Written by on April 24, 2014 in Sports

The Mt. Pleasant High School girls and boys track teams will be well represented at the 2014 Drake Relays starting today.  For the girls, Mary Wester will throw the shot at 3:30 p.m.  Right now she has the 5th best throw overall in the state at 41’.  On Friday morning at 8 a.m. MPHS will have 3 girls running in the 100 meter hurdle prelims.  Kelsi Phipps has the 4th fastest time in the state overall at 15.12, Leslie Taylor and Hannah Becker also will be hurdling.  The MPHS boys track team will have Cole Phillips and Spencer White running in the 110 high hurdle prelims at 8:16 Friday.  The finals in those events are at 11:30 Friday morning.  The Iowa Wesleyan College 4x200m relay team of Anthony Harris, Raul Becerril, Michael Klostermann, and Duane Lee will compete at 1 p.m. Friday.

Earlier this year they set the IWC school record in the 4x200m relay, clocking in at 1:29.62.

The Tigers will run in the first heat of the event.

In the high school field events Mary Wester will compete in the discus at 9 a.m.  Leslie Taylor will be in the long jump at 9:30, and Dustin Amos will be in the high jump at 9:45 a.m.

Friday night the MPHS girls 4×100 relay will run at 5:10 p.m. with Chloe Haffarnan, Leslie Taylor, Hannah Becker and Kelsi Phipps. The boys 4×100 at 6:10 p.m. with Trey Magnani, Cole Phillips, Spencer White and Justin Chalupa.

Saturday morning the prelims of the shuttle hurdle relays will be held at 8 a.m.  The MPHS girls have the fastest time in the state at 63.57, Sidney Taylor, Leslie Taylor, Hannah Becker and Kelsi Phipps will be the runners.  The boys have the 5th fastest time at 58.92, Trey Magnani, Zach Mulford, Spencer White and Cole Phillips will be the runners.

The finals of the shuttle will be at 12:20 Saturday.


The Iowa Wesleyan softball team ended their season by splitting a doubleheader with Loras College on Senior Night in Mt. Pleasant.

The Tigers won game one 5-4 in 10 innings.  Mikayla Dwyer singled to lead off the bottom of the 10th.  After an error by the first basemen put the Tigers on 2nd and 3rd, Samantha Shepard knocked in the game winning run with a single, bringing Dwyer home.

The Tigers struggled in game two, falling to the Duhawks 11-2 in five innings.

IWC ends the season 17-21 overall and 9-9 in the SLIAC.


The Iowa Wesleyan women’s golf team finished 7th at the Clarke Spring Invitational with a team score of 503.

Jessica VanDorin led the Tigers with a two round score of 108 to tie for 23rd overall.

Katie Myers tied for 28th with a 121.  Karla Vietinghoff tied for 32nd with a 128.


The Iowa Wesleyan baseball team defeated Eureka College in both games of a doubleheader.  The Tigers won the first game 11-2, Raul Lazano, Chay Stirbis and Kris Klabunde each had 3 hits.  Winning pitcher was Jeff Burdett. Tigers won game two 12-2, Travis Costello had 3 hits and Michael Edgecomb was the winning pitcher.

IWC is now 9-24 overall and 8-15 in the SLIAC.


M.P. Softball Association will hold a softball clinic at the rec softball diamonds on Sunday, April 27 from 1:00-3:00 pm.  Clinic is open to girls pre-K through 12 and coaches.  Clinic will be instructed by Ayla Serrano, current Winfield Varsity Head softball coach and will include hitting, pitching, and fielding drills.  Cost is $10/person and proceeds will benefit the Mt. Pleasant Girls Softball Association. Opening ceremonies for the Mt. Pleasant Girls Softball league will be held April 29 at 5:30 pm at the REC diamonds with some softball games to follow.


A Washington teen has been selected for a junior development team and will be racing in a week-long international tour in Canada this summer. Fourteen-year-old Alijah Beatty, a freshman at Iowa Mennonite School, is continuing her competitive cycling this year and has joined the Mercy-Specialized Iowa City Cycling Women’s racing team. She began this racing season by winning the women’s race at Kent Park in March. This weekend she will be cycling in this weekend’s Chris Lillig Memorial Cup and Old Capital Criterium in Iowa City and Kalona.

Last year, Beatty ranked in the top five in the nation in her age group for USA Cycling Cyclocross. She is the daughter of Mark and Susie Beatty and has been competing for five years.


The 2nd Annual 5K Colors of Cancer Run/Walk will be held at East Lake Park, Mt. Pleasant on Sunday, May 4th.  Registration will begin at 1:30pm at East Shelter House.  The race will begin at 3:00pm.  Participants will walk or run through a burst of various colors representing the colors of cancer, wearing a white event shirt or a white shirt of your choice.  A limited number of event shirts will be available for purchase the day of the event. The colored dust is a food grade powder and safe for human consumption, but please wear something to protect your eyes.  This is not a timed event and the run/walk will be held rain or shine.  Registration is $20 per person and can be paid the day of the event.  All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.  For questions, please contact Angie Ackles at 319.931.3874 or email to 



The first golf tournament of the year at the Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club is the Darrel Brown Memorial Tournament on April 27th at 10 a.m.  It’s a 3 man best shot, entry fee is $60 per team.


The city of Mt. Pleasant REC department is now taking Mail-in Registration’s for Summer Swim Lessons which start June, 3rd!

May 1st is Walk-in registrations for Summer Swimming Lessons!

Please check out our website for our available session times at


     A total of 170 athletic officials are scheduled to receive awards at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 20th Annual Officials Banquet and Recognition Ceremony, Saturday, April 26 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

     This year’s keynote speaker is Bernie Saggau former IHSAA Executive Director who spent 42 years with the Athletic Association.

     The list of honored officials includes seven officials who each have 50 years of service, of which 2 are from S.E. Iowa. Those officials are John H. Dirth of Burlington and William C. Phillips of Mediapolis.

    Thirty-nine individuals will be honored for 35 years of service; 46 others for 25 years and 59 for completing 15 years of officiating. In addition awards will be given to four district aspiring new officials of the year and 13 others will receive plaques as the National Federation of Officials’ state award winner as official of the year in a particular sport.

     Also, being honored during the ceremonies is Randy Bruns of Ankeny as the NFOA’s Distinguished Active Official. He has been registered 43 years with the IHSAA and the IGHSAU and has been a state tournament official in basketball and football.

     Following are the officials from S.E Iowa scheduled to be honored at the April 26 ceremonies.

25-Year Honorees

Burlington – Dennis Glancy

Burlington – Scott Logas

Burlington – Mitchell L. Taylor

Danville – Steven R. Rogers


35-Year Honorees

Mount Pleasant – Mike Hampton


State Officials-of-the-Year

Football – Garth Workman, Burlington Wrestling – Troy Seeley, Fairfield

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