the Tigers after shooting back-to-back 79’s in the two-day tournament.  Mitchell finished at +14 to finish in a tie for 42nd overall.  He had finished in a tie for 50th after round one on Saturday.

Patrick Zielinski finished at +20, tying for 75th place, while Tanner Travis was one stroke behind Zielinski, tying for 81st (+21).

The Tigers return to action next week as they play in the Clarke University Invitational on September 15-16.



The IWC men’s soccer team had a rough go against the Truman State University Bulldogs on Friday afternoon.  The Tigers were outmatched from the early going, ending with a 11-0 loss to the Bulldogs.

The Tigers gave up three goals in the first 16 minutes of play, and went to halftime with a 0-6 deficit.

The Bulldogs continued their ferocious attack in the second half, controlling the game and shutting out the Tigers.  Iowa Wesleyan was unable to get off a single shot in the game, while the Bulldogs took 35 shots, putting 20 of them on goal.

Caleb Winston made nine saves on the night in goal for the Tigers, while allowing the 11 Bulldog goals.

The loss drops the Tigers to 0-2 to start the season.  The Tigers will travel to Robert Morris University-Springfield on Sept. 11 for their next match as they look to get the first win of the season.  Last season, the Tigers finished their season against Robert Morris-Springfield with an 8-1 win.


Danny Lasoski, Dover, Mo, went home from 34 Raceway’s MOWA (Midwest Open Wheel Association)  Sprint Challenge with two wins and an added bonus winning both Friday Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7  410 Sprint features at 34 Raceway this past weekend. Lasoski collected a $4,000 check winning Friday nights 34 lap feature  and came back Saturday night to take the checkered flag in another 34 lap feature that paid $5,000 to win. By winning both nights, Lasoski would take the $1034 bonus for winning both nights,  the highest paying two-day weekend in series history for MOWA,


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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