Written by John Kuhens on December 29, 2015

The Marywood University women’s basketball team lost to Iowa Wesleyan University 71-50 in the first game of the Land of Magic Classic in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Tigers improved their record to 8-1.
Iowa Wesleyan had three players in double figures. Kaylee Mosley scored 20 points. Dakota Flesner 19 points, and Rachel Williams had 14 points. Cairece Allen came off the bench to snag 13 rebounds.
The Tigers led the Pacers 20-6 in the first quarter. Marywood came within 10 just once for the remainder of the contest.

Today they will play the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a school of 6,000 students from River Falls, Wisconsin, tipoff is at 11 a.m.

On KILJ-FM 105.5 tune in tonight and hear the Iowa Hawkeye men’s basketball team battle #1 ranked Michigan State in Carver Hawkeye Arena.  Airtime is 7 p.m. with tipoff at 8  p.m.

KILJ Sports 2015 Year In Review-April-May and June:

In one season, and after helping Kirkwood Community College Men’s Basketball team to a 25-7 record; sophomore guard and former Mt. Pleasant Panther Jordan Ashton was selected to the JUCO D2 National 1st Team All-American Team.  He is the 4th player in Kirkwood’s history to be chosen as a 1st Team All-American.  He finished the season scoring 526 pts….16.4 pts/gm, 16th in the nation in made 3- point field goals  (82), and 3rd in the nation at free throw percentage (88%). Additionally, Jordan was chosen to the 1st Team All-Region and he was 1st Team Academic All-American (both semesters).  You have to have above a 3.5 gpa to be chosen to 1st Team Academic All-American.  Also chosen to play in an all star game in Las Vegas in May.

The Mt. Pleasant Community School District  had a number of coaching positions open up to fill for next year.  Dave Hutchcroft  stepped down as varsity girls basketball coach after a one year stint, his assistant coach Nathan Lange is also resigned.  Mark Cremer resigned as varsity volleyball coach as did 9th grade volleyball coach MaKenzie Sartorius.  Jeff Batty  resigned from 7th grade assistant football coach, Alan Peck stepped down as assistant varsity girls track and Michael Pilcher JV wrestling coach  resigned.

Mt. Pleasant High School will be sending more outstanding hurdlers to The University of Northern Iowa track program.  Kelsi Phipps and Cole Phillips signed national letters of intent to attend UNI and run track.

Hannah Becker a senior at Mt. Pleasant High School signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Missouri Central University in Warrensburg, Missouri a division II NCAA school and compete in track.  Hannah will be groomed to be a heptathlon athlete.  She is the daughter of Aaron and Amy Becker of Mt. Pleasant and wants to major in accounting.

The St. Louis Intercollgeiate Conference announced the All-Conference Awards for the 2015 softball season.  Iowa Wesleyan had two players earn three awards.

Kristine Becks was named Second Team All-Conference outfielder.

Samantha Shepard earned Third Team All-Conference Utility honors, and was also named to the SLIAC All-Sportsmanship team.


Mt. Pleasant won both the girls and boys Southeast Conference Track Titles at Ft. Madison.  The Panther girls piled up 133 points.  MPHS also won the JV title also with 131 points.

The Panther boys compiled 148 points to win the title for the 9th time in the last 10 years. M.P. won the JV title also with 172 points.

The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference released the 2015 Baseball All-Conference Awards.  Iowa Wesleyan had two players receive honors, as well as earning a team award.

The team received the 2015 Co-Sportsmanship Award, which they share with Principia College and Webster University.  Three Tigers received individual awards for their play this season.

Justin Katich was named First Team All-Conference designated hitter.

Jeffrey Burdett earned Second Team All-Conference honors as a pitcher.


Shelby Allender, senior softball standout at Mt. Pleasant High School signed a national letter of intent to attend William Penn College in Oskaloosa to play softball for the statesmen she was recruited to play shortstop.

The Mt. Pleasant Community School District board of directors voted to have the Maple Leaf Complex  running track resurfaced this summer.  Midwest Tennis and Track Company of Denison, Iowa did the work at a cost of just over $100,000, with the monies to pay for the work coming from the 1 cent sales tax.

Washington captured the Southeast Conference girl’s golf tournament at Keokuk with a 351 score, Mt. Pleasant finished in 2nd place shooting 369.  Haley Booton of MPHS made All Conference by placing 3rd in medal play shooting an 88.


The MPHS boy’s golf team finished 4th in the Southeast Conference Tournament, Fairfield won the title with a 348 score on their home course.  MPHS shot 363. Jordon Phomsouvandara and Trevor Mabeus had 90’s.

There was a tie for 1st and 3rd in the 4 team Southeast Conference Boy’s tennis tournament  in Ft. Madison.  Ft. Madison and Keokuk tied for 1st with 17 points.  Mt. Pleasant and Fairfield tied for 3rd with 10 points each.  Austin Meyer of M.P. was the conference champion at #1 singles, Ben Zihlman was 2nd at #2 singles.

The USCAA has released the 2015 Baseball All-American and All-Academic award winners.  Iowa Wesleyan had two players selected to each team.  The National All-Academic team criteria requires a student-athlete to have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or better and must have passed at least 24 credit hours at the institution.  Travis Kostello   and Michael Edgcomb  both met the qualifications to earn the award. The Tigers had two players earn All-American honors for the 2015 season.  Jeffrey Burdett  was named Second Team All-American for his performance on the mound this season.  Chanyancze Stirbis was named Honorable Mention All-American.


Creighton Mitchell, current MP 7th grader, attended the Middle School State Track Meet in Ames on May 9th.  He ran the 100 meter dash winning in a time of 12.0,  200 meter dash winning in a time of 24.71,  400 meter dash winning in a time of 55.31 which was a state record, He also participated in the long jump breaking a state record with a jump of 18 feet 3 ¾ inches.

