Sports March 12th, 2019

Written by Koehler Wendt on March 12, 2019

Iowa Wesleyan softball played their second day of games in Myrtle Beach South Carolina yesterday. In their first matchup the Tigers offense exploded for a 14-5 win over Clarks Summit College. Tigers struck early scoring 5 runs on 5 hits in the first inning. Ashley Machholz and Emma McDanel both went 3-4 at the plate, and Alex Eyman knocked in 4 RBIs. McDanel picked up the win in the circle pitching 6 innings and striking out 9 batters, Morgan Christner came in to close the game out and struck out all three batters she faced.

In the second game yesterday against Medaille College the two teams had to go to extra innings to determine a winner. The Mavericks hit back to back doubles for a walk off 4-3 win. Kayla Ford and Morgan Christner both had 2 hits in the loss, Christner also pitched all 8 innings and struck out 8 batters but took the loss. Tigers are now 3-1 on the season and play two more games today. They play Centenary College at 2:30pm and then Mt Aloysius at 4:30pm.


The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association released their boys basketball All-State teams. In Class 1A Nik Coble from Waco was selected to 2nd team All-State, he averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game this past season and helped the Warriors get all the way to the Sub-State finals. In Class 2A Keaton Mitchell from Wapello was selected to 2nd team All-State, he averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game and finished 6th in blocks in Class 2A. Also in Class 2A Ben Wolgemuth from Mediapolis was named 3rd team All-State, he averaged 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists per game while leading the Bulldogs to a 2nd place finish in the SEI Superconference North Division.


Southeastern Community College men’s basketball watched in heartache yesterday as they weren’t included in the 24 team bracket for the NJCAA championship tournament which will begin next week in Hutchinson Kansas. Blackhawks had a chance to secure an automatic bid last Wednesday when they played Williston State in the district championship but lost that game 91-78. Oddly enough Indian Hills Community College from Ottumwa made the tournament field but SCC defeated them in the district tournament last week and in three appearances against the Indians this year the Blackhawks went 2-1. SCC finishes the season 27-5 overall, 7-1 in conference games, and were the Regional 11 champions.


Iowa Wesleyan cross country discovered some that some records were broken this past season. After looking in the archives it was found that Sierra Howardson set the Iowa Wesleyan women’s record for 4000 meters at 16:55.5 and the 6000 meter at 23:34.9. Howardson had a very impressive freshman year with accomplishments such as finishing as the top individual runner in her first collegiate race, was twice named the SLIAC Runner of the Week, and was First Team All-Conference.


Coming up on Friday the Mt Pleasant varsity and JV boys track teams will be in Pella for an invitational taking place at Central College. This is the 2nd competition of the season as the team competed in the Dickson Relays last week in the UNI Dome.


On April 20th there is going to be a 3 on 3 basketball tournament taking place at Mt Pleasant Middle School. There are several age groups for male and female teams to compete in. The cost is $60 per team and all checks should be made out to Mt Pleasant Tourney Team. For more information and to register contact Ronnie Ashton at (319)931-2896.


The regular season is over in college basketball and conference tournaments begins. Iowa is the #6 seed in the Big 10 tournament. Hawkeyes are on a 4 game losing streak entering tournament time. They get a first round bye and will play the winner of Illinois and Northwestern on Thursday around 8:30pm, pregame coverage at 7:30pm, depending how the games ahead of them go. The Big 10 tournament is being held in the United Center in Chicago.

Iowa State is the #5 seed in the Big 12 tournament. Cyclones are on a 3 game losing streak entering tournament time. On Thursday they will play Baylor at 11:30am, pregame coverage at 10:30am, in the Sprint Center in Kansas City.