Sports, December 19th

High School Basketball

Mt. Pleasant will host Keokuk tonight with the girls going at 6 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will have the call with the pregame show at 5:45 pm. Head Coach Eric Rawson talked about the upcoming matchup against the top teams in the conference. 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 fell to Columbus last night 47-43. The girls’ team heads into winter break with a 3-5 record. The Central Lee boys handled Columbus last night 76-35. Owen Swan had 20 points for the Hawks. The boys’ team is 2-6 entering winter break.

The Mediapolis girls’ team dominated Wapello last night 78-22. Haley Steffener led the way with 17 points followed by Hanna Wagenbach’s 14 points and 7 rebounds. Tatum Wolford scored 8 points for the Arrows. The girls’ team heads into winter break with an 8-1 record. The boys’ team also defended their home court against Wapello last night, winning 78-40. The boys’ team touts a 5-3 record heading into winter break. 

The Danville 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.  

The New London boys’ team will travel to Regina Catholic on Thursday 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 tonight with the girls’ team scheduled to play at 6 pm. 

The Van Buren County boys’ team will face off against Columbus on January 4th at 7:30 pm and the girls’ team will travel to Fairfield on January 2nd at 7:30 pm. 

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

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

High School Wrestling

The WACO girls and boys will travel to BGM today to compete in a meet. 

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ team will compete at a tournament after winter break on January 5th at Highland. 

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ teams will have to wait until after winter break with the Panthers competing on January 4th at Sigourney, while the girls’ team will compete at a tournament at Highland on January 5th. 

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 will face off against Loyola-Chicago on Thursday, December 21st, at 5 pm at home.  

The Iowa State women’s team will compete against UNI tomorrow, December 20th, at 6:30 pm. 

The Iowa State men’s team will host Eastern Illinois on Thursday at 7 pm. 

The Iowa men’s team will host UMBC tomorrow at 7 pm. 

Conference Player of the Week

Iowa State’s Audi Crooks nabbed her first career honor after being named Big 12 Freshman of the Week for her 21 point effort in their win over Troy last weekend. Crooks shot 90% in the win along with grabbing nine rebounds.

Owen Freeman now holds the school record for Big Ten Freshman of the Week after collecting his fourth award of the season. He scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds over the weekend to help the Hawkeyes get back in the win column. He was the first Hawkeye freshman to finish with a double-double since 2018. 

This Day in Sports History

1904 – The Dawson City hockey team begins their 9 day walk to get a boat to Seattle to catch a train to Ottawa to play in the Stanley Cup. 

1984 – Wayne Gretzky, at the age of 23, is the 18th and youngest NHL player to score 1,000 points. 

2010 – “Miracle at the New Meadowlands”, the Philadelphia Eagles trail the New York Giants by 21 points with eight minutes to play, before scoring four touchdowns in final seven minutes, including a dramatic walk-off punt return for a touchdown by DeSean Jackson.