Sports, February 21st

Girls’ Regional Basketball

In Class 1A Region 7, Danville will take on Calamus-Wheatland tonight 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 4A Region 1, Keokuk was clobbered by #1 Clear Creek-Amana last night 68-35. The Chiefs finished the season with a 19-4 record. 

Boys’ District Basketball

Starting in Class 1A Substate 5 District 9, Winfield-Mt. Union’s 19 to 4 run in the fourth quarter stole the game from Burlington Notre Dame, winning 51-49 to claim the District 9 championship.

In Substate 5 District 10, Holy Trinity Catholic’s offense was too strong last night with a couple clutch defensive plays sprinkled in to claim the District 10 championship over North Mahaska 70-66. Four Crusaders finished in double figures as Luke Hellige led the way with 24 points. Head coach John Hellige talked about his team’s toughness after the game. Conner Gehling collected two clutch blocks as Maddox Rung snatched seven key steals to seal the win as coach Hellige talked about their importance to the team. The Crusaders will take on Winfield-Mt. Union on Saturday, February 24th, at 7 pm with the winner advancing to state. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

Class 2A, Substate 4 District 7, West Burlington cruised to a 61-44 victory over West Branch to advance to the substate game against Cascade on Saturday at Iowa City High at 7 pm. 

For Class 3A Substate 5, Keokuk will face off against #5 Solon tomorrow, February 22nd, at 7 pm. 

High School Bowling

The State Tournament continued yesterday with the Class 1A team championship and the Class 3A individual championship. Camanche defeated Louisa-Muscatine for the Girls’ Class 1A team championship as Vinton-Shellsburg pulled off the upset to take the bronze over Clarinda.

For the Girls’ Class 3A individual championship, Des Moines East’s Rileigh Schillinger defeated Kendra Schwarting 208-186 to walk away with the championship. Ottumwa’s Olivia Moughler claimed third place with a 206-188 final.

On the Boys’ side, the Class 1A team championship belongs to Maquoketa after defeating Gilbert. St. Albert claimed 3rd place. 

Aiden Cowan of Marshalltown saved his best game for the championship as he bowled a 268 to defeat Rush Steen of Waterloo West to take home the gold. Reid Jackson of Waukee finished with the third-place medal. 

The State Tournament wraps up today with the Class 1A individual championship and the Class 2A team championship.

New Head Coach Hiring

Keokuk has found their new head football coach in former NFL Wide Receiver Marvin McNutt. A graduate of the University of Iowa, he is the Hawkeyes’ all-time leader in receiving touchdowns and yardage (single season and career) and was a team captain in 2011 and a part of Kirk Ferentz’s Leadership committee from 2007-2011. 

His first gig as a Head Coach was with the Cedar Rapids Titans of the Indoor Football League in 2017 and then general manager in 2018. He moved on to Coe College, where he was the wide receiver coach until 2022. He will have an introductory press conference on Friday, February 23rd, at 10:30 am in the multipurpose room.

College Basketball

The #4 Iowa women’s team will travel to take on #12 Indiana tomorrow, February 22nd, at 7 pm.

The Iowa State women’s team will face off against Houston tonight at 7 pm on the road.

The #6 Iowa State men’s team will host West Virginia on Saturday, February 24th, at 1 pm. 

The Iowa men’s team took down Michigan State last night 78-71. Payton Sandfort led the way in scoring with 22 points, while Ben Krikke put up a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. The Hawkeyes will travel to face off against #12 Illinois on Saturday at 1:15 pm. 

This Day in Sports History

1979 – Two Iowa girls high school basketball teams play four scoreless quarters as the game was won 4-2 in the 4th overtime period.

1980 – Liechtenstein becomes the smallest country to produce an Olympic champion as Hanni Wenzel wins the women’s giant slalom at the Lake Placid Winter Games.

2016 – 58th Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins the closest finish in race history, by just 0.01s over Martin Truex Jr.