Sports, February 16th

Girls’ Regional Basketball

In Class 1A Region 7, Danville will take on Lynnville-Sully in a road regional semifinal matchup tonight at 7 pm. KILJ AM 1130, 98.5 FM, and will be on the call.

In Class 1A Region 8, #15 Holy Trinity Catholic 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.

For Class 2A Region 6, Columbus will hit the road to take on North Mahaska tonight at 7 pm.

In Class 3A Region 1, Mediapolis will face off against Mt. Vernon tomorrow, February 17th, at 7 pm in Mt. Vernon.

In Class 4A Region 1, Keokuk will host Fort Madison tomorrow at 7 pm with the winner taking on either Clear Creek-Amana or Oskaloosa in the Regional Championship.

Boys’ District Basketball

Starting in Class 1A Substate 5 District 9, Winfield-Mt. Union won in dominating fashion last night over Danville 61-40. Cam Buffington scored 18 points followed by Abram Edwards cashing in for 15 points in the winning effort. 

In the bottom half of the bracket, Burlington Notre Dame and WACO faced off against one another in a cross conference matchup with the Nikes riding a strong second half performance by Shay Stephens to win 54-40. The first half was a defensive slog with neither offense able to make a basket, it was WACO’s free throw shooting that gave the Warriors a 20 to 14 halftime lead after the Nikes managed just two second quarter points.

Nevertheless, Stephens played like a man possessed in the second half, scoring 13 of the Nikes’ 22 third quarter points, while WACO couldn’t find a rhythm. Stephens finished the game with 22 points, while WACO was led by Hunter Hughes’ 12 points and Chase Waterhouse’s 11 points. WACO head coach Paul Kissell knows this has been one successful senior class.

Burlington Notre Dame and Winfield-Mt. Union will face off on Tuesday, February 20th, at 7 pm at Mediapolis High School. The Nikes’ head coach Dan Kies discussed what his team will be working on heading into the matchup. KILJ will be on the call.

In Substate 5 District 10, Holy Trinity Catholic clobbered Moravia last night 55-29. Luke Hellige cashed in for 20 points in the win. The Crusaders will face off against North Mahaska on Tuesday at 7 pm at Ottumwa Evans Middle School. KILJ will be on the call.

Class 2A, Substate 4 District 7, West Burlington is still undefeated after breezing past Central Lee last night 76-59. The Hawks finished the season with an 11-12 record.

In the bottom half of the bracket, Mediapolis attempted to pull off the upset against West Branch last night but came up short, losing 53-45. The Bulldogs ended the season with a 13-9 record.

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 Wrestling

The state tournament continues today. KILJ will be focusing on 16 wrestlers at the tournament. Day two saw 11 of our local wrestlers eliminated from the tournament. Class 1A was highlighted by Louden Huisenga of WACO as he advanced to the semifinals last night. Gage Samo fell in double overtime in the quarterfinals, moving him to the consolation bracket.

In Class 2A, Carter West and Kaiden Dietzenbach of Burlington Notre Dame and Cael McCabe of Fairfield advanced to the semifinals yesterday as they eye a state championship. A couple local matchups to look out for: Burlington Notre Dame’s CJ Davis will take on Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union’s Ty Scorpil in the consolation bracket of the 126-pound weight class and Blake Wilson of Burlington Notre Dame will face off against Cason Miller of Fairfield in the 157-pound weight class.

Class 3A will see Fort Madison’s Nolan Riddle and Isaac Thacher compete for a chance at third place in the consolation bracket along with Burlington’s Braxton Hutchinson.

High School Bowling

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 cruised past Michigan last night in record breaking fashion 106-89. Caitlin Clark is now the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer and Iowa’s single game scoring record holder after a ridiculous 49 point, 13 assist performance last night. She has now registered 3,569 career points. The Hawkeyes will travel to take on #12 Indiana on Thursday, February 22nd, at 7 pm.

The Iowa State women’s team will travel to #5 Texas tomorrow, February 17th, at 3 pm. 

The #10 Iowa State men’s team will host Texas Tech tomorrow at 11 am.

The Iowa men’s team will take on #20 Wisconsin tomorrow at 1:15 pm at home.

This Day in Sports History

1972 – Wilt Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Lakers becomes the first player in NBA history to reach the career 30,000 point mark during a 110-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns. 

2001 – Mathieu Schneider of the Los Angeles Kings becomes the first defenseman in history to score a goal against all 30 NHL teams as LA beats Minnesota, 4-0. 

2005 – The 2004-05 NHL season is canceled by Commissioner Gary Bettman; the first time a North American professional sports league has called off a season due to a labor dispute.