Written by John Kuhens on January 10, 2015

The Mt. Pleasant varsity girls basketball team continues to build steam as they move through the middle part of their season. Friday night MPHS won their 5th straight game by crushing rival Washington in Panther Gym 73-39. M.P. jumped out to a 27-11 1st quarter lead and never looked back. Hannah Becker scored 17 points, Kelsi Phipps addd 16 and Kalynn Batey added 14.

In the JV game Washington won 33-25, Mt. Pleasant won the fresh-soph game 29-25.

OTHER AREA GIRLS GAMES: Burlington Notre Dame 92-37, Davenport North 64 Burlington 44, Columbus Community 50 Waco 38, Cardinal 54 West Burlington 33, Central Lee 50 Holy Trinity 44, Danville 57 Harmony 33, Wapello 33 L&M 25.


A very lackluster 1st half of basketball cost the Mt. Pleasant Panther boys varsity team a win at Washington Friday night. The Demons led 11-6 at the end of the 1st quarter and 24-13 at halftime. In the 2nd half M.P. played better defense and handled the ball better and that allowed them to pull within 3 points of the Demons late in the game but it turned out to be too deep of a hole for the Panthers to dig out of. Brady Sartorius led the scoring with 15 points, Kieran Kohorst had 13 and Jordon Magnani 10. Today the Panthers travel to Central Lee to play the Hawks in JV and varsity action, game time for the JV game has been moved up to a 2:00 p.m. start followed by the varsity game.  KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the varsity game beginning at 3:30 p.m. Central Lee fell to Holy Trinity Catholic last night 55-37.

Mt. Pleasant won the freshman game at Washington 67-47 led by Jake Lowe with 16 points. In the JV contest M.P. won 63-45, Maison Ashton had 15 points.

OTHER AREA BOYS SCORES: Notre Dame 69 New London 58, Davenport North 64 Burlington 46, Danville 83 Harmony 24, Van Buren 82 Maharishi 21, Waco 50 Columbus Community 45, L&M 49 Wapello 16, Ft. Madison 83 Fairfield 45. 


Colten Mertens who wrestles at 126 pounds for the Mt. Pleasant panther wrestling team is ranked #8 at 126 pounds in the class 3A ranking released by predicament magazine.


The Iowa Wesleyan women and men play basketball at Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. This afternoon. The women’s game is a battle for 1st place in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic conference.

KILJ-AM 1130 brings you Iowa State men’s basketball tonight. The Cyclones play West Virginia beginning at 6:30 p.m.


The Mt. Pleasant versus Solon girls basketball games that were to be played this past Monday have been rescheduled for Monday January 26th.  Fresh-Soph game begins at 4:30, followed by the JV and Varsity games. KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the varsity game beginning at 7:30 p.m.