Sports, Thursday, April 1st

By: Nathan Bloechl — 

Women’s College Basketball: Wesleyan Falters in Second Half:

The Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team led by as many nine, but it was Greenville using a 37-27 second half run to pull away for a 71-63 win over the Tigers at Ruble Arena yesterday afternoon.

Wesleyan opened the game 3-of-4 from three but then managed to shoot just 8-of-25 from long distance the rest of the game.

Morgan McCrea had 19 points, five rebounds and three assists to led the way for the Tigers while Anija Simmons recorded her second straight double double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Hannah Sykora finished with 10 points for Wesleyan who slumped to 2-11.

Madelyn Stephen paced the Greenville attack with 22 points and six rebounds, while Emily Reinneck added 14 points and 11 boards.

Greenville shot 43% from the field after halftime, improving on a 37% mark from before the break.

Wesleyan will close out their regular season this Saturday when they take on Fontbonne University.

Tip is set for 1:00 p.m.

Men’s College Basketball: Wesleyan Postpones Against Greenville:

The Iowa Wesleyan men’s basketball game against Greenville was deemed a no-contest following Director of Athletics Derek Zander cancelling the matchup.

Greenville played Spalding on Saturday — and Spalding then had a player test positive.

Out of an abundance of caution for the future prospects of the men’s team — including their postseason tournament eligibility — Zander decided the risk was not worth playing the game.

No one on Iowa Wesleyan has tested positive.

Alex Huisman’s group is still slated to play their regular season finale on the road Saturday against Fontbonne University.

They’ll tip at 3:00 p.m.

Prep Track: Mount Pleasant Hosting Large Invite:

The Mount Pleasant boys’ and girls’ track teams will welcome in several teams this evening for an exciting invite.

Both the Panther boys’ and girls’ are coming off first place team finishes earlier this week at the Falcon Relays in West Burlington.

Teams making the trek to Mapleleaf Athletic Complex include:

  • Davenport Assumption
  • Burlington
  • Davenport North
  • Fairfield
  • Fort Madison
  • Iowa City High
  • Mediapolis
  • Mid-Prairie
  • Ottumwa
  • Washington
  • West Burlington/Notre Dame

Field and running events will start simultaneously at 4:30 p.m.

Prep Track: Drake Relays to Host Fans:

The 2021 Drake Relays will welcome spectators, one year following postponement due to the global pandemic.

Strict COVID-19 protocols including socially distanced seating and mask mandate, will be enforced during the 111th edition of America’s Athletic Classic, to be held April 22-24, 2021, at Drake Stadium.

The high school session will run throughout April 22nd.

The Drake Relays are hosted annually at the Blue Oval in Des Moines.