Written by John Kuhens on August 21, 2016

The Mt. Pleasant High School fall athletic teams had a busy weekend, the meet the players event was held Friday night at Maple Leaf Complex.  Then Saturday morning the Panther football team hosted a game type scrimmage with the Central Lee Hawks.  Final preparations are now underway for the Panthers to host Clear Creek-Amana in non-district football Friday night.  Freshman game is at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity tilt.  KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the game live beginning at 6:30 p.m. with pregame shows.  High school football scoreboard will once again air on KILJ AM & FM Saturday mornings at 7 a.m.

This year’s men’s soccer preseason poll has been released by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  Iowa Wesleyan received ten points in the poll and were picked to finish in tenth place overall.  The conference favorite was Westminster, who earned 81 points and nine first place votes.  Greenville and Webster rounded out the top three, with 63 and 60 points respectively. The Iowa Wesleyan soccer team finished with a 4-16 overall record last season with a young team.  This year, the Tigers are under the direction of Tony Odorisio and will have almost an entirely new team from a year ago.  The lone returner from last year’s team is Mitchell Schneider.  Schneider enters his senior season after spending time playing in the field and in the goal for IW as a junior. He recorded 54 saves, scored a goal, and had an assist for the Tigers last season.

The volleyball preseason poll has been announced by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic conference for the 2016 season.  Iowa Wesleyan finished in eighth in the poll after receiving 22 points.  Greenville took the top spot with 76 total points in the poll.  Westminster and Webster finished out the top three with 74 and 66 total points respectively.  The Tigers ended the 2015 season with a 6-21 overall record and a 4-14 conference record.  BJ Wagy returns for her third season as head coach, and brings back 12 players from last year’s squad.  Of the 12 returning players, five starters are back, including Cierra Howard and Maggie Earney, who both enter their senior season with IW.  Howard led the SLIAC with 5.86 digs per set last season and also broke the Iowa Wesleyan career digs record as a junior.  Earney led the team in assists last year, averaging 3.79 assists per set.  Also returning for the Tigers is sophomore Cassandra Schwamborn.  She finished the season with the second most kills for the IW.  Iowa Wesleyan will look to key newcomers, Hunter Clark, Katie Garcia, and Gabby Smith to make an impact right away.