The MPHS boys ended the regular season with a 53-39 win at home last night over the Marion Indians. Faith Pope led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds, Cameron Frank scored 12. The two teams stayed close in the first half with M.P. holding a 29-26 lead at intermission, the defense kicked in and allowed the visitors just 13 points in the next two quarters while the Panthers scored 24 in the second half. Mt. Pleasant ends the regular season 16-5, and begin defense of their class 3A championship at home Monday night against Clear Creek Amana.
OTHER BOYS SCORES: #2 Bettendorf 64 Burlington 26, Ottumwa 70, Fairfield 67 (ot),
Pella 69, Centerville 61, Quincy Notre Dame, IL. 60, Keokuk 48.
Girl’s 1A and 2A Regional basketball tournament action continued last night. Winfield Mt. Union advanced to the 1A Regional semi finals with a win at home over Waco by a score of 42-26, Cassie Kingery scored 13 points and Alicia Escher 11. Waco was led by Aaliyah Brown with 8 points. The Warriors end the year 7-14 while WMU advances with an 18-5 record to play Burlington Notre Dame on the Nikes home floor Friday night after BND won over Danville 75-35 last night. The other half of the Region had Preston beat Prince of Peace 59-46, Lisbon 39 Cedar Valley Christian 32.
Class 2A Regional results, Highland 44 Wapello 34, Iowa City Regina 55 Durant 32, West Branch 56 Tipton 35, North Linn 73 North Cedar 37. Friday night in Regional semi final play, Highland will play at Iowa City Regina, West Branch will play at North Linn Troy Mills.
Pella Christian defeated Van Buren last night 51-33 in Regional action to end the Warriors season.
Tonight it’s class 3A, 4A and 5A games. The Mt. Pleasant Panther girls open up tournament play at home against Fairfield a team they have beaten twice by scores of 68-38 and 54-33. M.P. has also won 4 of their last 6 games . But tonight is the third time and head coach Mick Flattery while serving as boy’s coach at Fairfield always seemed to haunt the Panthers with a defeat after they had beaten him twice, so the M.P. girls better be ready for a battle. KILJ-FM and kilj.com will broadcast live beginning at 7 p.m. Tonight’s winner plays at Oskaloosa Saturday.
OTHER AREA 4A action: Grinnell @ Clear Creek Amana winner plays Benton Community. Ft. Madison plays at Keokuk winner will play Washington. Solon vs Marion winner plays Cedar Rapids Xavier.
AREA 3A GAMES: Williamsburg @ Mediapolis, Collins Maxwell @ Mid Prairie, Davis County at Central Lee, Clarke plays at Bondurant Farrar.
5A games Ottumwa plays at Burlington.
Boy’s 1A and 2A district basketball resumes Thursday. WMU plays at Keota, the New London Tigers will now take their 7-15 record to Danville Thursday night to play the #1 ranked Bears, KILJ-FM and kilj.com will carry the game live. Other Thursday matchups will have Van Buren at Holy Trinity Catholic and Waco at Pekin.
Class 2A: Central Lee Hawks have advanced to the next round of the tournament against Notre Dame Thursday on the Nikes court.
Wapello plays at Mediapolis in second round play Thursday.
State dual team wrestling takes place today at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The 24 teams in this year’s three-class tournament include 12 schools who have won 30 state dual team titles. Two defending champions – Bettendorf in Class 3A and West Delaware in Class 2A return.
The traditional state meet begins Thursday, this tournament has now been going for
ten decades this is Iowa’s 93rd high school state wrestling meet .
An average of nearly 75,000 fans each of the last nine years has attended Iowa’s largest “mat party” the state wrestling tournament. Saturday’s championship round of 42 matches is expected to be sold out for the 26th straight year, making it the toughest ticket to obtain in Iowa high school sports.
The 672 qualifiers for the state wrestling tournament blanket Iowa. This year there were 278 competing programs representing 337 high schools. Advancing to the State Meet this year are qualifiers from 226 teams. Ninety-one teams in Class 1-A have at least one qualifier while Class 2-A sports wrestlers from 76 teams and Class 3-A numbers its 224 qualifiers from 59 teams.
Last year’s team champions are expected to have a tussle on their hands to repeat. The defenders are 3-A – Bettendorf (170 pts.); 2-A – Denver-Tripoli (126 pts.) and 1-A – Don Bosco, Gilbertville (95.50 pts).
Southeast Polk hopes to continue a fascinating run in recent years and grab their first ever traditional title. Pending the State Dual Team results the Rams have yet to win a boys’ team state championship in any sport. Their 13 qualifiers in 14 weight classes equal an all-time best shared by Waverly-Shell Rock (2007) and Bettendorf (last year).
In Class 2A, Assumption, Davenport has been a top four finisher each of the last five years and is seeking its fifth title (1995, 98, 99, and 2011). But a brace of challenges led by West Delaware and Creston/O-M waits.
In Class 1A Alburnett leads the qualifying. Alburnett’s nine qualifiers lead the small school class and the Pirates perform well in Des Moines with third place finishes each of the last three years.
Knight-Time: This year’s state wrestling meet promises to have several story lines and one will be the Knight family. Dan Knight, a four-time prep champion and national collegiate champ and coach at Bettendorf, will be watching as brother Steve, a four-time qualifier and two-time champion is inducted into the IHSAA Hall of Fame. Steve’s son Colby (35-1 senior from Urbandale) will seek his second title in the 132 lbs. division and could face Bettendorf’s Logan Ryan in the quarterfinals. In the house will be Steve’s oldest son, Evan, a two time champion (2008-09) from Urbandale.
All-Time Possibilities: Some All-Time efforts could be equaled or fall during the week. Brandon Sorensen of Denver-Tripoli (2A, 145) starts the traditional tournament with a 204-3 career record and could eclipse the all-time mark of 207 wins set by Centerville’s T.J. Sebolt, 2003-06. Creston’s Jake Marlin has 143 career pins, three shy of the all-time best of 146 by Austin Blythe of Williamsburg, 2008-11.
Four the Record: Two athletes will seek to become the newest members of Iowa’s most elite prep wrestling fraternity – that of a four time state champion. On the brink of an accomplishment by 21 previous athletes is a pair of solid Class 2A performers – Jake Marlin, Creston-Orient-Macksburg (49-1 at 138) and Brandon Sorensen, Denver-Tripoli (52-0 at 145).
Two Striving for Three: Two senior wrestlers could close out prep careers win their third straight title and join a group of 78 three-time mat kings. Doug Miner from Spirit Lake Park (Class 2A 120 lbs) and Tri-Center, Neola’s Loren Williams (Class 1A 152 lbs) hope to leave Wells Fargo Arena with a third gold medal.