Written by John Kuhens on April 23, 2015

The Mt. Pleasant Middle School 7th and 8th grade girls track teams ran in the Ottumwa Relays Tuesday.

7th grade team scores: 1st Mt Pleasant- 143.25, 2nd Ottumwa- 107, 3rd Burlington -88.5, 4th Fairfield -81.25, 5th Keokuk- 67.5, 6th Oskaloosa -58, 7th Ft. Madison -11.5.

Event Results:

1st place finishes:

200 m Hurdles- Serenity Keomanivong

800 m Run-Abby Ryon

100 m Hurdles- Serenity Keomanivong

Shuttle Hurdle Relay- Serenity Keomanivong, Paige Stater, Kenna Smith, Maggie Cristoforo

8th grade team scores: 1st Fairfield- 167, 2nd Oskaloosa- 109.5, 3rd Burlington-80, 4th Ottumwa-75, 5th Mt. Pleasant-66, 6th Keokuk 47.5, 7th Ft. Madison-5.

 Event Results:

1st place finishes:

200 m Hurdles- Maddie Williamson

100 m Hurdles- Maddie Williamson

Discus- Cara Canby

Iowa Wesleyan College was in action Wednesday in softball and baseball. The Lady Tiger softball team split a twin bill with Illinois College. Wesleyan won the 2nd game 9-6 after losing the 1st game 11-5. In baseball Washington University beat the Tigers 13-1.

On the local sports scene today:   Thursday: MPHS girl’s golf at Ottumwa, MPHS boys golf at Fairfield, MPHS boys track at Eddyville Blakesburg, MPHS girls soccer at Holy Trinity Catholic, MPHS girls track at Washington, Burlington at MPHS boys soccer East Lake Park Pitch. Friday: Keokuk at MPHS girls tennis, MPHS boys tennis at Keokuk. Saturday: MPHS boys golf at Washington Invitational.

DRAKE RELAYS SCHEDULE FOR AREA   ATHLETES: Today- 3 p.m. High School girl’s discus-Mary Wester of MPHS, Lou Krieger-Coen WMU and Heidi Hillyard of Mediapolis. 3 p.m. Boy’s high jump with Mitchell Martin of Danville. 3:30 p.m. boy’s high school shot put with Ben Canby MPHS. FRIDAY: 8 a.m. girls 100 meter hurdles prelim finals at 11:30 with Kelsi Phipps and Hannah Becker of MPHS. 8:16 a.m. prelims and 11:40 finals of the boys 110 meter high hurdles with Cole Phillips and Spencer White. 8:30 A.M. HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SHOT PUT Mary Wester. 100 meter dash prelims for boys at 8:46 and finals at 12:38 Bryce Achen of Waco. 9 a.m. Ben Canby in high school boys discus. FRIDAY NIGHT: 5:10 p.m. MPHS 4×100 relay for girls MPHS. 6 p.m. 4×100 relay for high school boys MPHS. SATURDAY: 8 A.M. MPHS girls in shuttle hurdle prelims, finals at 12:20. 8:15 Shuttle Hurdle boys prelims MPHS, finals at 12:15 p.m. 1:33 p.m. Cole Phillips in 400 meter hurdles.

The Iowa Wesleyan baseball team will host Fontbonne University this weekend for the final conference series of the year. The Tigers will honor their seniors between the double-header on Saturday, with the first pitch of the day starting at 1 p.m. Iowa Wesleyan will also have a breast cancer awareness day on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The baseball team will be selling t-shirts, and a concession stand will be open throughout the day. Pink ribbons will also be passed out at the game.

436 high school seniors from across Iowa will be honored Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the 13th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony, held at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines starting at 1:00 p.m. The Honorable Governor Terry Branstad will host the event and address the audience of 2,500-plus. Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill; Dr. Craig Scott, Chairperson of the Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association; and Clemencia Spizzirri, 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year, will also deliver messages to the students and their guests. Spizzirri’s message will be a video as her Iowa Teacher of the Year duties require her to travel to Washington D.C. at the time of the ceremony. The seniors being honored were selected by their high schools as their highest academic achievers. Each student will receive a photo plaque of themselves with Governor Branstad and a certificate to commemorate their achievement. Each student’s most influential teacher will also receive a certificate of appreciation. Mt. Pleasant High School students to be honored are Elaina Conrad and Jessica Holtkamp.

     A total of 182 athletic officials are scheduled to receive awards at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 21st Annual Officials’ Banquet and Recognition Ceremony, Saturday, April 25 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. This year’s list of honorees includes 10 officials who each have 50 years of service. Twenty-eight individuals will be honored for 35 years of service; 41 others for 25 years and 82 for completing 15 years of officiating.  This year’s keynote speaker is ESPN TV/Radio Football Rules Analyst and former Big Ten Conference football official Bill LeMonnier of Tinley Park, IL.

Once again in June the Mt. Pleasant Panther Alumni football team will play the Washington Demons. This year’s matchup will be on Evans Field June 13th at 7 p.m. Former MPHS football players who are interested in playing in the game should go to and signup also visit the MP Alumni facebook page. Bob Jensen will be coaching, proceeds from the event will go to Iowa City Childrens Hospital.

The Iowa Wesleyan College Tiger Club will host a golf tournament on June 12, 2015 at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa. The tournament will be organized by the athletic department, and the event will benefit Tiger student-athletes. Registration for the event is now available at and can be completed online or by mailing in the registration form. There is limit of thirty-six teams for the tournament. Contests will be held at several different holes throughout the course and will include hole in one, longest drive, longest putt, and closest to the pin. A cocktail reception will take place after the completion of play, and raffle drawings will be held at that time. Iowa Wesleyan would like to thank the sponsors for helping make this event possible. Matt Lafrenz , a Country Financial agent, and Two Rivers Bank and Trust will be recognized as the title sponsor for the event. Country Financial is also the sponsor for the hole in one contest.

Iowa Wesleyan College is excited to announce that Shottenkirk of Mount Pleasant will be sponsoring the Athletic Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony. This event is being held to honor the student athletes that participated and excelled in the classroom and in their field of play at Iowa Wesleyan. It is also an opportunity to recognize the Hall of Fame inductees and their accomplishments during their time at the college. The banquet is scheduled for May 1, 2015. A reception will be held from 6:30-7:00 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m. The honorees for 2015 will be Bernita Rohlfing class of ’53, Kenneth Sutton ’58, Marcus Washington ’92 and Floyd Turner class of 2008. After the ceremony, the Hall of Fame reception will be held in the Social Hall. Reservations for the event can be made by contacting the Alumni Office at 319-385-6215 by April 15, 2015.

On Sunday May 3rd the Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club will host the Darrel Brown Memorial 3 man best shot tournament for members and non-members. Tee off is at 10 a.m. the cost is $60 per team. Sunday May 17th is the women’s opening day best shot tournament with a 10 a.m. tee off.               Memorial Day Monday May 25th there is a men’s 3 man best shot tournament for members and non-members at 8 a.m. for $60 per team. A 4 couple alternating best shot tournament will be held at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $80 per team for members and non-members.