Sports, January 21st

High School Basketball

The New London girls’ team fell to Holy Trinity Catholic 60-38 as the Crusaders rushed out to a 48-10 lead at the end of the first half. Natalie Burden led the Tigers with 17 points. The Tigers won the boys’ game 68-47 last night over the Crusaders moving to 12-4 on the season. New London will host Mediapolis Tuesday, January 24th, and Holy Trinity Catholic will travel to play Burlington Notre Dame Tuesday with the girls’ going at 6 pm followed by the boys.

Burlington Notre Dame swept the night against Danville with the girls winning 68-45 over the Bears and the boys’ team outscored the Bears 15-5 in the fourth quarter to comeback and take the win 48-43. The Danville boys’ team will face off against West Central tomorrow and the girls’ team will travel to play Van Buren County at 6 pm January 24th.

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team improves to 5-2 in conference play after defeating Washington last night 44-35. Andrea Lopreato and Tristian Shull had huge games with Lopreato finishing with a double-double scoring 20 points and grabbing 17 rebounds and Shull putting up 16 points and nabbing 8 steals. 

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team also came out with a conference victory over Washington 58-51 despite a slow start to the game. The Panthers will face off against Mid-Prairie in a double header on Monday on the road with the girls’ playing first at 6 pm. KILJ will be on the call with pregame at 5:45 pm.

Winfield-Mt. Union swept the night against Wapello with the girls’ team showing why they are ranked in Class 1A with the Wolves crushing Wapello 64-8. Keety Townsley led the scoring with 13 points and notching 4 steals. The boys’ team also cruised to an easy win 58-25, as Cam Buffington and Abram Edwards both finished with double-doubles as Buffington had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Edwards finished with 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The boys’ team will have a tough matchup against West Burlington Monday, January 23rd, and the girls’ will have to wait until Friday, January 27th, to go against Columbus.

The WACO girls’ team went on a 10-0 run to start the game and did not look back as they cruised to a 52-38 victory against Columbus. The boys’ team almost put up 100 points against the Wildcats as the Warriors scored 63 points in the first half. WACO will host Highland January 24th with the girls’ going at 6 pm followed by the boys.

High School Wrestling

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will be competing today at the Williamsburg Tournament.

High School Bowling

Mt. Pleasant will travel to play Louisa-Muscatine Monday, January 23rd.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The women’s basketball team got back in the win column and remained undefeated in conference matchups as the Tigers won 66-57. The Tigers got out to a quick start scoring the first 10 points of the game, but Haskell Indian Nations battled back and even had an eight-lead midway through the third quarter. In the back-and-forth battle, Iowa Wesleyan outscored Haskell 23-15 in the fourth quarter thanks to Megan Teal getting hot from beyond the arc, burying four three’s and finishing with 21 points. Isabell West scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the winning effort. The Tigers will be back in action January 27th against Bacone College at the Bacone Classic.

The 25th ranked men’s team looked like they were going to be on upset alert as Haskell rushed out to a 15-4 lead. Coach Ashton called a timeout and Gacoby Jones erupted for four-three pointers out of the break and helped give the Tigers a 39-33 lead at halftime. Coach Ashton after the game talked about what he told his team during that timeout. The second half was all Iowa Wesleyan as they outscored Haskell 42 to 27 to go on to win 81-60. Jones finished with 20 points and Victor Munoz notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Now on a 18-game winning streak and getting into conference play at the Bacone Classic Thursday, January 26th, Coach Ashton talked about how tough these matchups will be.

The men’s wrestling team’s next competition will be a dual against Waldorf University on January 25th. 

The women’s wrestling team’s  next scheduled competition is January 27th at the 2023 Spire Classic.

The Tigers next indoor meet will be today at the Hilltop Invitational.

This Day in Sports History

1986 – 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana.

1990 – John McEnroe becomes 1st ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open.

2004 – Minnesota Wild set an NHL record for 2 fastest goals, when Jim Dowd and Richard Park score just 3 seconds apart in the final 15 seconds of a 4-2 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.