The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and Iowa High School Athletic Association cross country State Qualifying Meets will be held tonight. The Mt. Pleasant Panther girls and boys will run at Solon in 3A competition against the host school along with Davenport Assumption, Benton Community, Center Point Urbana, Central Clinton DeWitt, Clear Creek-Amana, Maquoketa, Marion, Mount Vernon, Washington and Xavier of Cedar Rapids.
On the girls side 9th ranked Mt. Pleasant has tough competition from #1 ranked Davenport Assumption, #5 ranked Mt. Vernon-Lisbon and 14th ranked Solon. The Panthers have no ranked individuals, but feature good team balance led by Ellie Conrad and Beth Wells, they should be right in the thick of the battle for one of the three team qualifiers for state.
The boy’s field that Mt. Pleasant will run in is tough also with ranked teams #5 Cedar Rapids Xavier, #8 Center Point-Urbana and 11th ranked Mt. Vernon-Lisbon. Freshman Logan Murray is ranked 12th and has an excellent chance to qualify for state, the rest of the Panther team will have to pick up the pace considerably to get to state as a team.
Class 2A area teams will run at Tipton. Mediapolis, Central Lee, Columbus Community, Danville, L&M and West Burlington-Notre Dame will be there.
Class 1A schools go to Wildwood Park in Ottumwa. The area teams are: Winfield Mt. Union, Harmony, Highland, Holy Trinity Catholic, IMS, Lone Tree, Maharishi, Pekin, Van Buren, Waco and Wapello.
The top 3 teams in each meet and top ten individuals qualify for the State Cross Country meet in Ft. Dodge on November 2nd.
Mt. Pleasant High School will close out the regular volleyball season when they play at Keokuk tonight, M.P. beat the chiefs earlier in the season and have already clinched the Southeast Conference title. These same two teams will then battle Monday night in the opening round of the 4A Regional.
Other conference action has Ft. Madison at Fairfield.
The Iowa Wesleyan College soccer teams hosted Westminster College on Wednesday afternoon.
In the men’s game, Westminster defeated IWC 12-0.
IWC men are now 0-14-1 overall and 0-6-1 in the SLIAC.
In the women’s game, Westminster defeated IWC 4-0.
IWC women are now 1-12 overall and 0-7 in the SLIAC.
The 2013 World Series started last night in Boston with the Red Sox winning 8-1, game 2 will be tonight in Boston before moving to St. Louis on Saturday for a night game.
Area football games for Friday October 25th:
Williamsburg at Mount Pleasant Last chance for M.P. to win a game this season
Fairfield at Chariton
Keokuk at Fort Madison Chiefs can get into the playoffs with a win
Washington at Centerville Washington looks to keep building momentum for playoffs
Columbus Community at Camanche both teams are 1-7 overall
Louisa-Muscatine at Mediapolis L&M leads the state in rushing yards per game, Mepo is the district champ and headed to playoffs again.
Mid-Prairie at West Liberty
West Burlington/Notre Dame at Central Lee
Albia at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (ND)
Cardinal, Eldon at West Branch
Regina, Iowa City at Sigourney/Keota
Wapello at Wilton
Highland at WACO The team that wins goes in to the playoffs
Lone Tree at Lisbon
Van Buren at Danville Van Buren can get into the playoffs with a win, big QB battle both teams have good ones.
Winfield-Mt. Union at New London the team that wins has a happy ending to the season, both teams are 2-6.
Burlington at Pleasant Valley
Clinton at Bettendorf
Davenport, Central at North Scott, Eldridge
Davenport, North at Assumption, Davenport