Sports, February 14th

High School Basketball

The WACO boys’ team moved on in resounding fashion as they defeated Columbus 87-22 last night. The offense put on a showcase for the Warriors as they scored 60 points in the first half as 14 of the 15 rostered players put up points. Cody Graber dominated the offensive glass as he led the Warriors with 15 points. The Warriors will face off against New London at home on February 16th at 7 pm. The girls’ team will host Burlington Notre Dame tonight, February 14th, at 7 pm. KILJ will be covering the game with pregame at 6:45 pm.

The New London boys’ team cruised to a 78-49 win over Danville last night to move on in District 7 play. The Tigers outscored the Bears in every quarter for their 8th win over Danville in a row. Blaise Porter scored 29 points in the winning effort for the Tigers. Danville ends their season with a 14-8 record.

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will be back in action tonight against Pella at home for their final regular season game for the year. The girls’ team will travel to play Fort Madison tomorrow, February 15th,  for their first game of the regional. KILJ will be covering the game with pregame at 6:45 pm and tip-off scheduled for 7 pm.

The Holy Trinity Catholic girls’ team will play Winfield-Mt. Union tonight. The boys’ team fell to Burlington Notre Dame 68-49 last night as their season is now over. Luke Hellige led the way for the Crusaders with 22 points.

The Central Lee boys’ team has been eliminated from postseason competition after falling to Louisa-Muscatine 70-54. The Hawks end their season with a 4-18 record.

The Danville girls’ team’s next game is tonight against West Burlington to start their regional play.

The Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team will move on to host Burlington Notre Dame after defeating Wapello 57-37. The Wolves will play February 16th at 7 pm. KILJ will be covering the game with pregame at 6:45 pm.

High School Wrestling

Southeast Iowa will be well represented at the state meet starting tomorrow, February 15th, and running through the 18th, as Burlington Notre Dame looks to repeat at the Class 2A state champions with six wrestlers heading to Des Moines. Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union will be sending five wrestlers, New London will be taking four, and WACO will have three representatives. For Class 3A, Fort Madison will have seven wrestlers with Burlington and Ottumwa supplying two each. KILJ will be announcing results through the four days of competition.

High School Bowling

Girls bowling had their state qualifying meet yesterday with Louisa-Muscatine qualifying as a team in Class 1A, Keokuk qualifying for Class 2A, and Ottumwa earning a spot in Class 3A. The state championship will start on February 20th and run through the 22nd.

Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will have their competition today hosted by Keokuk at 9 am.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The women’s basketball team will be back in action tonight against Baptist Bible College at 4 pm to start the home doubleheader.

The 23rd-ranked men’s team improved to 23-2 on the season and will face off in a Valentine’s Day doubleheader tonight against Baptist Bible College at 6 pm.

The men’s wrestling team’s next competition for the Tigers will be the 2023 Heart of America Conference Championship on February 18th.

The women’s wrestling team will be back in action tomorrow, February 15th, against Iowa Central Community College at 6 pm.

The Tigers Indoor Track and Field teams will be competing in the North Star Athletic Association conference meet on February 19th.

The Tiger baseball team will have a doubleheader on February 17th against Mid America Christian with game one at 1 pm. Jackson Van Roekel was named Continental Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career. Van Roekel struck out 7 batters and allowed only 5 hits in 6 scoreless innings of work against Hannibal-LaGrange University.

The Tiger’s softball season will begin on February 18th against Park University at 11 am for the Avila Tournament.

This Day in Sports History

2010 – 52nd Daytona 500: Jamie McMurray, driving for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing wins; Mark Martin, oldest pole sitter in Daytona 500 history at 51 years, 27 days.

2018 – American snowboarder Shaun White wins an unprecedented 3rd Olympic halfpipe gold medal (previous 2006, 10) at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

2019 – Oklahoma City Thunder guard, Russell Westbrook, makes a triple-double (44 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) in an NBA record 11th consecutive game as the Thunder go down, 131-122 in New Orleans.