Written by John Kuhens on September 3, 2015

The Mt. Pleasant High School volleyball team opens Southeast Conference play tonight at Fairfield.  The Panthers have a 2-2 record after playing in a tournament at Afton East Union last Saturday.  Fairfield is 2-1 with wins over IMS and Albia, their loss was to Eddyville-Blakesburg.

OTHER AREA MATCHES:  Notre Dame at Holy Trinity Catholic, West Burlington at Harmony, Cardinal of Eldon at New London, Maharishi at Central Lee, Highland at Waco, L&M at IMS, Van Buren at Danville, Wapello at Lone Tree, WMU at Pekin.

Iowa Wesleyan began the 2015 volleyball season with a triangular featuring Simpson College and Mount Mercy University.  The Tigers took on Simpson in their first game of the night. Following a game between Mount Mercy and Simpson, IW then faced Mount Mercy.  Iowa Wesleyan dropped both matches in three sets.

The latest rankings of high school cross country teams in Iowa has several KILJ area teams ranked.  In girl’s rankings Ft. Madison is 3rd in Class 3A, Mediapolis 11th in Class 2A and Pekin is #1 in Class 1A.  In the boy’s rankings L&M is 15th in Class 2A, Pekin is 3rd in Class 1A and Wapello is 14th.  Individually Logan Murray of Mt. Pleasant is ranked #1 in the 3A boy’s field.  In Class 1A Gavin Bencze and Jonathan Quinn of Winfield Mt. Union are ranked 13th and 29th.  On today’s schedule the Pekin Cross Country Invitational is being run in Ottumwa.

This week the Panther varsity football this evening HyVee has been so gracious to donate the meal during this very busy Old Threshers week.  The players and coaches will be having lasagna, green beans, garlic bread and dessert all donated by HyVee.   Some of the mothers of the players will be sending along cookies for after the game on Friday.



“A” District 6

Cardinal, Eldon at North Mahaska

Central Lee at Danville

Columbus Community at New London

Lone Tree at Belle Plaine

Sigourney/Keota at  #3 Pekin

Van Buren at Montezuma

WACO at B-G-M, Brooklyn

Wapello at Winfield-Mt. Union




1A District 6

Columbus Community, Columbus Junction at New London

Iowa Valley, Marengo at Highland

Sigourney/Keota at Pekin


2A District 5

Central Lee at Danville

Clear Creek-Amana at Mid-Prairie

Louisa-Muscatine at Wilton


3A District 5

Mount Pleasant at Mediapolis

Davenport Assumption at Xavier, Cedar Rapids

Burlington at Fort Madison

Clear Creek-Amana at Mid-Prairie

Fairfield at Albia

Marion at Washington

West Burlington/Notre Dame at Keokuk


4A District 6

Oskaloosa at Ottumwa




Iowa Wesleyan University opens the 2015 season Saturday night on the road at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.  This is just the 2nd night game ever for the Rams at Ash Park Stadium, kickoff is at 7 p.m.  According to pre-season polls, Cornell College’s football program has returned to the point of contending for Midwest Conference championships under sixth-year head coach Vince Brautigam.  Brautigam is a 1988 graduate of Iowa Wesleyan.  He had the Rams in the southern division title hunt last season in the Midwest Conference going into their final divisional game. Two years ago, they tied for second overall.  Cornell looks to be part of that late-season discussion again this fall with some top-tier talent back in camp, but they also have some holes to fill at a few key positions.  The 2015 Rams are aiming to improve on last year’s 5-4 overall record, which included a pair of tough seven-point defeats to end the season. Cornell wound up 3-2 in the South Division for third place.  Cornell returns 40 letter winners and welcomes 21 first-year players.