The 14th ranked Iowa State Cyclone men’s basketball team has now won 11 games in a row setting a school record. Their last 3 wins came in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii, a tournament where they won the championship, the topped Boise State in the title game 70-66.
Maeve Broeg of Williamsburg High School, an outstanding student-athlete for the Raiders has been accepted into the Naval Academy upon her graduation from high school this spring. Maeve is the daughter of former Mt. Pleasant High School student-athletes Curt Broeg and Lenni O’Neil-Broeg. She is the granddaughter of Dee Broeg and Donna O’Neil.
Bowl games going on tap for tonight Bowling Green plays Pittsburgh in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at 5 p.m. in Detroit. The Poinsettia Bowl has Northern Illinois vs Utah State at 8:30 p.m. in San Diego.
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.
The Southeast Conference named their all conference boys basketball teams for this past season.
Cameron Frank Mt. Pleasant 6’3” Senior
Faith Pope Mt. Pleasant 6’6” Senior
Kyle Roder Washington 6’ Senior
Ryan Hanna Mt. Pleasant 6’3” Senior
Conference Co-Player of the Year
Faith Pope Mt. Pleasant
Kendall Clark Keokuk
Conner Shull Mt. Pleasant 5’10” Senior
Logan Mulford Mt. Pleasant 6’2” Senior
Dalton Conrad Mt. Pleasant 5’10” Senior
All Academic players:
Kyle Kauffman Junior
Justin Griffis Junior
Trey Magnani Junior
Zach Mulford Junior
Tyler Pace Junior
Carson Remick Junior
Dalton Conrad Senior
Cameron Frank Senior
Ryan Hanna Senior
Brant Shelman Senior
The MPHS wrestling team handed out special awards at their post season banquet. Most valuable wrestler: Colton Aplara, Jackson Kelly was the JV team MVW. Most wins Emmett Wester (31), most falls Michael Alderson (21), most takedowns Justin Dilks (78), Panther Award Tyler Lanphier.
Brock Palar a Danville High School student who bowled on the Mt. Pleasant High School boys bowling team placed in a tie for 21st in the individual competition at the class 1A State Bowling Championships with a 416 score.
Mt. Pleasant high School senior Linzie Hood signed a letter of intent to attend Culver Stockton College in Canton, Mo. To play volleyball and continue her education. Linzie is the daughter of Jeff and Lorna Hood
The Danville Bears boys basketball team finished as consolation champions and the Sportsmanship award winners at the 2013 Boys State Basketball Tournament after beating North Tama 80-56 in the third place game.
It was 36 minutes of very intense high school boy’s basketball as Mt. Pleasant and Waverly Shell Rock battled in the class 3A quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Go-Hawks defeated the Panthers 54-49 in overtime. That ended the season for the Panthers who were 19-6 on the year and had an impressive 4 year run where they won 92 games lost just 14 while finishing 4th in the state in 2010, 3rd in 2011 and champions in 2012.
Mwale Kapande, former state champion long jumper for the Mt. Pleasant Panthers attained All American status at the NAIA National Championships. She entered the meet ranked 13th and on her third jump went all the way to a 19′ 3.25″ jump good enough for third place.
The MPHS boy’s basketball team qualified for the state tournament for the 4th year in a row, and they will be going to defend their state title won last year. They punched their ticket with a 51-33 win over Solon in the substate final at Iowa City West. Solon led at halftime 24-16. The second half was a totally different story. M.P. held the Spartans to 2 points in the third quarter and 7 in the fourth, the panther offense cut loose for 35 points.
Two Iowa Wesleyan Tiger basketball players earned USCAA Division I All-American honors for their strong play this season. Kyle Warner (Sr.-Gresham, OR) represented the Tiger men as he earned USCAA All-American Honorable Mention honors. Ashley Kruse (Sr.-Lakefield, MN) represented the Tiger women, being named to the USCAA All-American Second Team.
The IWC women’s basketball team finished with a 9-17 record. The IWC men finished 14-13. Shortly after the men’s season ended Iowa Wesleyan College head men’s basketball coach Jess Settles announced his resignation, he said he did so in order to focus more on helping his dad run the family farm.
The Mt. Pleasant High School wrestling team brought home one medal from Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Justin Dilks finished in 8th place in the 182 pound class of 3A, he fell in his wrestle back match against a wrestler from Algona.
