Sports April 13th, 2019Written by Koehler Wendt on April 13, 2019
Iowa Wesleyan Athletic Department has released the nominees for the Wesleys. Members of the coaching staffs, athletic department, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee nominated student-athletes for each award. Award winners will be chosen based on voting by the athletic department and SAAC members.
-Female Honor Athlete of the Year Award the finalists are Allegra Collette from the volleyball team, Hannah Lien a three sport athlete in volleyball/golf/basketball, Ashley Machholz a dual sport athlete in soccer/softball, and Darby Massner a dual sport athlete in basketball/golf.
-Male Honor Athlete of the Year finalists are Austin Ferguson from the football team, Jake Neubauer from basketball, Jake O’Farrell from soccer, and Austin Willis of the golf team.
-Female Athlete of the Year finalists are Morgan Christner from the softball team, Darby Massner a dual sport athlete in basketball/golf, Sierra Howardson of Cross Country, and Lida Landre from the volleyball team.
-Male Athlete of the Year finalists are Cristian Garcia of the soccer team, Stafford Lewis of the football team, Dylan McDonald of the football team, and Jaime Suarez from the golf team.
-Tiger Service Award finalists are Allegra Collette from the volleyball team, Kayla Ford from the softball team, and Trevor Haasis from the soccer team.
-Female Newcomer of the Year finalists are Sierra Howardson from cross country, Paige Kammerer from the volleyball team, Harriet Fowler from the basketball team, and Morgan Christner from softball.
-Male Newcomer of the Year finalists are Hugo Bonilla from the soccer team, Alberto Torres from the basketball team, Joe Morrison from the baseball team, and Jaime Suarez from golf.
Iowa Wesleyan softball hosted Lincoln College yesterday for a double header. In game one Tigers scored three runs in the 1st inning. Ashley Machholz scored on a fielders choice, McKena Woolery hit an RBI single, and Allison Daum grounded out but a run scored. Lincoln College scored a run in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th inning to tie it up 3-3. In the bottom of the 5th inning Iowa Wesleyan scored a run off a McKenna Woolery sacrifice fly. Tigers held on to win 4-3. Morgan Christner picked up the win after pitching seven innings and striking out eight batters.
In game two the Lynx scored in the top of the 1st inning to take a 1-0 lead. Tigers stormed back in the 2nd inning with six runs. Allison Daum hit an RBI single, Mckenzie Copher grounded out but scored a run, Kayla Ford scored two RBI on infield single, and Emma McDanel grounded out but scored a run. Lincoln College scored a run in the 3rd and another in the 7th but Iowa Wesleyan held on to win 6-3. Emma McDanel picked up the win in the circle after seven innings of work with four strikeouts. Tigers will be back in action today for a conference double with Greenville University in the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex, first game starts at 2pm. Tomorrow Tigers will be again at home for another double header, this time for a non-conference matchup with the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy starting at 1pm.
Iowa Wesleyan baseball played the first game of their conference series at Webster University last night. Gorloks defeated the Tigers 1-0. Iowa Wesleyan was only able to get two hits in the loss. Tigers and Gorloks will play a double header today with the first game starting at 1pm.
Temaine Wright has been hired to be the next head coach of the Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team. Wright’s previous experience includes being a part of the coaching staff at Millsaps College in Jackson Mississippi. There the team won over twenty games and did a complete turnaround finishing as the first place team in their conference after finishing in last place the year before. Before that Wright was the head coach at Schreiner University where he won SCAC Coach of the Year and made three consecutive trips to the postseason. He set the school record for postseason wins and made a trip to the conference championship final. In his playing days Wright was a standout basketball player at the University of Texas at Dallas and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2014.
The Southeast Iowa Special Olympics are being held today at the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex. Registration begins at 9:30am, opening ceremonies are at 10am, and events will begin at 10:30am. Lunch, carnival, and dance will begin around 11:20am. Track events will start around 1pm and end around 3:10pm. Last year the event had over 200 athletes competing and 200 volunteers.
The team assignments for state qualifying track meets have been released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Mt Pleasant will be a hosting site and teams competing will be Davenport Assumption, Centerville, Fairfield, Keokuk, Mt Pleasant, Washington, and West Burlington/Notre Dame. The state qualifying meets will be held on Thursday, May 9th.