Sports, February 17th

Girls’ Regional Basketball

In Class 1A Region 7, Danville has now won 19 games in-a-row after defeating Lynnville-Sully last night 51-50 after the Bears had found themselves down by as many as 16 during the game. Danville will take on Calamus-Wheatland on Wednesday, February 21st, at 7 pm at Muscatine High School. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm.

In Class 1A Region 8, #15 Holy Trinity Catholic’s comeback fell short against Montezuma last night in the regional semifinal 60-44. The Crusaders were outscored 27 to 5 in the second quarter as the Braves made eight threes in the first half. Seniors Natalie Randolph and Mary Kate Bendlage combined for 31 points as head coach Tony Johnson discussed their contribution to the Crusaders program. Holy Trinity Catholic finished with a 20-3 record on the season.

For Class 2A Region 6, Columbus fell to North Mahaska 61-22 last night. The Wildcats finished the season with a 15-6 record. 

In Class 3A Region 1, Mediapolis will face off against Mt. Vernon tonight at 7 pm in Mt. Vernon.

In Class 4A Region 1, Keokuk will host Fort Madison tonight 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, Burlington Notre Dame and Winfield-Mt. Union will face off on Tuesday, February 20th, at 7 pm at Mediapolis High School. KILJ AM 1130, 98.5 FM, and will be on the call.

In Substate 5 District 10, Holy Trinity Catholic will face off against North Mahaska on Tuesday at 7 pm at Ottumwa Evans Middle School. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call.

Class 2A, Substate 4 District 7, West Burlington will take on West Branch at West Liberty High School on Tuesday 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 Wrestling

Championship Saturday will begin today and we have 13 local wrestlers competing. In Class 1A, Louden Huisenga is looking to end the season with a perfect record and the 190-pound championship. Gage Samo is vying for third place in the 113-pound weight class. 

In Class 2A, Burlington Notre Dame’s Kaiden Dietzenbach, Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union’s Russel Coil, and Fairfield’s Cael McCabe will all be competing for a state championship.

Class 3A will see Fort Madison’s Nolan Riddle and Burlington’s Braxton Hutchinson looking to finish in third place, while Isaac Thacher will wrestle for 7th place.

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 will travel to take on #12 Indiana on Thursday, February 22nd, at 7 pm.

The Iowa State women’s team will face off against #5 Texas today at 3 pm on the road. 

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

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

This Day in Sports History

1974 – 16th Daytona 500: Richard Petty becomes the first driver to win back-to-back titles at Daytona; his 5th Great American race.

1998 – The USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal.

2012 – Approximately 70 ancient Olympic artifacts are stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Greece.