SPORTS JUNE 27, 2016

Written by John Kuhens on June 27, 2016

FROM THE IRIS BOWLING CENTER AND SPLITZ LOUNGE SPORTS DESK.

AREA BASEBALL ACTION TONIGHT:  The Mt. Pleasant Panthers are hosting Ottumwa in non-conference JV and varsity action, JV game begins at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity to follow. The MPHS baseball team played in a tournament in Waterloo Friday.  They played Corydon Wayne in the 1st game, Panthers won 4-2.  Panthers lost to Davenport North in the 2nd game 5-2.

Burlington at Pleasant Valley, Mediapolis at West Burlington, Fairfield at Ft. Madison, Highland at Danville, Holy Trinity Catholic at Columbus Community, IMS at Central Lee, L&M at WMU, Pekin at Van Buren, Wapello at New London, Washington at Keokuk.

Mt. Pleasant and Burlington split a softball double header at Maple Leaf Field  Friday night.  M.P. won 8-7 and Burlington won 11-6.  A highlight of the twin bill was Bailey Johnson of Mt. Pleasant hit 3 homeruns on the night giving here 10 for the season which ties the school record set in 1982 by Jody Wettach.

The Mt. Pleasant High School JV softball team hosted a tournament Saturday at East Lake Park and won the event going a perfect 3-0.

AREA SOFTBALL ACTION TONIGHT:  Washington at Keokuk, Pleasant Valley at Burlington, Mediapolis at West Burlington, Fairfield at Ft. Madison, Highland at Danville, IMS at Central Lee, L&M at WMU, Pekin at Van Buren, Wapello at New London.

The IGHSAU has released their latest rankings of girls’ softball teams.  Mt. Pleasant moved up two spots in the Class 4A poll to #9.  Fairfield is ranked 8th and Keokuk is 7th,  In Class 1A New London is ranked 6thdropping from 5th last week.  L&M remains ranked 14th in the 2A poll.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has announced the District and Substate field for the Mt. Pleasant Panther baseball team.  Mt. Pleasant is in District 10 with Fairfield, Ft. Madison and Keokuk.  District 9 will have Clear Creek Amana, Solon, Washington and Mt. Vernon. The winners coming out of the District competition will meet in the Substate with the winner advancing onto the State Tournament.

Iowa Wesleyan University teacher and advisor Valerie Unkrich recently received the highest award presented by the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  Unkrich has been a member of the association since 1975.  She was presented with the Honor Award at the annual convention held in Indianola. To qualify for the award a recipient must be a member of the association, have at least 10 years of professional involvement, show distinctive leadership and distinguished and meritorious service. Unkrich has been teaching at the college level at IWU, before that Unkrich taught at the elementary, middle school and high school level and also has worked as a private exercise coach.