Written by on February 15, 2013 in Sports

Colton Aplara still going for the gold at the State Wrestling Tournament in the class 3A 220 pound weight class he wrestles this morning in the quarterfinals against a Waverly Shell Rock wrestler. Still alive in the consolation round for the Panthers are: Josh Larson 145, Jayton Phillips 170, and Justin Dilks 182. Tyler Lanphier a 120 pound qualifier lost both his matches Thursday is was eliminated from the tournament.
Mediapolis is third in the team race with 20 points behind leader Davenport Assumption with 30. Bulldogs have 7 wrestlers still going. On the championship side is: Mason Buster 106, Cole Erickson 132, Adam Drain 170, Steve Hollaway 182, Ethan Timmerman 195. On the consolation side Drew Foster 138, Drew Buster 145.
KILJ will have reports throughout the day on all classes of wrestling.

District High School Bowling Tournaments were held yesterday, Mt. Pleasant hosted one of the districts. Here are the results.

MOUNT PLEASANT girls district bowling results

Mt. Pleasant had no individual qualifiers.

MOUNT PLEASANT boy’s district team scoring

Brock Palar qualified for the State Bowling Tournament as an at large bowler with his 453 series.

The Danville Bears boys basketball team opened up Class 1A tournament play last night at home with an 89-34 roll over New London. Steven Soukup hit for 27 points, Mason Speer was hot from three point range hitting five 3 point field goals in the 1st half. New London ends the year with a 7-16 record, they were led by Tristan Kadel with 8 points.
Danville now hosts Van Buren who downed Holy Trinity Catholic last night 65-43. Keota downed Winfield Mt. Union 50-42, Pekin beat Waco 62-34, Sigourney over Seymour 90-22, Twin Cedars 41 North Mahaska 38, Pleasantville 62 Melcher Dallas 52, Moulton Udell 92 Wayne 71.

Class 2A boys district action saw, Burlington Notre Dame beat Central Lee 71-37, Mediapolis beat Wapello 67-48, Notre Dame and Mediapolis play Tuesday night at Notre Dame. Pella Christian 69 Davis County 35, PCM 53 Albia 39, West Branch 70 Iowa City Regina 62, West Liberty 72 Wilton 70 (ot), North Cedar 56 Tipton 33, Northeast Goose Lake 51 Bellevue 36.

Girls Regional tournament basketball continues tonight. KILJ-FM and will carry the class 1A semi final game between Winfield Mt. Union and Burlington Notre Dame on the Nikes home court beginning at 7 p.m.
Preston vs Lisbon at Wheatland.
Class 2A Regional action has Highland playing at Iowa City Regina, West Branch is at North Linn.
Saturday night, Class 3A regional final action has Central Lee playing Bonduarant Farrar at Albia.
4A regional semi final play has Fairfield at Oskaloosa, Washington plays host to Keokuk.
Class 5A semi final play has Burlington playing at Muscatine.

The Mt. Pleasant Middle School 7th grade girls played Thursday at Washington.
“A” game: Mt Pleasant 5 7 11 17 (record 7-3)
Washington 1 5 11 15

MP scoring: Kalynn Batey 11

“B” game: WA 4 8 10 14
MP 0 0 4 6 (4-6)

MP scoring: Bailey Batten 4
Hanna Schinstock 2

“C” game: WA 4 6 8 10
MP 0 2 2 4 (2-3)

MP scoring: Lydia Johnson 2
Keri Herr 2

Mt. Pleasant 8th grade boys played Washington Thursday
“A” Game
MP 46
W 21
Leading Scorers
Patrick Canby 16 points
Zach Ebeling 14 points
Ryan Moutrie 8 points
Brock Wilson 8 points
“B” Game
MP 18
W 11
Leading Scorers
Jack Pieper 6 points
Gavin Christner 3 points
“C” Game
MP 12
W 17
Leading Scorers
Jared Holdefer 9 points
Next Game
Conclude the season at Ottumwa 02-19-13

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.

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