Sports, February 17th

High School Basketball

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will start their postseason action February 20th at home against Fort Madison at 7 pm.

The WACO boys’ team will face off against New London at home tonight, February 17th, at 7 pm. KILJ, 1130 AM and 98.5 FM, will be covering the game with pregame at 6:50 pm.

The Danville girls’ team will travel to battle with Mediapolis tonight at 7 pm.

Winfield-Mt. Union will be taking on Burlington Notre Dame in a doubleheader tonight with the girls going at 6 pm and the boys to follow. KILJ will be covering the game with pregame at 6:45 pm.

High School Wrestling

The state tournament will be starting day three of action today with Dom Lopez of New London,  Carter West and CJ Walrath of Burlington Notre Dame, along with Russel Coil of Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union all making it to the quarterfinals. Lopez also became the winningest wrestler in Iowa state history at 220 career wins.

High School Bowling

The state championship will start February 20th and run through the 22nd.

College Signing

Gabe Feldman of Mt. Pleasant signed with Central College to run Cross Country and Track for the Dutch. Feldman was a part of the 4×800 meter relay team that made it to state last year. Feldman said it was a relief to finalize his choice.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The women’s basketball team’s next game will be tomorrow, February 18th, when they square off with Trinity Christian College at 1 pm on the road.

The 23rd-ranked men’s team will enter the Continental Athletic Conference tournament as 2nd overall seed on February 24th with a 24-2 record.

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

The women’s wrestling team will start the 2023 Heart of America Conference Championship on February 25th.

The Tigers Indoor Track and Field teams will be competing in the North Star Athletic Association conference meet on February 19th. Head Coach, Hunter Davis, talked about KeRon Blackwell’s journey to qualify for the National Championship meet.

The Tiger baseball team will have a doubleheader today, February 17th, against Mid America Christian with game one at 1 pm.

The Tiger’s softball season will begin tomorrow against Park University at 11 am for the Avila Tournament.

This Day in Sports History

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

1998 – 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.