SPORTS May 18, 2015

Written by John Kuhens on May 18, 2015


Mt. Pleasant Triangular was held at the Mt. Pleasant Golf & Country Club Friday……Mt Pleasant won with a 172, 2nd Washington = 175, 3rd Williamsburg = 189
Mt. Pleasant Scores:
Haley Booton – 40 (runner up medalist)
Elle Schleisman – 42
Emily Cox – 43
Keri Herr – 47
Cali Liechty – 54
Ally Lowe – 54

Fairfield Maharishi defeated Mt. Pleasant in girls high school regional tennis action 5-4. Panther singles winners: Afton Engberg, Meagan Woodard and Emily Larson. Doubles win picked up by Engberg and Woodard.

Danville-New London won the Southeast Iowa Super Conference soccer tournament, the won the championship match 3-1 over Holy Trinity Catholic, after trailing 1-0 at halftime.

A Mt. Pleasant man finished 3rd Saturday in the Great River Bridge Race. Lyle Murray ran a time of 38 minutes 49 seconds, 3 minutes behind race winner Aaron Skopec. Murray won the 40 to 44 age group. Running seems to run in his family, his children will run in the state track meet in Des Moines this week Taylor Murray and Logan Murray will be competing for the Mt. Pleasant High School track teams. Lyle also volunteers as a coach for the Panther cross country and track teams.
Head girls track coach Dave Hutchcroft has been named the 2015 recipient of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Golden Plaque of Distinction award. The IGHSUA’s Golden Plaque of Distinction Award honors the Iowa coach who has demonstrated a successful career while making notable contributions toward school, community and the coaching profession. Dave has coached girls track in Iowa for 44 years. He began his career at English Valley for 7 years, spent 6 years at Jefferson High School and has been at Mt. Pleasant for 31 years and has been head varsity coach 23 of those years. 15 conference championships have been won in those 23 years with 11 in a row from 1998 to 2008. His Panther teams have started another streak of winning the last 4 conference titles. Dave has had 8 teams finish in the top 5 at the state meet and his teams won the 3A titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Finished as runners up in 2007 and 2014. Hutchcroft has coached 118 state place winners including 25 state champions. His favorite event the shuttle hurdle relay has placed 15 times at state and has won the event 4 times including the last 3 years. At the Drake relays he has had 40 place winners and 2 champions. Track hasn’t been the only sport for Dave to excel at coaching. He coached basketball for 35 years with 479 career wins and was inducted into the IGCA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. Dave also has coached JV football, cross country and softball during his illustrious career. He has been married to his wife Linda for 43 years and has 2 children. Ryan who lives with his family in Minneapolis and daughter Kelle who lives in Charlotte, N.C. with her family. Dave and Linda are enjoying 5 grandchildren.

The Mt. Pleasant high School girls and boys track teams have had additional athletes qualify for the state track meet next week, over and above the automatic 1st and 2nd place qualifiers earlier announced. For the Panther girls: Daniell Coffin 100 and 200 meter dashes, Ellie Conrad 1500 meter run, 4×200 relay-Brianna Shelman, Mikayla Lance, Katie Ensminger, Danielle Coffin. 4×800 relay-Natalie Ita, Ellie Conrad, Laura Hult, Taylor Murray.
For the MPHS boys: Zoom Gwamna 100 and 200 meter dashes, Spencer White 110 high hurdles, Jake Lowe 400 meter hurdles, Kelly Jackson shot put.

The WMU boys golf team won the Class 1A golf sectional tournament title Friday at the Deerwood Course in New London. The Wolves shot a 326 scorer and had the medalist, Kaleb Hagge shot a 72. Tristan Kadel of New London was runner up medalist shooting 76. The New London Tiger team finished 2nd shooting 331. Those top two teams advance onto the district tournament now to be played Thursday in Oskaloosa.

ON THE LOCAL SPORTS SCENE TODAY: Ft. Madison at MPHS boys soccer East Lake Park pitch at 4 p.m. TUESDAY: MPHS girls soccer at Mediapolis. THURSDAY: State Track and Field Championships in Des Moines (KILJ will report on all area athletes). MPHS girls district golf at St. Andrews Course in Cedar Rapids. MPHS boys soccer at Danville-New London. Burlington Notre Dame at MPHS soccer at East Lake Park.

Jordon Ashton for Mt. Pleasant Panther basketball standout has announced he will be a preferred walk on at Iowa State for next season. Jordon played this past year at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. He was named all American and also academic all American.
Keokuk High School boys basketball standout Jonny Dahl has signed a national letter of intent to play college basketball at NCAA D-I School Stephen F. Austin.

Alijah Beatty, 16 of Washington, has started her road racing cycling season. Recent highlights include attending the team training camp in late February and early March in San Diego, CA and racing in the Tour of St. Louis, Kent Park Classic, Iowa City Omnium and La Crosse Omnium.
The next three weeks will be an intense series of races for her. Beginning with the Memorial Day weekend, Snake Alley Criterium in Burlington, IA. Melon City Criterium in Muscatine and Quad Cites Criterium in Davenport. Followed with the Tour of Kansas City, May 29-31 and the tough stage race “Tour of Galena”, June 5-7. All of this is leading up to the National Championships in Lake Tahoe, CA the week of June 21st, where she will compete in the Road Race, Time Trial and Criterium.
She is a member of the Women’s Elite Iowa City Cycling Team and the Northstar Development Cycling Team in Minneapolis, MN.