Sports, December 5th

High School Basketball

The Mt. Pleasant boys basketball team dropped a close one to West Burlington last Saturday 53-51. The game was back-and-forth for the entire 32 minutes with the Panthers leading 51-50 with three minutes left; however, the Falcons shut down the Panthers and skirt pass with the win. Aaiden Ashton knocked down two threes on his way for the team leading 15 points with Carter Amos adding 12 to the effort. The boys team will have to wait until December 9th to play again as they will travel to Keokuk for tip-off at 7:30 pm.

The Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team will be back in action tomorrow, December 6th, when they host Oskaloosa at 7 pm.

The Holy Trinity Catholic boys team will look to bounce back tonight against Highland at 7:30 pm and the girls team will host Mediapolis at 6 pm tomorrow.

The New London girls and boys basketball teams next game will be on the road against Danville tomorrow with the girls starting at 6 pm followed by the boys.

Central Lee will play host to Burlington Notre Dame tomorrow with the girls game scheduled to start at 5:30 pm and the boys to follow.

The WACO girls and boys basketball teams will travel to Winfield-Mt.Union tomorrow with the girls scheduled to start at 6 pm.

High School Wrestling

The Mt. Pleasant girls wrestling team competed in the first Willard Howell Girls Invitational last weekend. Ella McNamee continued her dominance as she finished in first place winning all of her matches by fall, she is now 9-0 on the season. Natalie Parrott lost in the second round of the consolation bracket. Jayden Housh went 2-2 over the weekend falling in the consolation semifinals. Bianca Bain fell in the second round of the consolation bracket and Zenleynn Lee finished in second place as Bralynn Wagler of WACO won by fall in the championship match. They will be competing in the Williamsburg Girls Wrestling Invitational tonight.

The boys team competed in the 58th Willard Howell Invitational with Ramzy Davis falling in the first round of the consolation round. Bowen Davis had the best finish for the Panthers as he placed in 3rd defeating Hayden Hill of Wilton by fall. William Birdsell won the 5th place match by fall over Owen Jones of English Valleys-Tri County. The Panthers will be traveling to Keokuk to wrestle Thursday, December 8th.

.Elementary Basketball Tournament

The Mount Pleasant Christmas Holidays 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament for 3rd – 8th grade boys and girls will be held on Dec 17th, 2022. For more registration details contact Coach Ronnie Ashton at 319-931-2896.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The women’s basketball team was able to take a big sigh of relief after coming out with the victory last Saturday against College of the Ozarks 68-65. The Bobcats kept it close despite being down nine for most of the fourth quarter. It was a superhero effort by Isabell West that led to the Tigers victory as she tallied a double-double with 35 points and 12 rebounds. Their next game is December 13th on the road against Grace College at 2 pm.

The men’s basketball team rolled through College of the Ozarks 95-62 for their 10th straight victory. The Tigers were red hot shooting the basketball in the first half as they shot 61% from the field and 59% from 3-point land. Four Tigers finished in double digits with Gacoby Jones leading the way with 18 points followed by Joey Brown IV with 15, Allante Pickens with 14 points, and Henry Shannon finishing with 11. Coach Ashton knows it will be tough to keep their win streak intact against Western Illinois on December 7th at 6 pm.

The women’s wrestling team will be back in action December 7th for a top ten matchup as they will host the #3 Grand View University Vikings. The men’s wrestling team’s next match will be January 10th at Central Methodist University.

Iowa Wesleyan’s next Indoor Track and Field competition will be Friday, December 9th, at the Grinnell Opener at 9 am.

This Day in Sports History

1973 – Chicago Cubs Ron Santo becomes 1st baseball player to invoke 10-5 rule and veto his trade (with the California Angels).

1974 – NFL’s Seattle Seahawks forms.

1992 – 1st SEC Championship Game: #2 Alabama beats #12 Florida, 28-21.