Written by on March 26, 2014 in Sports

Iowa Wesleyan’s Kristofer Klabunde was named the USCAA Baseball Player of the Week after Klabunde helped lead the Tigers to a 3-0 start in the SLIAC.

In the three games conference games against Principia College over the weekend, Klabunde was impressive.  He went 8-for-17 (.471) from the plate, including two doubles and three triples.  Klabunde recorded 6 RBI’s in the sweep.

Klabunde took care of business on the mound as well, pitching a shutout in the series finale against Principia.  He allowed just four hits in the 10-0 win.

The Tiger baseball team can’t seem to catch a break from Old Man Winter as the IWC baseball team will still have to wait to host their first home game of the season.  The Tigers, who were scheduled to play MacMurray College today, will now travel to Jacksonville, IL to take on the Highlanders in conference action.

The Tigers and Highlanders will play one nine-inning game now on Wednesday, and have switched home dates for their season series.  The Tigers will instead host MacMurray on April 1st for a doubleheader, starting at 2:00pm.

The Tigers are currently 3-9 overall and 3-0 in the SLIAC.  The Highlanders are 5-6 overall and 2-1 in the SLIAC.


The Iowa Wesleyan softball games against MacMurray College, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 has been postponed due to field conditions.  The games have been rescheduled for April 1 at 3:30pm.  The site of the games on April 1 is yet to be determined.


The Louisville women’s basketball team defeated the Iowa Hawkeye women 83-53 in Carver Hawkeye Arena last night.  Iowa ends the season, and Louisville will return to their home floor to host a sweet 16 game against LSU Sunday.


Remember KILJ-FM 105.5 will bring you the Iowa State Cyclone Sweet 16 game Friday night from New York with airtime at 5:45 p.m.


The MP 8th grade boy’s tournament team won the 2014 Pacesetter Iowa Youth Basketball State Championship held at the Kingdom Hoops Basketball facility in Ankeny, Iowa this past weekend.  The team defeated Forest City, Nevada, and Garner-Hayfield in the championship game.  Their season record now is 42-6; with 10 championships out of 14 tournaments.  The top two teams from the Pacesetter tournaments in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota are invited to play in the Great Four-State Basketball Championship at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN in August.  Our MP team will be representing Iowa (Mt Pleasant) as the champions of the Iowa Pacesetter tournament.


As we head into another Major League Baseball season, let’s look at what teams are spending for team payrolls.  The highest belongs to the L.A. Dodgers $235.3 million, the Yankees dropped to 2nd at $203 million.  St. Louis is on down the line at $110 million, The Cubs spend $89 million, Houston spends the least at $44.5 million a year.


Iowa Wesleyan College is conducting several basketball camps in the near future. 

The elite camp for boys in grades 9-12 is May 11th, registration begins at noon, camp begins at 1:30 p.m., goes to 5 p.m.  Cost is $30 and camp is held at Ruble Arena.

The Iowa Wesleyan boys basketball camp for ages k-8 for next fall will be held June 16-18.  K-2nd grade costs $30, camp runs 8-9 a.m.  3rd-8th is $85, camp runs 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Campers may bring their lunch or purchase at the camp.  If you sign up by June 6th you get a free t-shirt. 

Boys team camp is June 28th and 29th for JV and varsity teams.  The camp will be held at Ruble Arena and costs $150 for 1 day or $250 for both days and 6 games.

For more information on any of these camps go to


The Iowa High School Athletic Association will sponsor free baseball umpire clinics around the state.

Clinics will cover new rules and some requirements as well as how to get registered with the Iowa High School Athletic Association in order to umpire at any level. They will also work with you on how to umpire the bases and the clinic provides live pitching/catchers and we work with you on positioning when working the plate.

Equipment required is a plate cap and mask For those just getting started you can purchase all umpiring equipment (including fitted caps) at the clinic. Participants should bring money if they desire to purchase equipment or special baseball books that will be available at the clinic. Equipment may be purchased with the use of a credit card, however books are cash only.

The date for the free IHSAA Baseball Umpire Clinic in S.E. Iowa is April 23rd at Ottumwa High School beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Lake Geode Challenge, an Olympic-distance triathlon in southeast Iowa, again will serve as a regional special qualifier race for USA Triathlon’s Midwest Region. USA Triathlon is the governing body for triathlon in the United States. The race, which has been sanctioned by USAT since it began in 1993, has been a special-qualifier race for the last two years. Top finishers at Lake Geode Challenge may qualify for the Age Group National Championship.

This year’s Lake Geode Challenge will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Geode State Park in Danville, Iowa. The event starts with a 1.5-kilometer clockwise, out-and-back swim from the Lake Geode beach. The swim is followed by a 40-kilometer bike course that takes participants on a loop outside Geode State Park. The race concludes with a 10-kilometer run on asphalt roads throughout the park. Chip timing is used.

Prize money ($300, $200, $125, $75 and $50) will be awarded to the top five male and female finishers. Rick Buller Financial Services, LLC, also is sponsoring cash awards ($125, $75 and $50) to the top three male and top three female Masters (40+) finishers. Participants cannot win an overall cash award and a Masters cash award. Members of the top three male, female and coed teams will receive trophies. Participants also will be eligible for door prizes.

Registration fees are $65 for single and $123 for teams through June 28. After that, fees increase to $85 for single and $141 for teams. Entry fees do not include USAT’s required one-day $12 permit for non-member participants.

The race is organized by Team BEAST (Burlington Endurance Athlete Sports Team). Great River Health Systems is the lead sponsor.

Participants may register on Registration cutoff is Wednesday, July 9. Send questions to, or visit for more information.



Washington and Mt. Pleasant are going to play each other in football June 7th at Washington.  No it’s not a high school game, it’s an alumni game.  The Panthers and Demons of yesterday will meet in a real tackle football game that will be sanctioned by Alumni Football USA.  An organization that has put on 700 alumni games in 28 states and has raised over $1 million for local charities.  These gentleman will not only spend time practicing and getting in shape, but will also spend $100 to be equipped and insured.  The game is part of the Washington, Iowa 175 anniversary celebration, following the game two bands and refreshments will be enjoyed in uptown Washington.

There needs to be 25 players on each team signed up and prepaid by May 7th for the game to be held.  At this time over 50 players at each school have indicated interest in playing in the game.  Pre-sales of tickets for the game will take place at a cost of $10 per ticket, half that money will be given to a designated charity of the local teams. 

Other area alumni games that are played include WMU vs Waco and Columbus Community against Wapello.

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