SPORTS MARCH 4, 2015Written by John Kuhens on March 4, 2015
Top-ranked Mediapolis had just a little too much firepower and size for Mount Vernon. As a result, the Bullettes are still unbeaten and still in the running for their first state championship since the six-player days in 1973.
Andrea Larson scored 20 points, making 8 of 13 shots, and Mediapolis used a big second-half run to sideline unranked Mount Vernon 63-53 to start the Class 3A tournament.
Darby Massner added 15 points for the Bullettes (25-0), Ashley Hedges scored 11 and freshman Mackenzie Rogers had nine. Heidi Hillyard helped out with 11 rebounds and six points.
Mount Vernon, the 2010 Class 2A champion, kept pace with the potent Bullettes from the start and opened a 32-25 lead when Jacque Murray sank two free throws at the start of the second half.
But the Mustangs would not score for a while and Mediapolis rattled off 14 straight points to start a 20-4 run that Massner capped with a 3-pointer, putting the Bullettes up 45-36.
Mount Vernon (16-9) recovered well enough to get within four points, but Rogers answered with two free throws and a drive to the basket for a 51-43 lead — and that proved to be enough to keep the Mustangs at bay. Mediapolis shot 54 percent in the second half and finished with a 42-32 rebounding edge despite giving up 16 offensive rebounds.
Tonight the #1 ranked and defending state champion Burlington Notre Dame Nikes play their Class 1A semi final game against #7 ranked Newell Fonda. The Nikes won their 1st round game over Central Lyon 78-60, while Newell Fonda beat Colo Nesco 70-42, they have a record of 21-4. This matchup has some special meaning to it as these two teams met in the championship game last year that Notre Dame won 57-54. The Nikes return 4 starters from that team, while Newell Fonda lost 4 starters from their championship game team. KILJ-FM 105.5 and kilj.com will broadcast the game live beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Iowa Wesleyan College women will play Alfred State College of Wellsville, New York in the 1st round of the USCAA National Basketball Tournament at noon today. The school is located in extreme south central New York State, with 3500 students. Their record is 18-6 and they are appearing in a national tournament for the 1st time in their programs history. They are led by Haley Witchella a senior who is the all time leading scorer, she averages 21 points a game and 14 rebounds.
The Wesleyan men will play at 4 p.m. today against Berea College of Berea, Ky. located south of Lexington. This is their 1st appearance in the USCAA Tournament, they went to the NAIA National Tournament in 1999. The Mountaineers are 19-5 and had won five games in a row until they lost their last game in double overtime to Ohio Christian.
The St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference has released the 2014-2015 Winter All-Academic team. To earn the honors, student-athletes must have a 3.5 cummulative GPA, be a least a sophomore in standing, and must be enrolled in the institution for at least one year.
The Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team had four players earn All-Acadmemic honors. Dakota Flesner, Jacey Hartweg, Lauren Grubb, and Whitney Godden, all met the requirements for the honors. Flesner is majoring in Exercise Science and Wellness at Iowa Wesleyan, and was also one of five students who previously earned Fall All-Academic honors earlier in the year. Hartweg is a a Biology and Pre-Med major at IWC. Grubb is majoring in Physical Education, nand Godden is a Biology major. The IWC men had one all academic selection Joe Lennon, was the lone men’s basketball player to be named to the Winter All-Academic team. Lennon is majoring in Business Administration at Iowa Wesleyan.
Iowa Hawkeye men won on the road at Indiana last night 77-63, Hawks are now 20-10 overall and have won 5 games in a row.
6’ 8” senior Seth Tuttle of UNI has been named the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year, he led the league in scoring and rebounding this season
Danville High School is holding a community meal and pep in the multi-purpose room from 5-7 p.m. rally to honor the Danville boy’s basketball team going to state. Free will donations will be accepted to cover state tournament expenses for the team. Sunday March 8th there will be a send off at 1 p.m. in the Danville High School parking lot.
The 2015 registration for the Mt. Pleasant Girls Softball ages pre-K-12th grade will be held March 7th and 14th at Van Allen Elementary from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Registration forms are also available at www.mpsoftball.com.