SPORTS JULY 20, 2015

Written by John Kuhens on July 19, 2015

SPORTS July 20, 2015

The Mt. Pleasant High School softball team begins their historic journey today into State Tournament action. It took 4 decades for the Panthers to get to the big show and they are determined to make the most of this experience. To say that M.P. is flying under the radar into the state tournament is an understatement. They finished the regular season with a losing record 17-19, finished 4th in the S.E. Conference race and finished with 1 all conference player Shelby Allender. Despite these lackluster statistics Mt. Pleasant is playing in the state championship series and hopes to show up on the radar after they finish playing their 3 games at state. In the 1stround today the 20-19 Panthers will battle 3rd ranked Winterset. A team that has a 30-11 record, is making their 8th appearance at state and has won the state title before. They are a young team with no seniors, 6 juniors, 3 sophomores, 6 freshman and 7 8th graders that make up the roster that coach Steve Corkrean will form his team with. The offensive leader of the Huskies is sophomore Macy Johnson, she bats .507 on the season, 1 of 7 Winterset batters to best the .300 mark. As a team they bat .344, have scored 265 runs, hit 69 doubles, 11 triples and 13 home runs. Their leading pitcher is junior Regan Thompson with an 18-5 mark her ERA is 1.41 while striking out 129 and walking 20, opponents bat .210 against her.

Now for the MPHS Panthers, their roster is made up of 3 seniors, 5 juniors, 6 sophomores, 3 freshman and 2 8thgraders. Freshman Jackie Fraise leads the team in hitting .400, the team batting average is .272. Panthers have scored 227 runs, have hit 67 doubles, 4 triples and 18 homeruns. Senior Shelby Allender has become the Panther pitching ace with a record of 13-5 and an ERA of 2.26. She has struck out 60 and walked 14, teams bat at a .266 clip against her.

KILJ-FM and will bring you the live action of the 1st ever Mt. Pleasant Panther State Softball experience airtime will be 11 a.m. #14 Fairfield 29-10 another Southeast Conference team is also in the Class 4A field and will open this afternoon at 3 p.m. against 9th ranked Dallas Center Grimes who is 26-13.


New London’s softball team is not flying under the radar, matter of fact they are the Class 1A team with a bullseye on their back. They are ranked #2 in the state, the highest ranked team entering the tournament field with a 30-2 record. Their two losses were to #2 ranked Class 2A Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and DeWitt Central a 4A team in the final regular season game. The Tigers have been to state 4 previous times and have finished 2ndtwice, including during their last appearance 2 years ago. Newell-Fonda is the 1st round opponent for New London, they are one of the smaller Class 1A schools with an average 9-12 enrollment of 150 students. They may be small but their sports teams through the years have been mighty in 8 man football, girls and boys basketball and softball. The Mustangs won the 2008 state title which was the 1st girl’s state title for the school.

New London is led in hitting by junior Morgan Christner at .525, 1 of 8 Tigers batting over .300. Morgan also is the Tiger pitcher and leads Class 1A in strikeouts with 373 and has k’d over a thousand opposing batters in her career. Her ERA is 0.87 and teams bat a pultry .131 against the hard throwing right hander. New London bats .373 as a team and has scored 218 runs, hit 68 doubles, 5 triples and 9 homeruns with the most memorable dinger being Jorgi Krieger’s 2 out walk off 2 run homer in the regional final win over Sigourney.

Newell-Fonda is led in hitting by junior Abby Smith with a .474 average, as a team they hit .354 have 66 doubles, 9 triples and 15 homeruns. Junior Jordon Wilkens is their top pitcher with a 14-8 record and 3.90 ERA, 77 strikeouts and 72 walks.

KILJ-FM 105.5 and will broadcast live all the Tigers action beginning tonight at 7 p.m.

Class 1A District final  baseball-Saturday night Van Buren beat Notre Dame 5-4 in 8 innings, Lone Tree edged Pekin 3-1.  Tuesday Lone Tree will play #2 ranked Van Buren at Fairfield  in the substate final with the winner going to state, 7 p.m. is game time.  Class 2A District baseball-Mediapolis beat #2 Wilton in a district final game at Durant.  Iowa City Regina beat West Burlington 8-6.  Mediapolis and Regina meet Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on the Iowa City West High School diamond, the winner goes to state.  Class 3A District final baseball tonight has Chariton playing at Oskaloosa against the Indians and #1 ranked Pella plays at Fairfield at 7 p.m.  The winners meet in a substate final Wednesday night at a sight to be determined.

Mt. Pleasant got eliminated from the Class 3A District baseball tournament Friday night when Chariton handed the Panthers a 3-2 defeat at Oskaloosa.  Chargers got on the board in the top of the 1st with a run added 1 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th.  The Panthers got a run in the 6th and 1 in the 7th, the game ended with the tying run at 2nd and winning run at 1st, Pat Canby laced a line drive that was snagged by the Chariton shortstop for the 3rd and final out.  M.P. only had 2 hits.  Brady Anderson suffered the loss on the mound going 6 2/3 innings before being relieved by Beau Parkevich.  Mt. Pleasant ends the year 17-17.


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


Sports shooting is coming to Southeastern Community College (SCC) this fall. The team will compete against other colleges across the state including the University of Iowa.

SCC sports shooting Assistant Coach, Brain McAtee, says former SCC alumnus, John Klopfenstein, saw the growing success of sports shooting programs at other colleges and encouraged SCC to add a sports shooting team to its repertoire. The top 10 athletes on the team will travel to competitions. Theteam is open to all male and female, full-time SCC students.  SCC sports shooting Head Coach, Tim Weaver is confident the Blackhawks will field a competitive team. The split-season runs August through November and March through May.


WMU vs. WACO Alumni Football Game…Friday July 31st, kickoff is at 8:00pm at WMU High School football field. Tickets are available for purchase from any player as well at Winfield City Hall. Presale tickets are $10.00 each and $5.00 from each presale ticket is given back to WMU.