Sports, December 22nd

High School Basketball

The Holy Trinity Catholic girls’ team traveled north to take on Mt. Pleasant last night and despite tough defense from the Panthers, turnovers gave the Crusaders the decisive win, 50-18. Mt. Pleasant kept Holy Trinity Catholic from scoring in the first six minutes of the second quarter as head coach Curt Watson mentioned how well his team played defensively to start out the game. 

Mary Kate Bendlage’s 20 points led the Crusaders, while Teagen Snaadt added 10 points to the effort. Abby Carthey led the way for the Panthers with five points on the night. The Crusaders head into the break with a 9-1 record, while the Panthers are 1-9. 

The Holy Trinity Catholic boys’ team is 6-3 heading into winter break.

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

The WACO boys’ team faced off against North Linn last night in recognition of the contributions that Bob Hilmer made to each community and it was Lynx who won the contest 56-42. Colton Leicthy led the way in scoring with 13 points on the night. The boys’ team touts a 5-3 record heading into winter break, while the girls’ team is 4-5.

The New London boys’ team fell to Regina Catholic last night 69-49, while the girls’ team lost to Columbus 64-34. The boys’ team is 2-6 heading into the break and the girls are 1-9.

The Danville boys’ team defeated BGM in convincing fashion last night 71-49. The Bears are now 7-3 on the season. The girls’ team will head into winter break with a 5-4 record.  

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 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 tomorrow, December 23rd, at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont. 

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

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released their Super Regional assignments yesterday and Burlington, Keokuk, Mediapolis, Mt. Pleasant, Wapello, and WACO will be wrestling in Region 6, while Fort Madison and Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union will be in Region 5. Both regions will be wrestling at the Alliant Energy Power House in Cedar Rapids on January 26th at 10 am. 

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 dispatched Loyola-Chicago last night 98-69. Caitlin Clark was unstoppable as she tallied 35 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assists for her second triple-double of the season. The Hawkeyes will face off against Minnesota on December 30th at 1 pm at home. 

The Iowa State women’s team will begin conference play on December 30th at 2 pm against Oklahoma State on the road. 

The Iowa State men’s team trounced Eastern Illinois last night 80-48. Curtis Jones led the way with 18 points, while Tamin Lipsey scored 16 points and dished out seven assists. The Cyclones will host New Hampshire on December 31st at noon. 

The Iowa men’s team will take on Northern Illinois on December 29th at 6 pm at home. 

This Day in Sports History

1917 – In the NHL’s first official week of play, three players score hat tricks in the same game, for the same team; Corb Denneny, Reg Noble, and Harry Meeking each notch a hat trick for the Toronto Arenas in an 11-4 win over the Ottawa Senators.

1969 – Pete Maravich sets an NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots.

1997 – Scotty Bowman’s Red Wings beat the Boston Bruins 4-2, giving him 200 wins with Detroit and making him the first NHL coach to record 200 wins with three different teams.