Sports, November 21st

High School Basketball

The Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team’s first game of the season is tomorrow at home against Pella. The game will be broadcast on KILJ with the opening tip set for 7 pm, the pregame show at 6:45 pm. Coach Watson is looking for his team to play fast paced to get off to a good start for the season.

The Winfield-Mt. Union girls basketball team has gotten off to a quick start in Mendy McCreight’s first year at the helm. In their first game against New London, Bradie Buffington stuffed the stat sheet leading the Wolves in points with 24 adding 9 rebounds and 5 steals. Melina Opepping had a triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 steals on their way to a dominating 54-24 victory. The Wolves then followed it up with a win over Central Lee 57-33. Buffington and Keetyn Townsley each had 15 points with Oepping and Josie Nelson adding 8 points to the effort. Makayla Morrison and Mya Lampe led the scoring for the Hawks with 11 apiece. Winfield-Mt. Union will host Lone Tree tomorrow at 6 pm and Central Lee will host Mediapolis next Tuesday, November 29th.

The New London girls basketball team also played Davis County last weekend falling 70-28. Natalie Burden did most of the scoring, ending with 19 points on the night. They’ll look for their first win tomorrow as they travel to play Calamus-Wheatland at 6:30 pm.

Elementary Basketball Tournament

Mount Pleasant Christmas Holidays 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament for 3rd – 8th grade boys and girls will be held on Dec 17th, 2022. For more registration details contact Coach Ronnie Ashton at 319-931-2896.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The NAIA held their National Championship run Friday morning with two members for Iowa Wesleyan–one for the men and one for the women–running at the meet. For the men, Logan Lucas, a sophomore, finished in 293rd out of 318 runners with a time of 27 minutes 52 seconds. Lilly Garnsey was the other Tiger that ran as she finished in 310th place, finishing in 21 minutes 23 seconds, her best time of the season. The Tigers also had seven members receive NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition. Andrew Huhuyana, Marlon Brown, and Ryan Hutchinson for the men with Alyssa Scharlow, Angelynne Blagsvedt, Faith Younce, and Teya Hawkins for the women.

The women’s wrestling team competed at the Missouri Valley Open over the weekend. Alaina Sunlin wrestled for the Tigers in the 101-pound weight class where she finished 3-2 on the weekend, losing her last two matches. Mia Palumbo, ranked 2nd, wrestled in the 109-pound weight class and won by tech fall in her first two matches then by decision in her third. She fell in the semifinals 6-2, but won third place overall after defeating Pauline Grandados by decision, this was the best finish for the Tigers. Faith Cole, Destiny Campbell, and Joanna Vanderwood would each fall in their consolation bracket. The women’s team will be back in action December 7th for a top ten matchup as they will host the #3 Grand View University Vikings.

The men’s basketball team dominated on day 1 of the Cobble Inn and Suites Classic winning by 30 points over Waldorf 77-47. Three members of the Tigers finished with double digit points with Allante Pickens leading the team with 18. Hakeem Odunsi added 16 off the bench and Henry Shannon tallied 14 on the game. On Day 2 it was much of the same as the Tigers extended their winning streak to 7 games after defeating Valley City State University 81-58. Shannon and Pickens continued their dominance as Shannon scored 23 points and collected 7 rebounds while Pickens dropped 16 and dished out 7 assists. Francis Okwuosah and Odunsi each scored double digits off the bench. The Tigers will be at home tomorrow in a big matchup as they face off against #13 ranked William Penn University. Iowa Wesleyan will be doing free admission to the contest as the public is encouraged to come out and show their support.

The women’s basketball team’s next game will be this afternoon against Oklahoma City University at 2 pm to start the Our Lady of the Lake Classic.

This Day in Sports History

1902 – Baseball’s Philadelphia Athletics & Phillies form pro football teams, joining Pitts Stars in the first attempt at a National Football League.

1949 – Bill Veeck sells the Cleveland Baseball team for $22 million, to fund his divorce settlement.

2004 – CFL Grey Cup, Frank Clair Stadium, Ottawa: Toronto Argonauts defeat BC Lions, 27-19; first Grey Cup game played on next-generation FieldTurf surface.