Sports, Monday, November 22nd

Prep Basketball: Mount Pleasant at Mid-Prairie for Tune-Up Jamboree:

The Mount Pleasant boys’ basketball team will get their final tune-up in tonight before taking the court for live bullets next week when they travel to Mid-Prairie for a jamboree tonight.

The Panthers will get scrimmage matchups in against Central Lee, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Pekin, Tipton, West Branch and Wilton.

Expectations have ratcheted up for Mount Pleasant in Eric Rawson’s second year with the Panthers as they return consensus All-Conference selection Dawon Trent.

Trent flourished in his first season getting starters minutes, averaging 15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Also returning the Panthers this year are Sam Jerrell and Owen Vansickel, who both expected to take more control in the offense with a year under their proverbial varsity belts.

Mount Pleasant will host Xavier next Tuesday in their regular season opener.

You can listen to that contest on FM-105.5.

Tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Men’s College Basketball: VCSU Upends Iowa Wesleyan:

Up one at halftime, Iowa Wesleyan saw Valley City State go on an extended 47-31 run in the second half to come from behind for a 91-76 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

Kaleb Cresswell led all scorers with 22 points for Wesleyan while Dylan Hurley added 16 points and six rebounds.

Victor Munoz had 10 points and seven boards off the Wesleyan bench.

Duoth Gach led Valley City State with a highly efficient 21 points in 22 minutes.

Now 3-6, the Tigers will be off until Saturday afternoon when they host William Penn University.

Tip is set for 3:00 p.m.

Women’s College Basketball: Wesleyan Throttles Hannibal in Easy Win:

Iowa Wesleyan led by 19 at halftime as the Tiger women rolled to an easy 72-48 win over Hannibal-LaGrange on Saturday.

Kyla Moore scored a game-high 22 points to go along with seven swipes and four rebounds.

Breann Wendland added 16 points and 10 boards, while Brittany West chipped in with 15 points.

The win moved Iowa Wesleyan to 5-1.

They’ll be off Monday and Tuesday before traveling to Grinnell, Wednesday night.

Tip is set for 6:00 p.m.

College Football: UNI Clinches 22nd Playoff Berth:

The UNI football team will be making their 22nd appearance in the FCS Championships when they face No. 5 Eastern Washington on the road this Saturday.

This will be the third time UNI has squared off with the Eagles in the postseason and first time since 2005.

UNI has won all three.

If the Panthers should spring an upset, it will be on the back of their elite defensive unit.

UNI is No. 1 in the nation in forced turnovers while quarterback Theo Day is tops in the country in yards per reception.

Eastern Washington finished their regular season winners of two straight and 9-2 overall.

Saturday’s game will kick at 3:00 p.m.