Written by John Kuhens on January 28, 2015

Chariton came to town and took home a victory from the Mt. Pleasant High School varsity boys basketball team, but not without a battle. The Chargers improved their record to 12-4 with a 55-47 win over the Panthers. Mt. Pleasant led at the end of the 1st quarter 7-6, trailed at halftime 24-23 and was behind 42-40 going into the final 8 minutes. Jordon Magnani scored 13 points and Brady Sartorius added 10 for the Panthers who are now 5-10 and travel to Ft. Madison Friday night for a conference game.

In the freshman game M.P. won 70-41, Damian Lorenzo scored 21 points, Jake Lowe added 12 and Tanner Ruby 10.

The Panther JV won also over Chariton 59-36, Jonathan Ita had 17 points and Brody McGhghy added 11.

OTHER AREA SCORES: BOYS: Muscatine 56 Burlington 26, West Burlington 63 New London 54, Burlington Notre Dame 70 Van Buren 54, #2 Danville 84 Cardinal of Eldon 34, #8 Ft. Madison 69 Washington 29, Central Lee 75 Maharishi 36, Holy Trinity Catholic 72 Harmony 35, L&M 36 IMS 35, Wapello 62 Columbus Community 40, Mediapolis 42 Pekin 35.

GIRLS: New London 61 West Burlington 44, Columbus Community 42 Wapello 26, Danville 47 Cardinal 44, Keokuk 61 West Hancock 28, Holy Trinity Catholic 75 Harmony 21, L&M 34 IMS 28, Ft. Madison 56 Washington 40, Burlington Notre Dame 88 Van Buren 22, Muscatine 60 Burlington 41.

WRESTLING: Ft. Madison 71 Centerville 9, Ft. Madison 51 Kirksville 22, Wapello 36 West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville 6, Wapello 26 Tri County/Montezuma 15, Tri County/Montezuma 45 West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville 18.


The Mt. Pleasant Middle School 7th grade girls basketball team Tuesday played at Mt Pleasant

“A” game:  Ft Madison        22

                  Mt Pleasant    31    (record 4-1)

MP scoring:  Lexie Magnani             10

                     Jessica Haukedahl        7

                     Lydia Stewart                 6


“B” game:   FM   14

                   MP  23   (5-0)

MP scoring:  Caroline Richtman     14

Kyle Halfpop has been named the head women’s soccer coach for the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers after spending the last two years as the Academy Director and a coach in the Dakota Alliance Soccer Club (DASC). He brings NCAA Division III experience with him as he was previously an assistant men’s soccer coach at Central College for four years and the Technical Director for the Pella Soccer Club for five years before joining the DASC. Halfpop is a native of Urbandale, IA and currently resides in Mt. Pleasant.


The St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference released their 2015 softball preseason poll this afternoon. Iowa Wesleyan was picked to finish sixth out of the ten teams in the SLIAC.

The Tigers received 46 total points in the preseason poll. Last season, IW finished 17-21 overall and 9-9 in SLIAC action. Iowa Wesleyan returns eight starters from last year’s team, including Mikayla Dwyer and Caitlin O’Neill. Dwyer hit .405 with 30 runs batted in and eight home runs on the year. She also earned Second Team All-Conference honors for her play. O’Neill had a team high 34 runs batted in and hit .333 for the Tigers last season.

Fontbonne was picked as the favorite to win the SLIAC in the preseason poll after earning nine of the ten first place votes for 81 total points.