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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mount Mercy defers offer from North Star

Mount Mercy University has been offered full membership in the North Star Conference, but the university has decided to defer making a decision for one year to see if it will receive an invitation from the Heart of America Conference.

The Heart of America athletic directors have moved "overwhelmingly" in favor of inviting Mount Mercy to join their league, the Metro Sports Report has learned. The Heart of America presidents will meet April 1 to consider making a formal offer.

Mount Mercy officials apparently would accept an offer to join the Heart  of America if they are not required to have a football program. If football is a prerequisite, the Mustangs might have to make a choice: Add football or join the North Star, which does not require football.

Mount Mercy is looking for a new league because the Midwest Collegiate Conference will be disbanding after the 2014-15 school year.

The North Star Conference also has invited Clarke University of Dubuque to join its league, but Clarke has deferred as well to see if it will be invited to the Heart of America. The Heart of America athletic directors also want Clarke, so it's possible Mount Mercy and Clarke will be moving from the Midwest Collegiate Conference together.



Mount Mercy splits with Midland

MIDLAND, Neb. - The Mount Mercy baseball split a doubleheader with Midland on Sunday.

Austin Czerwiez went 3-for-4 as the Mustangs won the opener, 6-5. Cody Williams had two doubles and scored two runs. Jimmy Lizarraga had two RBIs.

Midland took the second game, 15-2. JanKarlos Badillo had two hits for the Mustangs. Cale Henke hit a home run and drove in two runs.

The split left Mount Mercy with a 7-9 record. Midland is 10-14.

Game 1

Mount Mercy   200 400 0 - 6 9 2
Midland       300 011 0 - 5 9 2

Lloyd, Bell (5), Hackett (6), Malsam (7) and Lizarraga. Wheeler, Conlon (5) and Pewitt. W - Lloyd (1-3). L - Wheeler (1-3). S - Malsam (2).

Game 2

Mount Mercy   020 000 0 - 2 6 2
Midland       413 070 x - 15 10 1

Boddicker, Schwennen (4), Holmes (5), Larson (5) and Badillo. Pollack, Meyer (7) and Pewitt. W - Pollack (2-2). L - Boddicker (1-2).


Czerwiec stars for Mount Mercy baseball

FREMONT, Neb. - Austin Czerwiec belted a three-run homer and was the winning pitcher Saturday as the Mount Mercy Mustangs defeated Midland (Neb.), 8-6, in the second game of an NAIA baseball doubleheader.

Midland took the first game, 3-2.

Czerwiec hit his three-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Mustangs a 6-4 lead. Cody Bell, Ricardo Baida and Casey Dahm had two hits for Mount Mercy in the game. Dahm drove in two runs and Cody Williams scored two runs.

Patrick Haney had two hits for Mount Mercy in the 3-2 loss. Cale Henke allowed three runs in six innings and was the hard-luck loser for the Mustangs.

The split left Mount Mercy with a 6-8 record. Midland stands at 9-13.



Mustangs clipped by Davenport at NAIA

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. - Mount Mercy's bid to become the most successful men's basketball team in school history fell a little short Friday night.

Bishop Robinson poured in 31 points as Davenport University of Michigan trimmed the Mustangs, 70-67, in the Sweet 16 of the NAIA Division II national tournament in Point Lookout, Mo.

Ian Matos led Mount Mercy with 17 points. Alex Houston scored 13, James Boonstoppel 12 and Kyle Lamaak 10. Dondre Osborne finished with nine points, five rebounds and four assists for the Mustangs, who ended the season with a 27-5 record.

Robinson, a 6-foot-3 forward, shot 11-for-14 from the field and was 9-for-13 at the foul line.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 23:30



Mustangs trim Cal Maritime at NAIA

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. - Kyle Lamaak scored 17 points and Dondre Osborne added 16 Thursday night as Mount Mercy trimmed Cal Maritime, 64-61, in the opening round of the NAIA Division II men's basketball tournament at Keeter Gymnasium in Point Lookout, Mo.

Mount Mercy had a 14-point lead with less than 10 minutes left and held on for the victory.

The Mustangs (27-4) will face Davenport of Michigan (28-8) in the Sweet 16 Friday night at 9:15.

Mount Mercy is seeded No. 9 in the 32-team tournament and Davenport is seeded No. 8, so the contest is viewed as a virtual tossup.

Alex Houston scored 10 points for the Mustangs. Lamaak, a Cedar Rapids Kennedy grad, led Mount Mercy with eight rebounds with another big performance off the bench.

Roman Delgado scored 17 points for Cal Maritime (19-10).

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 23:20



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