Sports, Monday, January 3rd

Prep Basketball: Mount Pleasant-New London Start New Year with Henry County Crossover:

The New Year will start with a bang in Henry County when New London hosts Mount Pleasant today in a nonconference girls’ and boys’ doubleheader.

Action will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the girls’ game.

Andrea Lopreato will look to spearhead the Panthers to third straight win against a New London team that enters 2022 at 0-11.

Lopreato last starred back on December 21st when Mount Pleasant slugged Burlington 71-22.

The do-it-all superstar is averaging 18.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

Also today will mark the anticipated return of junior point guard Tristian Shull, who missed most of December with an ankle injury.

Before her departure, Shull was averaging 8.0 points per game.

New London is paced by junior Natalie Burden.

Burden is averaging 7.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

In the nightcap, all eyes will be on New London junior Blaise Porter.

Porter, one of the top players in the state, eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career already this season and is firing on all-cylinders heading into tonight’s matchup.

Eric Rawson’s group has slumped to 2-5 after dropping three straight into the holiday break.

Dewon Trent has been doing his part and he will be leaned upon once again tonight.

The All-Conference forward is averaging 14.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Both games can be heard on FM 105.5 and

John Kuhens will have the lead call alongside Kent Bennett.

Other area matchups tonight:

  • Fairfield at Centerville
  • Keokuk at West Burlington
  • Louisa-Muscatine at West Liberty

College Wrestling: Spencer Lee to Have Season-Ending Surgery:

The University of Iowa wrestling program announced Saturday that senior Spencer Lee will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

The decision to have season-ending surgery was made collectively by Lee, his family, and the Iowa coaching staff and medical team.

Lee was 3-0 this season, outscoring his opponents 31-1.

Lee suffered a torn ACL one year ago, but still managed to win his third national title.

He will be eligible for the 2022-23 season with a medical hardship.

Women’s College Basketball: Iowa Rolls Past Evansville:

The No. 21 ranked Iowa women’s basketball team set multiple career bests in its 93-56 win over the Evansville Purple Aces last night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Former Dowling Catholic star Caitlin Clark poured in a game-high 44 points, a career high and the most ever scored by an individual player on Iowa’s home floor.

Clark also broke 1,000 points becoming the fastest Big Ten athlete to reach that milestone.

The Hawkeyes return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, January 6 for Big Ten action against Northwestern.

Tip is set for 7:00 p.m.