Sports, January 17th

High School Basketball

Danville put on a defensive showcase against New London last night as the girls’ and boys’ teams allowed a combined 35 points as the girls thumped the Tigers 89-12, while the boys utilized a second half surge to win 57-23. In the girls’ game, Danville’s pressure defense saw Jaeda Molle, Alaina Gourley, and Kenna Furnald tally at least five steals and force over 30 turnovers on the night as the Bears did most of their damage with lay-ups. Molle led the Bears with 18 points followed by Gourley’s 17 points and Rylee Morris cashing in with 14 points. Sophie Malott buried two threes late to lead the Tigers with 6 points.

In the boys’ game, Danville and New London were locked in a low scoring affair for most of the first half until Danville went on a small run at the end of the first half to take a 22 to 14 lead into halftime. The second half was when the Bears locked up the Tigers offense, allowing only nine points for the rest of the game, while the Bears put up 35 points. Titus Svoboda had the hot hand from three point range as he finished with 22 points. Jaden Bauer scored 14 points and tallied four steals in the win. London Franklin was the main source of offense for New London with 13 points. 

New London will travel to take on Holy Trinity Catholic on Friday, January 19th,  with the girls playing at 6 pm followed by the boys. 

Danville will square off against Burlington Notre Dame on Friday with the girls scheduled to start the night at 6 pm on the road. 

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team had their matchup against Oskaloosa canceled yesterday. Mt. Pleasant will hit the road to face off against Fort Madison on Friday at 6 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union’s matchup against WACO last night has been postponed to January 25th. The Warriors will compete against Sigourney tomorrow, January 18th, on the road with the girls starting the night at 6 pm. The Wolves will travel to Pekin tomorrow at 6 pm. 

The Van Buren County boys’ team fell to West Burlington last night 90-40. The Warriors will face off against Cardinal tomorrow with the girls playing at 6 pm.

Central Lee will travel to take on Van Buren County on Friday at 6 pm. 

Mediapolis versus Holy Trinity Catholic was postponed last night. A makeup date will be announced at a later time. The Crusaders will take on West Burlington at home tomorrow and the Bulldogs will face off against West Burlington on Friday at home. 

High School Wrestling

The WACO boys’ team will compete in a triangular against Lone Tree and Van Buren County tomorrow, January 18th, at home. 

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team will host a triangular tomorrow against Pekin and Louisa-Muscatine.  

New London will travel to Highland tomorrow to take on the host team and Mediapolis in a meet. 

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ and girls’ teams will compete in a dual against Fairfield tomorrow. 

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ team will participate in a tournament hosted by Louisa-Muscatine on Saturday, January 20th.

The WACO girls’ team will travel to Colfax-Mingo for a meet on Saturday. 

High School Bowling

Mt. Pleasant will host Fairfield tomorrow, January 18th. 

College Basketball

The #2 Iowa women’s team crushed Wisconsin last night 96-50 to stay undefeated in conference play. Caitlin Clark cashed in for a game high 32 points as she went a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line. This win extended the Hawkeyes’ win streak over Wisconsin to 29 straight games. Iowa will face off against #18 Ohio State on January 21st at 11 am in a road matchup. 

The #24 Iowa State women’s team will travel to take on Texas Tech tonight at 6 pm. 

The #24 Iowa State men’s team fell to #20 BYU last night 87-72. Keshon Gilbert led the way with 16 points on the night. The Cyclones will stay on the road to take on #19 TCU on Saturday, January 20th, at 1 pm. 

The Iowa men’s team’s will look to knock off #2 Purdue on Saturday at 1 pm in a home matchup. 

This Day in Sports History

1970 – Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s. 

1988 – AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: the Denver Broncos beat the Cleveland Browns, 38-33; features  “The Fumble,” an infamous play where Browns’ running back Earnest Byner fumbles at the Denver 3-yard line with 1:12 remaining. 

1991 – Andy Van Hellemond sets an NHL record for most games worked by a referee when he appears in his 1,173rd regular season encounter as the St. Louis Blues host the Montreal Canadiens.