Sports, February 3rd

High School Basketball

The Mt. Pleasant boys team claimed the conference championship after defeating Burlington 67-57 last night. All five of the starters for the Panthers finished in double-digits, Carter Amos had a terrific night finishing with 13 points and coming up with several rebounds. The Panthers were clutch from the free throw, converting 23 of 28 from the line. Coach Rawson was full of emotion after the game. The boys’ next game will be February 6th at Ottumwa.

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will travel to play Burlington tonight, February 3rd, at 7:30 pm. KILJ will be on the call with pregame at 7:15 pm.

The Central Lee girls’ team will be competing against Highland in their conference shootout tonight and the boys’ team will play Columbus in their shootout tomorrow at 6 pm.

The New London girls’ team will face off against Pekin in the SEISC Shootout tonight at 6 pm and the boys’ team will play against Pekin tomorrow night at 7:30 pm.

The Danville girls’ team will travel to compete against Columbus at 6 pm tonight and the boys’ team will face off against Lousia-Muscatine tomorrow at 6 pm.

The WACO boys’ team cruised to a 66-25 win over Louisa-Muscatine. The girls’ team will face off against Burlington Notre Dame in a SEISC shootout tonight at 6 pm at Southeastern Community College and the boys’ team will face off against the undefeated West Burlington Falcons tomorrow at 7:30 pm.

The Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team crushed Cedar Valley Christian 82-19. Abram Edwards led the team with 13 points and blocked four shots. The 9th ranked girls’ team will be going against a ranked Mediapolis team tonight at 7:30 pm at Southeastern Community College. The boys’ team will face off against Burlington Notre Dame in the SEISC shootout at 6 pm.

High School Wrestling

The inaugural girls’ sanctioned wrestling State Tournament concluded their first day of wrestling and KILJ will have four wrestlers competing on day two: Ella McNamee of Mt. Pleasant, Jasmine Luedtke of Ottumwa, Teegan Sulentich of Washington, and Gabi Robertson of Mid-Prairie. KILJ will be supplying results throughout the day.

The next competition for the Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will be at the Class 2A District 9 postseason meet. To make it to state, wrestlers in Class 1A or 2A must finish in first or second-place and third-place finishers in Class 3A District Tournaments will also qualify.

High School Bowling

Mt. Pleasant will be competing in the Southeast Conference Tournament on February 9th.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The women’s basketball team will be back in action this afternoon at the Crowley’s Ridge Classic. The Tigers are currently 5-0 in conference play.

The 23rd-ranked men’s team improved their win streak to 20 games and 21-1 on the season and they will be tested against #20 Florida College in a CAC Classic tonight at 7 pm.

The men’s wrestling team fell to Graceland University 41-12 last night. Lane Scorpil pinned his opponent in the second period and Quinten Aney won by fall in the second period. The Tigers will face off against 16th ranked Baker University on February 7th.

The women’s wrestling team will be competing in the Grand View Open tomorrow.

The Tigers next indoor meet will be tomorrow at the Luther College Invitational. KeRon Blackwell cleared a jump of 6 feet 7 inches at the Grand View Field Meet. The jump qualified for the 2023 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championship meet.

The football team had 26 student-athletes named NSAA scholar-athletes. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA and participate in one contest in the fall.

This Day in Sports History

1876 – Albert Spalding invests $800 to start a sporting goods company, manufacturing the first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball and football.

2002 – Super Bowl XXXVI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: New England Patriots beat St. Louis Rams, 20-17; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB. Brady’s first super bowl win.

2008 – Super Bowl XLII, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 17-14; MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB. Ending the Patriots undefeated season.