The third time was a charm for the Fairfield girls basketball team as they upset the Mt. Pleasant Panthers in the first round of the class 4A Regional in Panther Gym 52-45. MP led at halftime but a strong second half performance by the Trojans turned the score around and sends Fairfield into the semi finals at Oskaloosa against the Indians Saturday night. Natalie Meyers led Mt. Pleasant with 14 points, the Panthers end the year 13-9.
OTHER 4A REGIONAL SCORES: Grinnell 67 Clear Creek Amana 61, Grinnell plays at Benton Community Saturday.
Keokuk 54 Ft. Madison 18, Solon 64 Marion 50, Keokuk plays at Washington and Solon plays at Cedar Rapids Xavier Saturday in the next round.
The #6 ranked Mediapolis Bullettes fell on the home floor in overtime to Williamsburg last night. Mepo led 34-18 at halftime and then got outscored 35-19 in the second half and 13-7 in the overtime period. Mediapolis ends the year 21-2, Williamsburg advances with a 16-7 record to play Mid Prairie at Riverside Saturday night in the Regional final. Mid Prairie won over Colins Maxwell 59-39 last night.
Central Lee advanced to the Regional final with a 43-27 win over Davis County, they will play Bondurant Farrar at Albia Saturday night. Bondurant beat Clarke 56-49.
In 5A play Burlington defeated Ottumwa 44-33, the Grayhounds now play at Muscatine Saturday night in the regional semi finals.
The IWC women defeated AIB 79-74, led by the 37 point performance of Ashley Kruse, she also had 15 rebounds.
IWC is now 8-16.
The IWC men defeated AIB 71-58, Kyle Warner and Cam Sanchez each recorded double-doubles. Warner scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Sanchez had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
IWC is now 13-13.
The Southeastern Community College women beat Ellsworth 54-44, Brittany Bryan scored 21 points to lead the Blackhawks.
Boy’s 1A and 2A district basketball resumes tonight. WMU plays at Keota, the New London Tigers will now take their 7-15 record to Danville tonight to play the #1 ranked Bears, KILJ-FM and kilj.com will carry the game live. Other 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 tonight on the Nikes court.
Wapello plays at Mediapolis in second round play tonight.
The State Dual Meet wrestling champions were crowned yesterday at Wells Fargo Arena, Alburnette won the class 1A, Davenport Assumption class 2A and S.E. Polk class 3A. Mediapolis won the class 2A consolation championship, the Bulldogs won their quarterfinal match 48-24 over Union LaPorte City, then fell to champion Assumption in the semi finals 41-21 and defeated Charles City 40-21 in the consolation championship match.
The traditional state wrestling meet begins today, this tournament has now been going for
ten decades this is Iowa’s 93rd high school state wrestling meet .
Mt. Pleasant is sending 5 wrestlers onto the State Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Thursday thru Saturday. Tyler Lanphier 120 lbs, Josh Larson 145 lbs, Jayton Phillips 170 lbs, Justin Dilks 182 lbs. and Colton Aplara 220 lbs. All five wrestlers were district runners up in their weight classes at Saturdays 3A District they hosted. Iowa City West on the team title with 226 points and Mt. Pleasant was second with 161 points, Burlington was 3rd with 157, Ft. Madison 5th 138.5 and Keokuk 6th 118.
Waco sent 1 wrestler to state wrestling. Cey Saeugling finished 2nd at 160 lbs. in the Tipton District Saturday.
New London-WMU did not qualify anyone for the state tournament this year in class 2A. Mediapolis did, they will send 8 wrestlers onto state: Mason Buster 106, Cole Erickson 132, Drew Foster 138, Drew Buster 145, Blake Beckman 160, Adam Drain Mediapolis, Steven Holloway 182, Ethan Timmerman 195. The Bulldogs were 2nd in the team race with 153 points to Davenport Assumption who scored 182.
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.
Saturday, Feb. 16 will be Senior Day for the Iowa Wesleyan College men’s and women’s basketball teams. The women take on Clarke University with tip-off set for 1:00pm in Ruble Arena in Mt. Pleasant. The men’s game will follow with tip-off scheduled for 3:00pm, also against Clarke University. Fans are encouraged to wear white for a “White Out.”
Prior to the game, IWC alumni and current women’s assistant basketball coach Anna Jones will be honored with the unveiling of a fathead of herself. Jones was a two-time All-American at Iowa Wesleyan during a four-year career that made her one of the greatest players in the school’s long and distinguished history of playing women’s basketball. She was just the second player in school history to receive NAIA Division II First Team All-American honors, and was a three-time First Team All-Midwest Collegiate Conference selection. She finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in assists and steals and also ranks fourth in school history in scoring and fifth in rebounding. She also was a member of three Tiger teams to advance to the NAIA Division II National Tournament, and as a sophomore was a starter on IWC’s record setting team that finished 27-8 and advanced to the Elite 8 at nationals.