Sports, Monday, May 17th

Boys’ Golf: Panthers Advance With Close Shave Runner-Up: 

The Mount Pleasant boys’ golf team survived and advanced in a close shave finish at yesterday’s sectional golf meet, advancing them to next week’s district meet to be held at Flint Hills Golf Course.

The Panthers finished with 353 strokes, just three better than that of third place Washington to clinch their ticket to next week’s final bout before state.

Washington ended their 18-hole round with 356 strokes, falling just three strokes shy of a tie with the Panthers.

On a windy afternoon, Reece Kempker led the way an 82.

Brevin Wilson added an 84, while Nick Matheny carded an 85.

Sectionals will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 20th.

The event will be hosted by Burlington-Notre Dame.

College Baseball: Salas Honored by SLIAC:

Iowa Wesleyan infielder Nick Salas has been named first team All-Conference the SLIAC announced Friday.

Salas was the only Tiger to earn All-Conference honors.

The senior from Pipe Creek, Texas put together an impressive season at the plate this year, hitting .277 over 94 at-bats in 27 games.

The Tiger slugger tallied 26 hits, three doubles, eight home runs, and 20 runs batted in over the course of the regular season this spring.

Salas is currently ranked second on Iowa Wesleyan’s all-time career records list for home runs, totaling 20 over his four years here in Mount Pleasant.

Sophomore pitcher Joe Morrison was named to the SLIAC All-Sportsmanship Team this season.

Morrison was on the mound for the Tigers for 36 innings this spring, striking out 29 hitters.

Wesleyan was eliminated from conference tournament play Friday with an 8-1 loss to Fontbonne.

Girls’ Soccer: Postseason Brackets Announced, Notre Dame Tonight:

The Mount Pleasant girls’ soccer team will get a good look at their first round playoff opponent tonight when they lock horns with Burlington-Notre Dame in a non-conference matchup in Burlington tonight.

Mount Pleasant, 8-1, drew the Nikes in the first round of the Class 2A-Region 8 playoffs.

They’ll play that first round matchup at East Lake Park.

Tonight they’ll lock horns with the Nikes at Notre Dame High School.

Addison Parrott leads the Nikes with 11 goals and 26 shots, while Lexi Mears is second with nine assists and eight goals.

Notre Dame has won two straight over Regina and Davenport Central.

Mount Pleasant dropped their last matchup, ending their undefeated season, losing 4-3 to Washington.

Tonight’s matchup will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Boys’ Soccer: Panthers Meet Up with Top Ranked Nikes:

The Mount Pleasant boys’ soccer team will get a chance to prove themselves against the state’s best tonight when they hook up with the top-ranked Burlington Notre Dame Nikes.

Notre Dame enters tonight with a record of 16-1, they’ve won four straight since falling to North Scott.

They’ve outscored their opponents 34-2 over that span.

Mount Pleasant, on the other hand, has lost four straight and has been shutout in each of those fixtures.

They’re led by Iowa Wesleyan recruit Dillan Malone, who has scored four times.

The Nikes are paced by Parker Davis who has scored 18 goals and assisted on 26 more.

Tonight’s game will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Notre Dame High School.

College Track: Former Mount Pleasant Standout Crowned Champion of ARC:

Former Mount Pleasant standout Sam Beatty was crowned champion of the high jump in the American Rivers Conference over the weekend.

Beatty, now competing for Central College, cleared 6-7 1/2 to earn first place honors.

Beatty, an environmental studies major, enjoyed a terrific sophomore campaign that saw him haul in a conference field athlete of the week honor earlier this year as well as competing at the Drake Relays in Des Moines.