Written by John Kuhens on September 7, 2016


Mt. Pleasant swept Washington in Southeast Conference volleyball Tuesday night, 25-15, 25-14 and 25-22.  Ashlee Menke 5 aces and 18 assists, Mikayla Beason 7 kills. Dani Broeker had 9 digs.  Panthers will host Keokuk on Thursday night.

Mt. Pleasant Freshman volleyball team traveled to Washington last night and won in 2 sets, 25-23 the first set and 25-12 the second set. JV won in 2 sets also, 25-19 the first set and 25-15 the second set.

OTHER AREA VOLLEYBALL SCORES:  Ft. Madison downed Fairfield 3 games to 1, New London won in a sweep of Van Buren, Holy Trinity Catholic won in 3 sets over Waco, WMU was a 3-1 winner over IMS, Wapello won 3-1 over Lone Tree, Highland 3-1 winner over Columbus Community, Pekin swept L&M 3-0, West Burlington won 3-1 over Danville, Central Lee won 3-1 over Cardinal.

In cross country action Holy Trinity Catholic won the boy’s division of the Van Buren Invitational and Danville-New London won the girl’s division.  In the large school class Fairfield won both the girls and boys classes.

MPHS boy’s cross country team has moved to #6 in the Class 3A team rankings.  Logan Murray is #1 and Cody Mertens 25th in the individual rankings.  From the MPHS girls’ team Abby Ryon is ranked #16.

In the latest Iowa high school football poll, Washington who comes to MPHS to play Friday night is ranked 3rd in Class 3A, Cedar Rapids Xavier is #1.  West Des Moines Dowling tops Class 4A, North Fayette is #1 in 2A, Iowa City Regina tops Class 1A and St. Ansgar is #1 in Class “A”.  Lone Tree is ranked #7 this week in 8 Man football.

Mount Pleasant 7th grade football team lost 6-0 to Mediapolis on Evans Field last night. Offensively- Dylon Hagans ran for 100 yards. Defensively – Dalton Church had a forced fumble & also recovered the fumble. Cooper Kelgord had an interception. Levi Graber, Dylon Hagans, Tyler Simon and Trevor Wellington also stood out while accumulating tackles.

The Mt. Pleasant 8th grade middle school football team beat Mediapolis 38-0.  Brevin Wilson 2 touchdowns, Jack Johnson, Brennen Bender and Cooper Pullis had 1 td.  Cooper Pullis 11 tackles and Jack Schimmelpfennig an interception.

The MPHS Panther freshman football team traveled to on New London on Tuesday and won 27-22, after leading 14-0 lead at the half.   Panther Leaders: Brody Bender 9/16 205yd passing, 11-62yd rushing with a touchdown.  Rylan Seberg 168 All purpose yards scoring a TD and making 8 tackles.  Noah Walls 35 All purpose yards and a TD.

The Iowa Wesleyan men’s golf team opened up the 2016 fall season at the Clarke Fall Invitational at Eagle Ridge North Course in Galena, Illinois.  The Tigers finished the day with a team score of 325 to put them in third place. Michael Neff led the way for Iowa Wesleyan after shooting a 74 on the day. His score put him in a tie for first place, but the tie breaker did not fall his way.  Neff was the tournament runner-up while Mt. Mercy’s Sergio Garcia was the Medalist after winning the tie breaker.  The Tigers next highest finisher was Connor McLean.  He shot a 77 for the tournament which was good enough to put him in a tie for sixth. Neff and McLean were the only Tigers to finish in the top ten in individual scoring.  Kiley Miller  finished in a tie for 23rd place.  Wesleyan’s next event will be on September 15, when they will travel to Oskaloosa, Iowa for the William Penn Shootout.

  1. Youth Flag Football 1st-4th

This program is designed to teach boys and girls the basics of football in a fun and safe environment. All games are played on Saturday mornings at the East Lake Softball Complex. Volunteer Coaches Needed!!!

Registration Ends: September 9

League will play: September-October

1st Practice: TBA

Fee: $20 residents and $25 non-residents


  1. Kindergarten Flag Football

This program is for boys and girls with introducing the skills and rules needed to play football. The participants move through drills working on passing/receiving, running, and defense. Equipment used is a nerf football, cones, and flags. Kids will recieve a team shirt. Can bring a water bottle.

Program will start September 13, 20, 27, and October 4 at the East Lake Softball Complex, field #3 from 5:30-6:15 pm. We are needing volunteer coaches to help out this year

Registration Ends: September 9

Program Dates: Tuesdays, September 13-October 4

Location: East Lake Softball Complex (Field 3)

Time: 5:30-6:15pm

Fee: $20 Residents and $25 Non-residents


  1. Panther Basketball Camp 3rd-6th

This camp will focus on the basic fundamentals used in the game of basketball. Campers will learns how to defend opponents and implement the offensive techniques necessary to become a scorer! This camp will be an introduction to the Youth Basketball Program starting in November! Camp will be instructed by the Mount Pleasant High School Head Coach, Paul Rundquist.

Registration Ends: September 23

Camp Dates: October 3-5

Location: Cottrell Gym

Time: 5-6pm

Fee: $20 residents and $25 non-residents


  1. Musical Motion Class Ages 3-5

Music! Music! Music! Sign up your little one for a sing a long and dance with Sarah Zihlman for 5 weeks. Sarah uses an assorment of musical instruments for your littles ones to have fun during class. Hurry in…we only have 10 spots left.

Registration Ends: September 16

Program Dates: Wednesdays, September 28-October 26

Program Time: 9:30-10:15am

Fee: $20 Residents and $25 Non-residents



  1. Panther Cheerleading Camp K-5th

This camp offers the opportunity to develop the basic skills such as jumps, chants, and flexibilty exercises. Participants will practice 3 times before they perform at the Mount Pleasant High School Football game on October 14th against Fairfield. This camp will be instructed by Nikole Keaster, the Mount Pleasant high school head Cheer Coach.

K-1st will receive a pair of pom poms & 2nd-5th will recieve a giant pink hair bow.

Registration Ends: September 23rd
Practice Dates: October 6th, 12th, 13th
Practice Time: K-1st 6:30-7:15 pm & 2nd-5th 7:15-8:00 pm
Practice Location: Cottrell Gym
Proformance Date: October 14th at the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex
Fee: $20 Residents and $25 Non-residents