The MPHS girls track team finished 3rd in the team race at the state qualifying meet they hosted, and advanced numerous events onto the state track meet.  Solon won the girl’s team title with 169 ½ points, Davenport Assumption was 2nd with 140 and MPHS piled up 136 points.

The MPHS boys track team won the district title with 175 points, defending state champion Solon was 2nd with 156.  The Panthers had 10 events advance onto the state track championships.


The MPHS boys golf team ended their season with a 5th place finish at the 3A district golf tournament at Flint Hills course in Burlington shooting a 348.  Panther individual scores:  William Kinney was low for M.P. with an 85.

Former Mt. Pleasant Panther and now a William Penn College golfer, Natalie Booton  participated in the NAIA Women’s National Golf Tournament in Savannah, Georgia .
Natalie Booton has also been named an Academic All American in Golf.


Head girls track coach Dave Hutchcroft was named the 2015 recipient of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Golden Plaque of Distinction award. The IGHSUA’s Golden Plaque of Distinction Award honors the Iowa coach who has demonstrated a successful career while making notable contributions toward school, community and the coaching profession.

Mt. Pleasant high School girls track awards were handed out at their team banquet Friday night.

Rookie of the Year- Taylor Murray

Most Improved- Bailey Johnson

Most Potential- Katie Ensminger

All 6 Seniors  received the ” MVP” Award.

Laura Hult

Ellie Conrad

Natalie Ita

Mary Wester

Hannah Becker

Kelsi Phipps





Kelsi Phipps defended her Class 3A 100 meter hurdle title with a winning time of 15.13.  The MPHS girls scored 31 points, and finished 9th in the Class 3A State Track team race.

The MPHS boys track team finished 2nd in the team race in Class 3A at the State Track meet with 54 points, Center Point was 1st with 56 and Algona was 3rd with 53. The MPHS boys shuttle hurdle relay team won the 3A title in 57.33 with Spencer White, Jake Lowe, Brock Wilson and Cole Phillips.  Cole Phillips finished  2nd in the Class 3A boys 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and 110 high hurdles, on the final day of the state meet Cole had a hand in scoring 34 team points.


Cole Phillips – MVP, Captain, School Record Holder – 110 Highs, Shuttle Hurdle Relay

Spencer White – Captain, School Record Holder – Shuttle Hurdle Relay

Ben Canby – Captain, School Record Holder – Discus

Jake Lowe – School Record Holder – Shuttle Hurdle Relay, Most Potential

Brock Wilson – School Record Holder – Shuttle Hurdle Relay

Logan Murray – Panther Award



Hannah Becker competed in the State Pentathlon Senior  Girls Division:

Valerie  Welch of Iowa  City  West won with 2940 points. Hannah  Becker finished 2nd with 2747

Kaleb Hagge freshman golfer at Winfield Mt. Union was medalist winner at the Class 1A State Golf Tournament in Marshalltown.  Kaleb shot 74 on Friday and came back with a 71 on Saturday for a 145 total.  New London boys finished 3rd in the team standings with a 640 score, Garrigan Catholic of Algona defended their state title with a 604, East Buchanan shot 624 for 2nd,  Tristan Kadel of New London finished 6th in medal play shooting a 150 over the two days.

New London tied for 2nd in Class 1A gir’ls golf with Nashua at 748, Grundy Center won the tournament with a 738.  Jorgi Krieger New London 3rd in medalist 172, Emma Pry shot 180 for 8th in medalist.  Franke Johnson shot 200 and Morgan Oliver 201 for the runners up Tiger team.  Grace Edwards WMU tied for 16th medalist.



Mt. Pleasant High School had two teams compete in the Class 2A State Coed golf Tournament, Emily Cox and Jordon Phomsouvandara finished 30th shooting a 90 tying with the other Panther duo of Elle Schliesman and William Kinney who also shot 90.  A team from Waukee Paige Seiser and Parker Howe won with a 71 score.

A team from Clear Lake won the Class 1A Coed State Golf Title, 2 New London teams competed.  Emily Snelling and Dane Waldron of Clear Lake shot 68 to win the state title.  Finishing 4th was Emma Pry and Hagin Gillis of New London, they shot 81.  Jorgi Krieger and Tristan Kadel of New London shot an 86 to finish 19th.

Danville-New London boys soccer team fell 4-1 to Dyersville Beckman in the 1st round of the State Soccer Tournament in Des Moines.

Washington won the 4A girls golf state title with 698, Sarah Nacos medalist for Demons 155. Fairfield 5th 756


MPHS Girls Tennis Award winners were: Jessica Holtkamp (Captain), Afton Engberg (Most Improved Player). Meagan Woodard (Most Victorious Player), and Kiley Sourwine (Most Improved J.V. Player).


The Alumni Football game between Mt. Pleasant and Washington was called to a halt with 7 minutes left to play in the game because of a thunderstorm that entered the area, the second one of the night.  Mt. Pleasant was leading 17-0 at the time and will claim their 2nd win in the 2 game series.  Several thousand dollars was raised for the  University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

MPHS track and field alumni had a good day competing in the Senior All-Star Spotlight Track Meet in Dubuque.  Hannah Becker finished 2nd in the 400 meter hurdles, was 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles and was on the winning shuttle hurdle relay team.  Cole Phillips was named the outstanding boys performer for the meet after he won the 110 meter high hurdles, ran on the 2nd place shuttle hurdle relay and ran on the runner up 4×100 relay.  Spencer White finished 3rd in the 110 meter hurdles and Ben Canby finished 2nd in the discus with a toss of 173′ 10″.