Written by John Kuhens on September 8, 2015

The MPHS cross country teams ran at Pella Saturday.  The M.P. girls finished 7th with a 189 score.  The winner was Iowa City West with a 26 score.  Gabby Skopec was the top girl finisher with a 19:41 time, top Panther finisher was Taylor Murray who finished 24th in 23:02.  In the boys division Iowa City West won with a 28 total, MPHS was 4th with 96 points.  Logan Murraty finished 3rd individually in a 17:40 time, overall winner was Nick Feeley of Iowa City West in 17:04.

Cornell College defeated IWU Tigers 33-9 on a sultry night at Ash Park Field in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.  The Rams (1-0) put away the Tigers (0-1) with 30 points in the second and third quarters enroute to their 13th season-opening win in the last 16 years. Cornell’s defense held the Tigers to just one score in five red-zone chances in a game that witnessed eight turnovers, four by each team.  The IWC touchdown was scored by Tylor Hoyle a former Mt. Pleasant Panther on a 30 yard pass.  The defense was led by Andrew Terrell who had 8 solo and 2 assisted tackles.  IWU goes to Westminister College in Fulton, Mo. This upcoming Saturday.

Mt. Pleasant is off to a 0-2 start for the 2015 high school football season after traveling to Mediapolis and losing to the Bulldogs 20-13.  Mt. Pleasant goes home to play Keokuk in their district opener Friday and Mediapolis will travel to Williamsburg.  Keokuk lost to West Burlington-Notre Dame 35-14.

Mediapolis Fresh-Soph defeated Mt. Pleasant 33-7, Mepo led 27-0 at halftime.

The MP JV volleyball team beat Fairfield in their conference opener last Thursday 2-1. The sophomores placed first at the home 9-10 grade tournament Saturday, beating Fort Madison 2-0, Oskaloosa 2-0, Keokuk 2-0, Burlington 2-0, and Davis County 2-0.


Kiley Miller a sophomore at Iowa Wesleyan won the Club Championship at the Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club Monday defeating Mike Wilson on the 27th hole as he sank a 40’ birdie putt.  Patrick Zielinski also from the IWU golf team won the consolation match over Jim Becker


The Panther Football team has a meal Thursday night after practice and Friday night after the game.  The Thursday night meal is sponsored by Henry County Pork Producers and Phillips Auto Clinic.  The Pork Producers will provide pork sandwiches for the boys.  Phillips Auto is providing Au Gratin potatoes and cookies while several moms have signed up to round out the meal with fruit.   For the Friday night post game meal, West Liberty Foods is sponsoring the meal and they will be providing pizza for the players and cheerleaders.

The public is invited to Bracewell Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m., for the “Tradition Calls” Grand Opening Celebration. The event will celebrate the Tradition Calls fundraising campaign to improve and modernize the stadium, a community landmark that has a long and storied history in Burlington.