SPORTS JULY 13, 2016

Written by John Kuhens on July 13, 2016


If do overs were possible, the 10th ranked Mt. Pleasant High School softball team would like to do over the 1st two innings of their Regional Final 6-0 loss at 6th ranked Oskaloosa last night against the Indians.  The Panther girls seemed to be very nervous going into the game, they allowed two runs in each of the 1st two innings and were plagued by inconsistent hitting, fielding and pitching.  Oskaloosa scored their 6 runs off 7 hits and had 1 error.  M.P. went scoreless off 4 hits and committed 5 errors.  Cali Liechty suffered the loss in the circle, Kaley White was 2-3 at the plate to lead Mt. Pleasant.  Oskaloosa 27-7 goes onto state to play against Perry who is 24-12, that game will be Tuesday July 19th at 7:30 p.m.  Mt. Pleasant ends the year 28-10 and will have a good nucleus of players returning next year.  They will have to replace seniors Samantha Zeleny, Morgan Fraise, Julie Lasswell and Kaley White.

Fairfield will be returning to the State Softball Championships next week, they beat 8th ranked Keokuk 3-2 on the Chiefs home field, the 9th ranked Trojans will open on Tuesday July 19th against Creston 24-11 at 5:30 p.m.


New London found out their opponent for the opening round of the State Softball Championships at Ft. Dodge.  The 5th ranked 24-10 Tigers will play 9th ranked 28-13 Newell-Fonda Monday July 18th at 1:30 p.m.  New London played Newell-Fonda in the opening game of the 2015 tournament and won 9-1.  If the Tigers win Monday they would play in the semi finals Thursday at 3 p.m. against the  winner of the Akron-Westfield vs West Harrison 1st round game.  A Monday loss by the Tigers would mean 2 consolation games on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  The Championship for Class 1A will be played Friday at 5 p.m., the consolation game would be at 3:30 p.m. Friday.  KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry all the New London games at State.


Class 1A District baseball action got started last night with New London and Highland hosting two 1st round games.  At New London-Notre Dame edged Keota 3-1 in the 5 p.m. game and New London edged Danville 2-1 in the nightcap.  At Highland, Lone Tree beat WMU 5-3 in the 5 p.m. game and Highland won 12-2 over Holy Trinity Catholic in the 2nd game.  Thursday’s pairings for a double header at Highland will have New London playing Notre Dame at 5 p.m.  KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry that game live.  The 2nd game has Highland playing Lone Tree.

Class 2A District games were played last night also.  Mediapolis was the site for a double header.  At 5 p.m. Van Buren beat Central Lee 2-0, the 2nd game saw Mediapolis down Wapello 6-3.  Saturday night Mediapolis will host the District Championship game between the Bulldogs and Van Buren at 7 p.m.


The Major League Baseball All-Star game was played in San Diego last night.  The American league won 4-2 over the National.  That means the American League will have the home team advantage in the 2016 World Series.



M.P. Panther baseball team opens the tournament trail on Friday July 15th at 5 p.m. when they play Keokuk in the 1st game of a double header at Fairfield.  Ft. Madison will play 9th ranked Fairfield in the 2nd game of the tournament double header on the Trojans field.  The winner from Friday will meet Monday July 18th at 7 p.m. in Fairfield.  The winner of that game will be the District #10 champion and play the District #9 champion at Washington on July 20th at 7 p.m.  District #9 pairings on July 15th has at 5 p.m. Mt. Vernon playing Clear Creek-Amana, followed by Washington playing the host school Solon.  The winners meet on July 18th at Solon and that winner goes to Washington on the 20th.


Alijah Beatty, 17 of Washington, a senior at IMS recently completed 4 weeks of intense racing on her bicycle. Beginning with an attempt to qualify for Jr. Track Worlds in Trexlertown, PA, coming up short by one position. She continued racing at the Tour of American Dairyland in WI in 2 professional criterium’s.  She then traveled to Louisville, KY for Jr. Nationals Road Championship and recieved the silver medal in the road race. The highlight of the last few weeks would have to be her performance at Le Tour la relive internationale de Rimouski. This 5 stage race in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada and is the premier jr. women’s race in North American. She raced on a composite Canadian team composed of 4 American women ages 17-18. She won 2 stages, the criterium and road race, place 2nd in the individual time trail and her team placed 3rd in the team time trial. She held the green sprinters jersey until the final day of competition.

At the end of July she will travel back to Trexlertown, PA and will race several events at Jr. Track Nationals. She also has been invited to attend a USA Cycling jr. Women’s Talent ID Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO in August.

The Holy Trinity Catholic Athletic Board Golf Outing is coming up July 22nd at the Sheaffer Memorial Golf Course rural Ft. Madison.  This is a 4 person best shot, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.  Cost is $75 per golfer or $300 for a team of four. Entry covers green fees, cart, beverages, & dinner after golf.  Many cash raffles will be held.  Contact Loren Menke at 319-759-3022 or go to  Proceeds of the tournament benefit Holy Trinity Athletics.