Sports, February 13th

Girls’ Regional Basketball

In Class 1A Region 7, Danville will travel to Lone Tree tonight at 7 pm. KILJ AM 1130, 98.5 FM, and will be on the call.

In Class 1A Region 8, WACO will travel to Montezuma tonight at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

#15 Holy Trinity Catholic will host English Valleys tonight at 7 pm. 

For Class 2A Region 6, Van Buren County will remain on the road to take on Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont tonight at 7 pm.

Columbus will host West Burlington tonight at 7 pm.

In Class 3A Region 1, Mediapolis will host Tipton tomorrow, February 14th, at 7 pm. 

In Class 4A Region 1, Mt. Pleasant will hit the road to take on Oskaloosa for the second time this season as Oskaloosa won that matchup 55-17. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm.

The winner of this game will take on #1 Clear Creek-Amana.

On the bottom half of the bracket, it will be a Southeast Conference matchup between Fort Madison and Burlington. The winner will be tasked with a road matchup against Keokuk. 

The first-round for Class 4A is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 7 pm.

Boys’ District Basketball

Starting in Substate 5 District 9, Winfield-Mt. Union powered past New London 70-37, outscoring the Tigers 35 to 19 in the second half. New London ended the season with a 5-17 record. 

Danville was tested by Sigourney at home last night but escaped with a 62-52 victory. The Bears will travel to take on Winfield-Mt. Union on Thursday, February 15th, at 7 pm. KILJ AM 1130, 98.5 FM, and will be on the call.

In the bottom half of the bracket, Burlington Notre Dame dominated Wapello to the tune of a 78-49 victory, while WACO defeated Pekin 57-42. Colton Leichty led the way with 26 points for the Warriors followed by Chase Waterhouse’s 16 points. The Nikes will host WACO on Thursday at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm.

In Substate 5 District 10, Holy Trinity Catholic was unstoppable last night as the Crusaders drubbed Tri-County 103-19. Luke Hellige led the scoring with 33 points as Connor Gehling tallied 19 points and six blocks in the win. The Crusaders will face off against Moravia on Thursday at 7 pm at home. Head Coach John Hellige’s recipe for success is rebounding and no turnovers.

Class 2A, Substate 4 District 7 saw Central Lee take down Louisa-Muscatine last night 72-65. The Hawks will compete against #6 West Burlington on Thursday at 7 pm.

In the bottom half of the bracket, Mediapolis breezed past Van Buren County 75-38. The Bulldogs will travel to West Branch on Thursday at 7 pm.

The brackets for Class 3A and 4A were released yesterday and in Class 3A Substate 5, Mt. Pleasant will hit the road to take on Keokuk, while Washington will face off against Clear Creek-Amana and Fort Madison faces off against Williamsburg. 

In Class 3A Substate 4, Fairfield will take on Marion on the road.

In Class 4A Substate 3, Burlington snatched the sixth seed and will travel to Davenport, West for their first-round matchup. 

The first round for classes 3A and 4A will begin on Monday, February 19th, at 7 pm.

High School Basketball

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will end the regular season facing off against Pella tonight at 7 pm. 

High School Wrestling

The state tournament will begin tomorrow, February 14th, at 9 am. KILJ will be focusing on 28 wrestlers at the tournament. For a full list of the state qualifiers follow this link: 2024 State Qualifiers

The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announced the 2024 honorees for the IHSAA Wrestling Hall of Fame and IHSAA Officials Hall of Fame and there’s a familiar face on the roster of inductees in New London’s longtime head coach Mark Chiri. Across an incredible 37 seasons, Chiri accumulated 468 dual meet wins, 111 state qualifiers, seven top 10 team finishes, four state dual qualifications, and 10 individual champions.

Additionally, Chiri coached Marcel Lopez, who notched four state championships as a Tiger, and Dom Lopez, who is the winningest wrestler in state history with 221 career wins. The honorees will be introduced before the championship matches on Saturday, February 17th.

High School Bowling

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team participated in their state qualifying meet yesterday and three Panthers clinched their spot at the state meet as individuals, while Keokuk and Oskaloosa qualified as a team. 

The Chiefs were led by Jaelynn Ketterer and Sophia Rule as they tallied the top two individual scores of 732 and 631, respectively. Natalie Alberts nabbed the last spot with a score of 554.

Mt. Pleasant had two bowlers finish in the top five as Addie McGehearty totaled 587 pins and Bethany Drury grabbed 581 pins for the fourth and fifth highest scores of the meet. Kya Goodrich was the last Panther to clinch a spot with a score of 555, which ranked 7th amongst the field. The state tournament will begin on February 19th.

The boys’ team will travel to Oskaloosa to compete in their state qualifying meet today. Burlington and Keokuk will also be making the trip.

College Basketball

The #4 Iowa women’s team will host Michigan on Thursday, February 15th, at 7 pm. 

The Iowa State women’s team will face off against #7 Kansas State tomorrow, February 14th, at 6:30 pm. 

The #10 Iowa State men’s team will travel to Cincinnati tonight to compete against the Bearcats at 6 pm. 

The Iowa men’s team will take on Maryland tomorrow at 7:30 pm on the road. 

This Day in Sports History

1923 – The first fully all-Black and Black-owned professional basketball team, The Renaissance, was organized. Commonly called The Rens, the team was founded by Robert L. Douglas, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor in 1972.

1932 – A 2-2 final round tie with the US is good enough for Canada to clinch its fourth consecutive Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Lake Placid; Canadian center Walter Monson is tournament top scorer with 11 points.

1971 – US Vice President Spiro Agnew hits two tee shots into a crowd while golfing, injuring two.