The Iowa Wesleyan Tiger Football team is picked to finish 9th in the coaches’ poll for hte Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). The Tigers received 21 points in the preseason poll this year.
IWC will be led by a small but experienced group of seniors this season, and the coaching staff looks for the returning underclassmen to have a strong showing after having a year of playing college football under their belt.
Offensively, Zandro Diaz and Caleb Huss are looking to set the bar high for some healthy quarterback competition. Last season, Diaz threw for 2,317 yards and averaged 231.7 yards. Huss passed for four touchdowns last season, and threw for 275 yards. Freshman, Alex Payne had a strong high school season last year. He was named All-District First Team and All-Southwest Missouri third team selection in 2013.
The Tigers lost Ridge Hobbs and LiMichael Peeples to graduation, both were vital parts of the offense last year. The Tigers are looking to senior Raul Becerril and junior Tylor Hoyle to make an impact this year. Becerril played in 10 games last season and had 402 yards receiving for IWC. He had 2 touchdowns and averaged 40.2 yards per game last year. Freshman Tyler Wadley, Avery Mobley, D’Maury Earl, and Malquan Scott are looking to help the Tigers out in their first year. Trey Todd looks to lead the ground game, returning this year for his junior year. Last year, Todd averaged 57.4 yards per game and had 4 touchdowns. He had 574 net yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Tigers will be young but athletic. Sam Balbach returns as a senior defensive lineman. Balbach played in 10 games last season. He recorded 44 solo tackles and assisted in 23 others for a total of 67. At linebacker, Nate Daniels had a total of 32 tackles on the year, 19 solo and assisted in 13. Ryan Gerleman and Raul Lozano are key returners for the Tigers at defensive back. Gerleman played in 10 games last season and recorded 80 tackles for the Tigers. He had 47 solo tackles and assisted in 33 tackles. Lozano had 50 solo tackles and 23 assisted tackles in 10 games for IWC. Ten of those tackles were for a loss. The Tigers welcome of host of newcomers on the defensive side of the ball in 2014.
Coach Tom Parkevich and the Tigers will open the 2014 season on September 6th at home against Simpson College with a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Mt. Pleasant Middle School football players may check out equipment from 1:30 -2:30 p.m. today and tomorrow if you have not already done so.
The Mt. Pleasant 5th and 6th grade tackle football league is having registration and equipment check out this Saturday 8/16/14 at Mt. Pleasant High School at 1 p.m. Make sure if you are going to play in the 5th and 6th grade tackle football league that you get signed up and equipped Saturday
New London 29th annual Masonic Scholarship golf tournament is coming up Saturday August 16th. It will be held at Deerwood Golf Course to raise money for scholarships for area students. It is a two person best shot with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Non-Masons and ladies are encouraged to participate. Contact Deerwood to get signed up and get ready to have fun, raise funds and win prizes.
There is a glow ball tournament this Saturday August 16, at the Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club, the cost is $200 for a four couple team. Price includes all glow accessories, buffet supper, and 9 holes of glow ball golf. Supper starts at 7pm. Golf to follow at dark. Prizes awarded for best decorated glow carts, and most glowing outfit!!! Space is limited call the club today for registration or questions.
The Mt. Pleasant USBC Bowling Association will be conducting the annual membership meeting Tuesday, August 19 at 7:00 PM at the Iris Bowling Center. The meeting will include the election of Delegates to the State Conventions, High Score Awards will be presented along with other business to be taken care of. If you have a concern or encouraging word…let it be known.
For more information, contact the Association Manager, Marlys Fear at 319-254-2162.