Sports, February 23rd

High School Basketball

The Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ team will take on North Mahaska tonight with KILJ 105.5 FM on the call with pregame at 6:45 pm.

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will  play Solon tonight with the winner moving on to the substate game. KILJ 1130 AM and 98.5 FM will be on the call with pregame at 6:50 pm. The seniors are asking the students and community to wear white for a white out.

New London will travel to Solon High School to take on Marquette Catholic in the substate game on February 25th at 7 pm. KILJ will be on the call with pregame at 6:45 pm.

High School Bowling

The state tournament has been postponed a day due to the weather. The Class 3A team and Class 2A individual championships will resume today at 11 am.

Local Football News

Owen Vansickel will be taking his football talents to Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Vansickel plans on majoring in communications and becoming a sports broadcaster for his future career. Vansickel will be working on place kicking and kickoffs for the Rams. In his two seasons as the starting kicker for the Panthers he has gone 3 of 5 with his long being 42 yards. Vansickel stated that his long in practice is 57 yards. Straight forward in his demeanor, Vansickel has a clear goal in mind joining this team.

New London’s new head football coach is a familiar face for the Tigers as Darrin Loyd will step back into the helm. He led the Tigers to a state tournament appearance in 2008.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The women’s basketball team will take on Bacone College tomorrow, February 24th, at 11:30 am to start the conference tournament. The defending conference champions will enter the tournament as the #1 seed after going undefeated in conference play.

The 23rd-ranked men’s team will enter the Continental Athletic Conference tournament as 2nd overall seed and take on Haskell Indian Nations tomorrow at 8:15 pm.

The men’s wrestling team will have Lane Scorpil represent the Tigers at the NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championship meet on March 3rd.

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 NAIA Indoor Track and Field national championship meet on March 2nd.

The Tiger baseball team will have another doubleheader February 25th against Kansas Wesleyan University with the first game going at 12 pm.

The Tiger softball team’s doubleheader against University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis today has been canceled and it has yet to be determined if they will reschedule the games.

Iowa Wesleyan’s Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach for the Tiger football team, Brett Guminsky, joined us on Tiger Nation this morning and talked about what he looks for in recruiting,

“So, the biggest this I want to see is when I talk to a high school coach about a certain player is how much conviction that high school coach has. Is that player, ‘yeah, I mean he’ll do all right for you’ or is that somebody he’s on fire about. ‘Coach you gotta take him, you know he’s the best when its hardest, he’s going to give you everything he has and you’re always going to be able to depend on him.’ Whenever a high school coach says that its usually a pretty easy answer for me.”

This Day in Sports History

1968 – Wilt Chamberlain becomes first NBAer to score 25,000 points.

1969 – 11th Daytona 500: LeeRoy Yarbrough driving for Junior Johnson, catches Charlie Glotzbach on final lap to win; first Daytona 500 won on a last lap pass.

1991 – North Carolina becomes the first team in NCAA basketball history to win 1,500 games with a 73-57 victory over Clemson.