Written by John Kuhens on October 14, 2016


The Southeast Conference Cross Country meet was held at Fairfield Thursday.  The Mt. Pleasant varsity girls were third with 60 points.  Fort Madison was the girls champion with 27 points.  Second place was Fairfield with 55 points.  Washington was 4th with 72 points. Sierra Howardson of Ft. Madison won individual honors in a time of 18:31.

Individual Panther Results:

5th  Abby Ryon 19:40  (first time in the 19’s)

11th   Kelsey Notestein

12th  Delaney McDowell

14th  Taylor Murray

17th   Claire Holtkamp

24th  Kendall Dascher

25th  Aurora Vansickel

MPHS girl’s JV results: 9th Liz Perry,  16th  Abby Smith

The #3 ranked MPHS boys’ cross country team won the Souhteast Conference title once again.  The Panthers just missed a perfect score when they ended up with a 16 score, one off of perfect.  #1 ranked Logan Murray led the Panthers to the championship finishing 1st in a time of 15:48, Cody Mertens was 2nd 16:06, Kyle Vanderham 3rd, Ryan Hutchison 4th and Jonathan Ita 6th, Dalton Krum was 7th and Ben Zihlman 12th.

JV boy’s results had Mt. Pleasant dominate also putting up a score of 16.

1st in a time of 18:28 Dalton Moyle, other Panther finishes:

2nd Alec Gardner, 3rd Jacob Alanis, 4th Jacob Holtkamp and 6th Joey Holtkamp

The MP Middle School Cross Country teams competed in the Conference meet held at Waterworks Park in Fairfield.  Although no team scores were kept, the teams had a super finish to their season!  The girls were led by Crisitna Carthey’s 5th place finish in 13:30, followed by Kenna Lamm(11), Anna Ostby(13), Jessi Andrew(19), and Marie Sitar(20).

The Boys were led by Drake Snavely’s 11th place finish in 12:39 for the 2 mile course.  The rest of the top 5 consisted of Nathan McWilliams(19), Heath Brooks(22), Logan Lee(28), and Luke Ryon(44).


Mt. Pleasant hosts Fairfield tonight in Class 3A District-5 football action on Evans Field.  Neither team is in the running for post season playoffs any longer, so both will be playing for pride the next two weeks.  Fairfield is 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the district, they are coming off a homecoming victory last week over Ft. Madison  41-0, the Trojans defeated M.P. last year 43-33 also on Evans Field.  Mt. Pleasant is 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the district, they fell at #7 Solon last week 26-0.  Both teams depend heavily on one player for their offensive production.  Senior quarterback for Fairfield, Cam Baumann has thrown for 622 yards and has rushed for another 891 yards, he is their punter and leads their scoring with 84 points.  Baumann also is 4th on the team in tackles.  Mt. Pleasant hangs their hat on Pat Canby he has rushed for 681 yards and has caught 14 passes for 140 yards, leads the scoring with 68 points, 3rd on the team in tackles and shares the punting chores.  It looks like the team that will win tonight will be the one that can get the best supporting cast to assist their stars.  The freshman teams of the two schools will play at 5 p.m.  KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the varsity game live with the pre-game show beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Kickoff is at 7:30, the Shawn Striegel post game show airs at 11 p.m.



Keokuk at Fort Madison (Super-Bowl of Lee County)

Solon at West Burlington (Solon is in the playoffs, Falcon coach stepping down)

Washington at Oskaloosa (winner likely makes the playoffs)

Mediapolis at Camanche (Camanche is winless, Mepo 1 win)

Central Lee at Centerville (winner likely into playoffs)

Highland at Louisa-Muscatine

#1 Regina, Iowa City at Columbus Community

Sigourney-Keota at Wapello

Van Buren-Harmony Community at Wilton

Cardinal, Eldon at Montezuma

Lynnville-Sully wins by forfeit over Danville and clinches a playoff spot

North Mahaska at Winfield-Mt. Union

Pekin at New London (During half time they will hold a ground breaking ceremony to commemorate the construction of their new track and field complex) (winner likely goes to playoffs)

Lone Tree at Iowa Valley

WACO, Wayland at Easton Valley

Burlington at Prairie, Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, Kennedy at Ottumwa (Ottumwa winless)