Written by John Kuhens on March 27, 2015

Burlington Notre Dame High School is looking for a new head girls basketball coach, Kolin Alfred is stepping down after leading the program for 8 years and building it into a power here in S.E. Iowa. His record at Notre Dame is 138 wins 89 losses, he led them to 3 consecutive state tournament appearances, winning the state championship in 2014 and always making it to at least the semi finals at state. Alfred is involved in the MHI layoff here in Mt. Pleasant and cited the uncertainty in his work career as the deciding factor in his coaching career. Notre Dame athletic director Ron Glasgow said the search is already underway for a replacement and hopes to name Alfred’s successor before summer camps and workouts begin.

The Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club clean up day scheduled for Saturday March 28th has been postponed because of the weather.

The Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team plays their NCAA Sweet 16 game tonight against a very talented Baylor team, tipoff in Oklahoma City is 6:30 p.m. The other Regional semi final has Notre Dame playing Stanford, the winners play Sunday in the championship game.

Men’s NCAA basket scores from last night in Sweet 16 play: Notre Dame beat Wichita State 81-70, Kentucky downed West Virginia 78-39. Wisconsin 79 North Carolina 72, Arizona 68 Xavier 60. Tonight North Carolina State plays Louisville and Michigan State tangles with Oklahoma in Syracuse, New York. UCLA plays Gonzaga and Duke vs Utah in games played in Houston .

The Rec Center of Mt. Pleasant is getting ready to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The observance will take place April 5th thru the 9th with many special events for members and general public. On Monday April 6th it’s flick and float, watch a movie while floating in the pool from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday April 7th there is a dodgeball tournament, Wednesday April 8th Zumba fitness at 6 p.m. Thursday April 9th youth fitness bootcamps will be held with former Iowa Hawkeye and NFL football standout Tim Dwight. K thru 5 class 3:45 to 4:15 and the 6th thru 12th grade 4:30-5 p.m. Stop in at the Rec Center or go to for more details about these events. Thursday night April 9th is Dwight Night from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Golf and Country Club. This will be the Rec Center’s Annual Support Campaign event. Admission is $10 per person or $20 for a family. Stop out and meet Tim Dwight who had a very successful football career at all levels and now has the Tim Dwight Foundation that provides youth summer football camps with proceeds aiding the Children’s Hospital of Iowa and a scholarship fund. There will be refreshments a live auction and lots more fun during the Dwight Night.


The 3rd Annual Mt. Pleasant Easter Weekend 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday April 4th, 2015, at Cottrell Gym.  3rd-12th grade girls and boy’s, open men and women divisions, and 35 and older men and women divisions are available.  Cost is $60 per team, maximum of 4 players on each team, medals will be awarded for the 1st and 2nd places in each division.  To register and for more information contact Ronnie Ashton at 319-931-2896.


Des Moines County Conservation’s Big Hollow Recreation Area is home to a 25, 50, 100, and 300 meter outdoor shooting range. Certification must be obtained prior to range usage. Those interested in having access to the range are invited to attend a Shooting Range Certification Course that will take place at Starr’s Cave Nature Center on Tuesday, March 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no cost for the course, however, a yearly membership fee of $25 per individual or $30 per family is required to use the range.

   For more information, please visit us online at or contact the Des Moines County Conservation office at (319) 753-8260. Registration is not required


   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.