Sports, December 18th

High School Basketball

Mt. Pleasant will host Keokuk tomorrow, December 19th, with the girls going at 6 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will have the call with the pregame show at 5:45 pm. The Panthers will be having a “white out” as they ask all of their fans to wear white for the game. 

The Central Lee girls team will travel to take on Columbus tonight at 6 pm followed by the boys’ game. 

Danville swept Louisa-Muscatine over the weekend with the girls dominating in a 56-9 win, while the boys snuck out with a 54-51 final. Jaden Bauer finished with a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds. The boys’ team will host BGM on Thursday, December 21st, at 7:30 pm. The girls’ team will head into winter break with a 5-4 record.  

Mediapolis will host Wapello tonight with the girls’ team playing at 6 pm. 

The New London boys’ team stopped their five-game skid in a 60-59 win over GMG over the weekend. Brigham Porter tallied a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Brendan Richey led the Tigers with 21 points. The boys’ team will travel to Regina Catholic on Thursday, December 21st, at 7:30 pm, while the girls’s team will compete against Columbus on Thursday at 6 pm at home. 

WACO will host Lone Tree tomorrow with the girls’ team scheduled to play at 6 pm. 

The Van Buren County boys’ team will face off against West Liberty tonight at 7:30 pm and the girls’ team will travel to Fairfield on January 2nd at 7:30 pm. 

The Holy Trinity Catholic girls’ team defeated Winfield-Mt. Union over the weekend 68-15. Mary Kate Bendlage went off for 32 points as she shot 70% from the field. The Wolves got their revenge in the boys game, taking down the Crusaders 55-40. Cam Buffington led the effort for Winfield-Mt. Union with 20 points, while the Crusaders counted on Luke Hellige’s 17 points. 

Winfield-Mt. Union will travel to Highland tomorrow with the girls playing at 6 pm. 

Holy Trinity Catholic will host Clark County tomorrow with the girls’ team scheduled to start at 6 pm followed by the boys game. 

High School Wrestling

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ team traveled to Cedar Rapids-Prairie and had one 5th place finisher in Josie Nelson in the 140-pound weight class. Lecet Quiroz finished in 6th place in the 155-pound weight class. The girls will compete at a tournament after winter break on January 5th at Highland. 

The WACO girls competed in a tournament at Chariton over the weekend. Elyssa Graber battled her way to the 3rd place match and won by fall in the 105-pound weight class. The Warriors will travel to BGM tomorrow, December 19th, to compete in a meet. 

The Mt. Pleasant and WACO boys’ teams traveled to Regina Catholic over the weekend to compete in a tournament, which saw three Panthers finish on the podium. In the 106-pound weight class, Ladon Beckler defeated Bryer Jack of HLV by fall to advance to the championship match where he finished in 2nd place, falling to Ethan Humphrey. Lane Beckler defeated John Mclauglin of WACO to claim 3rd place in the 126-pound weight class. The last Panther to finish on the podium was William Birdsell in the 215-pound weight class as he won his 3rd place match by fall. Ramzy Davis defeated Trey Edeker by fall in the 5th place match of the 150-pound weight class. Fairfield’s top finishers were Cael McCabe and Dain Burkhart as they finished in 1st place in their respective weight classes, while Zach Harbison was Wapello’s lone 1st place finisher. The Panthers will have to wait until after winter break with the boys’ competing on January 4th at Sigourney, while the girls’ team will compete at a tournament at Highland on January 5th. 

The WACO boys’ team will compete tomorrow at BGM for a meet. 

Fort Madison hosted a tournament over the weekend with a couple of local teams in attendance. In the 106-pound weight class, Colt Boyles of Burlington Notre Dame took down Dakota Aney of Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union by fall in the 3rd place match. Ian Estudillo, Jacob Nelson, and Kason Dopler of Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union each finished in 4th place for their respective weight classes. Lastly for the Wildcats, Russel Coil grabbed 1st place in the 285-pound weight class. 

New London’s Kane Forseen fell in the championship match of the 120-pound weight class by technical fall to claim 2nd place. Gage Burden claimed 4th place for the Tigers and Michael Raines fell to Cole Storm of Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union in the 5th place match. 

Burlington Notre Dame had C.J. Davis and Carter West claim 1st place in their respective weight classes. Blake Wilson and Dirk Boyles each took home 2nd place in their respective weight classes for the Nikes. 

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team will compete Saturday, December 23rd, at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont. 

New London will wait until after winter break to compete in a quad at Cascade on January 4th. 

High School Bowling

Mt. Pleasant will take on Washington on January 4th. 

College Football

Iowa State University will take on Memphis in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis on December 29th at 2:30 pm. The Cyclones defeated Memphis in the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl 21-20. 

#20 Iowa will face off against #25 Tennessee in the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl on January 1st at noon. 

College Basketball

The #4 Iowa women’s team is now 11-1 for the ninth time in program history after taking down Cleveland State 104-75 over the weekend. Caitlin Clark finished with a game high 38 points. The Hawkeyes will face off against Loyola-Chicago on Thursday, December 21st, at 5 pm at home.  

The Iowa State women’s team dominated their way to a 105-68 victory against Troy yesterday. Audi Crooks led the way in points with 21, while Addy Brown gathered a team leading 14 rebounds to finish with a double-double as she scored 13 points. The Cyclones will compete against UNI on Wednesday at 6:30 pm. 

The Iowa State men’s team raced off to a 96-58 win last night against Florida A&M. The Cyclones shot 50% from three-point land as Tamin Lipsey made five threes on the night and Tre King collected 18 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. The Cyclones will host Eastern Illinois on Thursday at 7 pm. 

The Iowa men’s team picked up a much needed win against Florida A&M over the weekend 88-52. Four Hawkeyes finished in double figures as Owen Freeman tallied a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Hawkeyes will host UMBC on Wednesday at 7 pm. 

This Day in Sports History

1932 – The Portsmouth Spartans and the Chicago Bears compete in the first playoff game in NFL history. The Bears beat the Spartans 9-0. 

1949 – NFL Championship, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Los Angeles Rams 14-0; played in driving rain that caused field to become a mud pit. 

1983 – NBA San Diego Clippers ends their 29-game road losing streak.