Sports, Monday, March 29th

By: Nathan Bloechl — 

Prep Track: Mount Pleasant Boys’ at West Burlington:

Fresh off a nice performance at the Washington Relays last Friday, the Mount Pleasant boys’ track will be back in action this afternoon when they travel to West Burlington for the Falcon Relays.

Joining the Panthers at West Burlington today will be:

  • Burlington
  • Central Lee
  • Danville
  • Fort Madison
  • Highland
  • Keokuk
  • Mediapolis
  • New London
  • Winfield-Mount Union
  • Washington

Field events will begin at 4:30 p.m. with running events to begin shortly thereafter.

Women’s College Basketball: Wesleyan Outlasts Blackburn:

The Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team scored 32 points in the fourth quarter as they pulled away for an 85-66 win Saturday after Blackburn.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Tigers, while sweeping the season series against Blackburn.

Morgan McCrea had a game high 25 points, while Anija Simmons chipped in with a monster double double of 19 points and 20 boards.

Sydney Farrar and Hannah Sykora also got into double figures with 13 and 12 points respectively.

The win moved Wesleyan to 2-10 overall and 2-6 in conference play.

They’ll lock horns with Greenville University on Wednesday, you can listen to that game on FM 105.5

They’ll tip at 5:30 p.m.

Men’s College Basketball: Wesleyan Blows Lead, Late Chance to Win:

Chanz Aldridge finished with 38 points as Blackburn overcame an eleven-point deficit to win their sixth straight game, 77-76 over Iowa Wesleyan, Saturday afternoon.

Aldridge had 23 points at the break as he nearly singlehandedly carried the Beavers.

Kaleb Cresswell led Wesleyan with 28 points, while Jarryd Fernandes provided his usual lunch-pail double double of 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Wesleyan had a chance to walk the game off, leading by one with 7.8 to play, Aldridge scuffed his free throw but Wesleyan could not get a shot off.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 4-8 overall and prevented them from winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.

They’ll end their home schedule on Wednesday in a doubleheader against Greenville — they’ll tip at 7:30 p.m.

College Softball: Wesleyan “Splits” Doubleheader:

The Iowa Wesleyan softball team “split” their doubleheader with Eureka on Saturday, but will need to travel back to the Land of Lincoln to finish off game two after rain ended proceedings.

In game one, the Tigers were beaten 8-6.

Morgan Christner was the losing pitcher for the Tigers, allowing eight hits and eight earned runs, while striking out five.

Wesleyan was led offensively by Alex Eyman who went 3-for-3 with two home runs and five runs batted in.

Former Danville prep Ashley Pfadenhauer also added a round-tripper for the Tigers.

In game two, the Tigers jumped out a 7-0 lead after two innings on the back of another Pfadenhauer home run, she tallied five runs batted in the abbreviated game two.

It is unclear when they will make the rest of that contest up.

The Tigers will host a home doubleheader on Friday, when they welcome in Greenville University.

First pitch is set for 12:00 p.m.

College Volleyball: Wesleyan Swept in Quarters:

The Iowa Wesleyan volleyball team was swept in the quarterfinals of the SLIAC Conference Tournament, losing 3-0 to top-seeded Westminster.

The Blue Jays took the matchup 25-16, 25-23, 25-20.

Malie DeMate paced the Tigers offensively with 12 kills.

Jenna Murphy led the back row with 15 digs. Lindsay Fernandes had 11 assists for Wesleyan.

The loss dropped Wesleyan to 1-14.

They’ll close out the season in the 7th place match tomorrow, against an opponent to be determined.