Written by on January 17, 2014 in Sports

Mt. Pleasant hosted 16th ranked Washington last night in Southeast Conference wrestling.  The Demons came in undefeated in duals and also went home that way.

 Washington defeated Mt. Pleasant 52-15.  Panthers who won matches:

220 lbs: Justin Dilks won by forfeit, heavy weight Jackson Kelley won by forfeit, at 126  Conner Eads won  by decision 6-3.

OTHER AREA WRESTLING SCORES: Burlington 53 Davenport North 24, Burlington 43 Davenport Central 28, Keokuk 54 Davenport West 21, Davenport West 40 L&M 35, West Liberty 51 Wapello 24, Van Buren 39 New London 30, New London 42 Centerville 27, Eddyville-Blakesburg 50 New London 21, Ft. Madison 54 Fairfield 26.


AREA BASKETBALL SCORES:-GIRLS-Burlington Notre Dame 82 Van Buren 33, Lone Tree 59 Columbus 42, IMS 35 West Burlington 29.

BOYS-Danville 86 Maharishi 33, Moulton Udell 64 Harmony 46


The latest rankings of girls basketball teams from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.  Mt. Pleasant dropped to 15th in the 4A poll after losing last Saturday to Prairie of Cedar Rapids. Harlan is still the #1 4A team.  Class 1A has Burlington Notre Dame #2 and Winfield Mt. Union #10 while Newell-Fonda tops the class.  Mediapolis is #2 in class 3A with MOC Floyd Valley #1, class 2A is topped by Western Christian, Iowa City High is #1 in 5A.


Mt. Pleasant High School and Fairfield battle tonight in girls and boys basketball in the Southeast Conference.  KILJ-FM 105.5 and will broadcast live the varsity girls battle at Fairfield with airtime at 7:30 p.m.  The freshman teams play at 4:45 and the JV game will follow.  Mt. Pleasant dropped in the class 4A poll after losing last Saturday to C.R. Prairie.  The Panthers are ranked #15  this week and have a record of 7-3, with one of those wins being an overtime 63-60 win over Fairfield in Panther Gym on December 6th.  Fairfield is 7-6 and are coming off a Tuesday loss to Eddyville Blakesburg 77-45.

The boys teams of the two schools meet in Panther Gym, freshman at 4:45 with JV and varsity games to follow.  Fairfield 6-5 defeated the Panthers 5-6 back in December on the Trojans home court 63-60.  Foreign exchange student Federico Ferretti averages 15 points a game to lead the Fairfield offense. Zach Mulford paces Mt. Pleasant with 14 points per game and Tray Magnani 12 ppg.

AREA GAMES TONIGHT: GIRL-BOY DOUBLE HEADERS-Cardinal of Eldon at Burlington Notre Dame, New London at West Burlington, Central Lee at Danville, Ft. Madison at Keokuk, Highland at Columbus Community, Mediapolis at L&M, Van Buren at Harmony, Waco at WMU, Wapello at Pekin.

GIRLS-Bettendorf at Burlington

BOYS- Burlington at Bettendorf

WRESTLING-#1 RANKED Mediapolis at Quincy Tournament  


The Iowa High School Athletic Association has made their District basketball assignments for class 1A and 2A teams.  Here is the class 1A district participants for the KILJ listening area teams:  DISTRICT #8

Danville, Harmony, Highland,  Holy Trinity Catholic, Iowa Mennonite, Lone Tree, New London, WACO, Winfield-Mt. Union

Class 2A DISTRICT #11

Central Lee, Louisa-Muscatine, Mediapolis , Burlington Notre Dame,  Wapello , West Burlington

The 3A district assignments will be coming in two weeks.


The Mt. Pleasant 7th grade girls basketball team hosted Keokuk Thursday

“A” game:  Keokuk        29

                  Mt Pleasant  28  (record 0-1)

MP scoring:  Maddie Williamson     16

                     Annie Liechty               4

                     Trinity Krabil                 4

“B” game:  MP   15   (1-0)

                  K      9

MP scoring:  Sadie Carrasco   11

                     Monica Moyle       4

“C” game:  K   12

                 MP 6  (0-1)

MP scoring:  No one scored more than two. “C” team only played one half due to a lack of numbers for Keokuk



Saturday at the Iowa Wesleyan college basketball games it will be HCHC Day as employees and their families at HCHC will be guest of the College.  Iowa Wesleyan has strong ties with HCHC, they provide trainers for the IWC athletes, Mandy Borchers and Andy Niemann.  The REHAB services at HCHC assist the student-athletes recover from injuries.  IWC appreciates the  HCHC.


The Iowa Wesleyan College student-athletes excelled in the classroom this fall, as 62 Tigers student-athletes were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall semester.

These students achieved a 3.50 GPA or higher for the semester on a minimum of a 12-hour class load, while also balancing their commitment to their respective teams.  Below is the list of IWC student-athletes who achieved the high scholastic achievement for the 2013 Fall semester:

Highest Honors (3.850-4.000)

Jacob Ayers, Kara Carter, Cameron Caudle, Zachary Cronkhite, Haley Dzierzynski, Dakota Flesner, Joshua Fruhauf, Jessica Gonzalez, Jacey Hartweg, Cecily Herby, Lindsey Johnson, Kristofer Klabunde, Jana Meister, Karson Orrick, Skyler Rodgers, Erica Rookstool, and Sarah Voss.


