Sports, January 19th

High School Basketball

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

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

WACO had their games against Sigourney postponed last night. Make up dates will be announced at a later time. The Warriors will host Columbus tonight with the girls playing at 6 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union’s matchup against Pekin last night was canceled. The Wolves will take on Wapello tonight at 6 pm. 

Van Buren County versus Cardinal was canceled last night due to the weather. 

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

The Holy Trinity Catholic girls’ team clobbered West Burlington last night 60-15. In the boys’ game, the Crusaders were unable to defeat the undefeated Falcons as they fell 61-45. Luke Hellige put up 21 points in last night’s effort. The Crusaders will celebrate their homecoming tonight against New London with the girls leading off the night at 6:30 pm. 

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

High School Girls’ Basketball Rankings

The latest edition of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s basketball rankings had Keokuk sneak into the top 15 for Class 4A at the #15 spot. This is the first time the Chiefs have been ranked this season as they are 11-1 on the year with a perfect conference record. Kendra Boatman leads the team in scoring with 19.4 points per game and steals with 4.8 per game. 

High School Wrestling

The WACO boys’ team’s match last night was postponed due to weather. The triangular against Van Buren County and Lone Tree will be made up on Tuesday, January 23rd. The Warriors will compete at a tournament tomorrow, January 20th, at Belle Plaine. 

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team had their triangular against Pekin and Louisa-Muscatine canceled yesterday. The Wildcats will host a meet tomorrow. 

New London rescheduled their meet last night against Highland and Mediapolis to January 22nd. The Tigers will travel to Louisa-Muscatine tomorrow for a tournament. 

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team took on Fairfield last night in a dual and fell to the Trojans 57-18. Picking up points for the Panthers was Ramzy Davis, Sawyer Fulton, and Lane Beckler as he took down Ajay Klett by fall in the 126-pound weight class. In other matches, Cael McCabe defeated Landon Beckler by fall in the 106-pound weight class and Carter Moore got the better of Payton Walker by an 8-4 decision. On the girls’ side, Paris Phosy and Katana Phangchanthong each picked up wins by fall for the Panthers. The boys’ team will compete at an invitational tomorrow at Williamsburg. The next competition for the girls’ team will be at Alliant Energy Power House for the state qualifying meet on Friday, January 26th. 

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ team will participate in a tournament hosted by Louisa-Muscatine tomorrow.

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

In other SEC duals, Fort Madison defeated Keokuk, 60-24, and Washington got the better of Burlington, 42-30, on the boys’ side. On the girls’ side, Fort Madison took down Keokuk, 42-12. 

Reminder that IAwrestle has their fan vote open until today 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

The Mt. Pleasant girls breezed past Fairfield last night 2,472 to 1,500, but the boys’ team was narrowly defeated by the Trojans 2,721 to 2,614. The Panthers will take on Louisa-Muscatine on Monday, January 22nd. 

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. 

The #24 Iowa State women’s team will look to rebound on Wednesday, January 24th, against Kansas in a road matchup at 6:30 pm. 

The #24 Iowa State men’s team will stay on the road to take on #19 TCU tomorrow, January 20th, at 1 pm. 

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

University of Iowa

The search is over as the University of Iowa announced that Beth Goetz will be the new Director of Athletics after serving in the role of interim since August 2nd. She will be the 13th athletics director in program history. Goetz was named the 2022 NCAA Division I FBS Nike Executive of the Year by Women Leaders in College Sports along with being recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal as one of the publication’s 2021 Women of Influence. 

Goetz agreed to a five-year deal as she is the first woman to be the head athletics director at Iowa. 

This Day in Sports History

1903 – French newspaper L’Auto announces a new 5-stage, long distance bicycle race, “Tour de France.”

1974 – Notre Dame beats UCLA, 71-70 in South Bend, Indiana to end Bruins’ NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak.

2013 – Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories.