Sports, November 23rd

High School Basketball

The Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team fell in the first game of the season 51-37 to Pella last night. The night was marred by bad shooting and turnovers by both teams as the Panthers found themselves down 16-2 at one point during the second quarter. However, the Panthers were able to claw their way back into the game after they made 10 straight free throws. Early in the fourth quarter, Andrea Lopreato made a lay-up to bring the game within five but Kennedy Van Vark hit three threes in the fourth quarter and the Dutch were able to run away with it. Lopreato led the Panthers with 19 points with Tristian Schull adding 11. They’ll be back in action November 28th at home against Ottumwa at 7:30 pm.

The Winfield-Mt. Union girls basketball team continued their dominance as they defeated Lone Tree 70-29. The Wolves will face off against Louisa-Muscatine November 29th at home at 6 pm.

The WACO girls basketball team got their first win of the season after they handled Pekin 62-26. Ellah Kissell led the Warriors in points with 22, Grace Coble had 14 points, and Katie Leichty also had double-digits points with 11. They’ll be on the road to face off against Holy Trinity Catholic at 6 pm on November 28th.

The New London girls basketball team fell to Calamus-Wheatland 60-21 last night. They will look for their first win against Columbus November 28th on the road at 6 pm.

The Mt. Pleasant boys basketball team’s next game will be a road contest against Cedar Rapids Washington at 7:30 pm on Monday, November 28th.

The Central Lee girls basketball team will host Mediapolis next Tuesday, November 29th.

High School Wrestling

The Mt. Pleasant girls wrestling team has competed in two tournaments so far with Ella McNamee finishing in first place at both tournaments and currently touting a 5-0 record. Alexis Wagner placed sixth at BGM and went 1-1 at West Liberty. Jayden Housh finished sixth at BGM and went 1-2 at West Liberty. Natalie Parrott finished in second place at the JV level at BGM and got third at West Liberty.

.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 women’s basketball team won on Day one of the Our Lady of the Lake Classic 66-43 against Oklahoma City University. It was a close game heading into halftime with the Tigers on top 35-31, then the defense allowed only 12 points in the second half as they cruised to an easy victory. It was Megan Teal coming off the bench that lifted the Tigers as she scored a team leading 17 points and 7 rebounds and collected 3 steals. Maci Kuchta and Kyla Moore each added 13 points and 4 rebounds. Day two did not go as well as the Tigers fell to Southwestern Christian College 67-57. Brielle Baker and Kyla Moore led the Tigers in points as they each scored 13. They’ll look to get back in the win column November 30th against Simpson College at 7 pm on the road.

The men’s basketball team pulled off the upset against the #13 ranked William Penn Statesmen in front of the home crowd in a dramatic 85-81 final. Carver Locke led the Tigers in points with 16 along with Hakeem Odunsi. Allante Pickens and Henry Shannon each added 15 points to the effort. Coach Ashton talked of his team’s performance after the game. Now on an 8-game win streak they’ll look to extend it against Waldorf at home November 30th at 7 pm. KILJ will be on the call.

The women’s wrestling 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 wrestling team’s next match will be Saturday, December 3rd, at the Buena Vista Open starting at 9 am.

This Day in Sports History

1904 – III Summer (Modern) Olympic Games close in St Louis.

1984 – Boston College QB Doug Flutie passes (472 yards), including the game ending 48 yard TD (Hail Mary Pass) to end game & beat Miami 47-45.

1991 – Sacramento Kings ends NBA’s longest road losing streak at 43 games.