Sports, Thursday, April 22nd

By: Nathan Bloechl —¬†

Prep Track: Mount Pleasant, New London, Other Area Programs Ready for Drake Relays:

For the first time in two years, the prestigious Drake Relays will go on — with fans — today at the Blue Oval in Des Moines.

For Mount Pleasant, several competitors will be in action today.

Jadan Brumbaugh is the biggest box office attraction.

Brumbaugh, following in the footsteps of former state champion Lexie Magnani, holds the state’s top mark in the shot put with a heave of 44 feet, one inch.

She threw that at last week’s Denny White Relays.

Also qualifying for the Panthers were both Karsyn and Kenna Lamm — they’ll run the 100m hurdles today.

Karsyn is the 28th seed with a best mark of 16.15 seconds, while Kenna is seeded 31st with a personal best time of 16.26 seconds this season.

Mount Pleasant’s girls’ program will also send a pair of relays to the Blue Oval — the shuttle hurdle relay team of the Lamm sisters, Jenna Gilmore and Allie Westercamp — and the 4x100m team of the Lamm sisters, Bailey Jalas and Jenna Gilmore.

Meanwhile, on the boys’ side of the ledger Mount Pleasant’s Cooper Pullis will look to continue his improvement today. Pullis has the 15th best mark in the state so far this season with a throw of 52 feet, 3.5 inches.

For New London, Carter Allen is primed to open eyes statewide.

Allen has the third best mark in the Hawkeye State in the discus with a heave of 169 feet, 10 inches, while punching in with the 17th best throw in the shot put 51 feet, 7.5 inches.

Danville’s distance medley quartet of Mason Chipman, Gabriel Gourley, Oliver Sowell and Ty Carr qualified today with the 23rd best time in state with a time of 3:40.30.

Other qualifiers today:

  • Shot Put — Bryce Martin, Mediapolis
  • 400m Run — Caden Thomas, Wapello
  • 4x100m Relay — Wapello Boys’

In non Drake Relays track today, the Mount Pleasant girls’ will be at Washington High School for an invite beginning at 4:30 p.m., while the boys’ will travel to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont.

Winfield-Mount Union is hosting their home invite tonight as well, action in Winfield will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Mount Pleasant head girls’ coach Scott Lamm will join Nathan Bloechl tonight on Beyond the Game to break down Drake Relay results.

Girls’ Soccer: Mount Pleasant Tries to Stay Unbeaten:

The Mount Pleasant girls’ soccer team (4-0) will try to stay unbeaten this afternoon when they play host to Washington (3-1) in a Southeast Conference fixture.

Mount Pleasant is coming off a 3-2 win over Fort Madison, while Washington took down Fairfield 4-nil Monday evening.

Andrea Lopreato has been unreal through four games, averaging three goals per game totaling 12 on the season.

The Demons are paced by senior forward Trina Griffin who has scored 10 goals through four contests.

Mount Pleasant saw their 12 match winning streak against Washington come to a close in May of 2019, but are 14-2 in their last 16 fixtures with the Demons.

This will be the first of two meetings this year.

Tonight’s match will begin at 4:30 p.m. at East Lake Park.

Boys’ Soccer: Mount Pleasant at Washington:

Losers of four straight, the Mount Pleasant boys’ soccer team (1-5) will try to get back into the win column tonight when they travel to Washington (4-1).

The Demons come in with a record of 4-1, winners of three straight after knocking off Fairfield 2-1 earlier this week.

Mount Pleasant is trying to rebound following an 8-nil loss to Fort Madison.

Washington is led offensively by the creative Zac Stout, he’s already scored ten times.

Dillon Malone leads the Mount Pleasant offense, while Logan Lee has had made 56 saves this season.

Tonight’s tilt will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Washington High School.

Prep Tennis: Panthers Duel with Keokuk:

In prep tennis, the Mount Pleasant Panther boys’ and girls’ tennis teams will have a home-and-home date with Keokuk this evening.

The boys’ will be at home at East Lake Park, while the girls’ will travel to Keokuk High School.

Both matches will begin at 4:30 p.m.

College Softball: Wesleyan Splits with Simpson:

Morgan Christner scattered eight hits and two runs while striking out ten as the Iowa Wesleyan Tiger softball team earned a 10-2 game one win over Simpson College yesterday.

The Tigers lit the scoreboard up in the 5th inning sending 11 to the plate in a nine run inning.

Yessenia Munoz had a home run and double in the inning, while Alex Eyman and Kayla Ford both had two hit afternoons.

Munoz, Ford and Taylor Johnson all drove in two runs, as well.

In game two, Simpson scored three times in the 2nd and 3rd inning and added four runs in the 4th as they pulled away for an 11-3 win.

Former Danville prep Abby Dameron took the loss, allowing four runs over three innings while striking out three.

The split moved Wesleyan to 3-7.

They’ll be off until Saturday when they travel to Fulton, Missouri for a doubleheader with Westminster.