Written by John Kuhens on March 30, 2015

Outdoor spring sports will get rolling Monday. The MPHS boys tennis team will play host to Ft. Madison at East Lake Park courts, match time is 4:30 p.m. The MPHS girls tennis team travels to Ft. Madison for a 4:30 match. The MPHS boys track team goes to the West Burlington Relays at 4:30. Tuesday the MPHS girls track team will go to the West Burlington Relays at 4:30. The JV boys track team runs at the Ft. Madison JV relays at 5 p.m. The MPHS boys soccer team will scrimmage Oskaloosa at East Lake Park at 5:30 p.m. Thursday the MPHS girls and boys track teams will host a coed meet beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Maple Leaf Track. In the girls division joining MPHS will be Davenport Assumption, Burlington, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Des Moines Lincoln, Eddyville Blakesburg, Fairfield, Ft. Madison, Mid Prairie, Ottumwa and West Burlington.                                                                                                                                              Boys teams competing with MPHS are: Assumption Davenport, Central Lee, Fairfield, Ft. Madison , Iowa City, Mediapolis, Mid Prairie, Ottumwa, Washington, West Burlington and Davenport North. The MPHS girls tennis team goes to Burlington Notre Dame and the boys tennis team hosts Davis County at East Lake Park at 4:30 p.m.

The IWC softball team Friday split a double header with Webster. Webster won the 1st game 14-6, THE Tigers took the nightcap 4-3. Saturday the Lady Tigers split a double header on the road with Principia College, Tigers won the 1st game 9-0 but dropped the 2nd game 11-8. Yesterday the Tigers were suppose to play Knox College but the games were weathered out.

The Wesleyan baseball team was swept Friday in a double header by Greenville College 7-3 and 15-9. Tigers hosted Blackburn College and won both games 5-1 and 10-7 in a Saturday twin bill.

The men’s NCAA basketball final 4 is set after 4 quarter final games this weekend.  Kentucky escaped Notre Dame 68-66 and will now play Wisconsin Saturday, the Badgers beat Arizona 85-78.  Michigan State  defeated Louisville 66-60, Duke will be the next opponent for the Spartans after beating Gonzaga 66-52.  The semi final games will be played this Saturday in Indianapolis, with the championship game a week from tonight. 

The women’s NCAA tournament Sunday saw South Carolina beat  Florida State 80-74, Notre Dame won over Baylor 77-68.  Tonight UConn will play Dayton and Maryland will take on Tennessee. The women’s final four games will be played in Tampa, Florida Sunday and Tuesday.

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.