SPORTS MAY 5, 2015Written by John Kuhens on May 5, 2015
It was a record setting day for the MPHS girls golf team yesterday when they shot their lowest team score ever a 348, to finish 2nd to Washington who had a 324 to win the 13 team Grayhound Invitational played on the Flint Hills Course in Burlington Monday. Sarah Nacos of Washington was medalist for the day with a 71. Haley Booton of Mt. Pleasant was 5th in medalist play shooting 78,Elle Schliesman was 10th with an 86 total. Cali Liechty shot 90, Emily Cox 94, Hailey Spence 909 and Keri Herr a 101.
Mt. Pleasant won the Brookhart-Crew Relays at Fairfield last night. Which division you ask? All of Them! They won the girl’s division with 166 points ahead of 2nd place Davis County who had 140. The boy’s division with 172 points ahead of Davis County who scored 135. And the combined team title with 312 points, ahead of Davis County who scored 275. 1st place finishes for the Panther girls: Ellie Conrad won the 1500 meter run in 5:05.6, Kelsi Phipps won the 100 meter hurdles in 14.58 and the 400 hurdles in 1:05.2. Katie Ensminger, Hannah Becker, Kelsi Phipps and Danielle Coffin won the 4×100 relay in 50.9, the 4×200 relay with Brianne Shelman, Makayla Lance, Katie Ensminger and Danielle Coffin finished 1st in 1:49.3, the 4×800 relay won in 9:55.37 with Natalie Ita, Taylor Murray, Laura Hult and Ellie Conrad. Panthers won the shuttle hurdle relay in 1:05.7 with Sidney Taylor, Hanna Hecker, Allison Buckert and Kelsi Phipps.
The MPHS boys 1st place finishers were: Ben Canby in the discus with a throw of 170’ 11”, Cole Phillips ran a personal best in the 100 meter dash going 10.81 and won the 110 high hurdles in 13.89 which set a new school record and the 200 meter dash in 22.14. Logan Murray won the 3200 meter run in 10:33.87, Spencer White won the 400 hurdles 58.83. M.P. won the shuttle hurdle relay with Brock Wilson, Keegan Rich, Jake Lowe and Spencer White running 1:00.30.
Keokuk defeated the MPHS girls in soccer 4-1, Shyla Hiler scored the Panther point. The match was shortened by 18 minutes because of bad weather.
Keokuk also defeated the MPHS boy’s soccer team 2-1 in the 2nd overtime.
Friday night the Iowa Wesleyan Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame and Athletic Awards Ceremony.
The football team was recognized as completing the first winning season in 20 years. The men’s golf team qualified for the USCAA National Tournament, a feat no other men’s golf team has accomplished in the history of Iowa Wesleyan. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams qualified for the USCAA National Tournament.
Men’s Basketball coach Alex Huisman was selected as the Co-Coach of the Year in the SLIAC. Karla Vietinghoff was named SLIAC Player of the Year for the second year in a row, something that has only been done by two other players in SLIAC history. Vietinghoff was also named USCAA First Team All American for the second year in a row. Chris Fowler earned USCAA Honorable Mention All-American.
Samantha Shepard also received a special award, given by the USCAA for community involvement and grades. Shepard was awarded the USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year for Softball. She will receive her award at the USACC National Tournament Banquet.
For the first time, Iowa Wesleyan recognized Male and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year Awards. The Female Scholar Athlete of the Year was awarded to Lauren Grubb. Grubb was a member of both the women’s basketball and women’s golf teams at IW. She had a cumulative GPA of 3.93.
The Male Scholar Athlete of the Year was awarded to Joe Lennon. Lennon is a member of the men’s basketball team. He is a Resident Assistant in McKibben Hall, a member of the Iowa Wesleyan Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a Student Ambassador, and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Lennon also had a cumulative GPA of 3.627.
The final awards of the evening was the Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year. The winner of the Female Student-Athlete of the Year was Karla Vietinghoff.
The Male Student-Athlete of the Year award was given to Jeff Burdett. Burdett is a junior on the baseball team.
The SLIAC has released the final Players of the Week for the 2015 season. Justin Katich of the Iowa Wesleyan baseball team was selected as the Diamond Sports/SLIAC Hitter of the Week for his play this past week.
Katich finished the season on a hot streak and helped the Tigers win four of their last five games. In the final week, Katich hit .750 with two homeruns and fifteen runs batted in. He was 9-12 in two games, including a perfect 7-7 with two home runs and nine RBIs against Robert Morris-Springfield. Katich finished the week with a 1.750 slugging percentage and had an on base percentage of .688.
ON THE LOCAL SPORTS SCENE TODAY: MPHS boys tennis hosts Keokuk, MPHS girls tennis at Keokuk, Mt. Pleasant Middle School boys track at Fairfield, MPHS girls soccer at Ft. Madison.