Sports, January 29th

High School Basketball

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team fell to Mediapolis over the weekend 57-33. Hanna Wagenbach scored 13 points and Haley Steffener collected 10 points as they each grabbed 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double. The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team saw the two-headed monster of Christian Stacy and Payton Hagans lead the Panthers to victory over the Bulldogs 55-42. Stacy scored 28 points and Hagans cashed in for 22 points. Max Griffin led the Bulldogs with 18 points. 

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will travel to Fairfield tomorrow, January 30th, with game time scheduled for 7:30 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will have the call with the pregame show at 7:15 pm. The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will host Burlington tomorrow at 7:30 pm. 

Mediapolis will take on Van Buren County tomorrow with the girls game scheduled for 6 pm. 

The Van Buren County girls’ team lost to Clark County over the weekend 49-15. Shae Batten scored 7 points for the Warriors. The boys’ team defeated Clark County 51-45 over the weekend. 

The Holy Trinity Catholic girls’ team will travel to Danville tonight at 6 pm. The boys’ team will take on Mediapolis tonight at home at 7:30 pm. 

Central Lee was swept by Keokuk over the weekend with the girls losing 63-28 and the boys falling 75-43. Kendra Boatman led the Chiefs with 28 points. In the boys’ game, Owen Swan led the Hawks with 11 points. Central Lee will compete against Holy Trinity Catholic tomorrow with game one scheduled for 6 pm. 

The WACO girls’ team outscored Wapello 32 to 12 in the second and third quarters to defeat the Arrows over the weekend 49-41. Breanna Graber scored 16 points in the win. The WACO boys’ team clobbered Wapello 60-36. Chase Waterhouse cashed in for 16 points, while Colton Leichty finished with a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Warriors will celebrate their senior night tonight against Louisa-Muscatine with the girls playing at 6 pm. 

Danville will compete against West Burlington tomorrow with the girls scheduled to start the night at 6 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union will take on Highland tomorrow on the road with the girls leading off the night at 6 pm. 

New London will host Burlington Notre Dame tomorrow with game one at 6 pm. 

High School Wrestling

The Southeast Iowa Super Conference tournament saw Burlington Notre Dame and Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union battle for the conference championship and Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union won their first conference championship in 13 years by one point, 247-246. Mediapolis finished in third place and WACO took fifth. 

Burlington Notre Dame and Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union competed in four championship matches and the Nikes won all of them with Colt Boyles pinning Dakota Aney, CJ Davis rallying back to take down Ty Scorpil by an 8-7 decision, Dirk Boyles winning by fall over Trevor Phillips, and Blake Wilson taking his match by a 5-1 decision over Cole Storm.

Russel Coil and Kason Dopler each grabbed first place in their respective weight classes. Bowen Thomson took second place. Jacob Nelson, Cael Phillips, and Cooper Buffington also finished in 3rd place in their respective weight classes. 

WACO’s lone conference champion was Louden Huisenga as he took down Riley Kaalberg (C/WMU) by fall in the 190-pound weight class. Gage Samo lost by fall in the championship match of the 113-pound weight class to Burlington Notre Dame’s Carter West. 

New London was led by Michael Raines’ second place finish as he fell to Kyler Crow of Mediapolis by an 18-14 decision. Gavin Menke-Bailey took 3rd place over Kohlby Newsom in a win by fall.

Parker Lange also finished in first place for Mediapolis as he won by fall in the 215-pound weight class. 

Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union will compete in a dual tomorrow, January 30th. 

WACO will host a triangular tomorrow. 

New London and Mt. Pleasant will compete at districts on February 10th.

The girls’ state tournament will begin on Thursday, February 1st, with the morning session starting at 10 am. KILJ will be covering 16 wrestlers at the meet and updating as the day goes on. 

High School Bowling

Mt. Pleasant will travel to take on Keokuk tomorrow, January 30th. 

College Basketball

The #5 Iowa women’s team cruised past Nebraska over the weekend 93-72 to get back in the win column. Caitlin Clark buried eight three pointers on her way to a double-double with 38 points and 10 rebounds. The Hawkeyes will face off against Northwestern on Wednesday, January 31st, at 7 pm on the road. 

The Iowa State women’s team could not pull off another underdog win against #24 West Virginia as the Mountaineers pulled away with the 84-78 win over the weekend. Audi Crooks attempted to will the Cyclones to victory single handedly as she collected 25 points and 16 rebounds to finish with a double-double. Iowa State will compete against Oklahoma State on Wednesday at 6:30 pm at home. 

The #23 Iowa State men’s team picked up another upset victory with a 79-75 final against #7 Kansas over the weekend. Tre King was one of four Cyclones to finish in double figures as he tallied a game-high 21 points. Iowa State will travel to Baylor on Saturday, February 3rd, at 7 pm. 

The Iowa men’s team’s nearly perfect offense downed Michigan over the weekend 88-78. The Hawkeyes shot over 50% from the field and perfect from the free throw line as Payton Sandfort, 26 points, and Tony Perkins, 24 points, led the way in the winning effort. The Hawkeyes will take on Indiana tomorrow, January 30th, at 6 pm in a road matchup. 

This Day in Sports History

1982 – Old Dominion ends Louisiana Tech’s women’s basketball record 54-game winning streak with a 61-58 victory. 

1989 – After nine years of use, the game-winning RBI is dropped as an official statistic. New York Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez will remain the all-time leader with 129.

2012 – Snowboarder Shaun White achieves the first ever SuperPipe perfect score (100) in Winter X Games history.