Sports, February 14th

Girls’ Regional Basketball

In Class 1A Region 7, Danville pulled off the upset in convincing fashion last night over Lone Tree 71-36. The Bears have now won 18 consecutive games as they take on Lynnville-Sully in a road regional semifinal matchup on Friday, February 16th, at 7 pm. KILJ will be on the call.

In Class 1A Region 8, WACO traveled to Montezuma last night and the Warriors were overwhelmed by a barrage of three pointers as the Braves knocked down 11 in the 66-42 victory. WACO put up a strong fight in the second half, playing even with the Braves, an aspect that head coach Lisa Graber was proud of. Senior Emma Wagler led the scoring with 11 points for WACO as coach Graber discussed the importance of the senior class after the contest. WACO finished the season with a 13-10 record. 

#15 Holy Trinity Catholic’s defense has only allowed 27 points through the first two rounds of the postseason as the Crusaders breezed past English Valleys last night 49-13. Holy Trinity Catholic will travel to Montezuma on Friday at 7 pm. KILJ will be on the call. 

For Class 2A Region 6, Van Buren County was eliminated by Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont last night 68-25. The Warriors finished with a 7-16 record for the season. 

Columbus held off West Burlington’s comeback attempt to advance, winning 45-39. Ariana Vergara finished with 18 points for the Wildcats. West Burlington finished with a 2-18 record. Columbus will hit the road to take on North Mahaska on Friday at 7 pm.

In Class 3A Region 1, Mediapolis will host Tipton tonight 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 tonight at 7 pm.

Boys’ District Basketball

Starting in Class 1A Substate 5 District 9, Danville will travel to take on Winfield-Mt. Union tomorrow, 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 will host WACO tomorrow 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 will face off against Moravia tomorrow at 7 pm at home. 

Class 2A, Substate 4 District 7, Central Lee will compete against #6 West Burlington tomorrow at 7 pm.

In the bottom half of the bracket, Mediapolis will travel to West Branch tomorrow at 7 pm.

For Class 3A Substate 5, Mt. Pleasant will hit the road to take on Keokuk. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 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 offenses were on full display last night, but it was Pella’s 33 point second quarter that willed the Dutch to a 95-73 victory over Mt. Pleasant. Payton Hagans cashed in for 35 points in the effort. The Panthers finished the regular season with a 13-7 record. 

High School Wrestling

The state tournament will begin today. KILJ will be focusing on 28 wrestlers at the tournament. For a full list of the state qualifiers follow this link: 2024 State Qualifiers.

High School Bowling

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team competed in their state qualifying match last night in Oskaloosa and finished in 8th place as a team as Keokuk finished with the top score of 3,205. Burlington finished in 5th as a team.

Keokuk was led by Brayden Picton’s 635 total pins, which ranked 10th at the match. Alec Payne was the top bowler for the Panthers with 571 total pins, which ranked 26th in the field. Keegan Ellington and Titus Reno also finished with over 500 total pins. Burlington will have Brayton Dixon advance to state as an individual after a 5th place finish with 675 total pins. 

The state tournament will begin on Monday, February 19th, as the Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will have Addie McGehearty, Bethany Drury, and Kya Goodrich competing as individuals. 

College Basketball

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

The Iowa State women’s team will face off against #7 Kansas State tonight at 6:30 pm. 

The #10 Iowa State men’s team took down Cincinnati last night 68-59. Tamin Lipsey led the way with 15 points and three of the team’s 12 steals. The Cyclones will host Texas Tech on Saturday, February 17th, at 11 am.

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

This Day in Sports History

1966 – Wilt Chamberlain breaks the then-NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points.

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

2019 – OKC guard Russell Westbrook collects 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.