Thursday, February 21, 2019
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Mustangs spike Culver-Stockton

The Mount Mercy men's volleyball team rallied to top Culver-Stockton, 3-2, in a Heart of America Conference match at the Hennessey Recreation Center Wednesday night.

The set scores were 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11.

Nikola Stoimenov led the Mustangs (9-4, 2-0) with 22 kills. Julian Armendano contributed 13 kill shots and 10 digs.

Andrew Colantone rolled up 49 assists. Ben Steffen and Strahil Svilenski blocked four shots.


Kawakami nets 38 for Mustangs

DES MOINES - Sharice Kawakami poured in 38 points for the Mount Mercy Mustangs Wednesday night, but it wasn't good enough.

Grand View topped the Mustangs, 83-74, in a Heart of America Conference game in Des Moines.

Kawakami, a senior from Honolulu, shot 12 for 16 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers. She also went 9 for 10 at the foul line and complemented her career night with four assists and three steals.

The 38 points tied for the fourth-most in school history, matching a performance by Anne Dolan in 1976. Marci Clayton owns the school record with 47 points in 2004.

Audrey Mulumba scored 12 points for Mount Mercy (5-22, 1-20) and Aaliyah Brown contributed 11 points.


Freese had original idea for Prospect Meadows

If you've ever wondered how Prospect Meadows got started, just ask  Rick Freese.

It was his idea.

Freese had a chance to see some of the top baseball complexes in the  country when he traveled to special events with his grandson, Dakota  Freese, when Dakota was a promising young player in Cedar Rapids. Rick  began asking himself a simple question: Why can't we have a major  complex like these in Linn County for our kids?

The idea began to take shape roughly 13 years ago - he thinks it was  about 2006 - and that got him started.

"The light started coming on," he said last week.

The lights will begin shining at Prospect Meadows for real in three  short months when the new facility opens its doors to the public. The  opening ceremony is scheduled for May 23 at the new facility, located  at the juncture of Highway 13 and County Home Road north of Marion.

It's been approximately 13 years from conception to reality. Freese  smiles at the notion that opening day is nearly here.


Mustangs split 2 games in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Mount Mercy baseball team split a pair of tight games in extra innings Sunday at Jim Wade Stadium in Oklahoma City.

Chili Moseley collected a double and a home run as the Mustangs edged Cumberland, 4-3, in eight innings in their first game.

The Mustangs were denied by Southern Nazarene, 4-3, in nine innings in their second contest.

Tanner Lohaus and Brady Donohue enjoyed strong outings on the mound for Mount Mercy in the first game. Lohaus and Donohue both pitched four innings, with Donohue getting the win in relief.

Kobi Candaroma went 2-for-4 for the Mustangs in the first game.


Mustangs roll up 106 points in win

The Mount Mercy Mustangs are healthy, hungry and headed in the right direction again.

The Mustangs dumped Evangel, 106-81, in a Heart of America Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center Saturday as they chase a favorable seed in the league tournament.

Mount Mercy climbed within a half-game of fourth place in the conference standings with five games left in the regular season, sitting at 14-11 overall and 9-10 in the league.

The Mustangs are deeper and stronger than they've been all season, especially with Mychael Brawner-Henley back after missing nine games due to a school suspension.

Mount Mercy struggled with a 3-and-6 record without Brawner-Henley for four weeks, but the Mustangs have won both of their games since he returned this week.

Brawner-Henley, who averages 13.5 points, scored 17 points in 13 minutes off the bench Saturday. Dennis McKinney led the way with 25 points, Bailey Basala had 18 and DJ Johnson pitched in 16.


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