Written by John Kuhens on August 31, 2015

The MPHS varsity volleyball team opened their 2015 season at East Union Saturday in a tournament.  Panthers won 2 matches and lost 2.  They had wins over St. Mary’s and Osceola Clarke.  Losses to East Union and #10 ranked class 1A Bedford.  M.P. goes to Fairfield Thursday for their Southeast Conference opener.

The Mt. Pleasant Panther football team ran out of gas Friday night.  It wasn’t on the team bus, it was on their home field against the Ottumwa Bulldogs who had just enough fuel in their tanks to take home a 20-10 win over M.P.   The Bulldogs hit two 22 yard field goals in the 1st quarter to lead 6-0 after one period.  Mt. Pleasant tacked up a touchdown when Pat Canby caught a 51 yard scoring pass from Joe Hess and Korte Maddy added the P.A.T. to take the Panthers into the locker room with a 7-6 lead.  In the 3rd quarter Korte Maddy booted a 37 yard field goal to increase the Panther lead to 10-6.  But then M.P. went on “E” and Ottumwa took advantage of it.  Leg cramps and fatigue set in for the home team and Ottumwa then powered in 2 running touchdowns to grab the win.

The MPHS freshman team blanked Ottumwa 21-0.  Touchdowns scored by Zach Beason on a 5 yard fumble recovery, Rhett Zeglen on an 8 yard pass from Beason and Avante Henle won an 82 yard run.  David Blanca added all the point afters.  Defensively James DeMeyer, Bryce Anderson, Parker Baugh, Tucker Johnson and Tate Shull were the leaders.

Friday night Mt. Pleasant plays at Mediapolis, the Bulldogs went to Camanche Friday night and won 28-19.  OTHER AREA SCORES:  Davenport Central 27 Burlington 8, Fairfield 40 Davis County 8, West Burlington-Notre Dame 49 Ft. Madison 14, Central Lee 27 Keokuk 0, Pella 42 Washington 24, Wapello 41 New London 14, Columbus Community 43 Waco 38, WMU beat  Marengo Iowa Valley 50-0 Saturday afternoon the game was postponed from Friday because of rain.

The track at Maple Leaf Athletic Complex will be resurfaced beginning next Monday the 31st.  Walkers and runners are reminded that from Monday, August 31st, until Thursday, September 10th the track will be closed.

Football on Monday night tonight with Koehler Wendt will have a review of this past weekends football action and a preview of upcoming games on the high school, college and pro scene.