Sports, February 6th

High School Basketball

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team hung in with Class 4A’s #15 ranked Ottumwa Bulldogs for a quarter, but could not sustain it as the Panthers fell 50-17 at home last night. The girls’ team will host Burlington on Thursday, February 8th, at 7:30 pm.

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team got back in the win column last night against Ottumwa in a 53-43 road win. Nate Stroud had a phenomenal game in the post, leading the effort with 18 points. The Panthers travel to Fairfield on Friday, February 9th, at 7:30 pm.

The Danville boys’ team was able to fend off Holy Trinity Catholic last night 57-51 in one last regular season conference showdown. Luke Hellige scored 21 points for the Crusaders with five three-pointers. The Crusaders will take on Highland tonight at 7:30 pm on the road. 

The Holy Trinity Catholic girls’ team won a defensive battle against Mediapolis last night 48-35. Grace Holsteen was the main source of offense for the Bulldogs with 19 points on the night. Mediapolis will face off against Central Lee tonight with the girls’ game scheduled to start at 6 pm.

The Central Lee boys’ team clobbered Cardinal last night 86-35. 

The WACO boys’ team will travel to Pekin tonight at 7:30 pm.

Van Buren County will take on Cardinal tonight with the girls’ team playing at 6 pm at home.

The #5 Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team will travel to Lone Tree tonight at 7:30 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.

Boys’ Basketball District Matchups

The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) has released the brackets for District play set to begin on Friday, February 9th, for the Class 1A preliminary round. All games will start at 7 pm. Here’s our local matchups.

In Class 1A Substate 5: District 9, New London and Columbus are set to rumble on Friday at New London in the preliminary round with the winner moving on to play the top seed, #5 Winfield-Mt. Union. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call.

The first-round games will be played on Monday, February 12th and Danville will take on Sigourney at home. Burlington Notre Dame will host Wapello and WACO will face off against Pekin at home.

In District 10, Holy Trinity Catholic holds the top spot and will compete against either Seymour or Tri-County on Monday at home.

Class 2A, Substate 4 District 7 will be headlined by the undefeated #8 West Burlington Falcons. Central Lee and Louisa-Muscatine will compete on Monday with the winner moving on to face off against the Falcons.

On the bottom half of the bracket, Mediapolis will host Van Buren County on Monday with the winner to move on and travel to West Branch on Thursday, February 15th, for the second-round matchup.

The brackets for classes 3A and 4A will be released on Monday with their first-round matchups taking place on February 19th.

High School Wrestling

New London and WACO will travel to Wilton to compete in districts. Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union will wrestle at Solon, while Mt. Pleasant will travel to Fairfield with Burlington Notre Dame, Keokuk, and Mediapolis also in attendance. Districts will take place on Saturday, February 10th, at 10 am.

High School Bowling

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 host Penn State on Thursday, February 8th, at 8 pm.

The Iowa State women’s team will compete against Oklahoma on Saturday, February 10th, at 6 pm at home.

The #14 Iowa State men’s team will travel to take on Texas tonight at 7 pm. Listen to the game on KILJ AM 1130 or 98.5 FM.

The Iowa men’s team will face off against Penn State on the road on Thursday at 6 pm.

This Day in Sports History

1932 – First Olympic dog sled race at Lake Placid, New York. It is run as a demonstration sport.

1971 – American astronaut Alan Shepard is 1st to hit a golf ball on the moon. 

1990 – Brett Hull becomes the first son of an NHL 50 goal scorer (Bobby Hull) to also score 50 goals.