Written by John Kuhens on January 26, 2015

The Mt. Pleasant Panther girls and boys basketball teams picked up wins Saturday at Oskaloosa.  The girls won 55-29, Kelsi Phipps scored 17 points and Hannah Becker added 13 to lead M.P. to the win.  Mt. Pleasant held Oskaloosa scoreless in the 4th quarter while scoring 18 points.  The Panthers are 11-3 and play at Solon Monday night, KILJ-FM will carry the game live.

OTHER GIRL’S GAMES TONIGHT:   Mediapolis at Keokuk, Washington at Central Lee, Highland at Columbus.

Hot free throw shooting by the Mt. Pleasant High School varsity girl’s basketball team helped them capture a big conference win at Keokuk Friday night. In the 49-40 victory over the Lady Chiefs the Panthers hit 23 of 24 free throws while Keokuk sank 11 of 18 attempts. Kelsi Phipps led the Panthers with 20 points, Sarah Moffett added 10 and did a great job rebounding, Hannah Becker contributed 7 points and several steals. In the JV game Keokuk won 51-41.


In the boy’s game Saturday Mt. Pleasant won 57-44 over Oskaloosa, Colin Mulford led the scoring for the winners with 16 points, Jordon Magnani and Brady Sartorius each had 15.  Panthers play host to Chariton Tuesday night, KILJ-FM will carry the game live.

BOYS BASKETBALL TONIGHT: Highland at Columbus Community

Keokuk defeated the MPHS boys in varsity basketball action in Panther Gym 50-36, Kieran Kohorst had 10 points to lead the Panther scoring.

In the freshman game M.P. won 64-41 with Damian Lorenzo scoring 16 points, Kyle Vanderham 10. Keokuk won the JV game 60-47, Maison Ashton led the maroon and gold with 12 points.


Mt. Pleasant High School wrestling team wrestled in the Williamsburg Tounament Saturday and finished 5th with 98 points.  #4 ranked Colten Mertens at 126 lbs. and Jackson Kelly at 285 lbs. both went 5-0 for the day.  The host school won the event with 202 points.
The MPHS bowling teams won at Washington Saturday.  The Panthers girls won 2459 to 1941, high roller was Maddie Kirchner with a 322.
In the boys match M.P. won 2830 to 2403, Clayton Sammons rolled a 405.
Iowa Wesleyan women beat Greenville on their home court Saturday in college basketball 72-63, Karla Vietinghoff scored 24 points and Rachel Williams added 14.  Lady Tigers are 9-5 overall and 8-2 in the conference where they are tied with Westminister in 2nd place. league leader Spalding comes to Ruble Arena Thursday to play IWC.
The Tiger men fell to Greenville 87-58, Marquis Jones led IWC in scoring with 20 points.  Wesleyan is 7-9 overall and 3-7 in conference play.


Over the weekend two former MPHS athletes did well for their college track teams.  Leslie Taylor of UNI finished 7th in the long jump at an indoor meet in Ames.
Logan Mulford of Central College jumped 6′ 10 1/4″ in the high jump to win at the Central College Invitational, 3rd best jump ever for Central College, best ever for Mulford.


College Basketball tonight has the Iowa women hosting Nebraska, men’s college basketball has Texas at Iowa State KILJ-AM 1130 will carry the game live beginning at 7:30 p.m.


The Henry County Conservation Naturalist Cari Nicely has announced the schedule for this year’s fly tying classes. This year there is one for beginners and one for experienced tiers. Here are the details of the classes.

Fly tying class for beginners

EE classroom

Oakland Mills Nature Center

6:30 p.m.

Dates of the class: January 27 and 29

$20.00 ages 14+

Total of 5-6 flies between the two nights


Fly tying class for experienced

EE classroom

Oakland Mills Nature Center

6:30 p.m.

Dates of the class: February 3 and 5

$20.00 ages 14+

Minimum of 6 flies between the two nights

Call the Conservation Office at 986-5067 to sign up for either class.