Sports, January 14th

Prep Basketball: Mount Pleasant Splits at Fairfield:

Fairfield 52, Mount Pleasant 48

Andrea Lopreato had 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Kenna Lamm added 16 points and four points — but it was not enough as Mount Pleasant’s furious second half rally came up short in a 52-48 loss to Fairfield last night.

Mount Pleasant, down by 12 at halftime, used a 20-7 third quarter run to take a lead into the fourth quarter.

Late in the 4th, the Panthers would take a 44-38 lead, but that’s when Fairfield woke up.

The Trojans closed the game on a 14-4, led by the huge play of Delaney Breen.

Breen led all scorers with 26 points and four rebounds, she hit three triples and went 5-of-6 at the free throw line.

Lopreato had a chance to tie the game in the waning moments at the free throw line, but missed both. Danielle Breen put the game on ice with a pair of foul shots.

The loss dropped the Panthers to 5-8.

Fairfield improved to 7-4.

Mount Pleasant 50, Fairfield 48 .

A late flurry and two clutch triples propelled Mount Pleasant to a 50-48 road win at Fairfield last night.

Reese Kempker hit a three to bring the Panthers to within one while Payton Hagans drilled the game-tying three at the 3:30 mark — catapulting the Panthers to the clutch road win.

Dewon Trent led the Panthers with 21 points and seven boards. He played the entirety of the game.

Leading by three at halftime, the Trojans saw their lead vanish in moments.

Owen Vansickel added 10, going 10-for-15 from the free throw line.

Aidan Ashton chipped in with seven while Payton Hagans finished with five.

J.J. Lane led all scorers with 24 points while Max Weaton added 12 points and nine boards.

Mount Pleasant improved to 4-7.

Fairfield slumped to 3-8.

Prep Wrestling: Mount Pleasant Bested in Dual:

Washington 51, Mount Pleasant 25

Washington beat Mount Pleasant in nine of 14 matches, as the Panthers were beaten 51-25 on Senior Night at Panther Gymnasium.

Bowen Davis earned a pin for the Panthers, while Carson Coleman took home a 9-1 major decision victory.

William Birdsell posted an 8-3 decision over Teegan Sulentich, as well.

Two Panthers received forfeit wins.

WACO Picks Up Four Dual Wins

Jonah Clark earned four individual wins for WACO as the Warriors cruised to a quartet of dual victories yesterday in Packwood.

WACO took down Columbus-WMU, Van Buren County, Pekin and Cardinal.

Columbus-WMU went 3-1 — their lone loss to WACO.

Gage Samo also starred for the Warriors — Samo picked up a major decision and three forfeit wins.

Columbus-WMU saw top-ranked Lane Scorpil go 4-0. Scorpil picked up three falls and a forfeit.

Triston Miller completed that same feat, as well.

Mediapolis Goes 1-1 at Riverside 

Mediapolis beat Highland but lost to Wapello at Highland’s home triangular last night.

Quinten Aney, a medalist from last year’s state meet, won both of his matches by fall.

Wapello had seven wrestlers that posted a 2-0 record led by Codder Malcom and Carter Ball who both earned two fall victories.

No. 2 ND-WB-Danville Picks Up Two Dual Wins

Second-ranked Notre Dame-West Burlington-Danville sent a statement through southeast Iowa yesterday, rolling to dual wins over Louisa-Muscatine and New London.

The Tigers and Nikes split the two biggest bouts of the night, with Dominic Lopez earning a third period fall over Notre Dame’s Isaiah Fenton.

Second-ranked C.J. Walrath took down New London’s Josh Glendening 5-0 in the second clash of titans.

New London beat Louisa-Muscatine 47-18 in the Tigers’ other scrap.

The Nikes improved to 15-0 overall in dual action.

New London fell to 2-10, while Louisa-Muscatine is now 2-5.

College Basketball: Iowa’s Murray Named to POW Midseason Watch List:

Iowa guard Keegan Murray has been named to the 2021 Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award midseason watch list, the university announced yesterday.

The award is presented annually to the top player in Division I college basketball and is named in honor of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson.

Murray has arguably been the most dominant player in basketball this season with the Cedar Rapids native posting 24 points and eight rebounds per game.

Murray finished with 12 points and nine rebounds in Iowa’s 83-74 win last night over Indiana.

College Football: Iowa’s LaPorta, Campbell and Jones All Returning:

Iowa football got a boost yesterday when tight end Sam LaPorta, wide receiver Charlie Jones and linebacker Jack Campbell all announced they would return to Iowa City for the 2022 season.

LaPorta led the team with 53 catches for 670 yards and three touchdowns.

Campbell earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after leading the league in tackles with 140.

Jones, a special teams maven, was twice selected as the Special Teams Player of the Week this year. His role grew on offense as the season chugged along as well.

Iowa finished last year with a record of 10-4.