Written by on February 11, 2014 in Sports

Mt. Pleasant came from behind to defeat Ottumwa in girls varsity basketball played on the road last night by a score of 42-40.  Natalie Ita scored off an offensive rebound late to give the Panthers the lead and they held at the defensive end to preserve their 14th win of the season.  Hannah Becker scored 14 points and Kelsi Phipps added 10.  Ottumwa jumped out to an 11 point lead in the first half, but a strong 3rd quarter by the Panthers got them a 1 point lead heading into the 4th quarter.  The lead see sawed back and forth in the final stanza before M.P. made the plays necessary to win the game late.  MPHS now hosts Washington in the parents night game Friday in Panther Gym.

Mt. Pleasant also won the freshman game 48-41, but dropped the JV tilt 47-42.

OTHER AREA GIRLS GAMES:  Mediapolis 67 Wapello 34, Danville 68 Harmony 28, Holy Trinity Catholic 48 Van Buren 32, Highland 74 New London 38, WMU 49 Lone Tree 35, Central Lee 57 West Burlington 45.


The Mt. Pleasant boys also came from behind to grab a win from Ottumwa in varsity action in Panther Gym 67-52.  Ottumwa led 19-17 at the end of the 1st quarter, by halftime the Panthers had taken control and led 35-25.  Trey Magnani had 17 points, Brandon Sanchez 14, Dustin Amos 12 and Zach Mulford 10.  The 8-11 Panthers go on the road Friday to Washington.

The boys JV team fell to Ottumwa 46-59.  They fell behind early and could never catch up.  Spencer White led the scoring with 13 points and Kolby Raymond added 7.  Kincaid Mitchell grabbed 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists.  Next game is Thursday at Keokuk Middle School at 4:45 for a make-up game.

The freshman boys won 61-48, Brock Wilson and Ryan Moutrie each scored 17.

OTHER AREA BOYS GAMES:  Mt. Pleasant Christian School fell to Pathway Christian of Wellman 41-35, Jaden Gehrig scored 14 Luke Van Nyhuis 13.  New London 55 Holy Trinity Catholic 53, Danville 93 Harmony 23, IMS 67 Mediapolis 39, Lone Tree 54 WMU 45, West Burlington 59 Central Lee 50, Keokuk 62 Muscatine 61.


The Iowa Wesleyan College women’s basketball team moves to 16-3 overall and 11-1 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after a dominating 64-41 win over Webster University on Monday night.

The Tigers have a busy week of action, taking on Westminster College on Wednesday night in Fulton, MO (6:00pm) and then hosting Blackburn College on Saturday in Mt. Pleasant (1:00pm).

The Iowa Wesleyan College men’s basketball team fell 71-51 to Webster University on Monday night.  The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, traveling to Fulton, MO to take on Westminster College (8:00pm) and then host Blackburn College on Saturday (3:00pm).

IWC is now 6-13 overall and 3-9 in the SLIAC.


West Virginia rolled over the Iowa State Cyclones men’s basketball team in Morgantown 102-77 last night.


Lisa Bluder became the winningest women’s coach at Iowa when they beat Northwestern last night 90-84.  Bluder in her 14th season now has coached 270 victories, surpassing C. Vivian Stringer’s old mark.


A Class 2A Regional Team Dual meet will be hosted by Mediapolis tonight, The Bulldogs will wrestle Williamsburg in the semifinal round, Washington will wrestle Mt. Vernon.  The winners will meet in the championship with that winner going to the State Team Dual meet competition in Des Moines Wednesday February 19th.

Wilton will host a Regional Team Dual meet night….Wilton will wrestle Wapello and Lisbon wrestles West Branch in the other semifinal.  Winners will then wrestle to see which team advances to State Team Dual Meet wrestling.

The 3A Regional Dual team meets will be wrestled tomorrow night, no area teams are involved in that. Class 3A area wrestlers including Mt. Pleasant will wrestle in the district at Burlington on Saturday February 15th, with Bettendorf, Davenport West, Ft. Madison, Keokuk, Muscatine, Pleasant Valley and Burlington.


The Mt. Pleasant Middle School 7th grade girls basketball team hosted Aldo Leopold Monday.

“A” game:  Aldo Leopold     32

                 Mt Pleasant       51  (record 5-2)

MP scoring:   Maddie Williamson     26

                      Annie Liechty               8

Note:  No “B” or “C” games were played due to a lack of numbers at Aldo Leopold.

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