Simpson Sports – Weekend in Review 1.29-1.31


by Brock Borgeson, Sports Editor

Minus the cancellation of the Duhawk Open wrestling meet in Dubuque on Saturday, all of the winter sports were competing this weekend, highlighted by the Simpson men’s basketball team’s first place showdown with the University of Dubuque.

Here’s a brief recap of the action if you missed it.

Women’s Basketball @ Dubuque – Simpson 76, Dubuque 62

The Simpson women (12-7, 5-3) jumped out to a 21-9 lead after the first quarter and went on to take care of business against a struggling Dubuque (6-13, 1-7) team.

The Storm were led by Noreen Morrow’s fifth double-double of the season, a 20 point and 11 rebound performance. She wasn’t the only one with a double-double though, as Britney Boland put up a 13 point, 10 rebound day.

Other top performances:

Mackenzie Haupt – 12 points

Katie Ahrenholtz – 11 points

Whitney Van Wyk – 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks

Simpson was outrebounded 46-40, outscored in second chance points 26-12, but held Dubuque to only 31.5 percent from the field.

Men’s Basketball @ Dubuque – Dubuque 74, Simpson 60

Simpson and Dubuque played with first place in the IIAC on the line on Saturday, but Andre Norris and the Spartans were too much for the turnaround Storm.

The reigning conference MVP put up 24 points and 17 rebounds to help down Simpson (12-7, 5-3) for the second time this season, outdoing Sam Amsbaugh’s 14 point and 11 rebound double-double.

The Storm’s last led 25-24 with just over five minutes in the first half, but a Mitchell Morrissey layup with 5:03 would put Dubuque (13-6, 6-2) ahead for good and have Simpson chasing the rest of the way.

Simpson did tie the game at 34-34 just under four minutes into the second half, but Dubuque put forth a couple runs to seal up the game, outscoring Simpson 41-31 in the second frame.

12 of Amsbaugh’s 14 points came in the second half. Dillon Gretzky was right behind him with 12, and Turner put up 11 points in the loss.

Wartburg is up next for the men’s and women’s basketball team. They’ll be at home on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6 and 8 p.m.

Swimming & Diving @ Nebraska Wesleyan

The Storm swimming and dive team swam its last meet before the Liberal Arts Championships on Saturday, facing Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln.

Team Results:

Men: L, 136.5 – 43.5

Women: L, 103-94

Simpson Individual First Place Finishes:

  • Women 200-yard medley relay (2:03.50) – Megan Buitendorp, Haley Blum, Tori Haag and Erica Carlson

  • Women 200-yard IM (2:28.05) – Tori Haag

Both the men and women fell to 2-4 in head-to-head competition.

Next up is the Liberal Arts Championship in Principia, Ill. from Wednesday, Feb. 10-Saturday, Feb. 13.

Track & Field @ Central Invite

Final Team Results:

Men: 5th/11 teams (61 pts.)

Women: 7th/12 teams (46 pts.)

The Grand View women won with a score of 113 points while Central took the men’s competition at 131 points.

Simpson Top Individual Performances:

Women’s 300-Meter dash: Elizabeth Burgus – 44.45 (1st place)

Women’s Indoor Pentathlon: Sarah Galbraith – 2966 (1st place)

Men’s 600-meter run: Trevor McKee – 1:25.91 (3rd place)

Men’s 1000-meter run: Ian McKenzie, Kyle Hovey – 2nd and 3rd place

Men’s Heptathlon: Isaac Frazier – 4522 (2nd place)

Simpson goes to Grinnell on Saturday, Feb. 6 for the Grinnell Invite.