Written by John Kuhens on April 11, 2015

MPHS girl’s varsity soccer team beat Ottumwa Friday night 3-0. Goal scored by Addison Gomez, Maddy Long and Lauren Ralls.

Mt. Pleasant High School varsity boys tennis team defeated Fairfield on the road Friday night by a score of 8-1. Singles match winners for the Panthers: Austin Meyer, Blake Wickham, Ben Zihlman, Jared Batty and Matt Thorne. Combining for doubles wins were: Meyer and S. Wickham, B. Wickham and Zihlman, Batty and Thorne.

On our local sports schedule for today: Mt. Pleasant Middle School soccer team will open their season at a tournament in Morning Sun with matches at 7:30 a.m. against Mediapolis and 2 p.m. vs Columbus Community. MPHS JV boy’s soccer team plays in a tournament in Ft. Madison at 8 a.m. The MPHS varsity tennis team is in a tournament at Ft. Madison at 9 a.m.

Jeff Giannettino of Burlington Notre Dame High School has announced that he will attend the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Jeff is a two time Drake Relays High Jump champion and State High Jump Champion. He is a member of the West Burlington-Notre Dame boys track team coached by Corey Lamm.

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and Iowa High School Athletic Association has announced the teams that will be competing in the state qualifying meet at Mt. Pleasant on May 14th………Clear Creek Amana, Davenport Assumption, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Solon, and Washington.

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and Iowa High School Athletic Association have announced three changes for the 2015 cross country season. They have increased the number of state-meet individual qualifiers. If an individual finishes in the top 15 at one of the five state-qualifying meet sites, he/she will advance to state. This is an increase from the top 10 finishers as in past years. In the past, prior to the fourth Monday in September, boys’ sub-varsity races were allowed to be shortened to 2 miles. With the girls now running 5,000 meters, a new policy has been implemented for both genders. The policy now reads, “For the first four weeks of competition, sub-varsity races may be shortened to 4,000 meters. However, a common finish line is required for all sub-varsity and varsity races. Starting the Monday of the fifth week of competition, all competitors must run 5,000 meters.”This policy gives host schools the option of running a shorter race at the sub-varsity level; it’s not mandatory. The last change approved is in regards to practicing on the state qualifying meet courses. The new policy reads, “Once the state-qualifying meet team assignments have been posted, the state-qualifying meet site is closed. No team or individual is permitted to practice or be on the state-qualifying meet course except for a school that uses the course for its regular practice and any school competing in a regular season meet held there after the release of the team assignments until noon on the day of the state qualifying meet. Violation of this rule will result in the school not being allowed to compete in the state qualifying meet.”

Former Mt. Pleasant Panther basketball standout Jordan Ashton, who starred at Kirkwood Community College this past season has been selected to play in the 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Basketball All-Star Game in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 9th. Jordon was named 1st team all American and 1st team all academic by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Iowa Wesleyan College is hosting the Southeast Area Special Olympics Spring Games today on the Maple Leaf Complex Track. The event moves to Mt. Pleasant after being held at William Penn College in Oskaloosa for a number of years. Wesleyan is converting from being a NAIA school to NCAA Division III. The NCAA is a major supporter of Special Olympics nationally and IWC wanted to get involved locally. They contacted Special Olympics about how they could help and found out the area games was looking for a new home after William Penn decided to not host the event any longer. People are urged to attend the event that will open with a ceremony at 10 a.m. and run until about 4 p.m. with not only the athletic events but also a number of activities for the athletes and their families to enjoy.