Sports April 20, 2017

Written by John Kuhens on April 20, 2017

It’s a busy sports schedule for area sports teams:  MPHS boys golf team is hosting Fairfield, MPHS girls golf at a tournament in Oskaloosa, Burlington plays the MPHS boys in soccer at East Lake Park, Mt. Pleasant girls soccer team travels to Holy Trinity Catholic.  Mt. Pleasant boys tennis team plays at Fairfield, Fairfield comes to Mt. Pleasant for girls tennis action.  Bo the MPHS girls and boys track teams will be in action tonight….the girls at Washington and the boys at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Freemont.


The Iowa Wesleyan University softball team was scheduled to play at home yesterday afternoon but the due to the weather forecast the games were moved to Westminster College instead.  IW played two SLIAC conference games against the Blue Jays.  They dropped both games by scores of 10-0 and 10-2.

The Tigers are scheduled to play Principia College on Friday, April 21 if the weather holds off.  They will play a double header in Elsah, Illinois at 1 pm.  Iowa Wesleyan is now 9-17 overall and 4-6 in SLIAC play.


The Iowa Wesleyan Tigers baseball team played at Eureka College Wednesday. Wesleyan snapped a five game losing streak with a 14-10 win over the Red Devils.

They will host Fontbonne in a three game series this weekend.  Saturday will feature a double header starting at 1 pm and the series will wrap up on Sunday with a nine inning game starting at 1 pm.


Mediapolis High School has hired a new girls basketball coach, Todd Borrison will take over the helm after Todd Rogers stepped down from the head coaching job earlier this spring.  Borrison has a won-loss record of 422-161 in his 24 years of coaching the five player game.  This is the 6th school that he has coached at including Preston, Davenport Assumption, Southeast Polk, North Scott and Camanche, has taken three of those schools to the state tournament and has won three state titles, he became a member of the Iowa Girls Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012.  Brian Borrison who coaches football at Mediapolis is the nephew of Todd Borrison.




Local Mount Pleasant Middle School grappler Blaine Frazier continues to have success in wrestling on the national scene with Team Iowa.  This past weekend in the USA wrestling Heartland National Duals in Council Bluffs, Iowa  Frazier went 8-0 in the tournament with victories over various middle school state champions from across the country including wrestlers from South Dakota, Kansas, North Dakota, Texas, and Pennsylvania.  Frazier’s efforts earned him the distinction of Most Outstanding Wrestler for Team Iowa and was USA Wrestling Gold All American.  Team Iowa placed fifth nationally out of 40 teams finishing the tournament with a 52-30 victory on Team Pennsylvania Gold.  Frazier finished the four week period 21-0 with undefeated results at Iowa AAU State Duals, AAU National Duals and USA Wrestling Heartland Duals.







The Mount Pleasant Panther Trap Team held the Mount Pleasant Panther Invitational at the Southeast Iowa Skeet Club in Fairfield Saturday, April 15th.  Fourteen teams including two colleges shot in the event with 376 athletes registering. Teams shooting included Albia, Centerville, Danville, Ft Madison, Montezuma, North Mahaska, Pella Christian, Sigourney, Waco, West Burlington Notre Dame and Winfield Mount Union with Southeastern and Indian Hills Community Colleges shooting as well.

In the Rookie Division, the Mount Pleasant Rookie Squad of Logan Borders, Courtney Raub, Megan Borders, Franklin Tousignant and Addison McGehearty finished first. For Rookie Individuals for Men, Logan Borders brought home first place.


In the Intermediate Entry Division for  Ladies individuals, Lysha Bunnell took 2nd with a 31. In the Intermediate Advanced  Division, the Mount Pleasant Intermediate Advanced 1 Squad of Jacob Bailey, Jenna Smith, Chase Derkacy, Tanner Black and Troy Troutwine completed the day in first place with a score of 207. individual competition, for the Ladies Intermediate Advanced Division,  Jenna Smith took first with a 44 and in the Men’s Intermediate Division Jacob Bailey finished first with a 46.


In the Senior Division,  Junior Varsity shooter Ryan Borders captured a first place finish with a score of 46. For the Ladies, Lilly Pereira shot a 43 to take home first.


In the Varsity group, Varsity Squad 2 of Colin Mills, Tyler Blind, Kinsey Bruggemeyer, Traden Barton and Katelynn Gardner shot a 224 for second. For the Individual  Men, Tyler Blind was second with a 49. For the Ladies, Mount Pleasant captured the top three spots with Kinsey Bruggemeyer shooting a 49 for first, Brier Klossing second with a 45 and Traden Barton third with a 44.

The Panther Trap Team’s next scheduled shoot is April 29th in Fairfield at the Southeast Iowa Skeet Club starting at 9:30 AM. This is the Panthers’ home field. The Panthers will  be hosting a 16 yard, handicap and doubles tournament that day.



Mount Pleasant is the host school for the Southeast Iowa Class 3A girls and boys state track qualifying meet on Thursday May 11th on the Maple Leaf Track.  Here are the other schools joining Mt. Pleasant that day:  Davenport, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Washington, West Burlington/Notre Dame, and West Liberty.

Waco is hosting a Class 1A state qualifying meet, area 2A schools will be going to meets at Eddyville Blakesburg-Fremont and Tipton.


One hundred sixty-six prep officials will be honored at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s

23rd Annual Officials Recognition Banquet and Awards Ceremony, Saturday, April 29 at Iowa Events Center – Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.

The following will be honored for their 50th year – Richard Wulkow, Boone; James Patterson, Cedar Rapids; James Wood, Center Point; Paul Fuhrman, Cherokee; Robert Bowen, Middletown; Cary Griffith, Nashua; James McConnell, Ogden; Craig Snider, Spirit Lake; Terry Eaton, Urbandale; Michael Amundson, Waterloo; and Glenn Tjaden, Webster City. 

     This year’s keynote speaker will be Terry Curtis of Williamsburg. Mr. Curtis is an active official in baseball and currently in his 55th year. He retired from, wrestling officiating in 2004, after 21 seasons, Curtis is A native of Fairfield.


15 Year Honorees

CITY                            NAME


KEOKUK                     TERRY TWITCHELL

KEOKUK                     STEPHEN WORSTER




25 Year Honorees

CITY                            NAME                                                

WASHINGTON           PETER SCHAEFER                          


35 Year Honorees

CITY                            NAME





SPORT                                   NAME                                                 CITY

SOFTBALL                              PATRICK PACHA                               WASHINGTON