Written by on April 4, 2014 in Sports

The Mt. Pleasant Co-ed track meet was held last night on Maple Leaf Track with some very good performances turned in by the Panther girls and boys along with area teams.  No team scores were kept.  The Panther girls got off to a good start in the field events again with Mary Wester winning the discus at 111’ 10” and shot put at 37’6”.  Leslie Taylor won the long jump going 17’9”.  Mt. Pleasant won the 4×800 relay with Ellie Conrad, Natalie Ita, Hattie Liechty and Chloe Haffarnan they ran 10:22.9. They won the shuttle hurdle relay  in 66.04 with Leslie Taylor, Sidney Taylor, Hannah Becker and Kelsi Phipps. Kelsi Phipps won the 100 meter hurdles in 15.58, Hannah Becker won the 400 meter hurdles in 68.86.  In the 4×100 relay MP ran a winning time of 52.19 with Chloe Haffarnan, Hannah Becker, Kelsi Phipps and Leslie Taylor.


The MPHS boys won 4 events, led by the shuttle hurdle relay in record time of 59.75, runners were Zach Mulford, Cole Phillips, Spencer White and Trey Magnani. Ben Canby won the discus at 142’11”, Logan Murray won the 1600 meter run in 4:44.52, Spencer White won the 200 meter dash in 23.63 and Cole Phillips won the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 1:00.68.


The MPHS girl’s tennis match with Notre Dame-W Burlington scheduled for Thursday was postponed due to wet courts.


The MPHS boy’s tennis team improved their record to 2-0 when they defeated Davis County 9-0.  Singles winners:  Zach Schmitz, Matthew Zihlman, Blake Wickham, Colton Schinstock, Tyler Pace and Austin Meyer.  Doubles winners:  Schmitz and Pace, Schinstock and Meyer, Zihlman and Sterling Wickham.


The 9th ranked MPHS boys soccer team will open their season at defending class 1A State Champ Iowa City Regina tonight.


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


Minnesota won its third NIT title Thursday night in a 65-63 victory over Southern Methodist at Madison Square Garden.


The Women’s N.I.T. played semi final games last night with Rutgers beating South Florida 62-52, and UTEP beat South Dakota State 66-63.  The final game will be played Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.


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.


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.


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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