SPORTS MAY 16, 2017

Written by John Kuhens on May 16, 2017

The MPHS girls golf team finished 2nd in the Southeast Conference Golf Tournament hosted by Fairfield on the Walton course.  Two time State Champion Washington won their 3rd consecutive conference team title shooting a 359 score, MPHS 2nd 384, Fairfield 3rd 416, Keokuk finished 4th at 485.  Sarah Nacos of Washington was medalist, Anni Liechty was runnerup medalist shooting 85 and Cali Liechty finished 4th in medalist play shooting 91.  Also for M.P. Keri Herr shot 100 and Tara Whittoff 107.

The MPHS boy’s tennis team won a preliminary team substate tournament match at Ft. Madison yesterday over the Bloodhounds by a 5-1 score.  Singles winners for MPHS were:  Ben Zihlman, Ethan Weber, Elijah Plooster, Corbin Broeker and Nick Sandeen.  Doubles matches weren’t played because M.P. had clinched the match already with singles wins.  Panthers advance to play at Fairfield Saturday May 20th against Maharishi.  Davenport Assumption will battle Pella in the other match.  Winners play in the State Team Quarterfinal one hour after the last substate match.

New London won the girl’s class 1A golf regional tournament they hosted yesterday.  The Tigers shot a 370 score, WMU was 2nd 425.  Both teams now advance onto the regional final Monday May 22nd at Keota.  Casy Noble of New London was Medalist shooting a 76, Jaden Streeter of New London was runnerup shooting a 93.  Low for WMU was Lexi Hartsock with a 97.

CLASS 2A REGIONAL PLAY:  Mediapolis finished 2nd at the regional played at Centerville.  The Bullettes shot a 398, the host school Centerville won with a 340.  Low for Mediapolis was Ruthie Jahn shooting an 86 which placed her third in medalist play.  Next Monday the finals of the regional will be played at Williamsburg.

The United States Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced the 2017 All-American and National All-Academic team awards for baseball and softball.  Iowa Wesleyan University had one individual receive All-American honors, and seventeen members earn National All-Academic honors. Award winners were announced at the USCAA Baseball and Softball National Championship banquet in Norfolk, Virginia.Caitlin O’Neill received USCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors for her play this season for the Iowa Wesleyan softball team.

Iowa Wesleyan University also had members of the baseball and softball teams earn National All-Academic honors, student-athletes from IW that received the honors.

Name Hometown   Class   Sport

Tanner Anderson   Vermillion, SD         Sr.       Baseball

Josh Brase    Riverside, IA Jr.        Baseball

Russell Culberton   Fresno, CA    So.      Baseball

Nick Fencl     Danville, IA   So.      Baseball

Travis Kostello         St. Louis, MO           Sr.       Baseball

Parker Leland          Parker, CO   So.      Baseball

Alex Payne   Nevada, MO            Jr.        Baseball

Michael Rojas          West Valley City, UT          So.      Baseball

Joseph Belarde        Fountain, CO           Jr.        Baseball

Austin Christian      Arlington, TX           Jr.        Baseball

Tyler Cooksey          Fairfield, IA  Jr.        Baseball

Julie Dodd    Rock Falls, IL            So.      Softball

Sheridan Gealow    Huxley, IA     Jr.        Softball

Samantha McIlwain          Boone, IA      Jr.        Softball

Caitlin O’Neill           Princeton, IA           Sr.       Softball

Skyler Rodgers        St. Louis, MO           Sr.       Softball

Kassie Vazquez       Ainsworth, IA          Sr.       Softball


The State Track and Field Championships for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association will be held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday thru Saturday this week.  Action on Thursday and Friday mornings begins at 9 am with the 1A and 4A teams followed in the afternoon and evening hours by the 2A and 3A teams.  Saturday all classes will compete beginning at 9 am.  KILJ-FM 105.5 and will bring you updates from the Blue Oval each day as we cover the athletes from area schools competing.