High School Basketball
The Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ team will be heading to the state tournament for the first time since 1998 after taking down North Mahaska 52-47 last night. The Wolves got out to a quick start thanks to a three pointer from Keetyn Townsley and Keely Malone to make the score 11 to 3; however, Melina Oepping picked up her 3rd foul in the first quarter, which led to North Mahaska holding Winfield-Mt. Union to only 2 points in the second quarter to take a 22-17 lead into halftime. Oepping provided that spark for the Wolves in the second half as she scored 16 of her 24 total points in the second half. When the Wolves had the lead late, they nailed 11 of their 14 free throws in the 2nd half as Oepping made 8 in a row late to secure the win. Head Coach Mendy McCreight talked about her team’s effort in the win. The Wolves will take on North Linn on March 1st at 6:45 pm.
The Mt. Pleasant boys’ season has come to an end as they fell to Solon 49-36 last night in the second round of the Class 3A district 6 tournament. The Panthers finish the year 18-6.
New London will travel to Solon High School to take on Marquette Catholic in the substate game tomorrow, February 25th, at 7 pm. KILJ will be on the call with pregame at 6:45 pm.
High School Bowling
The state tournament is in the books for both the boys and girls and here are the team and individual winners. For the boys’ Class 1A, Maquoketa won the team title and the individual state champion was Adam Denny of St. Albert. For the girl’s Class 1A, Maquoketa also won the team title and Kali Johnson of Forest City took home the individual title.
For the boys’ Class 2A, Fort Dodge is the team state champion and Trey VanWyk of Oskaloosa won the individual state championship. For the girls’, Lewis Central came up with the upset to become the state champions and the individual title went to Kadence Hyde of Waterloo East.
Waterloo West took the team championship for the boys in Class 3A and the individual title went to Jackson Satterlee of Cedar Falls. For the girls’, Dubuque Senior won the team title and Vicki Andrews of Des Moines Lincoln took home the individual title.
Iowa Wesleyan Athletics
The women’s basketball team defeated Bacone College 99-30 this afternoon to move on in the Continental Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament. Isabell West and Breanna Wendland both notched double-doubles as West scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Wendland finished with 21 points and gathered 10 rebounds. Kyla Moore and Megan Teal also scored 16 points apiece. The Tigers will take on the winner of Arkansas Baptist and Crowley’s Ridge College tomorrow at 2:30 pm.
The 23rd-ranked men’s team will enter the Continental Athletic Conference tournament as 2nd overall seed and take on Haskell Indian Nations tonight 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 tomorrow, 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 tomorrow, February 25th, against Kansas Wesleyan University with the first game going at 12 pm.
The Tiger softball team will have a doubleheader against Lyon College today with game one at 12 pm.
Iowa Wesleyan’s Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach for the Tiger football team, Brett Guminsky, joined us on Tiger Nation yesterday and he expressed the joy he’s felt since taking the job.
This Day in Sports History
1968 – Gary Unger began a NHL consecutive game record of 914 games. Ranks fourth on the all-time list.
1982 – Wayne Gretzky scores an NHL-record 78th goal of the season en route to 92.
2013 – 55th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins 2nd Great American Race; Danica Patrick first female to start from pole position; also best-ever finish by a woman at Daytona (8th).