Sports, February 3rd

High School Basketball

Mt. Pleasant was looking to spoil Keokuk’s senior night last night, but the Chiefs had other plans, winning the girls’ game 83-13 and taking the boys game 57-38. In the girls’ game, Abby Carthey and Hailey Parrott finished with four points apiece. In the boys’ game, Christian Stacy led the way for the Panthers with 18 points. The girls’ will host Ottumwa and the boys’ will travel to Ottumwa on Monday, February 5th, with both games at 7:30 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will cover the boys’ game with the pregame show at 7:15 pm.

The Danville girls’ team will take on Columbus today at 2 pm in the two seed game. The Danville boys’ team demolished Wapello last night 73-44. The Bears will travel to Collins-Maxwell today at 2:30 pm. 

The Van Buren County girls’ team will face off against Davis County tonight at 5 pm on the road. The boys’ team snuck past Lone Tree last night 67-65. The Warriors will compete against Davis County tonight at 6:30 pm.

The Holy Trinity Catholic girls’ team will take on Lone Tree at Southeastern Community College (SCC) today for the one seed game at 3:30 pm. The Holy Trinity Catholic boys’ team will face off against WACO in the two seed game tonight at 5 pm at SCC. 

The Central Lee boys’ team fell to Hillcrest Academy last night 54-40 after being outscored 23 to 9 in the third quarter. The Hawks will take on Cardinal on Monday, February 5th, with the girls’ team playing at 6 pm.

The Mediapolis boys’ team needed overtime, but the Bulldogs escaped with a 62-59 win against Louisa-Muscatine last night. The boys’ team will take on Central Lee on Tuesday, February 6th, at 7:30 pm. The Mediapolis girls’ team will face off against Holy Trinity Catholic on Monday at 7:30 pm.

The Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team will travel to SCC tonight to compete against West Burlington at 6:30 pm. 

Girls’ Basketball Regional Pairings

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has released the regional pairings for classes 1A, 2A, and 3A and here’s some of our local matchups. In Class 1A Region 7, Lone Tree will host Winfield-Mt. Union. Danville will take on Burlington Notre Dame with the Bears acting as host. The winner of the two games will compete against one another. 

In Class 1A Region 8, WACO will face off against Hillcrest Academy at home and New London will travel to Holy Trinity Catholic. All Class 1A games are scheduled to take place on February 8th at 7 pm.

For Class 2A Region 6, Van Buren County hits the road to face off against Pleasantville on February 10th at 7 pm. Columbus will host West Burlington on February 13th at 7 pm.

In Class 3A Region 1, Mediapolis will host Central Lee on February 10th at 7 pm.

In Class 3A Region 5, Fairfield will take on the top seed Solon on the road and Washington will host Davis County. Both games will take place on February 10th at 7 pm.

High School Wrestling

WACO will host a tournament today.

New London, Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union, and Mt. Pleasant will compete at districts on February 10th.

The girls’ state tournament is in the books and here is how our local wrestlers did on day two of the tournament.

#10 Mara Smith of Fort Madison was eliminated by fall at the hands of #6 Lilly Stough of Waverly-Shell Rock in the 125-pound weight class.

In the 135-pound weight class, #21 Ellie Brenneman of Mid-Prairie lost by fall to #8 Kaydence Boom of Wilton, ending her tournament run.

Keokuk’s #22 Jayliah Gardner was pinned by #15 Layna Demoss in the 145-pound weight class.

In the 155-pound weight class, #8 Tatum Wolford of Wapello defeated #20 Madilyn Rowson but fell to #4 Emmalee Spurgeon, which sent her to the 7th place match. This led to a sudden victory over #6 Lauren Luzum of Decorah to capture 7th place.

Lastly, #15 Samantha Lyons of Fairfield was eliminated by #3 Grace Britten by fall in the 170-pound weight class.

High School Bowling

Mt. Pleasant will travel to Louisa-Muscatine on Monday, February 5th.

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will be heading to Oskaloosa on Monday, February 12th and the boys’ team on Tuesday, February 13th, to compete in the state qualifying meet. Burlington and Keokuk will also be making the trip.

College Basketball

The #3 Iowa women’s team will travel to Maryland tonight at 7 pm.

The Iowa State women’s team will hit the road to take on UCF today with tipoff at 11 am. 

The #12 Iowa State men’s team will travel to #18 Baylor tonight at 7 pm. 

The Iowa men’s team was able to outlast Ohio State last night 79-77. Tony Perkins led the way in the winning effort with 20 points and seven rebounds. The Hawkeyes will face off against Penn State on the road on Thursday, February 8th, at 6 pm.

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.

2008 – Super Bowl XLII, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ: the New York Giants upset the New England Patriots, 17-14; MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB. Thus, ending the Patriots bid for a perfect season.

2013 – Super Bowl XLVII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA: the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31; MVP: Joe Flacco, Baltimore, QB. First Super Bowl loss in 49ers history.