Written by John Kuhens on June 8, 2017

The 9th ranked Mt. Pleasant High School softball team defeated New London 9-1 in New London last night.  Cali Liechty threw a four hitter to get the win in the circle for M.P.  New London’s Sydni Cole took the loss.  Bailey Jonson was 3-5, Sarah Moffett and Chi Glaha were each 2-5 to lead Mt. Pleasant’s 10 hit attack.  New London’s 4 hits were spread over 4 different players.  Both teams are back in action tonight with Mt. Pleasant going to Washington and New London hosting Cardinal of Eldon.   OTHER AREA SOFTBALL SCORES:  Ft. Madison 12 Wapello 11, Centerville swept Central Lee 14-5 and 10-1.

The MPHS baseball team defeated L&M 8-3 at Maple Leaf Field in non-conference action.  Jordon Magnani  recorded the win on the mound, giving up 5 hits and striking out 5.  Zac Ebeling had 2 singles and scored twice to lead the Panther hitting.  Panthers tonight play two games at Washington.  OTHER AREA BASEBALL SCORES:  Iowa City High won two games over Burlington 8-2 and 10-0.  Mediapolis swept Ft. Madison 10-0 and 7-1.


When the Iowa Wesleyan University’s baseball team takes to the field in 2018, the Tigers will be under the guidance of a new head coach.

A new head coach, but a familiar face, especially to the local community.

Blake Beaber, a native of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, who served as the team’s assistant coach this past season, has been elevated to head coach.

Beaber joined Iowa Wesleyan last year as an admissions counselor in addition to his role as assistant baseball coach. Previously, he served as an assistant baseball coach for William Penn University and Carl Sandburg College.

Beaber is a graduate of Mount Pleasant Community High School where he helped lead the Panthers to four conference titles and two state tournament appearances.  He began his collegiate baseball career at Southeastern Community College. Beaber received his bachelor’s degree from Ashford University in 2013 and his master’s in business leadership from William Penn University in 2016. Beaber resides in Mount Pleasant with his wife, Amie.


Two KILJ area senior track athletes have been selected for the men’s Senior All-star Track team that will compete this weekend in Dubuque against high school seniors from Illinois and Wisconsin.  Logan Murray distance runner from Mt. Pleasant High School and Cornell Hulme sprinter and hurdler from Waco will be competing.  No area senior girls were selected to the women’s team this year.


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has relaxed fishing regulations at Geode State Park in Henry County as of June 6, to allow anglers to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated this summer.

Anglers with a valid fishing license will be allowed to harvest fish of all species by hook and line only. Any number of fishing poles or jug fishing will be allowed. Anglers must remain in sight of these lines at all times, and follow all other fishing regulations and area rules.

Liberalized fishing regulations for Lake Geode will be in effect from June 6 through December 31, 2017. Specific regulation changes include:

  • Removal of bag and length limit restrictions on largemouth bass.
  • Removal of bag limit on channel catfish.
  • Removal of bag limit on crappie and bluegill.

Lake Geode is one of the lakes in the state selected for lake restoration work designed to improve water quality because of the potential economic return for the investment. Poor water quality has impacted the fish population and affected all water based recreation at the lake.  Implementation of water quality improvement practices in the watershed are currently underway.

Largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, redear sunfish, and channel catfish will be restocked after the renovation.