SPORTS JUNE 11, 2015

Written by John Kuhens on June 11, 2015

Two strong high school softball teams, Mt. Pleasant and New London High School  were having quite a battle on the Maple Leaf diamond last night, but it was Mother Nature who proved to be stronger.  With 1 out in the top of the 6th inning and New London leading 3-0, lightning started flashing in the distance and the game was suspended before the winds and rain came.  The two teams will finish the game later this month as they are scheduled to meet again in New London June 24th.  That night a JV game will be played at 5:30 p.m. then the suspended varsity game will be finished, then another varsity game will be played.  New London scored 1 of their runs in the 3rd inning and added 2 more in the top of the 6th.  Breanna Metler and Emily Parks each had 2 hits.  M.P. had just 1 hit by Shelby Allender, 10 Panther batters struck out against Tiger pitcher Morgan Christner.  Bailey Johnson pitched for the Panthers giving up 3 runs off 8 hits, struck out 2 and walked none.  The Panthers were making a pitching change just as the weather hit.  KILJ-FM 105.5 and will broadcast the June 24th action live.  In the JV game M.P. won 6-1.  Tonight MPHS plays a varsity double header in the conference at Washington, 5:30 p.m. is game time.


The MPHS JV and varsity baseball teams hosted Burlington Notre Dame.  M.P. won the JV game 9-4.  In the varsity game MPHS was leading 4-0 in the bottom of the 2nd inning when the game was suspended because of lightning.  Austin Smith and Pat Canby each had 2 run singles for the Panthers.  It’s doubtful  the game will be completed.  Tonight MPHS travels to Washington for a Southeast Conference double header, KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the 1st game live at 5:30 p.m.


The Mount Pleasant Trap Team traveled to the Cedar Falls Gun Club, home of the Iowa State Trap Association, for the Iowa State Scholastic Clay Target Program and the State High School Championship. The Mount Pleasant Panther Trap Team came away with three individuals bringing home four medals. In the SCTP Ladies’ Rookie Division, 5th grader Jenna Smith captured the State Championship with a score of 75 out of 100 targets shot. She also took home 4th place in SCTP Ladies’ Rookie League Championship. 8th grader Traden Barton captured 2nd place in the SCTP Ladies’ Intermediate Entry Championship with 80 out of 100 targets shot. In the Ladies’ State High School Championship, Alyssa Smith of Mount Pleasant shot 92 out of 100 targets to end in a four way tie for 4th place. Smith took home a 5th place medal after a shoot off.

Additional top fifteen finishes were won by: Aaron Bodenham, Kinsey Bruggemeyer, Brier Klossing, Katelyn Gardnery, Jacob Moutrie , Alyssa Smith and Ashley Hummell . In SCTP Squad competition, Intermediate Entry Squad 2 of Braden Denning, Ryan Borders, Traden Barton, Jacob Moutrie and Zach Venghaus finished 4th after a shoot off, Intermediate Entry Squad 3 of Gabe Leichty, Will Francy, Abraham Wilson, Katelyn Gardner and Tyler Raub finished 11th, Intermediate Entry Squad 1 of Izaak Lance, Levi Mills Brier Klossing, Tristan Scovel and Jacob Simmons finished 12th and Intermediate Advanced Squad 1 of Clayton Loving, James Kinney, Aaron Bodenham, Larry Heitmeier and Nate Wallace 4th.





THURSDAY:  MPHS baseball at Washington KILJ-FM and will broadcast the 1st game at 5:30 p.m.  MPHS softball at Washington, Washington at MPHS JV softball and baseball.  FRIDAY:  Davenport North at MPHS JV baseball.  SATURDAY:  Washington vs MPHS Alumni Football game 6 p.m.




On Saturday, June 13, the 2nd Alumni Football Game between Mt. Pleasant and Washington High School Alumni will be held on Evans Field at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex to benefit University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

The event is organized by Alumni Football USA, and will consist of a full contact  football game, as well as various fundraising activities. The majority of event fundraising

comes from the presale of tickets, which are available at Browns Shoe Fit,

HyVee Food Store, Anywhere Apparel, and Press Box Grill and Bar, Z’s Quick Break and Pep Stop all located in Mt.Pleasant. For more information about the Alumni Football Game, please contact Nick Capaldo at (319)7951437.