SPORTS DECEMBER 09, 2015Written by John Kuhens on December 9, 2015
Cedar Rapids Prairie escaped from Panther Gymnasium last night with a 45-43 boys varsity basketball victory. Mt. Pleasant led 11-6 at the end of the 1st quarter and built a 10 point lead during the 2nd quarter before running out of gas just before halftime and that allowed the Hawks to pull within 1 at halftime. Prairie finally wrestled the lead away from the Panthers in the 3rd quarter and were able to hang onto it the rest of the way. Leading the MPHS scoring was Kieran Kohorst with 14 points, Brady Sartorius had 11 and Jordon Magnani with 10. Mt. Pleasant will host Keokuk Friday night in Southeast Conference action, the Chiefs fell to Iowa City West last night 71-20.
Cedar Rapids Prairie won the JV game 60-40, Rhett Zeglen led the Panther scoring with 13 points.
OTHER AREA BOY’S SCORES: WMU 60 Mediapolis 35, Waco 43 L&M 41, West Burlington 66 Holy Trinity Catholic 63, Danville 64 Van Buren/Harmony 44, Central Lee 74 Cardinal 60, IMS 78 New London 67, Lone Tree 70 Wapello 67, Pekin 65 Columbus Community 45, Ft. Madison 69 West Hancock 62, Muscatine 68 Washington 43, Ottumwa 57 Fairfield 51.
AREA GIRLS SCORES: Mediapolis 68 WMU 27, Pleasant Valley 69 Burlington 26, Danville 53 Van Buren/Harmony 21, New London 45 IMS 39, Central Lee 69 Cardinal 55, Pekin 77 Columbus Community 53, Lone Tree 56 Wapello 20, Central Lee, Donnellson 69 Cardinal, Eldon 55, Fairfield 41 Ottumwa 36, Louisa-Muscatine 42 Waco 20, West Burlington 51 Holy Trinity Catholic 45.
AREA WRESTLING: Keokuk 41 Quincy 33, Mediapolis 43 Ft. Madison 33
WRESTLING RANKINGS: Class 3A is topped by Ft. Dodge. Class 2A #1 is Clarion-Goldfield with Mediapolis ranked 5th. Class 1A Lisbon #1.
Each month the NCAA holds a Special Olympic Spotlight that features three stories about Special Olympic events held around Division III and creates a poll for fans to vote for their favorite one. Iowa Wesleyan’s story was one of three stories selected to highlight in the month of November.
On April 11, 2015, Iowa Wesleyan hosted the Southeast Iowa Special Olympic Spring Games at Maple Leaf Athletic Complex. The Springs Games are a track and field event where athletes can compete for a chance to qualify for the state event held at Iowa State University. Over 200 athletes and 130 volunteers, including over 50 Iowa Wesleyan student-athletes were on hand to make the Spring Games a successful event.
Iowa Wesleyan received 2,776 total votes throughout the month of November to win the Spotlight poll with 48 percent of the votes. Iowa Wesleyan received $500 dollars for winning the poll and plans to use it to help host the Southeast Iowa Spring Games for the second year in a row. The event is set for April 9, 2016 at the Maple Leaf Athletic Complex.