SPORTS JULY 15, 2015

Written by John Kuhens on July 15, 2015

It finally has happened, the Mt. Pleasant high School girls softball team has qualified for the State summer Softball Championships in Ft. Dodge.  After many years of trying they succeeded at home last night in their Regional Championship battle against 8th ranked Davenport Assumption beating the Knights 3-1.  The Panthers are joined in the 4A field by Fairfield who beat North Scott 1-0 also on the Maple Leaf diamond as part of a Regional double header.  What won the game for Mt. Pleasant?  Teamwork, with solid pitching from  Shelby Allender who threw a 6 hitter, solid fielding with just 2 errors and solid hitting with M.P. getting 5 hits, 4 of them were doubles by Jackie Fraise, Shelby Allender, Sarah Moffett and Bailey Johnson.  Jackie Fraise, Morgan Fraise and Sarah Moffett all had RBI’s.  For the 2nd night in a row MPHS had to beat a ranked team with a much better record, Assumption was ranked 8th and had won 30 games.  Just like when they played 11th ranked Keokuk in the semis, the Panthers executed better as a team and will take a 20 win 19 loss record to the state tournament, teams had better forget the record and notice Mt. Pleasant has developed a winning attitude and that has turned them into a winner.  Mt. Pleasant will open the 4A State Tournament Monday at 11 a.m. against #3 ranked Winterset (30-11), KILJ-FM 105.5 .  A win would put M.P. in the semis on Thursday at 7 p.m.  A loss would put them in the consolation round to play at 9 a.m. Tuesday, KILJ-FM and will carry all Panther State Tournament games live.  OTHER TEAMS IN THE FIELD-Waverly-Shell Rock, Creston, Dallas Center Grimes, Fairfield, Ft. Dodge and Pella.

The Southeast Conference softball coaches have named the softball all conference teams.  MPHS 1st team selection Shelby Allender.  2nd team-Julie Lasswell, Allison Buckert, and Bailey Johnson.  Honorable mention-Jackie Fraise and Sarah Moffett.  The Southeast Conference MVP was Mackenzie McClure of Fairfield.  Academic All Conference Hattie Liechty, Jenna Stukerjurgen, Morgan Fraise.


The MPHS baseball team wrapped up the regular season hosting Burlington High School at Community Field yesterday.  Grayhounds beat the Panthers 9-1, Dalton Shull suffered the loss on the mound.  Mt. Pleasant’s bats could only get 3 hits, Austin Smith had 2 of them.  Coming up Friday night M.P. (17-16) will travel to Oskaloosa to play in the 1st round of the 3A baseball District against Chariton at 5 p.m.  KILJ-FM 105.5 and will broadcast live.  MPHS won the JV game 6-4.


There is an informational meeting for high school volleyball players tonight at 7;30 in the MPHS commons.  Meet new head coach Dave Streeter.


Class 1A District baseball scores:  Notre Dame 10 Holy Trinity Catholic 1, WMU 10 New London 8.  Notre Dame plays at WMU Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Cardinal of Eldon 5 Danville 2, Van Buren 22 Harmony 0.  Cardinal plays at Van Buren Thursday at 7 p.m.

CLASS 2A ISTRICTS-West Burlington 8 Central Lee 6, winners play Saturday at Mid Prairie 7 p.m.  Mediapolis beat Durant 1-0, Wilton 11 Wapello 1.  Winners play at Durant Saturday at 7 p.m.



Mikayla Foecke of Holy Trinity Catholic High School is now in Los Angeles at the ESPY”S Awards Show as a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards tonight. Mikayla was the Gatorade High School Volleyball Player of the Year which makes her eligible for the athlete of the year award.



The Mount Pleasant Park and Recreation Department is now taking registration for their Youth Summer Volleyball Camp for Girls in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade! This camp will gear you up for the upcoming season! You will learn the basic fundamentals along with fun!

The Mount Pleasant 8th Grade Volleyball Coach, Lisa Lowery will be instructing this camp for the week! If you have any questions please stop in our office or call Ashley at 319-385-1475.


Registration: July 14-August 3

Camp Dates: August 3-6

Camp Time: 9:00-10:30 AM

Camp Location: Mount Pleasant Middle School (414 N Adam St)

Fee: $20 Residents or $25 Non-residents


This week at the Henry County Fair has a couple of events you won’t want to miss.  The always popular Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. in front of the grandstand Saturday night July 18thCommunity 1st Credit Union will sponsor an IFPA sanctioned truck and tractor pull in front of the grandstand at 4 p.m. Sunday July 19th.