Sports, February 1st

High School Basketball

Mt. Pleasant will travel to Keokuk tomorrow, February 2nd, with the girls scheduled to play at 6 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call with the pregame show at 5:45 pm. 

The Danville girls’ team picked up a dominant win against Van Buren County last night 70-23. The boys’ team followed suit with a 75-36 win over the Warriors. The Danville girls’ team will take on Columbus on Saturday, February 3rd, at 2 pm in the two seed game. The Danville boys’ team will travel to Mediapolis tomorrow to take on Wapello for the Southeast Iowa Super Conference shootout at 6 pm. 

The Van Buren County girls’ team will head to Pekin to face off against Wapello tonight at 6 pm. The boys’ team will take on Lone Tree at 6 pm tomorrow at New London.

The Holy Trinity Catholic girls’ team will take on Lone Tree at Southeastern Community College (SCC) on Saturday for the one seed game at 3:30 pm. The Holy Trinity Catholic boys’ team will face off against WACO in the two seed game on Saturday at 5 pm at SCC. 

The Central Lee girls’ team will take on Pekin tonight at Pekin at 7:30 pm. The Central Lee boys’ team will face off against Burlington Notre Dame tonight on the road at 7:30 pm. 

The WACO girls’ team will compete against Burlington Notre Dame at Highland tonight at 6 pm in the four seed game. The WACO boys’ team will face off against Moravia tonight on the road at 7:30 pm.

The Mediapolis girls’ team will take on Highland tomorrow at Highland at 7:30 pm. The Mediapolis boys’ team will face off against Louisa-Muscatine tomorrow at 7:30 pm at Mediapolis.

The Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team will travel to SCC on Saturday to compete against West Burlington at 6:30 pm. 

New London will host Davis County tonight with the boys’ scheduled to play at 7:30 pm. The girls’ team will take on Hillcrest Academy tonight at 6 pm at Louisa-Muscatine.

Girls’ Basketball Regional Pairings

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has released the regional pairings for classes 1A, 2A, and 3A and here’s some of our local matchups. In Class 1A Region 7, Lone Tree will host Winfield-Mt. Union. Danville will take on Burlington Notre Dame with the Bears acting as host. The winner of the two games will compete against one another. 

In Class 1A Region 8, WACO will face off against Hillcrest Academy at home and New London will travel to Holy Trinity Catholic. All Class 1A games are scheduled to take place on February 8th at 7 pm.

For Class 2A Region 6, Van Buren County hits the road to face off against Pleasantville on February 10th at 7 pm. Columbus will host West Burlington on February 13th at 7 pm.

In Class 3A Region 5, Fairfield will take on the top seed Solon on the road and Washington will host Davis County. Both games will take place on February 10th at 7 pm.

High School Wrestling

WACO will host a tournament on Saturday, February 3rd. 

New London, Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union, and Mt. Pleasant will compete at districts on February 10th.

The girls’ state tournament will begin today. KILJ will be covering 16 wrestlers at the meet and updating as the day goes on. 

High School Bowling

Mt. Pleasant will host West Burlington today.

Mt. Pleasant will be heading to Oskaloosa on Tuesday, February 13th, to compete in the state qualifying meet. Burlington and Keokuk will also be making the trip.

Southeast Iowa Playbook

Rylee Rice of WACO and Josie Nelson for Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union were the features for last night’s episode of the Southeast Iowa Playbook as they prepared to wrestle at the state tournament. Nelson talked about her mindset heading into today. Rice discussed what she thinks about when the going gets tough during a match. You can find the archived episodes on under the “Special Programs” tab. 

College Basketball

The #3 Iowa women’s team decimated Northwestern last night 110-74. Caitlin Clark dropped 35 points and dished out 10 assists in the winning effort as three other Hawkeyes finished in double figures. Iowa will travel to Maryland on Saturday, February 3rd, at 7 pm.

The Iowa State women’s team picked up a Big 12 win last night against Oklahoma State 78-67. Audi Crooks dominated as she cashed in for 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The Cyclones will hit the road to take on UCF on Saturday with tipoff at 11 am. 

The #12 Iowa State men’s team will travel to Baylor on Saturday at 7 pm. 

The Iowa men’s team will look for a win at home tomorrow, February 2nd, at 6 pm against Ohio State. 

This Day in Sports History

1962 -The National League released its first 162-game schedule, including a record 421 scheduled night games, up from 318 in 1961.

1967 – The 10-team American Basketball Association (ABA) with George Mikan as Commissioner is formed and lasts 9 years; its three-point shot revolutionized the game. 

2014 – Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning becomes the all-time record-holder for MVP trophies, winning his 5th at the NFL Honors in New York; also named the 2013 Offensive Player of the Year.