Written by on December 12, 2013 in Sports

It’s busy night for sports activities tonight.  The Mt. Pleasant Panther wrestling team opens up Southeast Conference action hosting Keokuk.  The Panthers are coming off a 4th place finish at the Willard Howell Invitational at Wapello last Saturday with 1 champion and 3 runnersup.

Other area wrestling matchups:  Burlington at Muscatine, Columbus Community and Cardinal of Eldon at Pekin, Highland and Lone Tree at Van Buren, L&M and Waco at West Burlington-Notre Dame, New London and Wapello at Mediapolis.

The Iowa Hawkeye wrestling team plays host to Buffalo.

AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL:  Ft. Madison at Holy Trinity Catholic.  The Iowa Hawkeye women play at Iowa State.


Southeastern Community College men’s basketball team won over Blackhawk East College 84-59.  Former Danville High School standout Steven Soukup scored 10 points, former Mt. Pleasant Panther Nick Lyon scored 2 points.


Drake has a new head football coach, Rick Fox was moved up to the head coaching job after serving as an assistant under Chris Creighton who took the head football coaching job at Eastern Michigan.


Friday night the Mt. Pleasant Panther girls basketball team will travel to Keokuk to tangle with the Lady Chiefs who hold a 2-2 overall record and 1-0 in the conference.  Keokuk has beaten Burlington and Ft. Madison, loses are to Linn-Mar and Quincy Notre Dame.  Lakyn Boltz leads the scoring at 11.5 points per game, Kelsey Walters scores 9 points a game.

Mt. Pleasant is 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference.  Taryne Shull continues to lead the Panthers in scoring at 15 points a game and rebounding at 9 per game. Natalie Myers scores 7 points per contest.

KILJ-FM 105.5 will broadcast the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.  There is a JV contest at 6:15 p.m.  Because of lack of numbers Keokuk does not field a freshman team.

The winless Mt. Pleasant Panther boys basketball team will host Keokuk Friday night, freshman play at 4:45, followed by JV and then varsity action.

Mt. Pleasant has an 0-1 conference mark as does Keokuk, the Chiefs are 1-2 overall.  We’ll keep you posted on the boys scores as we broadcast the girls matchup.


The Iowa Hawkeye football team found out their bowl destination, the Hawks will play in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida on New Year’s Day against LSU.  The game will kickoff at noon Iowa time, LSU is 9-3 and the Hawks 8-4.  KILJ-FM 105.5 will carry the game taking the air at 10 a.m.

The BCS National Championship game will be played at Pasadena, California January 6th with undefeated 13-0 Florida State playing once beaten 12-1 Auburn.


Fly-rod building class and Fly-tying class by local expert Dan Peterson.


Participants will build their own custom fly rod step by step- everything from spinning the rod to putting the final finish on it. When it’s done, participants will have a custom built fly rod perfect for Iowa trout and pan fish. This rod will outperform most mass produced, higher priced store bought rods. Tools for use during the class will be provided. Rod kit includes (one) 8” 4wt fly rod; ¾ wt. reel; and floating line. The cost for this class, including all materials PLUS one fly-tying session, is $250.00. This would make a perfect Christmas gift for the fisherman in your family- gift certificates are available. The class is limited to the first 5 people who pay their fee- others will be put on a waiting list. Classes will be held at Oakland Mills Nature Center on Saturday, January 18, 2014, from 9-5 p.m.; Sunday, January 19th, from 1-5 p.m.; Tuesday, January 21st, at 6:30 p.m.; and if needed, Wednesday, January 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. The fly-tying session will be Thursday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m., also in the Oakland Mills Nature Center. Deadline to sign up and pay for the rod building classes is December 31st, 2013. For more information about the rod building class, Dan Peterson can be contacted at 319-931-2630.



A one time fly-tying instruction class will be held on January 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. It is open to the public at the cost of $15.00 per participant. Three flies will be tied that night and participants will take them home. All materials will be supplied and is included in the cost. Vices and tool kits are available for classroom use only. Participants need not bring anything. Maximum 10 participants. Minimum age: 14 years old. Deadline to sign-up and pay for the fly-tying session is January 22nd.

Contact Cari Nicely, naturalist for the Henry County Conservation Department, to sign up for either of these classes by calling 319-986-5067 or email Checks can be made out to HCCD and sent to: Henry County Conservation Department, 2593 Nature Center Drive, Mt Pleasant, Iowa 52641. Mastercard and VISA also accepted.



The 4th Annual Fort Madison Day at Carver Hawkeye Arena is set for Sunday, December 22, 2013.   Iowa takes on Arkansas – Pine Bluff.

The Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club has worked with University of Iowa Athletics to secure premium seating for our group.  On Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 AM, tickets go on sale at the Partners offices located at 614 9th Street, Fort Madison.

The first 150 children’s tickets will be available for $5 each (ages 18 and under).  The first 150 adult tickets will be available for $10 each.

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