Written by John Kuhens on October 12, 2015

Iowa Wesleyan played at College of Saint Scholastica for Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action Saturday and lost 41-7.  The Saints are in first place in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference standings.

The Tigers lone score came late in the fourth quarter on when Alex Payne connected with Tylor Hoyle a senior wide receiver from Mt. Pleasant for an 8 yard touchdown reception. Iowa Wesleyan’s next game will be Saturday, The Tigers will host Eureka College at 1:00 p.m. on Evans Field at Maple Leaf Complex ibn Mt. Pleasant.

Iowa Beat Illinois 29-20
Texas Tech won over Iowa State 66-31
North Dakota State beat Northern Iowa 31-28

Mt. Pleasant played a full 48 minutes of football against Fairfield Friday night in the Panther homecoming game, the outcome was not decided until the final minute and the Trojans hung on for a 43-33 ten point win.  M.P. did not have a strong start in the game, Fairfield kicked off to them and on the 1st pass that Panther quarterback Joe Hess threw was picked off and returned for a score.  Trojans missed the PAT and led 6-0 13 seconds into the game.  Panthers came right back with Pat Canby catching an 8 yard td pass from Hess and Korte Maddy added the PAT to give the home team the lead.  That only lasted :22 as Fairfield scored on a long run to grab the lead, that didn’t last long MPHS hit a 53 yard scoring pass to Jack Davis, Maddy added the point after and Panthers led 14-13.  That didn’t last long as the Trojans scored again and led 19-14 after the 1st quarter.  They increased the lead to 26-14 at half, and M.P. could never get it back but kept the pressure on the rest of the game with Pat Canby catching a 56 yard pass and got in the end zone on a 9 yard run.  DShundric Foster scored the last Panther touchdown on a 42 yard pass.  Mt. Pleasant’s offensive stats were better.  84 yards rushing led by Pat Canby with 65.  306 yards passing, Joe Hess was 20 of 40 with 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.  Canby also led the receiving department with 8 catches for 138 yards.  Panthers did also have 2 fumbles lost and 11 penalties for 90 yards that hampered their effort.  The record is now o-7 overall and 0-4 in the district.  Next game is at Washington, the Demons destroyed Keokuk 50-7 Friday night.

Mt. Pleasant won the freshman game 28-8 to improve their record to 5-2, scoring touchdowns were:  Avonte Henle 2, Tucker Johnson and Tanner Box each had 1.  Johnson had 2 interceptions one returned for his score.  Leading tacklers were:  Bryce Anderson, Chase Lamm, Clayton Loving, Hunter Faul and James DeMeyer.

Mt. Pleasant hosted a volleyball tournament Saturday, Panthers finished 2nd to 11th ranked Class 1A New London.

In the 1st match….Mount Pleasant defeated Burlington Notre Dame 2-1, 2nd match they swept Central Lee, then they won over conference foe Keokuk 2-0 then lost to the New London Tigers in the championship match 25-16, 25-21.  The Panthers next action will be at home tomorrow when they host Ft. Madison.

College volleyball Saturday saw Iowa Wesleyan swept Blackburn 3-0 in college volleyball


CROSS COUNTRY:  MPHS girls were 16th at the North Linn cross country meet at Troy Mills, they had a score of 413.  Monticello won the team title with 68.  Taylor Murray was 40th for the best individual finish in 21:10.  Madison Bach of Marion was the individual winner in 18:50.
Logan Murray of MPHS was the individual champ in the boy’s rave in 16:08, the Panther team was 2nd with 91 points, Monticello was the team winner with 69 points.

LOCAL SPORTS ACTIVITIES:  MONDAY-Mt. Pleasant Middle School 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams play Ottumwa, 7th grade at home and 8th grade on the road.  MPHS freshman volleyball team plays at Fairfield against the Trojans, Mediapolis and Davis County.  MPHS JV football team plays at Fairfield.  TUESDAY:  Mt. Pleasant 7th and 8th grade football teams play Ft. Madison 7th graders at home and 8th graders on the road.  MPHS volleyball at Ft. Madison.  THURSDAY:  MPHS and Middle

School girls and boys cross country at Washington.  FRIDAY:  MPHS freshman and varsity football at Washington.


To commemorate the 40th year of “The Road to the Dome,” the IHSAA will begin a 40-day countdown to the 2015 state championships. Starting Saturday, October 10, the IHSAA will post daily trivia questions and fun facts reflecting the championship achievements of teams, coaches, players, and officials. In addition, video highlights from selected championship games will also be posted.

Fans can test their knowledge with the trivia questions on the IHSAA Facebook page which will be posted by 10:30 a.m. each day with the answers being revealed by 2:30 p.m.