Sports, January 1st

High School Basketball

Mt. Pleasant will host New London January 2nd with the girls starting at 6 pm. The boys’ team is currently 5-3 on the season and the girls’ team is 4-6. 

The New London Tigers girls’ team’s next game is January 1st against Van Buren County. The boys’ team is 6-2 being led by Blaise Porter and Kade Benjamin.

The Winfield-Mt. Union Wolves girls’ basketball team will travel to Lone Tree January 6th and the boys’ team will face off against Hillcrest Academy on January 3rd at 7:30 pm. The girls team is ranked 11th in Class 1A and is currently 10-0 on the season.

Danville will host West Burlington January 6th with the girls starting at 6 pm and the boys to follow. The girls’ team goes into the break 5-5 on the season while the boys’ team touts a 7-2 record.

The WACO Warriors next game will be January 3rd at home against Louisa-Muscatine with the girls starting at 6 pm and the boys at 7:30 pm. The boys’ team is ranked fifth in Class 1A touting an undefeated record of 8-0, while the girls are off to a strong start as well at 6-2.

The Holy Trinity Catholic Crusaders will have to wait until January 6th to host Central Lee with the girls going at 6:30 pm. For the Crusaders, the girls’ team is 4-4 and the boys’ team is 3-6 heading into winter break. The Hawks girls’ team is also 4-4 with the boys’ team 2-7 after their last win over Columbus 68-46. 

High School Wrestling

The Mt. Pleasant boys team will be back in action January 12th when they travel to face off with Washington. The girls team will compete at the Highland Tournament January 6th.

High School Bowling

The Mt. Pleasant Panthers girls and boys teams next competition will be January 5th against Washington at the Iris Bowling Center.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The men’s basketball team, now 14-1 and rocking a 13-game winning streak, will have to wait until January 6th to compete against Crowley’s Ridge College for a CAC Classic. Coach Ashton knows that this team still has not hit their peak.

The women’s basketball team went 0-2 competing at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Classic. On Thursday, the Tigers fell to a talented Mayville State University team that came into the game riding a 3-game win streak, 83-67. Isabell West led the Tigers in points with 27. Friday, Iowa Wesleyan came out strong against Bellevue University, leading at the half 38-32. However, the Bruins would go on a 20 to 8 run in the third quarter and run away with it in the fourth to come out on top 79-60. Isabell West again led the Tigers in points with 16 and Megan Teal added 15 points off the bench. The Tigers will look to get Coach Williamson his 275th career victory at Iowa Wesleyan January 6th at the Northern New Mexico Classic against Crowley’s Ridge College. 

The women’s wrestling team competed at the Soldier Salute Tournament on December 29th and 30th and finished 2nd in the collegiate team race and 4th overall thanks to some strong performances by the Tigers. In the 101-pound weight class Alaina Sunlin finished in 4th and Mya Turnmire placed 6th. Mia Palumbo got 4th place in the 109-pound weight class with Faith Cole finishing in 3rd in the 116-pound weight class. All three wrestlers for the Tigers in the 130-pound weight class finished in the top four with Nonnie Justice clinching 4th, Destiny Campbell placed 3rd, and JoAnna Vanderwood finished in 2nd. Adaugo Nwachukwu claimed the title for the 136-pound weight class. Lastly, Grace Gray finished in 2nd for the 191-pound weight class. The Tigers will be back in action January 6th and 7th for the NWCA Multi-Division National Duals Championship.

The men’s wrestling team will have to wait until next year to wrestle at Central Methodist University on January 10th.

The Tiger’s next indoor meet will be the Dutch Athletics Classic on January 14th. 

This Day in Sports History

1902 – First Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Michigan beats Stanford, 49-0; MVP: Neil Snow, Michigan, FB.

1942 – 28th Rose Bowl: #12 Oregon State beats #2 Duke, 20-16 (played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat).

1935 – First Orange Bowl: Bucknell beats Miami (FL), 26-0.