Written by John Kuhens on October 5, 2015

The Iowa Wesleyan football team traveled to the University of Northwestern for an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference match up.  UNW proved to be too much for the Tigers to handle,  defeating Iowa Wesleyan 57-7 on their homecoming.  The Tigers hurt themselves with turnovers during the game, fumbling twice and throwing two interceptions.  UNW was able to score 38 points off IW turnovers to add to their lead.  Iowa Wesleyan’s only score of the game came in the fourth quarter, Caleb Huss (SR/Pekin, IL) ran the ball in for a five yard touchdown and Nick Fencl (FR/Danville, IA)’s extra point attempt was good. Defensively, Iowa Wesleyan was led by Darryl Smith (JR/Florissant, MO).  Smith had 15 tackles.  Ryan Gerleman (SR/Kewanee, IL) and Andrew Terrell (JR/Jonesboro, GA) each had 9 tackles for IW.  Iowa Wesleyan will have another tough test on the road next weekend. They will face College of Saint Scholastica on October 10th at 1:00 p.m.

Iowa defeated 19th ranked Wisconsin on the road 10-6 to improve their record to 5-0.
Iowa State won at home over Kansas 38-13.
#4 Illinois State defeated #7 Northern Iowa 21-13


The Mt. Pleasant Panther varsity football team won another 1st half, but faltered on both sides of the ball in the 2nd half at Clear Creek-Amana Friday night to fall 20-6.  The Panthers scored on a Pat Canby 3 yard run with just over a minute to go in the 1st half, the Korte Maddy PAT attempt was blocked. The next game for the Panthers is homecoming, they host Fairfield who beat Keokuk 41-23 Friday night.  In the freshman game Clear Creek Amana won 28-20.


Iowa Wesleyan volleyball team kicked off their weekend of volleyball at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois.  The Tigers played two matches, one versus Central College and the other against Blackburn.  Wesleyan split the matches, falling to Central 3-0 and defeating Blackburn 3-1.


The Iowa Wesleyan men’s and women’s golf teams competed in the Waldorf Invitational.  The tournament was held at Bear Creek Golf Course in Forest City, Iowa.

The men’s golf team ended the day with a team score of 314 which was good enough to give them a second place finish out of the six teams competing.  Iowa Wesleyan had four participants place in the top ten individually in the one day event.


The women’s team ended the tournament with a fourth place finish.  The Tigers had a team score of 453 through 18 holes of golf.


Tanner Travis SR/Columbus Junction, IA was the top finisher for IW after placing third overall in the individual standings.  Travis ended the day with a score of 75 which was four strokes over par.  Patrick Zielinski SR/Mt. Pleasant, IA was the next highest finisher for the Tigers. Zielinski shot a 79 through 18 holes of golf and placed sixth overall in the individual standings.

Iowa Wesleyan will have one more tournament for the fall season. They will compete in the William Penn Fall Classic at Edmundson Golf Course in Oskaloosa, Iowa on October 11th and 12th.

The women’s team was led in scoring by Kate Ray SR/New Sharon, IA.  Ray had a score of 102 though 18 holes and finished in 18th place individually.  Laura Wittmann SR/Columbus Junction, IA shot a 115 for the Tigers next highest finisher.  Wittmann ended the tournament in 25th place in individual scoring.

The tournament was the final date of competition for the fall season for the Iowa Wesleyan women’s golf team.


The men’s and women’s soccer teams hosted Westminster College for their second conference games of the season.  The men’s team fell to the Blue Jays 13-0 and the women’s team lost 10-0.

The men’s soccer team will return to action on Monday, October 5th.  They will be on the road at Coe College at 5 p.m.  The Iowa Wesleyan women’s soccer team will be at home on October 6th. They host Simpson College at 4 p.m.


Elmcrest Golf & Country Club in Cedar Rapids will be the host of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Class 4A State Golf Tournament, Friday and Saturday, October 9-10.

Elmcrest is the home course of Cedar Rapids native Zach Johnson, one of the top professionals on the PGA Tour.

State qualifying district meets will be held Monday and Tuesday, October 5-6 with qualifying teams and individuals posted on the IHSAA website, Tuesday evening.  Defending 4A champion is Waukee


The Mt. Pleasant 5th and 6th grade football teams will get the chance to play under the lights on tonight.  Shawn Striegel varsity football coach has announced that after the JV game with Clear Creek Amana, 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 7:15  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.