Written by John Kuhens on April 22, 2015

Mt. Pleasant squeaked out the team title in the class “A” division of the Panther Relays for girls on the Maple Leaf Complex track yesterday with 108 1/2 points, Williamsburg was 2nd with 108. Mary Wester won the shot put 41’ 6”, discus at 129’ 1 ½”. Hannah Becker won the 400 hurdles in 1:08.58. The 4×800 relay of Ellie Conrad, Taylor Murray, Laura Hult and Natalie Ita ran a winning time of 10:24.9. Mediapolis won the Class “B” division with 95 points, Danville was 2nd with 85 points.

The MPHS boys track team won the Prairie Hawk Relays in Wellman with 149 points, 2nd was grabbed by Williamsburg with 111. Ben Canby won the discus at 154’ 11”, Zoom Gwamna won the long jump 19’ 4 ½”, Cole Phillips won the 110 high hurdles in 14.72, the 200 meter dash in 22.36 and ran on the shuttle hurdle relay with Spencer White, Jake Lowe and Brock Wilson in 59.02. Logan Murray won the 3200 in 10:26. Spencer White won the 400 hurdles 57.82. Panthers won the 4×400 relay in 3:36.51 with Brady Sartorius, Clayle Franklin, Jack Davis and Tony Cristoforo.

Mt. Pleasant Panther boy’s golf team beat Keokuk 166-184, Jordon Phomsouvandara shot a 38 to win medalist honors on the Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country club course. William Kinney had a 41, Beau Parkevich carded a 43, Trevor Mabeus and Jeff Cox shot 44, Riley Kuempker had a 46. M.P. boys are 5-2 in dual action this golf season.

West Burlington/Notre Dame blanked the Mt. Pleasant girls in tennis 9-0.

Iowa Wesleyan finished the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic conference tournament in third place out of eight teams with a score of 970. Trenton Hoekstra finished the tournament in eighth place, shooting a 238. Tanner Travis tied for ninth place with a 240. Patrick Zielinski finished in the top fifteen in the tournament. Zielinski tied for fourteenth place and had a score of 247. Bo Vitale placed nineteenth after shooting a score of 250. Trenton Hoekstra and Tanner Travis were both named to the Second Team All-Conference, and Hoekstra was also named to the SLIAC All-Sportsmanship team.

The Iowa Wesleyan College softball team split with Grinnell College dropping the 1st game 3-2 and winning the nightcap 10-6. Cornell College defeated Iowa Wesleyan 10-6 in baseball.

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.

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.

The Drake Relays will be held this week in Des Moines, Mt. Pleasant High School girls and boys track teams will be well represented.
For Dave Hutchcrofts girl’s team, Mary Wester will throw the discus and shot put.  Kelsi Phipps will run all the hurdle events, 100 meter, 400 meter and shuttle hurdle relay and will be on the 4×100 relay.  Hanna Becker will run the 100 meter hurldles, shuttle hurdle and 4×100 relays.  Sidney Taylor and Allison Buckert will run the shuttle hurdle relay. Katie Ensminger and Danielle Coffin will run legs on the 4×100 relay.
The MPHS boys team will have Ben Canby throwing the shot and discus.  Cole Phillips will run the 110 high hurdles, the 400 hurdles and the shuttle hurdle and 4×100 meter relay.  Spencer White will run the 110 highs and shuttle hurdle relay.  Jake Lowe will run in the shuttle hurdle.  Brock Wilson will be in the shuttle hurdle relay.  Zoom Gwamna, Tony Cristoforo and Dshundric Foster will be in the 4×100 relay.
Some other area athletes going to The American Track Classic:  Lou Krieger-Coen of WMU and Heidi Hillyard Mediapolis girl’s discus. 
Mitchell Martin of Danville high jump, Bryce Achen of Waco 100 meter dash.

DRAKE RELAYS SCHEDULE FOR AREA ATHLETES: Thursday- 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. 1:25 p.m. Kelsi Phipps in 400 meter hurdles. 1:33 p.m. Cole Phillips in 400 meter hurdles.

On the local sports scene today:   Tuesday: MPHS boy’s golf at Keokuk, Notre Dame at MPHS girls tennis East Lake Courts, Middle School boy’s track at Keokuk, Middle School girls track at Ottumwa, MPHS boy’s track at Mid Prairie, Mt. Pleasant High School girls track relays at 5 p.m. 18 schools competing.

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.

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and Iowa High School Athletic Association has announced the teams that will be competing in the state qualifying meet at Mt. Pleasant on May 14th………Clear Creek Amana, Davenport Assumption, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Solon, and Washington.   

As part of its officials recruiting and education program, the Iowa High School Athletic Association will be hosting FREE baseball umpire clinics around the state in April. The clinic for S.E Iowa will be held at

Iowa City, West High School Wednesday, April 29, 2015 .

Equipment needed for the clinics is: an umpire mask and umpire cap. Other items for new officials as well as veterans will be available for purchase at each site. The Clinic will cover positioning for calling balls and strikes, base coverage, new rules and overall baseball umpiring mechanics.

Anyone interested in getting involved in umpiring at any level is welcome free of charge. Those desiring to umpire at the high school level, must register with the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Information can be obtained at click on officials at the top of the page, click on online registration, fill out the paper work and use a debit or credit card to pay your dues. You will receive a password for your account.

From April 27-May 5 umpires will be able to take the online open book exam, which must be passed and view the online rules meeting. Those having questions can call Roger Barr, Director of Officials at 515-432-2011.



WACO Alumni, you are needed for the 3rd annual WACO vs. WMU alumni game scheduled for Friday, July 31st at 8p.m.  This 2015 game will be held at the Winfield complex during Crooked Creek Days.  Interested WACO Alumni should sign-up at  A minimum of 25 alumni athletes from each school are necessary for the game to be officially scheduled. Less than 25 signed up athletes will cause the game to be cancelled. Alumni Football USA and WACO Alumni athletes have raised more than $5,000 to benefit WACO Athletics . Warriors, let’s keep the tradition alive and have some fun playing football. Please help us spread the word.