MP edges Fairfield in combined SEC standings

Strong spring season led Panthers to the top, Trojans won league-most eight SEC titles

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Shaylin Drish and the Fairfield girls’ basketball team was one of eight Trojan teams to win an SEC championship in 2018-19.
GTNS file photo Shaylin Drish and the Fairfield girls’ basketball team was one of eight Trojan teams to win an SEC championship in 2018-19.

For the past six years, the Southeast Conference Athletic Directors have kept a complete scoreboard of the season’s conference standings, and in 2018-19, it was Mt. Pleasant and Fairfield going one-two, with Washington taking third.

The Panthers edged the Trojans by three points this year, scoring 52 points to Fairfield’s 49. Washington finished with 33, Ft. Madison had 27 and Keokuk ended at 16.

Points are kept based on where each team lands in the SEC standings/football district standings. The top team in the conference gets four points, with three points going to second place, two going to third and one going to fourth. Teams that finish fifth in the conference net zero points toward the final standings.

Mt. Pleasant’s 52 points were helped out by six conference championships. The Panthers topped the league in three girls’ events and three boys’ events. The Mt. Pleasant girls won in cross-country, soccer and track. The boys won in track and golf, and split with Fairfield in baseball.

The Panthers were also helped out by eight second-place finishes, which was the most of any other school.

Fairfield shined in the fall and winter, taking the top spot in boys’ cross-country, volleyball, girls’ basketball and boys’ basketball. After the winter sports season was over, the Trojans had topped the SEC in four of the nine sports.

The Trojans had eight conference championships overall, which was the most of any team. In the spring, Fairfield took boys’ soccer and girls’ tennis, and the Trojans earned eight points in the summer, splitting baseball with Mt. Pleasant and winning softball outright. Fairfield’s eight SEC championships is the highest amount any team has earned in the six years recorded.

Washington actually had the fewest number of SEC championships but snuck into third by being consistently better than Ft. Madison in Keokuk in the majority of sports. The football team earned four points for the Demons, as did the girls’ golf team.

Ft. Madison finished with three conference championships this year. The Bloodhounds took volleyball, wrestling and boys’ tennis. Fellow Lee County competitor Keokuk had three SEC championships as well, winning in girls’ basketball and sweeping boys’ and girls’ bowling.

Note that Ft. Madison and Washington are at a bit of a disadvantage each year. The Bloodhounds do not field bowling teams or a girls’ golf team, and the Demons do not have tennis.

Mt. Pleasant has been the top team in the SEC in each of the last two years. Fairfield and Mt. Pleasant finished first and second in each of the last six years, with both teams topping the overall standings three times.

Listed below are the full standings for the last six years, in order of finish.

2018-19: 1. Mt. Pleasant 52; 2. Fairfield 49; 3. Washington 33; 4. Ft. Madison 27; 5. Keokuk 16.

2017-18: 1. Mt. Pleasant 51; 2. Fairfield 40; 3. Washington 25; 4. Ft. Madison 27; 5. Keokuk 22.

2016-17: 1. Fairfield 50; 2. Mt. Pleasant 47; 3. Keokuk 31; 4. Washington 29; 5. Ft. Madison 21.

2015-16: 1. Fairfield 47; 2. Mt. Pleasant 39; 3. Ft. Madison 34; 4. Keokuk 29; 5. Washington 25.

2014-15: 1. Fairfield 43; 2. Mt. Pleasant 41; 3. Keokuk 35; 4. Ft. Madison 33; 5. Washington 25.

2013-14: 1. Mt. Pleasant 44; 2. Fairfield 42; 3. Keokuk 35; 4. Washington 30; 5. Ft. Madison 27.