Sports, April 1st

High School Track and Field

The Mediapolis girls’ team will host a meet tomorrow, April 2nd, with Danville and Winfield-Mt. Union also in attendance. 

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ and girls’ teams will travel to Williamsburg for a meet tomorrow.

The Van Buren County girls’ and boys’ teams will participate in a meet tomorrow hosted by WACO.

The Central Lee girls’ team will travel to Fairfield for a meet tomorrow. 

The Winfield-Mt. Union boys team will participate in a relay at Mediapolis tomorrow.  

The New London girls’ team will travel to WACO for a meet tomorrow.

The New London boys’ team will travel to West Burlington for a meet on Thursday, April 4th.  

High School Soccer

The WACO boys’ team will face off against Burlington Notre Dame on the road tonight at 5 pm.

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union versus Mt. Pleasant girls’ and boys’ games scheduled for tonight have been canceled due to weather.

Mediapolis will take on Wapello tonight in a road matchup with the girls’ playing first at 5 pm. 

The Central Lee boys’ team will host Centerville tomorrow, April 2nd, and the girls’ team will travel to Mid-Prairie on the same day with both games starting at 5 pm.

The Danville boys’ team will battle Mediapolis in a road matchup on Thursday, April 4th, at 5 pm.

High School Tennis

Mt. Pleasant’s match against Keokuk today has been postponed to Friday, April 5th, for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. 

High School Golf

The Central Lee boys’ team will take on Holy Trinity Catholic on Thursday, April 4th.

The WACO boys’ and girls’ teams will compete in a meet hosted by New London tomorrow, April 2nd. 

The Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ and girls’ teams will travel to Columbus to participate in a meet on Thursday.

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team had their meet at Washington today postponed to April 16th, while the boys’ had their meet at Fairfield postponed to Wednesday, April 3rd.

Southeastern Community College

For baseball, SCC pulled off the three-game weekend sweep of Southwestern Community College. Game one saw the offense put up eight runs in the first inning as the Blackhawks went on to win 11-1. Carter Gallagher and Connor Maiers each tabbed three RBIs in the contest as Eddy Eveland picked up the win on the mound with six strikeouts. 

It took a bit longer for the offense to get going in game two as the Blackhawks piled on five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win 7-2. Gallagher continued swinging the hot bat as he knocked two doubles to finish with three RBIs. Mason Behn went 7.1 innings, striking out three to pick up the win. 

Game three needed extra innings after the Spartans pushed across two runs in the 7th inning to knot the game at 3. The Blackhawks would go on to win in the bottom of the 10th inning on a walk-off 4-3 finish. Gallagher finished off his impressive weekend with another RBI to bring the total to 7 RBIs in the three games. The Blackhawks will face off against Marshalltown Community College on Wednesday, April 3rd, in a doubleheader on the road. 

The SCC softball team will travel to take on Marshalltown Community College on Wednesday in a doubleheader.

College Basketball

The #1-seed Iowa women’s team’s potent offense punched their ticket to the Elite Eight, downing #5 Colorado 89-68. The Hawkeyes had all five starters finish in double figures and the team shot nearly 41% from three-point range. Caitlin Clark, 29 points and 15 assists, and Hannah Stuelke, 11 points and 10 boards, each finished with a double-double. In a rematch of last year’s championship, the Hawkeyes will take on the #3-seed LSU tonight at 6:15 pm.

March Madness

The KILJ bracket challenge, sponsored by The Press Box and Wiley’s Interior Furnishings and Design, is down to the final four and 21 of the 34 brackets still have a champion in the dance. 

Standings will be updated today.

This Day in Sports History

1926 – Montreal Maroons’ Clint Benedict becomes the first NHL goalie to record 3 straight playoff shutouts, in a 3-0 win against the visiting Victoria Cougars in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Championship series.

1930 – Chicago Cubs catcher Leo Hartnett breaks the altitude record for a catch by gloving a baseball dropped from the Goodyear blimp 800 feet over Los Angeles, California.

1978 – New York Islanders right wing Mike Bossy becomes the first NHL rookie to score 50 goals in a season after scoring #50 and #51 in the closing moments of a 3-2 win over Washington.