Sports, Wednesday, January 5th

Prep Basketball: New London Cruises, Other Prep Finals:

New London 69, Notre Dame 48 

Kade Benjamin had 18 points, while Blaise Porter and Devon Swanson each added 14 as New London rolled to a 69-48 Super Conference South Division win over Notre Dame last night.

Despite playing a three overtime classic the night before against Mount Pleasant, the Tigers jumped on the gas pedal early, staking themselves out to a 21-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Notre Dame slashed the lead to seven at the break but New London went on a 25-10 third quarter run to salt the game away.

Jackson Brent led Notre Dame with 11 points with Matt Booten adding nine.

New London improved to 8-0 with the victory.

Notre Dame is now 4-5.

WACO 69, Central Lee 28

WACO raced to an early lead and never looked back as the Warriors started the New Year with a 69-28 win over Central Lee last night.

The Warriors went on a 47-13 run in the second half to effectively end the game.

WACO is now 7-2 while Central Lee dropped to 0-8.

Winfield-Mount Union 64, Columbus 11 

Abram Edwards poured in 20 points and seven rebounds while Cam Buffington finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds as Winfield-Mount Union beat Columbus 64-11.

The Wolves went on a 28-1 second quarter run to remove all doubt.

Winfield-Mount Union moved to 7-1.

Columbus is 3-5.

Other prep finals:

  • Wapello 40, Holy Trinity 38
  • Hillcrest Academy 66, Lone Tree 44
  • Mediapolis 49, Louisa-Muscatine 13
  • Danville 46, Cardinal 37
  • West Burlington 81, Van Buren County 42

Girls’ Basketball: No. 7 Notre Dame Rolls Past New London, Other Prep Finals:

No. 7 Notre Dame 78, New London 45

Notre Dame vaulted out to a 40-11 lead after one quarter and put it in cruise control the rest of the way for a 78-45 win over New London last night.

Quincy University recruit Megan Harrell had 18 points to lead Notre Dame while Gabby Deery chipped in with 12.

New London came back to outscore Notre Dame 24-20 in the second half behind 19 points from Emma Nye.

Natalie Burden added nine.

New London is 0-13.

Notre Dame stayed unblemished at 9-0.

Winfield-Mount Union 60, Columbus 31 

Bradie Buffington led a quartet of Lady Wolves in double figures with 17 points as Winfield-Mount Union got by Columbus 60-31 last night.

Jobey Malone, Keely Malone and Keetyn Townsley all joined Buffington in double digits.

Lily Coil paced the Wildcats with 14.

The Lady Wolves stayed hot, they’re now 10-2.

Columbus slumped to 2-9.

Central Lee 43, WACO 34 

Alivia Myhre scorched WACO for 18 points as Central Lee continued playing strong basketball with a 43-34 win over the Warriors last night.

Ellah Kissell was the high-point player for WACO with 12 while Grace Coble chipped in with nine.

Central Lee is now 6-3 — they’ll get a tilt with Cardinal Friday night.

WACO will host Notre Dame.

The Warriors are 5-5.

Other prep finals:

  • Wapello 48, Holy Trinity 45
  • Lone Tree 52, Hillcrest Academy 40
  • Mediapolis 53, Louisa-Muscatine 33
  • Danville 55, Cardinal 39
  • West Burlington 58, Van Buren County 33

College Basketball: Wesleyan Holds Off LCU’s Second Half Surge:

Lincoln Christian outscored Iowa Wesleyan 37-30 in the second half and trimmed a 17-point Wesleyan lead to just two, but the Tigers sunk some clutch free to earn a gutsy 79-72 win over the Red Lions yesterday afternoon.

Dylan Hurley paced the Tigers with 15 points while former New London prep Alex Dentlinger chipped in with 13.

Greenville transfer Marvin Bateman ended with 11 points and hit the the dagger three, giving Wesleyan a nine point lead with just over 3:00 to play in the game.

Josh Donaldson had a game-high 27 points, including a number of highlight real jams to pace the Red Lions.

Wesleyan is now 6-11 on the season.

Alex Huisman’s bunch will next be in action Friday, January 7th at the Crowley Ridge Classic where the Tigers will take on Northern New Mexico College.

College Volleyball: Iowa Names Jim Barnes Head Volleyball Coach:

The University of Iowa Athletics Department has announced the hiring of Jim Barnes as the new head coach of the Hawkeye volleyball program.

Barnes is the 11th head coach of the program.

Barnes arrives in Iowa City after spending six seasons (2016-21) at the helm of the Tulane volleyball program.

Before Tulane, Barnes spent 11 seasons as the head coach at Baylor (2004-15), where he became the program’s all-time win leader with 181 victories.

Iowa ended their fall season with a record of 6-24.