Sports, January 18th

High School Basketball

Mt. Pleasant will hit the road to face off against Fort Madison tomorrow, January 19th, at 6:20 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:05 pm. 

New London will travel to take on Holy Trinity Catholic tomorrow with the girls playing at 6 pm followed by the boys. 

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

WACO will compete against Sigourney tonight on the road with the girls starting the night at 6 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union will travel to Pekin tonight with game one at 6 pm. 

Van Buren County will face off against Cardinal tonight with the girls playing at 6 pm.

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

Holy Trinity Catholic will take on West Burlington at home tonight with the first game taking place at 6 pm. 

 Mediapolis will face off against West Burlington tomorrow at home with the girls’ playing at 6 pm. 

High School Wrestling

The WACO boys’ team will compete in a triangular against Lone Tree and Van Buren County tonight at home. 

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

New London will travel to Highland today 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 tonight. 

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. 

Reminder that IAwrestle has their fan vote open until tomorrow, January 19th, at noon for the Dan Gable Mr. and Ms. Wrestler of the Year Awards in coordination with Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association. Kaiden Dietzenbach of Burlington Notre Dame is one of the 15 finalists for Class 2A. Dietzenbach is currently 19-1 on the season according to Trackwrestling and ranked 5th in the 132-pound weight class by FloWrestling.

For a full list of the finalists and where you can vote, follow the link: 2024 Dan Gable Mr. and Ms. Wrestler of the Year Award 

High School Bowling

Mt. Pleasant will host Fairfield today.  

College Basketball

The #2 Iowa women’s team will face off against #18 Ohio State on Sunday, January 21st at 11 am in a road matchup. 

In their first action as a ranked team, the #24 Iowa State women’s team was on the wrong end of an upset as Texas Tech chopped down the Cyclones 71-63. Emily Ryan led the way in scoring with 18 points on the night as Audi Crooks put up a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Cyclones will look to rebound on Wednesday, January 24th, against Kansas in a road matchup at 6:30 pm. 

The Iowa State women’s team is now 6-1 in conference play this season after TCU announced yesterday that the Horned Frogs would have to forfeit games against #7 Kansas State and the Cyclones, which was slated for Saturday, due to injuries. The forfeited games only affect conference standings as Kansas State and Iowa State were given the victory, while TCU was handed two loses. Nevertheless, the overall record of all three teams will not be affected per NCAA policy.

The #24 Iowa State men’s team 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

1896 – The first college basketball game played with five players on a side took place at Close Hall on the University of Iowa campus. In that first game, the University of Chicago defeated Iowa 15-12, with neither team using any substitutes.

1983 – The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe’s Olympic medals (Pentathlon & Decathlon victories) 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semi-pro baseball. 

2022 – The Boston Bruins retire Willie O’Ree’s #22 jersey on the 64th anniversary of him taking the ice for the first time and becoming the NHL’s first Black player.