Written by John Kuhens on February 24, 2015

The Mt. Pleasant Panther boy’s basketball team had their season come to a close at the Hounddome in Ft. Madison last night in the 1st round of the Class 3A District tournament. The 5th ranked Bloodhounds held Mt. Pleasant to just 2 points in the 2nd half while they put up 23 in the 49-20 win. Mt. Pleasant used a slow down offense for the night, it worked well in the 1st half as they trailed by just at halftime, but the offense really slowed down in the 2nd half with just one basket scored by Kieran Kohorst who returned to the Panther lineup after suffering a hand injury 7 games ago, he led the M.P. scoring with 7 points. Miles Wentzien led Ft. Madison with 20 points, 14 of those coming in the 2nd half when the all stater took over the game and put Mt. Pleasant away. The Panthers end the year 7-15, while Ft. Madison advances to the district finals Thursday at 7 p.m. in Burlington to play Keokuk who beat Fairfield 63-35 in the opening game of the night. Johnny Dahl led the Chiefs with 25 points.


The Burlington Grayhounds boy’s basketball team went without a win in the regular season, but are now undefeated in the 2nd season after upsetting Ottumwa in the 1st round of the 4A Substate last night 71-61. Burlington will travel to Cedar Rapids Washington Friday night in the next round.


Boy’s tournament basketball continues tonight. The Class 1A District Semi final at Waco High School has #2 ranked Danville playing Van Buren at 6:30 p.m. followed by Holy Trinity Catholic playing Winfield Mt. Union. KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry both games live.

Class 2A District final action will take place at Mt. Pleasant Panther Gym tonight with West Burlington playing Highland, tipoff is at 7 p.m.


Burlington Notre Dame will return to the Girls State Basketball Tournament next week to defend the Class 1A title they won last year. The #1 ranked Nikes beat English Valleys 73-57 in Mt. Pleasants Panther Gym last night. Riley Killbride scored 33 points to lead the Nikes. Notre Dame 23-1 will play Central Lyon 18-6 in the opening round Monday at Wells Fargo Arena, they will play at 11:45 a.m. The rest of the field in 1A has: Colo-Nesco, Newell Fonda, Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton, Bedford, Fremont Mills and Springville.


Mt. Pleasant High School boys bowling team has qualified for the state tournament that is being held today at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines. Keokuk girls return to Des Moines to defend their state title they won last year. Mt. Pleasant had the highest pin total of all the district winners, they’ll be competing against CR. Xavier, Council Bluffs Lewis Central, Ft. Dodge, Sioux City North, Oelwein and Des Moines Hoover.

Yesterday L&M had their boys bowling team finish 5th in the class 1A State Bowling Tournament with a 2725 total. Camanche won with a 3122 score.


The Mt. Pleasant Middle School 7th grade girls basketball team ended their season Monday at Ft Madison

“A” game:  Mt Pleasant     37  (final record 9-3)

                  Ft Madison      16

MP scoring:  Lydia Stewart                12

                     Jessica Haukedahl         9

                     Serenity Keomanivong   8

“B” game:  MP   14   (12-0)

                  FM   8

MP scoring:  Hailey O’Donnell     4

                     Caroline Richtman  3

                     Ashley Elmore        3


The 8th grade boys of Mt. Pleasant Middle School closed out their season at home against Ft. Madison. The “A” team won 42-32, Rhett Zeglen scored 25 points and Grant Goody added 9. In the “B” game M.P. won 32-7, Riley McQuiggen scored 8 and Willie Banks 6.



The USCAA announced the teams for the 2015 National Tournament yesterday. The tournament takes place March 3-7 and is held in Uniontown, Pennsylvania at the campus of Penn State Fayette.


The women’s basketball team was selected as the 2 seed for the tournament and will take on 7 seed, Alfred St. out of New York. The Tigers head into the tournament ranked 3rd in USCAA in 3 point field goals and 1st in 3 point field goal percentage. Iowa Wesleyan will take on Alfred St. at 11:00 am on March 4th.The men’s basketball team earned a bid the to tournament as well. They picked up the 7 seed in the tournament and will face 2 seed Berea College out of Kentucky. The Tigers are ranked fifth in free throws made and second in free throw percentage in the USCAA. The men’s game is set for March 4th, at 3:00 pm.

 The Tiger men and women play at Eureka College tonight in SLIAC conference play, this is the last regular season game of the year, last Saturdays game with Principia College was postponed and so far hasn’t been rescheduled.


Southeastern Community College fell to Marshalltown in the Region XI basketball playoffs. The Blackhawks were led by Sam McDaniel with 21 points. SCC ends the year with a 23-8 record. The Soukup twins end their SCC careers with Steven scoring 8 points and Michael with 2 in last night’s loss.


The Keokuk Chiefs have hired a new head football coach, Matt McGhghy who graduated from Keokuk High School in 2000 and after playing college and professional football has coached the Keokuk freshman football team for the last 6 years. Doug Dodds has been the Chiefs coach for the last 6 years and has stepped down to spend more time with his family.