Sports, Tuesday, November 30th

Girls’ Prep Basketball: Mount Pleasant Wins, Other Prep Finals:

Mount Pleasant 43, Ottumwa 29

Mount Pleasant raced out to an early lead and built it to double figures i n the second half as the Panthers easily rolled to a 43-29 win over Ottumwa last night.

Down to a six-girl rotation, Curt Watson saw star juniors Andrea Lopreato and Tristian Shull carry the offensive burden.

The two finished with 18 points apiece while Lopreato had 11 boards and four steals.

Shull canned one three and went 5-of-6 from the foul line.

Elsie Lange added five points and four boards.

Camdyn Crouse paced Ottumwa with eight.

Mount Pleasant, now 1-1, will take on Fort Madison at Mount Pleasant on Friday night.

You can listen to that matchup right here on FM 105.5 and

No. 7 (1A) Notre Dame 62, Albia 32 

One day after losing their head coach Jim Myers’ to a seven year battle with cancer, the Notre Dame girls’ rolled to a 62-32 over Albia last night.

Megan Harrell led the Nikes with a game-high 15 points while Gabby Deery added 14.

Notre Dame improved to 2-0.

Columbus 48, New London 42

Emma Nye had 13 points while Natalie Burden chipped in with 12 but it was not enough as Columbus held on for a 48-43 win over New London last night.

The defeat sent New London to 0-3.

Lily Coil had a game high 17 points for the Wildcats, who are now 1-2.

Other finals:

  • Louisa-Muscatine 45, Keota 13
  • Wilton 60, Wapello 33
  • Fort Madison 58, Davis County 43

Boys’ Prep Basketball: Mount Pleasant, WACO, Winfield Open Tonight:

It will be a busy night of boys’ basketball as the season gets underway tonight for most area programs.

Starting in Mount Pleasant, it will be game number one in the second year of Eric Rawson’s tenure as the Panthers welcome in Cedar Rapids Xavier tonight.

The Saints knocked off Mount Pleasant in the opener one year ago.

You can listen to tonight’s game on KILJ-FM and beginning with the pre-game show at 7:15 p.m.

Elsewhere in southeast Iowa, WACO will look to follow up a successful football season with one on the hardwood.

The Warriors will start their campaign tonight at Holy Trinity.

Winfield-Mount Union, under the direction of former All-Stater Klay Edwards, will look to start their season with a bang tonight when they host Pekin.

Iowa football recruit Cam Buffington and Abram Edwards will look to take that program to new heights.

Other area tilts tonight:

  • Van Buren County at Central Lee
  • West Burlington at Danville
  • Hillcrest Academy at Mediapolis
  • Cardinal at Notre Dame
  • Columbus at Wapello
  • Oskaloosa at Fairfield
  • Burlington at Iowa City High
  • Keokuk at Iowa City Liberty

Prep Wrestling: Mount Pleasant Begins Season

Anthony Blint’s Mount Pleasant Panther wrestling team will start their season on the road tonight partaking in a quadrangular tonight at Columbus Community.

The Panthers, who did not have a state qualifier last year, are looking to snap that drought and will aim to start their quest tonight.

Joining them in Columbus will be Prairie, Notre Dame and of course, the host Columbus Community-Winfield-Mount Union.

Tonight’s bout will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Other bouts tonight:

  • Three time defending state champion Marcel Lopez and the New London wrestlers will host a quad tonight. The Tigers will welcome in perennial power Lisbon, as well as North Mahaska and West Liberty. They’ll start the scrap at 5:00 p.m.

Women’s College Basketball: Wesleyan Surges to Second Half Comeback

Iowa Wesleyan outscored Culver-Stockton 34-20 in the second half, as the Tiger women earned a hard-fought 58-47 win over Culver-Stockton College last night.

Breanna Wendland paced the Tigers with 17 points and eight boards, while Kyla Moore aided the effort with 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

Brittany West finished with 11 points in the win, as well.

Now 7-2, the Tigers will travel to Forest City to take on Waldorf University on Wednesday.

Tip is set for 6:00 p.m.

Men’s College Basketball: Culver-Stockton Rallies for Winner

Alex Huisman’s Wesleyan men saw Culver-Stockton outscore them 43-32 in the second half as the Wildcats picked up a 77-72 win over the Tigers last night.

The win kept Culver-Stockton perfect at 9-0.

Former Fort Madison standout Kaleb Cresswell drilled five treys to go along with 21 points to lead Wesleyan.

Joey Brown had 13 points and five rebounds, while Marvin Bateman added nine of the bench.

The loss dropped Wesleyan to 3-8, they’ll be in action against Hannibal-LaGrange a week from Wednesday.