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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustang softball continues to slide

CANTON, Mo. - A promising season for the Mount Mercy softball team  keeps heading in the wrong direction.

The Mustangs were swept by Culver-Stockton in a pair of tight  ballgames Wednesday, 3-2 and 5-4, in a Heart of America Conference  doubleheader.

Mount Mercy has lost seven straight games and 11 of their last 13,  dropping its records to 20-18 overall and 13-13 in the conference.  Culver-Stockton raised its marks to 24-15 overall and 18-8 in the  league.

Tawny Menster went 5-for-5 with two RBIs for Mount Mercy in the  doubleheader. She was 2-for-2 in the opener and 3-for-3 with two  doubles and a sacrifice fly in the nightcap. Emily Oler hit a home run  and drove in two runs in the 5-4 loss.



Slumping Mustangs swept by Graceland

LAMONI - The slumping Mount Mercy softball team was swept by  Graceland, 7-3 and 9-6, in a Heart of America Conference doubleheader  in Lamoni Tuesday.

The Mustangs have lost nine of their last 11 games, falling to 20-16  overall and 13-11 in the conference. Graceland raised its records to  19-16 overall and 12-12 in the league.

Morgan Braughton had two hits for Mount Mercy in the 7-3 loss in the  opener. Jayna Witzany had two RBIs.

Tawny Menster went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in the 9-6  setback in the nightcap. Payton Bruner had two hits. Audrey Grove  drove in two runs. The Mustangs led, 6-1, after 2 1/2 innings, but the  game slipped away from there.



Wright, Mia joining Mount Mercy basketball

Micha Mims has begun rebuilding the Mount Mercy women's basketball program with the addition of five new players for next season, including two players from right here in the Metro area.

Randi Wright, who was part of an incredible three-year streak at Marion High School, plans to continue her career at Mount Mercy after helping the Indians win the Class 4A state title in 2018 and claim runner-up honors in 2017 and 2019. Wright, 6-foot-1, averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds this season.

Sammy Mia, a 5-foot-8 guard from Cedar Rapids Washington, also has cast her fortunes with the Mustangs. Mia averaged 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals for the Warriors, who finished with a 16-6 record.

"It's exciting to have two players from right in our back yard," said Mims, who is a former Cedar Rapids Washington player herself.

Mims also has signed three teammates from the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Boone with Aliyah Robinson, Grace Stalzer and Taylor Abernathy.



Bruyeres leads Mustangs to golf title

FORT DODGE - William Bruyeres of Mount Mercy captured medalist honors  Monday and led the Mustangs to the team championship at the Iowa  Central Spring Invitational at the Fort Dodge Country Club.

Bruyeres tore up the course Sunday with a 5-under-par 66 in the first  round, but he still won the tournament by three strokes after carding  a 5-over 76 in the final round Monday. He finished at even-par 142 for  36 holes.

Mount Mercy submitted a team score of 25-over 593 for a 10-shot  victory over Southwestern Community College.



Faur belts 2 homers for Mustangs

Jack Faur belted two home runs for the Mount Mercy Mustangs on Monday  in a 10-9 loss to Cornell College at the Plaster Athletic Complex.

Faur drove in four runs and scored three times. Austin Hilpipre was  3-for-5 for Mount Mercy with two RBIs.

The Mustangs fell to 20-19 for the campaign. Cornell raised its record  to 13-11.



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