Justin Dilks who finished 8th at the state wrestling championships last year, will be returning again this year after winning the 220 pound weight class at the Burlington District Saturday. Dilks with a 29-1 record and ranked 5th in the state will wrestle Tanner Hulit of Sioux City East a sophomore with a 28-19 record in the 1st round.
In Class 1A New London advances Avery Jacobs at heavyweight will wrestle Luke Kuennen of Turkey Valley who is 35-1. Waco did not qualify anyone for state.
Class 2A sees Mediapolis will have a busy week in Des Moines wrestling. Wednesday they compete in the State Team Dual meet competition. Then Thursday through Saturday they will have 10 wrestlers competing for individual titles, a school record number of competitors, topping last years 8 they took to the tournament. The Bulldogs won the Fairfield District team race with 174.5 points.
Columbus Community-Winfield Mt. Union sends 3 wrestlers, Josh Keller at 106, Mark Ramirez at 220 and Kyle Davis at heavyweight.
The Mediapolis Bullettes opened up their tournament trail with an 80-18 first round win at home Saturday night. Darby Massner led the scoring with 24 points and Andrea Larson added 23. Mepo will host Wednesday the winner of the Mid Prairie at Central Lee game that was postponed till Tuesday.
Tonight KILJ-FM and kilj.com will bring you boys Class 1A district play with Harmony at Waco airtime is 7 p.m.
The Washington Demon girls basketball team is making a late season run in the Southeast Conference, the Mt. Pleasant girl’s basketball team just the opposite. The Demons entered Panther Gym Friday night coming off a 1 point win over league leader Keokuk earlier in the week, this made it possible for the Panther girls to grab a share of the conference title if they beat Washington in the Parents Night game. What happened was Washington rolled to a 52-46 win and dashed the Panther title hopes. Taryne Shull scored 14 points to lead M.P. in scoring, Kelsi Phipps added 10. Mt. Pleasant ends the regular season 14-7 and 5-3 in the Southeast Conference. Keokuk stands in 1st place in the league at 6-2, Washington plays Ft. Madison next and with a win would tie for 2nd in the league with the Panthers.
Mt. Pleasant won the freshman game 35-29, dropped the JV contest 39-35. Mt. Pleasant will open tournament play at home next Saturday against either Ft. Madison or Keokuk.
The MPHS boy’s basketball team won at Washington 73-66, led by Trey Magnani with 24 points and Zach Mulford 16. M.P. led 36-27 at halftime, stretched the lead to 17 in the 3rd period before Washington made a late game charge and got back within 6 points before the Panthers sealed the win with good free throw shooting. Tuesday Mt. Pleasant 9-11 (3-5) closes out the regular season at non conference foe Marion.
The Freshman game was won by Mt. pleasant 52-46 in overtime, Dshundric Foster scored 16 and Brock Wilson 12. Frosh end the year 7-7.
The JV game was won by the Demons 56-42.
The Danville Bears won the Southeast Iowa super Conference Shootout Championship game for the 5th year in a row. The game was played at SCC Gym, Danville beat Pekin 67-60.
The MPHS boys bowling team won the Southeast Conference title Saturday at Washington rolling a 2669, Brock Palar was high roller with a 421 total. The Panther girls team was 2nd rolling a 2507, behind champion Keokuk who had a 2574. Trisha Glover was high roller for M.P. with a 393.
Tomorrow the Mt. Pleasant Panther girls and boys bowling teams will be involved in class 1A state qualifying meet action. The Panthers will bowl at Muscatine at Pla Mor Lanes.
Teams competing along with Mt. Pleasant will be: Fairfield, Keokuk, L&M, Marion, Washington and Cedar Rapids Xavier.
The State meet will be in Des Moines February 24th and 25th.
The Iowa Wesleyan College track & field team competed at the Monmouth College Fighting Scots Invite on Saturday.
The IWC men’s 4x400m relay team of Raul Becerril, Anthony Harris, Michael Klostermann, and Jake Ayers broke the school record, clocking in at 3:31.30. The Tigers also set 10 personal bests on the day. No team scores were kept.
The IWC women defeated Blackburn College 69-62
IWC is now 18-3 overall and 13-1 in the SLIAC.
The IWC Tigers mens basketball team lost to Blackburn 75-65 on Saturday
IWC is now 6-15 overall and 3-11 in the SLIAC.
Tomorrow night the Tigers are encouraging fans to join in a “Purple Out” by wearing purple to support IWC as they host Eureka College. The women’s game tips off at 6:00pm with the men’s game to follow at 8:00pm.
Nevada High School athletic director John McNeley has announced that a letter of intent signing ceremony will be held soon for Nevada Tigers quarterback Alex Payne, who is planning to sign a letter of intent to attend Iowa Wesleyan College,– who has started at the position for the last two seasons.