Written by on April 2, 2014 in Sports

The MPHS girl’s track team had a change of schedule yesterday, they were to go to Iowa City West for a track meet, it was cancelled, so the Panther bus driver headed east to West Burlington and MPHS ran in the Falcon Relays. They could not post a team score and competed against themselves in a “C” class, but sure posted some good performances.

Mary Wester who celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday, had a party at the shot put event when she broke a 26 year old MPHS record in that event throwing 41’.  Mary threw the discus 118’8”.

Leslie Taylor and Kelsi Phipps both jumped over 16’ in the long jump.  Kelsi Phipps had the fastest 100 meter hurdle time of 15.96.

If Mt. Pleasant had been competing against the other teams they would have won 14 events.

Fairfield won the Class “A” competition with 152 ½ points.  Pekin won the “B” class with 235 points.

The L&M girls and boys track teams won the Wapello Relays.

Notre Dame-West Burlington beat Keokuk in girls tennis action 5-4.

In golf the New London Tiger girls won over Columbus Community 194-231, the Tiger boys won 179-180 over the Wildcats.


IWC women’s softball team played MacMurrary, in Game 1

IWC 10 MacMurray 0. 5 innings

Winning pitcher- Stephanie Tillman allowed 4 hits

Leading hitters:

Haleigh Cowan 2-4

Mikayla Dwyer 3-4 double and 3 run home run. 4 rbis

Ashley Stube 2-3 double and triple


In Game 2

IWC 8 MacMurray 0. 6 innings

Winning pitcher- Jillian Leutscher 2 hitter

Leading hitters:

Haleigh Cowan 2-4 double rbi

Mikalya Dwyer. 2-4 4 rbis 3 run home run Sarah Voss 2-2 double Sam Shepard. 2-3 2 rbis

IWC is now 2-4 in the conference and 8-10 overall.


The IWC baseball team split a double header with MacMurray, Tigers won the 1st game 3-1 and dropped the night cap 6-5.


The Iowa Wesleyan women’s golf team competed at the Statesmen Shootout in Oskaloosa, IA Tuesday.

The Tigers shot a team score of 470 to finish 6th out of 6 teams (3rd out of 3 in the 1st Division).

Jessica VanDorin led the Tigers, shooting a 96 to tie for 18th overall.

Karla Vietinghoff finished 24th (103), while Katie Myers was 29th (112).


The Iowa Wesleyan men’s golf team competed at the Statesmen Shootout in Oskaloosa, IA.  The Tigers finished 5th overall, taking 3rd in the First Division. The Tigers shot a 322 team score.

Michael Neff and Zac Cronkhite each shot 79’s to lead the Tigers. They tied for 11th individually.

Tanner Travis competed as an individual for the Tigers. Travis shot a 78 to tie for 7th overall.


MPHS boys golf team plays their sectional tournament 5/16 at The Preserve Course @ Lake Rathbun.  Other teams competing are:  Centerville, Chariton, Davis County, Fairfield, Ft. Madison, Keokuk and Oskaloosa.  Teams and individuals advancing will then play the district 5/23 @ Stone Creek in Williamsburg.

The 3A state meet will be at the Ames Golf and Country Club May 30th and 31st.

Area 2A teams will play their sectional at the Kalona Golf Course and district at Pleasant Valley Course near Iowa City.  State meet at Spring Valley Course at Livermore.

1A schools sectional will be played at New London, district at Oskaloosa Golf Course and state meet at the American Legion Course in Marshalltown.


Mount Pleasant ranked No. 9 in 2A in preseason boys soccer rankings.  The Panthers who made it to the state tournament last season will open up the 2014 season at defending class 1A State Champion Iowa City Regina. Holy Trinity Catholic is ranked 11th in 1A, Columbus Community14th.


Iowa Wesleyan College Director of Athletics Steve Williamson has announced the appointment of Will Van Nostrand as the new Head Men’s Soccer Coach. Van Nostrand will begin his role immediately as he prepares for the upcoming 2014 season this fall.

Van Nostrand comes to Iowa Wesleyan College after spending the last two years as the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach at Spalding University. Spalding, an NCAA Division III institution in Louisville KY, competes alongside Iowa Wesleyan in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC).


Mt. Pleasant Tournament Teams are sponsoring a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at the High School on April 20th.

Ages 3rd grade-Adult  male and female.

If interested contact Ronnie Ashton at 931-2896 for more information.


The men’s N.I.T. has it’s finalists decided, SMU and Minnesota both won semi final games last night and will meet tomorrow night in the championship game at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Women’s N.I.T. plays semi final games tonight with Rutgers at South Florida and South Dakota State at UTEP.  The final game will be played Saturday.

The NCAA women’s final four is set after Stanford and Maryland scored wins last night.  Sunday night in semi final action UConn plays Stanford and Notre Dame plays Maryland, those games will be played in Nashville

The final four is set for the men’s NCAA basketball tournament in Arlington, Texas.  UConn plays Florida Saturday at 5 p.m. and Wisconsin plays Kentucky immediately following.


Tiger Woods will not be playing in this year’s Masters Golf Tournament scheduled for next week in Augusta, Ga.  Tiger underwent some back surgery this week to try and correct some problems with a disc in his back that has hampered his efforts at playing golf.


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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