Sports, Monday, May 3rd

By: Nathan Bloechl — 

Prep Tennis: Mount Pleasant in a Home-Home with Burlington:

The Mount Pleasant boys’ and girls’ tennis team will both be in action this afternoon as they partake in a home-and-home series with the Burlington Greyhounds.

The boys’ will begin the afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at East Lake Park, while the girls’ will play at Dankwardt Park in Burlington at 3:30 p.m.

The boys’ are 4-6 on the season, while the girls’ picked up win No. 1 last week in thrilling, 5-4 fashion, over Notre Dame-West Burlington.

Boys’ Soccer: Panthers, Burlington Meet at East Lake:

The Mount Pleasant boys’ soccer team will welcome in Burlington tonight at East Lake Park for a conference fixture.

The Panthers enter play this afternoon with a record of 2-8, while Burlington is 2-6. The Greyhounds last won when they beat Keokuk on the road back on April 19th, 11-1.

Burlington took the first matchup between the programs this season, a 2-nil win, on April 15th in a game played at Bracewell Stadium.

Tyrese Lee paces the Greyhound attack with seven goals on 16 shots on goal.

Freshman goalkeeper Cayden Lowery has made 70 saves.

Mount Pleasant is led on the attacking front by Iowa Wesleyan recruit Dillon Malone, a senior who has scored four times.

Logan Lee has made 90 saves.

This afternoon’s game will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Girls’ Soccer: Mount Pleasant Hooks Up with Burlington:

The Mount Pleasant girls’ soccer team will put their undefeated start to the season on the line tonight when they travel to Bracewell Stadium to link up with Burlington.

The Panthers, 6-0, have largely been untested outside of two one goal games this season.

Andrea Lopreato has been the conference’s best player this year, leading the team with 16 goals on 35 shots on goal.

Elly Manning has added nine goals and five assists.

Emmie Pieper leads the way as Mount Pleasant’s netminder with 34 saves.

Burlington, 6-3, had their three-match winning streak come to a close over the weekend with a 7-nil shutout loss to Quincy Notre Dame (Ill.).

Their top offensive threat is Kevynn Siefken, a freshman who has 12 goals.

The first meeting between the schools resulted in a 4-2 win for Mount Pleasant.

Tonight’s game will kick at 5:00 p.m at Bracewell Stadium.

Other girls’ soccer tonight:

  •  Mediapolis at Centerville
  • Notre Dame-West Burlington-Danville at Davenport West

Prep Track: Mount Pleasant in Fairfield Today:

The Mount Pleasant boys’ and girls’ track and field teams will both be in action tonight when they travel to Fairfield High School for the prestigious Brookhart-Crew Relays.

Joining the Panthers in Fairfield will be:

  • Centerville
  • Davis County
  • Fairfield (host)
  • Fort Madison
  • Washington

The Panther boys’ are coming off a second-place finish at the Tulip Time Relays, while the girls’ finished third in the same meet last week in Pella.

Other area track tonight:

  • New London and Winfield-Mount Union will be among the seven team field at Van Buren County tonight. Racing gets underway at 4:30 p.m.
  • Danville and WACO will be at Highland tonight in a seven team invite. Racing in Riverside gets started at 4:30 p.m.

College Football: Wesleyan Wins in Final Spring Game:

The Iowa Wesleyan football team jumped out to a 28-7 lead before the half, as they rolled past Westminster 35-14 yesterday in the final UMAC spring football game.

Freshman quarterback Gavin Esquivel finished 26-of-40 for 388 yards and three scores, while Hezekiah Hunter had 10 carries for 63 yards and two touchdowns of his own.

Jaden Harris led the aerial attack with four catches for 105 yards, while Jerry Carbajal and Matt Nails each finished with 79 yards receiving.

Chance Colby, a Columbus Junction native, finished with a team high 11 tackles, while Austin McBeth — a New London alum — added six tackles and an interception.

Wesleyan closes their spring year 1-2.

They’ll return to the gridiron in full this fall.