Written by John Kuhens on March 14, 2018

The MPHS boy’s track team ran in the Iowa State Indoor track meet Tuesday night.

60 Meter Hurdles

Cole Burns                           15th    8.93

Chase Lamm                        10th   8.8

60 Meter Dash

Khang Truong                     39th   7.59

Rylan Seberg                       51th   7.66

3200 meter run

Cody Mertens                     9th      10:01.97

Medley  Relay                               10th    3:46.21

Cole Burns

Chase Lamm

Rylan Seberg

Kyle Vanderham



The Mt Pleasant 8th grade boy’s tournament basketball team had a very successful tournament season, taking home a medal in all tournaments they competed in.

March 10th the team played in a state regional tournament in Pella placing second to Newton. That finish qualified them for the state tournament in Des Moines on April 7, 2018. In Des Moines the champions and runners up from the North and South regions will meet to battle for the state title. The winner will represent Iowa in a six state Midwest Regional match in Minneapolis, MN where there will be teams from North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Iowa.

Players on the team are:

Sam Jerrel, Isaac Jerrel, Dewan Trent, Dillan Hagans, Reece Kempker, Colton Hutson, Dalton Church, Tyler Jalas, and Josh Mueller. Coaches are Terry Jerrel and Assistant Coach Jerome Trent.






In the tournament Monday night, the Drake Bulldog men won 80-73 at Abilene Christian.  The Bulldogs will play a second-round CIT game against an opponent to be determined and a date to be announced.

The men’s NCAA basketball tournament got started last night in Dayton, Ohio.  Radford beat LIU Brooklyn 71-61 and St. Bonaventure beat UCLA 65-58.  Tonight North Carolina Central plays Texas Southern and Arizona St. will play Syracuse in Dayton, Ohio.


As the ice has gone out of the lakes, the catfish are biting now.  Channel catfish move close to shore and are eager to bite in many lakes and the large reservoirs across Iowa. After eating light during the winter, channel catfish go on a feeding frenzy in early spring cleaning up small fish that died over the winter.

When the ice goes off, a winter’s worth of dead forage fish drift into shallow water for channel catfish to devour. Search for actively feeding fish on the windblown shorelines and points where dead fish are piled up and the shallow water warms quickly. Keep the wind in your face and try different locations until you find actively feeding fish.

Ice out catfishing can be good in any lake that has an abundant catfish population.  Iowa’s flood control reservoirs, Rathbun, Red Rock, Coralville and Saylorville usually offer the best action. Try catfishing in Storm Lake, East Okoboji, Clear Lake or Black Hawk Lake in northwest Iowa soon after the ice is gone.  Small impoundments in southern Iowa, like Greenfield City Reservoir, Big Creek, Lake Darling, Green Valley or Lake Icaria, also offer good early spring catfishing.