SPORTS JUNE 15, 2015

Written by John Kuhens on June 15, 2015

The Mt. Pleasant Panther baseball team swept a double header from Washington on the Demons home field Friday night 6-4 and 7-2.  Brady Anderson pitched the 1st win and Marcus Moothart the 2nd.  Cale Christner stroked 2 doubles in the 1st game and Zach Ebling had a 2 run homer in the nightcap.

The Alumni Football game between Mt. Pleasant and Washington was called to a halt with 7 minutes left to play in the game because of a thunderstorm that entered the area, the second one of the night.  Mt. Pleasant was leading 17-0 at the time and will claim their 2nd win in the 2 game series.  The Panther scoring started with 3:50 to play in the 1st quarter when Tyson Unrich ran in from 3 yards away, Marty Mertens kicked the point after and the Panther alums led 7-0.  The home team mounted another long drive just before halftime and were getting ready to attempt a 27 yard field goal when action was stopped because of a thunderstorm with 2 seconds left to play in the half.  After a 40 minute delay, play was resumed Marty Mertens kicked a 27 yard field goal to wrap up the 1st half action and then 2nd half play began.  Jacob Rohde scored the final TD on a 3 yard run and Mertens added another P.A.T.  Shortly after that mother nature took over and the action ended.  There’s a lot of sore muscles today, but all the players will say it was worth it.  Several thousand dollars was raised for the  University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, the players thank everyone for your generous and enthusiastic support.

MPHS track and field alumni had a good day Saturday competing in the Senior All-Star Spotlight Track Meet in Dubuque.  Hannah Becker finished 2nd in the 400 meter hurdles, was 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles and was on the winning shuttle hurdle relay team.  Cole Phillips was named the outstanding boys performer for the meet after he won the 110 meter high hurdles, ran on the 2nd place shuttle hurdle relay and ran on the runner up 4×100 relay.  Spencer White finished 3rd in the 110 meter hurdles and Ben Canby finished 2nd in the discus with a toss of 173′ 10″.

ON THE LOCAL SPORTS SCENE: MONDAY:  MPHS JV softball and baseball at Fairfield at noon POSTPONED.  Fairfield at MPHS varsity softball and baseball 5:30 p.m.  WEDNESDAY:  MPHS JV baseball at Ft. Madison 5:30 p.m.  MPHS JV and varsity softball at Wapello 6 p.m.  THURSDAY:  MPHS JV softball at baseball at Muscatine 10 a.m.  Keokuk at MPHS varsity softball and baseball 5:30 p.m.  1st baseball game will be on KILJ-FM 105.5 and kilj.com live.  FRIDAY:  MPHS JV softball and baseball at Keokuk 5:30 p.m.  SATURDAY:  MPHS baseball at Williamsburg Tournament vs Pella and host school.

Mt. Pleasant Panther 2015 boy’s Summer Basketball Camp registration is open for elementary thru high school boys.  The 1st 1 week camp will be held June 22nd thru June 25th and week 2 will be July 13th thru 16th.  Elementary camp is for 3rd thru 5th graders.  Middle School camp for 6th thru 8th and High School camp is for 9th thru 12th graders.  Camps will be conducted by Coach Paul Rundquist, and his staff.  If you have questions contact coach Rundquist for more details.