Written by John Kuhens on October 10, 2016


6th ranked class 1A Holy Trinity Catholic won the Mt. Pleasant volleyball Invitational Saturday in Panther Gym.  Holy Trinity defeated 12th ranked New London 25-14, 25-17 to win the title. Mt. Pleasant defeated Central Lee and Pekin and lost to New London and Holy Trinity.

The #2 ranked MPHS boys cross country team won the North Linn Invitational at Troy Mills Saturday with 78 points, #2 ranked Logan Murray in 1st place led 4 MPHS runners in the top 20.  Cody Mertens was 5th, Kyle Vanderham 18th, Ryan Hutchison 19th, Jonathan Ita 35th.

In the girl’s division team scores:

1st: Monticello 60 pts. (they are the defending state champions)

2nd: Solon: 124

14th: Mt. Pleasant 341

Individual Results:  12th: Abby Ryon 20:00 (PR)  7 seconds faster

64th: Delaney McDowell 21:59 (PR) 38 seconds faster

73rd: Kelsey Notestein 22:08 (PR) 25 seconds faster

94th: Taylor Murray 22:50

98th: Claire Holtkamp 23:11 (PR) 25  seconds faster

112th:Kendall Dascher 23:48 (PR) 28 seconds faster

122nd: Aurora Vansickel 25:20 (PR) 12 seconds faster

JV Results: 63rd: Liz Perry 25:14  This was her first race, she has been injured and had her knee rehabbed and she ran well for the first time.out.

72nd Abby Smith 25:48 Still bothered by back spasms.


The Panthers improved 2 places from last year in the team standings and worked hard against some very strong 2A teams and a couple of  good 3A teams.


St. Scholastica defeated the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers 45-7 Saturday on Evans Field.  Wesleyan is now 1 and 5 overall and 1-4 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.  Tigers go to Eureka next Saturday.


Iowa Wesleyan volleyball team dropped two matches at Webster University Saturday.  Tigers fell to Principia and Webster in 3 set sweeps in both matches.


Iowa Wesleyan women’s soccer team fell at home to principia 5-0, the Tiger men lost to Principia 3-2.

Mt. Pleasant fell to 8th ranked Solon on the Spartans home turf Friday night 26-0.  Mt. Pleasant hosts Fairfield this Friday, the Trojans won their homecoming 41-0 over Ft. Madison Friday night.

Solon won the freshman game over Mt. Pleasant 41-0.

The JV teams of Mt. Pleasant and Solon will meet Monday night at 6 p.m. on Evans Field.

Iowa Wesleyan was one of five St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  institutions to receive 2015-16 Easton/NFCA Division III All-Academic Team honors.  The Tigers also had several members placed on the Scholar-Athlete list.

The Iowa Wesleyan softball team finished in the top ten for the seventh time in program history since the list was created in 1999.  The Tigers moved up two spots this year after sitting at 12th the previous year.  IW recorded a cumulative grade point average of 3.509 to round out the top ten, while Fontbonne University was the highest of the SLIAC schools with a 3.662 to sit at second on the list.

The Tigers were also one of six SLIAC institutions to have individuals make the Scholar-Athlete list. Iowa Wesleyan and Fontbonne University led the SLIAC with ten individuals receiving honors.  The ten members for the Tigers included: Michaela Brewer, Naomi Dalton, Sheridan Gealow, Sara Gragg, Summer Johnson, Samantha McIlwain, Caitlin O’Neill, Skylar Rodgers, Kassie Vazquez, and Alli Willis.