Mediapolis had three wrestlers go for the gold in class 2A , Adam Drain won the state championship at 170 lbs. Cole Erickson and Steve Holloway finished 2nd. Burlington had two wrestlers wrestle for first, Austin Boyd ended up 2nd and Matt Seabold won the state championship at 182. Wapello had two wrestlers in the finals with Jack Walker and Ryley Howell both finishing 2nd.
District High School Bowling Tournaments were held at Mt. Pleasant. MOUNT PLEASANT girl’s district bowling results, MOUNT PLEASANT was 3rd with a 2287. Mt. Pleasant did not qualify for state as a team and had no individual qualifiers. MOUNT PLEASANT boy’s district bowling team finished 3rd scoring 2727
Brock Palar qualified for the State Bowling Tournament as an at large bowler with a 453 series.
Mediapolis won the class 2A consolation championship at the State Team Dual Meet, the Bulldogs won their quarterfinal match 48-24 over Union LaPorte City, then fell to champion Assumption in the semi finals 41-21 and defeated Charles City 40-21 in the consolation championship match.
The third time was a charm for the Fairfield girls basketball team as they upset the Mt. Pleasant Panthers in the first round of the class 4A Regional in Panther Gym 52-45. The Panther girls ended the year 13-9.
The MPHS boys ended the regular season with a 53-39 win over the Marion Indians. Mt. Pleasant ended the regular season 16-5.
Mt. Pleasant sent 5 wrestlers onto the State Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Tyler Lanphier 120 lbs, Josh Larson 145 lbs, Jayton Phillips 170 lbs, Justin Dilks 182 lbs. and Colton Aplara 220 lbs. All five wrestlers were district runners up in their weight classes.
Waco sent 1 wrestler to state wrestling. Cey Saeugling..
New London-WMU did not qualify anyone for the state tournament this year in class 2A.
Mediapolis sent 8 wrestlers onto state: Mason Buster 106, Cole Erickson 132, Drew Foster 138, Drew Buster 145, Blake Beckman 160, Adam Drain Mediapolis, Steven Holloway 182, Ethan Timmerman 195.
In the Southeast Iowa Super Conference boy’s Super Shootout, #1 ranked Danville dismantled #2 ranked Lone Tree at Mid Prairie beating the Lions 66-41. From start to finish the Bears shot the ball well, played great defense, rebounded well and had very few turnovers.
One Panther team did, the other one didn’t. The MPHS boy’s basketball team did win their game over Washington 62-36 and in turn won the Southeast conference crown. The MPHS girls basketball team didn’t win, they fell at Washington 54-42 and finished second in the Southeast Conference.
During signing day for high school football players making their choices of where they will go to college and play football.
Mt. Pleasant High School offensive lineman Emmitt Wester signed to play at Missouri Western University in St. Joseph, Mo. His older brother Leonard Wester also goes to school there and is a starting offensive tackle.
Tyler Ayers from WACO signed a national letter of intent to play football at Upper Iowa.
Mediapolis had two players off their state runnerup team sign national letters of intent. Jesse Ertz signed to play quarterback at Kansas State and Chase Miller signed on with NCAA Division II Upper Iowa in Fayette to play tight end.
Mediapolis Bulldog wrestling team won the Regional Team Dual Meet. The Bulldogs defeated Williamsburg in the semi final match 50-18, Albia defeated Washington 45-30. Then Mediapolis rolled over Albia in the Championship match 64-6. That sent them onto the Team Dual Meet Championships in Des Moines.
The Southeast Iowa Super conference super Shootout for girls was played this past February, #7 ranked class 3A Mediapolis played at #3 ranked class 1A Burlington Notre Dame. Mediapolis improved their record to 20-1 with an easy 74-40 win over the 18-3 Nikes.
A 46 consecutive game Southeast Conference win streak for the Mt. Pleasant Panther boys basketball team came to an end last January in the Hounddome in Ft. Madison when the Bloodhounds scored a 57-50 win over the Panthers.
Shawn Striegel was approved in January as the new head varsity football coach.
Shawn was no stranger to the Panther program as he had been serving as varsity football assistant, he also has been the varsity assistant track coach. He teaches 6th and 8th grade social studies at Mt. Pleasant Middle School.
Shawn got his B.A. degree from Simpson College in 1998 and his Masters of Arts Degree from Viterbo University in 2010.
Scott Lamm was hired as the new Activities Director at M.P. Community Schools. Scott had served as Wisdom Quest Principal and high school boy’s track, assistant football and middle school wrestling . He replaced Bob Jensen.