Sports, February 22nd

Girls’ Regional Basketball

The Class 1A Region 7 championship game between Danville and Calamus-Wheatland lived up to the billing last night; unfortunately, the Bears could not pull off the upset, falling 56-51. After a back-and-forth first quarter and most of the second quarter, the Warriors ended the half on a 9 to 1 run to lead 29 to 21 at halftime and that was all they needed as Kahlie Hill finished with 20 points. Danville head coach Matt Morris talked about his team’s effort after the game. 

Seniors Rylee Morris and Kenna Furnald led the way in scoring as Morris put up 16 points with Furnald scoring 12 points and collecting four steals. Jaeda Molle finished with 6 points and a handful of offensive rebounds. Coach Morris talked about the senior class after the contest. 

Danville finished the season with a 19-5 record with all 19 of their wins done in consecutive fashion. 

The girls’ state tournament is set to begin on Monday, February 25th, at 10 am with Class 5A leading off the day.

Boys’ Substate Basketball

In Substate 5, Holy Trinity Catholic will take on Winfield-Mt. Union at Fairfield High School 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, West Burlington will face off against Cascade on Saturday at Iowa City High at 7 pm. 

For Class 3A Substate 5, Keokuk will face off against #5 Solon tonight at 7 pm. 

High School Bowling

The State Tournament wrapped up yesterday with the Class 1A individual championship and the Class 2A team championship. For the Girls’ Class 1A individual championship, Kylee Kirchner of Vinton-Shellsburg narrowly defeated Molly Bramble of Louisa-Muscatine 219-204 to win the championship. Rylee Pulliam of Clarinda took 3rd place with a final of 257-137.

Keokuk ended the tournament with a sweep of the team state title and the individual title as the Chiefs defeated LeMars 3-0 in the championship match. Maquoketa took down Lewis Central for 3rd place as Decorah finished in 5th place. 

On the Boys’ side, the individual champion for Class 1A went to Vann Lessig of Vinton-Shellsburg as he snuck by with a 262-212 final over Noah White of Charles City. Malcomb Clark of Monticello finished with the bronze. 

Clinton edged past LeMars 3-2 to take home the Class 2A team championship. Keokuk lost to Western Dubuque 3-0 in the 5th place match to claim 6th place. 

College Basketball

The #4 Iowa women’s team will travel to take on #14 Indiana tonight at 7 pm.

The Iowa State women’s team picked up a road win last night against Houston 76-64. The duo of Addy Brown and Audi Crooks was unstoppable as they both finished with double-doubles with Brown scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, while Crooks cashed in for a game high 25 points and collected 12 rebounds. The Cyclones will compete against BYU on Saturday, February 24th, at 6 pm.

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

The Iowa men’s team will travel to face off against #12 Illinois on Saturday at 1:15 pm. 

This Day in Sports History

1888 – “Father of American Golf” John Reid first demonstrates golf on a Yonkers cow pasture to friends. 

1893 – The first Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 32-22 in Birmingham.

2018 – The US wins the Olympic women’s ice hockey gold medal for the first time in 20 years with a 4-3 shootout victory over Canada in Pyeongchang; scores tied 3-3 after overtime.