Sports, December 21st

High School Basketball

The Holy Trinity Catholic girls’ team will travel to take on Mt. Pleasant tonight at 6:45 pm with KILJ 105.5 FM,, on the call with the pregame show at 6:30 pm. The Holy Trinity Catholic boys’ team enters winter break with a 6-3 record. 

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team heads into winter break with a 5-3 record and a 4-0 conference record. 

The WACO girls’ team will head into winter break with a 4-5 record, while the boys’ team will host North Linn tonight at 7:30 pm as they recognize the contributions Bob Hilmer made to both communities.

The Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ team is 3-8 heading into winter break. The boys’ team heads into winter break with an 8-1 record. 

The New London boys’ team will travel to Regina Catholic tonight at 7:30 pm, while the girls’ team will compete against Columbus tonight at 6 pm at home. 

The Danville boys’ team will host BGM tonight at 7:30 pm. The girls’ team will head into winter break with a 5-4 record.  

The Central Lee girls’ team heads into winter break with a 3-5 record. The Central Lee boys’ team is 2-6 entering winter break.

The Mediapolis girls’ team heads into winter break with an 8-1 record. The boys’ team touts a 5-3 record heading into winter break. 

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. 

High School Wrestling

The WACO boys’ team will compete in a meet at Washington on January 4th.

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union, Mt. Pleasant, and WACO girls’ teams 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.

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 Signings

Abram Edwards and Cam Buffington made history for Winfield-Mt. Union as the school had never had one player sign on to play Division I football, they now claim two as of yesterday. 

Edwards officially signed on to play football at Army, while Buffington will be heading 45 minutes north to play for the Hawkeyes at the University of Iowa. Edwards talked about why he chose to attend college at West Point. Buffington spoke about how he’s ready to get back out onto the field.

Head basketball coach and Abram’s father Klay Edwards was beyond proud of these two representatives of the community. 

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 tonight at 5 pm at home.  

The Iowa State women’s team took down UNI last night 87-70. The Cyclones were led by Kelsey Joens and Audi Crooks, who each scored 16 points. Addy Brown has now had four straight games of tallying a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds last night. The Cyclones will begin conference play on December 30th at 2 pm against Oklahoma State on the road. 

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

The Iowa men’s team counted on Tony Perkins’ 23 points in their 103-81 victory over UMBC last night. Ben Krikke (17 points and 12 rebounds) and Payton Sandfort (18 points and 10 rebounds) each finished with a double-double in the winning effort. The Hawkeyes will take on Northern Illinois on December 29th at 6 pm at home. 

This Day in Sports History

1891 – First basketball game based on rules created by James Naismith is played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts.

1937 – Chicago Blackhawks left winger Paul Thompson becomes the first player in NHL history to score a goal against his brother, goaltender Cecil Thompson of the Boston Bruins, with just nine seconds left in regulation; Bruins win though, 2-1.

1969 – Vince Lombardi coached his last football game, a 20-10 loss to the Cowboys in Dallas, to finish with a 7-5-2 season and a career record of 105-35-6.