Sports, February 11th

High School Basketball

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team had their 12-game win streak snapped in an overtime thriller last night against Fairfield, 69-68. The Trojans were on fire to start the game as JJ Lane hit a couple of tough shots; however, the Panthers would hang in there and be down by only one point going into halftime, 37-36. The Panthers went on a streak of their own to start the second half as they would lead by as much as eight points. This time for the Trojans, it was Riley Perkins who hit a couple of key threes to keep the Trojans in the game. With Payton Hagans suffering an ankle injury late in the third quarter, Aaiden Ashton stepped up his game finishing the game with 17 points and making a late shot to give the Panthers a three-point lead with only 15 seconds on the clock. Again, it was JJ Lane who hit a buzzer-beater three-pointer to even the game at 63, Lane would finish the game with 18 points. Perkins would hit two free-throws with 15 seconds remaining in the contest to give Fairfield a four-point lead. Ashton would hit one more three to give us the final score. Hagans would lead the way with 28 points on the night, followed by Ashton with 17 points. The boys’ will be back in action on February 14th against Pella at home for their final regular season game for the year. The girls’ team will travel to play Fort Madison on February 15th for their first game of the regional.

The Holy Trinity Catholic girls’ team will play Winfield-Mt. Union on February 14th. The boys’ team will play Burlington Notre Dame on February 13th.

The New London boys’ team will have their first round game against Danville on February 13th at home.

The WACO girls’ team will host Burlington Notre Dame on February 14th at 7 pm. The boys’ team will play Columbus on February 13th at home.

The Central Lee girls’ team will be back in action tonight, February 11th, against Davis County at 7 pm. The boys’ team will face off against Louisa-Muscatine on February 13th to start their District play.

The Danville girls’ team’s next game is February 14th against West Burlington to start their regional play. 

The Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ team will play Holy Trinity Catholic on February 14th. The boys’ team will host Wapello for their first round matchup on February 13th.

High School Wrestling

The next competition for the Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will be at the Class 2A District 9 postseason meet today. To make it to state, wrestlers in Class 1A or 2A must finish in first or second-place and third-place finishers in Class 3A District Tournaments will also qualify.

High School Bowling

Mt. Pleasant competed in the Southeast Conference tournament yesterday with the girls’ team finishing in 2nd place behind Keokuk. The boys’ team would take 3rd place as Keokuk took the top spot. The Panthers had a total of 6 All-Conference bowlers with five coming from the girls team. Addison McGehearty was the top bowler finishing with 415 total pins, Natalee Brush, Tori Hixson, Kya Goodrich, Bethany Drury, and Alec Payne all earned All-Conference for Mt. Pleasant. The Panthers will have their state qualifying meet on February 14th, hosted by Keokuk at 9 am. 

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The 23rd-ranked men’s team improved to 23-2 on the season and will face off in a Valentine’s Day doubleheader against Baptist Bible College at 7:30 pm. 

The women’s basketball team will be in action today at Haskell Indian Nations University at 1 pm.

The men’s wrestling team defeated Benedictine College 27-21, but fell to #1 Grand View University 51-6 last night. Lane Scorpil was the lone Tiger to win a match against Grand View. Josh Keller, Carson Coleman, Drew Evans, and Isaac Boucher won by fall with Brendan Ferenchik winning by a 4-3 decision against Benedictine. The next competition for the Tigers will be the 2023 Heart of America Conference Championship.

The women’s wrestling team will wrestle at the Warrior Open tomorrow, February 12th.

The Tigers Indoor Track and Field teams will be competing at the Darren Young Invitational this morning.

The Tiger baseball team will have a doubleheader against Hannibal-LaGrange University with the first game taking place at noon and the other game taking place after the first contest.

This Day in Sports History

1965 – Braves propose to pay 5 cents from each ticket to bring a new team to Milwaukee.

1974 – First Major League Baseball arbitration case; Minnesota Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins; Twins offered $23,000.

1990 – In a huge upset, James “Buster” Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10th round in Tokyo, Japan to win the world heavyweight boxing title.