Sports, December 6th

High School Basketball

The Holy Trinity Catholic boys team bounced back in a big way against Highland as they clobbered the Huskies 74-24 for their first victory of the year. They’ll be back in action tonight when they host Mediapolis at 7:30 pm.

The Holy Trinity Catholic girls team will host Mediapolis at 6 pm tonight.

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

The Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team will be back in action tonight when they host Oskaloosa at 7 pm as they look for their first victory of the season..

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

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

The Mt. Pleasant boys basketball team will have to wait until December 9th to play again as they will travel to Keokuk for tip-off at 7:30 pm. KILJ will be on the call with pregame at 7:15 pm.

High School Wrestling

The Mt. Pleasant girls wrestling team competed in the Williamsburg Girls Invitational last night with Jayden Housh capturing first place in her weight class going 3-0 on the night. Ella McNamee won third place by major decision over Madi Lundvall of Wapello. Zenlynn Lee also won in her third place match by fall. Natalie Parrott finished in fourth place as she fell in the third place match. Lastly, Alexis Wagner fought her way to the fifth place match but lost by fall to finish in 6th place. 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 men’s basketball team is 11-1 on the season and on a 10-game winning streak. However, Coach Ashton knows it will be tough to keep their win streak intact against Western Illinois tomorrow at 6 pm.

The women’s basketball team’s next game is December 13th on the road against Grace College at 2 pm. Isabell West was also named Continental Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. This honor came after her 35 point performance last Saturday against College of the Ozarks where she was four points shy from the single-game scoring record of 39 set by her sister, Brittany West. This is her first time receiving this recognition and the first for either basketball program for Iowa Wesleyan.

The women’s wrestling team’s match tomorrow has been cancelled and has not been rescheduled as of yet. Their next match is December 16th at the Avila University Dual Tournament. The men’s wrestling team’s next match will be January 10th at Central Methodist University.

The Tigers had two school records broken at the Frigid Bee Invite last weekend. Faith Younce finished in 2nd in the 3,000-meter racewalk with a time of 17:55 and Lilly Garnsey ran a time of 20:27 in the 5,000 meter race, which broke the record by over 32 seconds. Iowa Wesleyan’s next Indoor Track and Field competition will be Friday, December 9th, at the Grinnell Opener at 9 am.

The American Football Coaches Association, AFCA, and the American Football Coaches Foundation selected Iowa Wesleyan’s Head Football Coach MD Daniels to participate in the AFCA 35 Under 35 Coaches’ Leadership Institute scheduled for January 8th at the 2023 AFCA Convention. These coaches were whittled down from a field of over 200 coaches with talents coming from the Power 5 Division I level of college football. Coach Daniels navigated the Tigers to their highest win total since 2014 and doubled his win total from his first full year, finishing 4-7. The defense was outstanding this year, breaking four school records including most sacks in a game, fewest rushing yards allowed in both a game and season, and fewest total yards allowed in a season.

This Day in Sports History

1961 – 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse. Making history as the first African-American to be awarded the Heisman Trophy.

1988 – Milwaukee Bucks win their 1,000th NBA game (2nd fastest).

1992 – San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown in a 27-3 win over Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park.