SPORTS JUNE 30, 2014
MPHS sports schedule:
6/30–Ottumwa at MPHS for boy’s varsity baseball at 7 p.m.
7/1—MPHS baseball at Wapello 7:30 p.m.
7/2—MPHS softball at West Burlington-Notre Dame
7/3—MPHS softball and baseball at Washington
7/4—MPHS softball in tournament at University of Iowa softball complex
7/5—MPHS softball in tournament t University of Iowa softball complex
Head softball coach at Iowa Wesleyan College Mike Hampton has been named the USCAA National Softball Chair for 2014-15. The committee is made of 6 coaches throughout the nation. They will be looking at rules adjustments at the USCAA National Championships, ways to improve the National Championship, communicating with softball coaches of the USCAA and encouraging their membership to national softball coaches organizations and developing marketing initiatives for the sport. They will help to collect information for the USCAA membership.
Driven by a goal of rekindling memories of Iowa’s rural schools, Barb and Dave Else of Cedar Falls drove throughout Iowa to photograph more than 230 abandoned or repurposed high school buildings. The experience is the foundation of their book, For All the Small Schools: A Photographic Pursuit of Iowa’s Forgotten Schools.
The 272-page book is a full color photo journey of Iowa’s rural schools. Many of the pictures also contain school facts like school colors and mascots as well as notable athletes and facts. Woven throughout the book is a narrative on the history of education in Iowa, including information on the consolidation of Iowa schools, famous names from Iowa schools, and accounts of transportation as well as sports, music and other student activities. Also included are sections on the evolution of athletic uniforms, school lunch programs and teacher requirements and certifications.
The book is on sale at Barnes & Noble Book Stores.
The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has released the girls Regional Tournament softball pairings for the summer tournament series. The Mt. Pleasant will open tournament play at Keokuk on Thursday July 10th at 7 p.m. If the Panthers win that game they play Fairfield on the Lady Trojans home field on the 12th of July and a win would send them into the regional final at Oskaloosa on July 15th. The upper part of the regional bracket has Pella, Grinnell and Oskaloosa.
Class 1A has #3 ranked New London getting a 1st round bye and will play July 9th at Waco the winner of the July 7th game between Waco and Harmony that KILJ-FM 105.5 and kilj.com will broadcast live. IMS plays host to WMU on July 7th and the winner will play Lone Tree on July 9th. The Regional semi finals will be at Lone Tree on July 11th and the finals at Wilton on July 14th. The bottom bracket of the regional has Springville, Midland, Calamus-Wheatland, Preston, Marquette Catholic of Bellvue and Lisbon.
The Iowa High School Athletic Association has announced the Substate baseball sites for Class 3A teams. The Mt. Pleasant Panthers will be in Substate #6 competing against Centerville, Chariton, Fairfield, Ft. Madison, Keokuk, Knoxville, and Oskaloosa. Centerville and Fairfield will host early rounds the finals location is to be determined.
District Tournament baseball sites and assignments for Classes 1A and 2A, pairings will be coming out soon. Class 1A District #10 will be hosted by Danville and Van Buren. Teams involved are: Harmony, Holy Trinity Catholic, New London, Notre Dame, Waco and Winfield Mt. Union, along with the host schools.
Class 2A District #12 will be hosted by L&M, teams competing will be Central Lee, Columbus Community, Mediapolis, Wapello, West Burlington and the host school.