Written by John Kuhens on July 2, 2016


Mt. Pleasant High School softball team played in the tournament in Iowa City on the Iowa Hawkeye Softball Complex Friday.  Panthers tangled with #11 ranked Class 5A Davenport West in the 1st game and fell 5-1.  Cali Liechty suffered the loss in the circle.  Panthers had only 2 hits, one of those a double by Jackie Fraise, Morgan Fraise had the RBI.

In the 2nd game M.P. rolled over 14th ranked Class 1A Lisbon 12-0, Bailey Johnson threw a 1 hitter to get the win.  Bailey also hit 2 homeruns and had 5 RBI’s, Anni Liechty had 2 hits and an RBI.

Today Mt. Pleasant 22-8 returns to the Iowa City Tournament and will play North Scott and Muscatine.

OTHER AREA SOFTBALL SCORES:  Wapello won the Southeast Iowa Super Conference softball title by winning two games on the road at two different sites.  Arrows won 10-4 over Highland and 17-5 over IMS.  Wapello ends up 14-1 in the conference and 23-8 overall.  Cardinal beat Columbus Community 6-1, #14 L&M beat Van Buren 10-0, Central Lee edged Danville 8-7.

MPHS baseball team played two games at Knoxville last night and won them both by 14-5 and 9-7 scores.  In the 1st game Colby Potts and Dalton Shull pitched the win.  M.P. had 9 hits led by Zach Ebling and Caleb Potts each with 2.  In the 2nd game Zach Beason made his 1st varsity start and pitched the win with relief help from Pat Canby.  Levi Parkevich, Cale Christner and Pat Canby had 2 hits each.  Mt. Pleasant will host Fairfield for two conference games Tuesday for their next action.  OTHER AREA BASEBALL SCORES:  West Burlington 7 Holy Trinity Catholic 1, Mediapolis 6 Pekin 1, Highland 2 WMU 0, Wapello 6 IMS 2, Notre Dame 6 New London 5, Van Buren 2 L&M 0.

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 of $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.

A new state law is now in place that outlines new precautions for student athletes during competitive “collision sports.” The new requirement applies to Iowa high schools that are hosting a varsity football game, a wrestling match or tournament or a soccer match for varsity boys and girls. The host school for those events is to arrange for a health care professional with training in sports medicine or emergency care to be on hand to identify concussions and assess other injuries. School districts can ask for a waiver of this new requirement, but have to prove extraordinary circumstances. The Legislative Services Agency estimates Iowa schools will spend anywhere from 150-thousand to as much as half a million dollars a year to meet this new requirement.