Written by John Kuhens on April 8, 2015

The MPHS boy’s track team ran at the Mediapolis Dave Aamodt Relays, the team winner was West Burlington Notre Dame with 145, Mount Pleasant 117, Mediapolis 76, Columbus Community 43, Wapello 42, Waco 41, LM 29, WMU28, Highland 22, New London 15. Ben Canby was a double winner for MPHS capturing the Shot put 51’ 1”, he also won the discus with a toss of 151’ 8”. Logan Murray won the 3200 meter race in 10:02.42. The Panthers won the 4×200 relay in a time of 1:36.78 and the shuttle hurdle relay in a time of 1:01.41.   Mediapolis won the girl’s division with 114 points, L&M had 103. WMU was 4th and Waco 5th.

7th grade girls team scores and winners from the Mt. Pleasant Middle School Relays held Tuesday.

1st Mt. Pleasant 122 

2nd Washington 94

3rd Burlington  82

4th Ottumwa  77

5th Fairfield  71

6th  Mid-Prairie  51

7th  Keokuk  45

8th Ft. Madison 13

Individual Results:

1st – Distance Medley (Abby Ryon, Emily Stark, Sydney Doak, Alyssa Streigel) 5:19.853

1st – 400 meter dash    Maggie Cristoforo  1:06.422

1st – 200 meter dash  Maggie Cristoforo  28.073

1st – 4×200 meter relay  ( Isabelle Ashton, Paige Stater, Reece Barton, Lydia Stewart) 2:09.580

1st – 100 meter hurdles  Serenity Keomanivong  19.014

1st – 200 meter hurdles  Serenity Keomanivong  32.894

1st – 800 meter run  Abby Ryon  2:48.916

Centerville defeated the MPHS boys in tennis at East Lake Park by a score of 8-1. Ben Zihlman was the only winner for M.P. in the #2 singles match.

Jack Pieper scored the winning goal with 2 minutes left to go in the match for a 2-1 win at Centerville, Zoom Gwamna scored the 1st goal. Noah Brown in goal had 9 saves. The 1-0 Panthers play at Fairfield Monday.

The MPHS girls soccer team won over Centerville 3-2 in overtime, as they prevailed in penalty kicks 4-3. Jasmine Craf put M.P. on the scoreboard 1st with a goal but Centerville did lead 2-1 at halftime. Hattie Liechty scored the tying goal to send the match into o.t. Lauren Ralls, Shyla Hiler, Maddy Long and Jasmine Craff all had successful kicks in the shootout. Tiffany Liechty had 7 saves in goal for the Panthers.

This week is Division III Week for the NCAA. DIII week is a chance for colleges and universities to promote the Division III athletics and student-athletes on their campuses and around their communities. Today, the Tiger baseball team will host Cornell College for a home game starting at 5:30 pm. The athletic department will be hosting a cookout to honor the student-athletes at the baseball game, and they will also be honoring the accomplishments of the student-athletes during the game. Iowa Wesleyan will also be hosting the Southeast Iowa Special Olympic Spring Game! s on April 11th. Special Olympics is the official community service partner for the NCAA Division III. This is the first year Iowa Wesleyan has hosted an event with Southeast Iowa Special Olympics.                                        


On our local sports schedule for: Thursday the MPHS girls golf team plays in the Keokuk Invitational at 10:30 a.m. MPHS boys golf at Washington 4 p.m. The Mt. Pleasant varsity girls and boys track teams run at Centerville, field events at 4 p.m. running events at 4:30 p.m. MPHS girls soccer hosts Ottumwa at East Lake Park varsity at 4:30 followed by the JV. M.P. will host Fairfield in tennis at East Lake 4:30. M.P. boy’s tennis at Fairfield 4:30. Friday the Mt. Pleasant Middle School boys track meet will be held at Maple Leaf Track at 4:30 p.m. Saturday the MPHS JV boys 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.  

Iowa Wesleyan College is hosting the Southeast Area Special Olympics Spring Games on Saturday April 11th on the Maple Leaf Complex Track. Nicole Briell is helping to organize the event that 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. B.J. Wagy of IWC also helping organize the event invites local people 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. If you would like to volunteer to help at the April 11th event contact Nicole Briell at 385-6383 or


The Rec Center of Mt. Pleasant is celebrating their 20th anniversary this week. The observance will take place thru April the 9th with many special events for members and general public. Tonight there is a Zumba fitness class at 6 p.m. Tomorrow there will be youth fitness bootcamps held with former Iowa Hawkeye and NFL football standout Tim Dwight. K thru 5 class 3:45 to 4:15 and the 6th thru 12th grade 4:30-5 p.m. Stop in at the Rec Center or go to for more details about these events. Also tomorrow night is Dwight Night from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club. This will be the Rec Center’s Annual Support Campaign event. Admission is $10 per person or $20 for a family. Stop out and meet Tim Dwight who had a very successful football career at all levels and now has the Tim Dwight Foundation that provides youth summer football camps with proceeds aiding the Children’s Hospital of Iowa and a scholarship fund. There will be refreshments a live auction and lots more fun during the Dwight Night.