Written by John Kuhens on April 25, 2015

Friday at Drake: Mary Wester of Mt. Pleasant High School finished 6th in the girls high school shot put at the Drake Relays with a throw of 41’ 8 ¼”.                                                                                                           Ben Canby of Mt. Pleasant finished 2nd in the boys high school discus throwing a school record 175’ 7”.                                                                                                                            Kelsi Phipps finished 6th the 100 meter hurdle finals running 15.44 after running 15.61 in the prelims, 7th fastest. Hannah Becker finished 26th running 16.39 in the prelims.                                                                                                                                                               Cole Phillips had the fastest prelim time in the 110 meter high hurdles at 14.37 going into the finals, but was bumped backed to 2nd in the finals by Connor Ham of Solon. Ham ran 14.31 in the finals and Phillips clocked a 14.52. Spencer White finished 25th he ran 16.01 in the prelims.                                                     The MPHS girls 4×100 relay

Thursday at Drake….Mary Wester finished 15th in the Drake Relays high school girls discus competition with a throw of 119’ 7”, she did not make the finals . Lou Krieger-Coen of Winfield Mt. Union finished 8th with her best toss ever of 128’ 5”. Heidi Hillyard of Mediapolis had a throw of 109’ 9 “to finish 22nd the winning throw was 159’ 4”. On the boy’s side Mt. Pleasant Panther Ben Canby threw the shot put 51’ 3 ¼” to finish 14th, the winning distance was 59’ 5 ½”. Jeff Giannettino of West Burlington-Notre Dame won the high jump again going 7’1”, right behind him was team mate Xavier Williams who went 6’ 10” for 2nd place. Mitchell Martin of Danville High School finished 8th in the high jump going 6’5”.

Drake schedule: 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.

MPHS boy’s golf at Washington Invitational postponed till May 5th.

The Boys Catholic School Soccer tournament scheduled for Saturday, April 25th has been cancelled due to heavy rains in that area and more rain expected.


Keokuk  defeated the MPHS girls in tennis Friday on the East Lake Courts in Mt. Pleasant 6-3, the Panther girls record is record 0-6)


Singles winners for M.P.

               #5  Emily Larson 

               #6  Afton Engberg 

Doubles winner:

                #3 Hannah Wickham & Afton Engberg 


Keokuk defeated the MPHS boy’s tennis team 7-2 at Keokuk Friday. Ben Zihlman & Matt Thorne won singles matches for M.P. Panthers are 2-4 on the year.


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 4 p.m. (NOTE THE START TIME CHANGE FROM 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. This year the Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony will also tie into the student-athlete awards program. Student-athletes will be recognized for Academic All-Americans, Academic All-Conference, USCAA All-American, SLIAC All-Conference, and other awards. Iowa Wesleyan will also be announcing the winners of the Male and Female Outstanding Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards. The nominees for the Male Outstanding Scholar-Athlete of the Year are as follows: senior men’s soccer player, Matt McLaughlin, junior men’s golfer, Zac Cronkhite, junior on the football team, Nate Daniels, and junior men’s basketball player, Joe Lennon. The nominees for the Female Outstanding Scholar-Athlete of the year include: Lauren Grubb, senior women’s basketball member, Lindsey Johnson, senior on the volleyball team, Savanna Blair, senior women’s soccer player, and Sam Shepard, senior softball player.The 2015 nominees for Female Student-Athlete of the Year are as follows: Karla Vietinghoff, women’s basketball, Cierra Howard, volleyball, Sam Shepard, softball, and Katie Bang, women’s soccer. The Male Student-Athlete of the Year nominations include: Jeff Burdett, a junior on the baseball team, Chris Fowler, a junior on the basketball team, and Raul Lozano, a senior football player.



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.