Sports, January 4th

High School Basketball

Winfield-Mt. Union swept the night against Hillcrest Academy with the girls’ continuing their undefeated streak crushing the Ravens 63 to 4. Bradie Buffington had a stat sheet stuffer of a night leading the Wolves in points with 22 while grabbing 8 rebounds and collecting 4 steals. Melina Oepping aided the winning effort by scoring 17 points. The boys’ team followed that up with their own decisive win over the Ravens, 59-42. Abram Edwards and Cam Buffington both finished with a double-double as Edwards had 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Buffington scored 14 points and nabbed 14 boards. The Wolves will travel to take on Lone Tree this Friday, January 6th, with the girls’ team starting at 6 pm and the boys to follow.

The WACO Warriors also took care of business last night against Louisa-Muscatine. The girls’ team led by Ellah Kissel’s 14 points and Grace Coble’s 10 points cruised to a 38-19 victory despite being down 12 to 8 after the first quarter. The boys’ team won by 33 points in the 66-33 clobbering of the Falcons. Eleven members of the Warriors scored in the game with Hunter Hughes leading the team with 21 points. WACO will travel to play Pekin this Friday with the girls’ scheduled to start at 6 pm.

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will play Fort Madison at home this Friday. The boys’ team will be on the road to play the Bloodhounds with KILJ on the call with pregame at 7:15 pm. Coach Rawson knows this will be a tough conference matchup.

The New London Tigers will be hosting Burlington Notre Dame on Friday with the girls starting at 6 pm and the boys to follow.

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 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 tomorrow, 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 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 will be back in action January 6th and 7th for the NWCA Multi-Division National Duals Championship.

The men’s wrestling team will 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

1975 – New Orleans Jazz set a then NBA record (with 24-second shot clock) by scoring only 20 points in the first half of a 111-89 loss in Seattle; unwanted record stands for nearly 25 years.

1977 – Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as first woman TV play-by-play announcer.

2000 – A day after accepting the head coaching position at the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns and moves to the New England Patriots.