The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawk boys basketball team will see their first live action of season Saturday when they host Mediapolis in a Hall of Pride Game at Tim Grady Gymnasium in Wellman. This contest was added to the schedule this week and does not count on either team’s overall record.
Mid-Prairie comes into the year off of a season that saw them finish with an 8-14 overall record, 7-11 in the River Valley Conference. The Golden Hawks return their leading scorer Carter Harmsen for his junior season after he posted 12 points per game his sophomore year. Aidan Rath returns on the glass for his senior year after leading Mid-Prairie a season ago with six boards a contest. The Hawks will have to replace starting point guard Brad Tornow who held the team lead, averaging almost five assists per game.
Mediapolis enters the event off of a 9-14 campaign a season ago, finishing 8-9 in the Southeast Iowa Superconference North Division. The Bulldogs return leading scorer Drew Schroeder who averaged 14 points per game a season ago. He was also MEPO’s leading rebounder last year. The Bulldogs will have to replace Owen Timmerman, who led the way with three assists per game last season. These teams last met in 2018 with Mediapolis taking a 58-57 win. Action starts Saturday with a boys JV game scheduled for 3p.m. and varsity at 5p.m. Varsity game spectators will not be allowed to enter the gym until 4:45. Spectators are limited to two people per player and there will be no concessions.