Sports, November 30th

High School Basketball

The Winfield-Mt. Union girls basketball team continue to roll to start the season as the the Wolves rattled off 31 first quarter points on their way to a decisive 61-28 win over Louisa-Muscatine. The Wolves press defense showed up in a big way early which led to 9 players scoring and three finishing in the double digits as Melina Oepping tallied 19 points, Bradie Buffington had 12, and Keely Malone helped the cause with 11 points.

The Winfield-Mt. Union boys basketball team started just as fast outscoring Louisa-Muscatine 46-21 in the first half as they put up a 40-point win over the Falcons, 86-46. Both teams will be at home this Friday, December 2nd, against Pekin with the girls game starting at 6 pm and the boys game following.

Holy Trinity Catholic faced off against Danville last night as the Bears defeated the Crusaders 40-38 in the girls game. Both teams move to 1-1 on the season. The boys basketball team had a dramatic ending as well as the Crusaders late rush was foiled by the Bears as they clung on to a three point winning 57-54. Their next game will be a home contest against West Burlington this Friday, December 2nd.

The New London boys basketball team fell to Van Buren County in their season opener 55-48. The girls basketball team moves to 0-5 on the season after falling to Van Buren County 44-30.

The Central Lee girls basketball team fell to Mediapolis 75-40 last night. The Bulldogs dominated the second half allowing the Hawks to only score 14 points while putting up 44. The boys basketball team suffered a similar fate as Mediapolis rolled to a 30-point victory, 64-34. New London will host Central Lee this Friday, December 2nd, with the girls games starting at 6 pm and the boys going at 7:30 pm.

The Mt. Pleasant boys basketball team will face off against Fort Madison this Friday, December 2nd, at 7:30 pm as they look for their first win in the home opener.

The Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team will be on the road to take on Fort Madison Friday, December 2nd, at 7:30 pm. KILJ will be on the call with pregame at 7:15.

The WACO girls basketball team will be back in action this Friday, December 2nd, at 6 pm against Wapello as they are now 1-1 on the season. The boys basketball team will face off against Wapello at the conclusion of the girls game.

High School Wrestling

The Mt. Pleasant girls and boys wrestling team hosted Columbus last night. The Mt. Pleasant girls team handled Columbus winning 15-6. Alexis Wagner and Jayden Housch each totaled 6 points with Natalie Parrott scoring three. Audrey Hoback scored the lone points for Columbus. The boys team did not have the same luck as Columbus dominated winning 61-18. Ramzy Davis, Bowen Davis, and Gavin Kerr all scored falls for the Panthers. Ethan Palmer, Kai Malone, Cole Storm, Ty Scorpil, Preston Prior, Ian Esudillo, Russel Coil, and Jacob Nelson all scored falls while Trevor Phillips and Riley Kaalberg both scored points on decision for Columbus. The Panther girls and boys wrestling teams will be competing at the Willard Howell Wrestling Tournament this Saturday, December 3rd.

WACO girls wrestling team will travel to BGM to compete on Friday, December 2nd.

Mt. Pleasant Bowling

The Mt. Pleasant bowling team got their season underway against West Burlington at King Pins last night. The boys team had a strong performance with Jonathan Fortin having the best combined games with 370 pins and the best game with 203. Alec Payne followed with a combined score of 321. However, the Panthers were bested by only 29 pins as West Burlington won the match.

The girls team dominated with Addison McGehearty scoring the best combined score and single game score with 361 and 191, respectively. Kylie Alldredge and Bethany Drury each had strong games scoring 297 and 294, respectively. They would cruise to an easy win defeating West Burlington by 748 pins. Their next competition will be against Keokuk December 8th.

Elementary Basketball Tournament

The 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 will  look to get back in the win column tonight, November 30th, against Simpson College at 7 pm on the road. The Tigers will be looking for their seventh win of the season.

The men’s basketball team is now on an 8-game win streak they’ll look to extend it against Waldorf at home tonight at 7 pm. KILJ will be on the call with pregame at 6:45. They defeated Waldorf 77-47 earlier in the season as the Tigers will be leaning on Allante Pickens and Henry Shannon, both of which are averaging over 14 points a game.

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

1956 – At 21 years, 10 months, 3 weeks, 5 days Floyd Patterson becomes youngest world heavyweight boxing champion; KOs Archie Moore in 5th round in Chicago; first Olympic gold medalist to win a professional heavyweight title.

1971 – Emmy and Peabody Award-winning TV movie “Brian’s Song”, about the friendship of Chicago Bears football teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers (based on Sayers’ autobiography) premieres on ABC, starring James Caan and Billie Dee Williams.

2015 – NBA star Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) announces his intention to retire at the end of the season.