Written by John Kuhens on October 2, 2015

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has announced the Regional Volleyball pairings.  In class 4A Mt. Pleasant will open at home against Keokuk on 10/26/15 at 7 p.m.  The winner plays Ft. Madison on the Bloodhounds court on 10/29/15 in the semi finals.  The finals are at Washington on 11/3/15.  The teams in the other bracket are Clear Creek-Amana, Marion and Washington.
In class 1A defending state champion Holy Trinity Catholic opens at home against Harmony on 10/20/15, the winner plays Moulton-Udel at Holy Trinity 10/27/15.  The semi finals are in Bloomfield and the championship at Ft. Madison 11/4/15.  New London is in the same regional and opens at home against Maharishi on 10/20/15.  The winner plays Sigourney or Tri County at New London on 10/27/15.  The semi finals are at Sigourney on 10/30/15.  The final 11/4/15 at Ft. Madsion.  Winfield Mt. Union plays at Notre Dame on 10/20/15, English Valleys is at Waco that night.  The 2nd round action is at Notre Dame on 10/27/15, semi final action is at Tiffin on 10/30/15 and the finals at Maquoketa on 11/4/15.  Other teams in that region are Marquette Catholic, Easton Valley, Midland-Wyoming and Clinton Prince of Peace.
Class 3A has Mid Prairie at Mediapolis on 10/26/15.  The winner plays in the semis at West Liberty on 10/29/15.  The finals at Central Lee on 11/3/15.


AREA VOLLEYBALL SCORES:  Mediapolis beat Winfield Mt. Union 25-7, 25-11 and 25-15.  #11 New London swept Central Lee 25-8, 25-10, 25-12.  Danville 3-0 winner over Harmony, Wapello beat Highland 3-1.

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union volleyball rankings this week has Holy Trinity Catholic ranked #4 in class 1A, New London is ranked 11th.

The Winfield Mt. Union Cross Country Invitational Thursday showcased some excellent area runners.  The girl’s division was won by Mediapolis with a 25 score, Danville-New London was 3rd, the host school WMU was 5th.  Emma Gordon of Mediapolis was the individual winner in 20:17.  The boy’s class was won by Wapello with 43 points, Mediapolis was 2nd, WMU 3rd, Danville-New London 7th and Waco 11th.  Josh Keller of Columbus Community picked up his 5th straight individual win in a time of 16:28, Gavin Bencze of WMU was 2nd in 16:55.

In the latest individual rankings of high school cross country runners, Mt. Pleasant High School has two runners ranked in class 3A boys.  Logan Murray is ranked #2 and Adam Bodenham is ranked 30th.


The 7th grade girl’s volleyball team hosted Aldo Leopold on Thursday October 1.  Results are as follows:

A team  Lost 2-1

Serving stats:

Ryann Davidison  12/12  7 aces

Grace Scheetz  7/7  2 aces


B team  Lost 2-0

Serving stats:

Kionna Parrish  6/8  1 ace

Makenna Schinstock  5/5  1 ace

Maddie Milks  5/7  1 ace


C Team  Won 2-0

Jordan Aplara  12/13  10 aces

Cristina Carthey  7/8  3 aces

Desiree Leonardo  8/8  4 aces



Mt. Pleasant 8th grade volleyball team played at Aldo Leopold in Burlington Thursday.

“A” match:  Mt Pleasant     21   21   (record 3-3)

Aldo Leopold    11   17

MP serving stats:  Maggie Cristoforo     10-11  (9 points)

Reece Barton             8-9     (6)

“B” match:  MP   21   21   (4-0-2)

AL      5   14

MP SV stats:  Sierra Barton          16-16  (14)

Kenna Smith            8-8     (6)

“C” match:  MP   18   21   (1-4-1)

AL    21   13

MP SV stats:  Bailey Andrew     5-6  (5)

Emma Jones       5-5  (4)


The Mt. Pleasant Panther football team is looking for their first win of the season when they play their 6th game of the season against the Clear Creek-Amana Clippers at Burns Field in Tiffin.  The Panthers last year fell 44-6 to the Clippers who have a record of 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the district. The Clippers last week beat Keokuk 17-10. Coach Shawn Striegel hopes his M.P. team can cut down on mistakes and show their true talents on offense, while playing some tough hard nose football on defense to stop the Clear Creek team that loves to run the football.  The running of Drake Brezina and Aaron Akers has produced over 600 yards of yards and 5 touchdowns.  Clear Creek has not thrown a touchdown pass this season and has 6 interceptions. Mt. Pleasant is led in rushing by Pat Canby with 417 yards rushing, Joe Hess in passing is 58 of 118 for 693 yards, he has thrown for 3 scores and 8 interceptions.  The freshman teams meet at 5 p.m.  KILJ-FM 105.5 will carry the varsity game with the broadcast starting at 6:30 with this week in college football, followed by the Radio Iowa scouting report, pregame show at 7:15 and kickoff at 7:30.  Shawn Striegel post game show is at 11 p.m.


Class “A” District 6

Danville at Van Buren
Pekin at Cardinal, Eldon
WACO at Lone Tree
Winfield-Mt. Union at New London

Class 1A District 5
Wapello at Alburnett
Class 1A District 6
Highland  at Pella Christian
Regina, Iowa City at Columbus Community
Class 2A District 5

Louisa-Muscatine at West Liberty
Mediapolis at Wilton (ND)
West Burlington/Notre Dame at Central Lee
Williamsburg at Mid-Prairie


Class 3A District 5

Mount Pleasant at Clear Creek-Amana
Washington at Fort Madison

Keokuk at Fairfield


Class 4A District 6

Cedar Rapids, Washington at Ottumwa
Iowa City, City High at Prairie, Cedar Rapids
Muscatine at Burlington


8 Man District 6

Harmony, Farmington at Seymour-Moulton Udell


The Mt. Pleasant 5th and 6th grade football teams will get the chance to play under the lights on Monday October 5th.  Shawn Striegel varsity football coach has announced that after the JV game Monday, the 5th and 6th grade teams will play under the lights on Evans Field.  So come out and cheer the JV at 5 p.m. and the elementary teams at 7 p.m.  See the future Panther stars in action!!!!

Healthy Henry County Communities (HHCC) encourages residents of Henry County to join with thousands of other Iowans in a one-kilometer Healthiest State Walk on Wednesday, October 7th.  There will be a community walk in downtown Mt. Pleasant between 11:30am and 12:30pm.  To participate, register by the steam engine and walk two laps around the park during that time.  Prizes will be awarded.