Tanner Anderson, Brandon Baker, Kaitlyn Bang, Kristine Becks, Aleksander Blain, Savanna Blair, Cody Bossio, Aaron Brown, Andrea Bury, Sindy Carillo, Jamarco Clark, Nate Daniels, Kara Dennell, Breanna Derynck, Michael Edgcomb, Kristin Eid, Lauren Grubb, Tyler Hitt, Ridge Hobbs, Matthew Klundt, Travis Kostello, Raul Lozano, Marshall Mullenix, Caitlin O’Neill, Trey Politte, Mady Powers, Samantha Shepherd, Jessica Siggers, Ashley Stube, Ramon Taylor, Stephanie Tillman, Jessica Van Dorin, Kassie Vazquez, and Graham Wittrock.    

Honorable Mention (3.500-3.849)

Kelsie Bunnell, Kaitlyn Dirth, Caleb Huss, Michael Klostermann, Emily McVey, Nate Miller, Blake Mitchell, Lauren Pawling, Lacie Tarver, Chase Taylor, and Tanner Travis.


Here are the latest rankings of Iowa High School wrestling teams in the Iowa Wrestl;ing Coaches Poll.

Class 1A

School             Overall Ranking      Record thru 01/11/14

Alburnett          1      13-9

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont        2        14-1

Don Bosco, Gilbertville         3        14-7

Woodbury Central, Moville    4        16-7

Wilton              5      13-3

Clarion-Goldfield       6        8-2

Lisbon             7      9-4

West Marshall, State Center 8        11-2

Audubon          9      11-1

South Central Calhoun         10      16-4

Ogden             11    15-1

Southeast Warren, Liberty Center   11      14-0

Logan-Magnolia 13    10-1

Westwood, Sloan      13      16-2

Central Springs 15    14-3

Dike-New Hartford    16      10-1



Class 2A

School             Overall Ranking      Record thru 01/11/14

Mediapolis        1      19-5

Assumption, Davenport       2        14-3

Albia               3      16-2

Clear Lake        4      18-4

West Delaware, Manchester 5        12-5

Creston/Orient-Macksburg    6        9-0

Humboldt         7      14-1

Osage             8      14-6

Charles City      9      9-6

Independence   10    12-4

Webster City     11    14-3

Crestwood, Cresco    12      12-4

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 13      10-0

Grinnell            14    13-2

Union, La Porte City   15      10-3

Washington      16    11-0



Class 3A

School             Overall Ranking      Record thru 01/11/14

Bettendorf       1      13-6

Waverly-Shell Rock   2        11-0

Southeast Polk  3      13-1

Prairie, Cedar Rapids 4        8-1

Linn-Mar, Marion       5        11-3

Pleasant Valley  6      14-2

Iowa City, West 7      14-6

North Scott, Eldridge 8        18-5

Cedar Rapids, Jefferson      9        6-0

Epworth, Western Dubuque  10      17-4

Valley, West Des Moines      11      7-3

Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines  12      9-2

Sioux City, North      13      17-1

Mason City       14    9-13

Clinton             15    6-7

Spencer           16    8-0


Citing the safety concerns of a compact postseason grind, the Iowa High School Athletic Association is considering a move that would condense the football regular season to eight games. A decision is expected next Wednesday, the day before the IHSAA releases its districts for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
IHSAA assistant director Todd Tharp said the concept of an eight-game regular season has been recommended to the Board of Control by the IHSAA’s football advisory committee.
“I honestly don’t know how it will turn out,” Tharp said Thursday. “The Board will be weighing a lot of aspects.”
In the current nine-game format, the first round of playoffs is the Wednesday after the regular season, then the second round and quarterfinals are the following Monday and Friday. So teams reaching the quarterfinals play four games in a 14-day span.
“That’s a concern,” Tharp said about physical recovery between games.
If the IHSAA adopts the eight-game schedule, the first three rounds of the playoffs would be played on Fridays.
“You talk about football, and you talk about Friday Night Lights,” Tharp said. “It’s not Monday or Wednesday Night Lights.”
Tharp said playing a nine-game schedule, then contesting playoffs on successive Fridays isn’t workable because of the possibility of UNI hosting FCS playoffs on the week that the championship games would be scheduled for the UNI-Dome.
Curt Ritchie, coach and AD at Williamsburg advocates moving the entire season up a week earlier, to what is presently coined “Week Zero.”
Ritchie said. “I don’t think anybody is really happy now with the quick turnaround between playoffs,” Ritchie said. “If you move the season up a week, you can get your nine games in, and spread out the playoffs.”
But, Tharp said, issues arise there, too.
“If you move the season up, you’re starting practice the first week of August, you’re coming right off state baseball and you’re playing games Aug. 20 or 21, and most schools aren’t even in session then,” he said.
The question was posed to Tharp whether non-qualifiers would play a ninth game the same night of the playoffs.
“That would be something we would have to decide,” he said. “From our standpoint, I’d be apprehensive in matching fifth-place teams against each other and sixth-place district teams against each other and force them to play an extra game. At that point, some of those teams might be ready to put their pads away.”
If the regular season is shortened, every school will lose one home game — and the revenue that goes with it — every other season.
“That’s one of several factors I would like to see a way we can maintain a nine-game season,” said Paul James, athletics director and coach at Cedar Rapids Washington.
“Part of it is tradition. A nine-game season goes fast for seniors.
“And what if you’ve got a kid that’s academically ineligible? If he’s out five games, is he going to stick it out just to play three games (plus the postseason)?”





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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