Written by on December 20, 2013 in Sports


The MPHS wrestling team dropped two duals at Ft. Madison last night, losing to West Hancock, Illinois 39-36 and to Ft. Madison 65-18.  Panthers winning matches last night:  Kallin Crille (2), Justin Dilks (2), Tyler Lanphier, Blake Wickham, Yannis Steryiannis, Kane Jacobs, Alex Lanphier.

M.P. will wrestle in the Pella Tournament tomorrow.

OTHER WRESTLING SCORES:  Ft. Madison 50 West Hancock 27, Pleasant Valley 56 Burlington 15, North Scott 46 Burlington 19, Mediapolis 77 L&M 3, Mediapolis 61 Columbus Community 16, Columbus Community 45 L&M 33.


It’s a tough task ahead tonight for the Mt. Pleasant Panther boy’s basketball team that has a 2-4 record after grabbing a win against Centerville this past Tuesday night.  The Panthers travel to the Hound-Dome in Ft. Madison to play the undefeated 5-0 and 10th ranked Bloodhounds.  The freshman teams play at 4:45, followed by the JV then varsity.  KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the game live.

While the boys are on the road the 11th ranked Panther girls are at home against Ft. Madison who is 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.  LaStella Slack averages 11 points and Caitlin Marshall 10.  Senior Taryne Shull continues to lead the Panthers with 14.8 points per game.  MPHS is 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference.  KILJ will pass along score updates on the girls action during our boys broadcast.

Saturday M.P. will host Central Lee, JV game at 3 and varsity tilt at 4:30 p.m.

OTHER AREA GAMES:  GIRLS AND BOYS:  Clinton at Burlington, Danville at West Burlington, Cardinal at Van Buren, Columbus Community at L&M, Harmony at Central Lee, Highland at Wapello, Lone tree at WMU, Keokuk at Washinton, New London at Holy Trinity Catholic, Waco at Mediapolis.

BOYS: Burlington Notre Dame at Maharishi


Latest girls basketball rankings from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.  MPHS girls at 11th in class 4A, Harlan is #1,  Class 5A is led by Iowa City High.  Class 1A has Burlington Notre Dame still ranked 2nd behind #1 Newell-Fonda, Winfield Mt. Union has moved into the number 11 spot.  Class 2A has Western Christian #1.  Class 3A Mediapolis is ranked 5th, M.O.C. Floyd Valley is #1.


Long time coach Don Gibbs of Burlington is hanging up his coaching whistle after 60 years of coaching.  Gibbs graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College where he was a record setting player after graduating from Moline, Ill..  He started his Southeast Iowa coaching career at Harmony High School in the early 60’s and he ended his career this week as the 8th grade girls coach at Edward Stone Middle School in Burlington after turning 78 years old on Monday.  Gibbs throughout his coaching days worked with both girls and boys teams.  He is one of five coaches in the state to take a both girls and boys teams to state.   


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 graphite 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.

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