Sports, January 31st

Prep Wrestling: Historic Day Guides Nikes to Easy SEISC Title

A historic regular season was capped off by a historic conference tournament as the Notre Dame Nikes set the Super Conference’s record for team margin of victory, rolling to a 105.5 point victory Saturday in Mediapolis.

The Nikes, Class 2A’s third-ranked team, crowned six conference champions and rolled up 249.5 points in the victory.

Columbus/Winfield-Mount Union finished second while Wapello was a distant third.

Carter West, Kayden Deitzenbach, Blaine Frazier, Isaiah Fenton, River Belger and C.J. Walrath were the six champions for the Nikes, with Walrath earning a major decision over New London’s Josh Glendening.

New London finished fifth in the team race, getting conference championships from Marcel Lopez (126), Dominic Lopez (160) and Trent Wilkerson (195).

Columbus/Winfield-Mount Union saw their top-ranked 120-pounder Lane Scorpil claim a conference championship pinning Notre Dame’s C.J. Davis in 5:22.

Wildcat heavyweight Russell Coil earned a fall win over Louisa-Muscatine’s Spencer Kessell, as well.

Mediapolis’ 138-pound stud Quinten Aney earned a 5-0 decision over Tate O’Shea of Notre Dame in his finals bout.

Aney was the lone Bulldog on the championship bracket.

Next up for area wrestlers will be sectionals this Saturday.

KILJ will be your home for sectional results both on the air and online at

Prep Wrestling: Mount Pleasant Competes at Southern Iowa Classic

Bowen Davis led Mount Pleasant with a third-place finish at this weekend’s Southern Iowa Classic in Fairfield.

Davis earned two wins by fall in the consolation bracket then defeated Fort Madison’s Caleb Bolander in the consolation championship by fall in 5:02.

Gannon McNamee finished in fourth for the Panthers are 120 pounds.

Fort Madison was the team champ, followed up by Albia and Washington.

Knoxville and Davis County rounded out the top-five.

Boys’ Prep Basketball: Weekend Roundup:

New London 82, Highland 37 

Blaise Porter had 16 points and seven boards as New London rolled to an 82-37 victory over Highland Saturday.

The win was the Tigers third in a row.

Kade Benjamin finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while blocking three shots.

The Tigers led 59-12 at halftime and never let off the gas.

The win moved New London to 14-1.

Highland fell to 3-14.

Mount Pleasant 55, Mediapolis 29

Mount Pleasant won their second straight, blowing past Mediapolis 55-29.

The Panthers jumped out to a 20-2 first quarter lead then outscored the Bulldogs 28-18 in the second half.

Payton Hagans poured in a game-high 25 points while finishing 5-for-5 from three point land.

Dewon Trent added 12 points and eight boards.

Mount Pleasant is now 7-9, they’ll play Regina Tuesday night at home.

No. 10 Danville 68, Hillcrest Academy 30

Danville bounced back from a Friday night loss at New London with a 68-30 drubbing of Hillcrest Academy.

Sawyer Nelson recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears.

Drake Johnson finished with 15 points and seven boards while Caiden Gourley chipped in with 12.

Danville is now 15-2.

Other area finals:

  • Lone Tree 62, Valley Lutheran 40
  • Cardinal 63, Chariton 20
  • No. 1 Fort Madison 58, Notre Dame 49
  • Keokuk 59, Central Lee 41

Boys’ Prep Basketball: 3A Substates Released

The IHSAA have released basketball substates, with regional teams competing in Class 3A.

Note these are just the pods, with dates, times and matchups still to be determined.

In Substate #4, No. 2 Washington — a Southeast Conference foe of Mount Pleasant — is the lead dog.

Joining them will be Benton Community, Center Point-Urbana, Central DeWitt, Grinnell, Solon, South Tama and Xavier.

Mount Pleasant will be competing in Substate #5.

Also in 3A-5 are:

  • Clear Creek-Amana
  • Fairfield
  • No. 1 Fort Madison
  • Keokuk
  • No. 10 Marion
  • Mount Vernon
  • Oskaloosa

KILJ will be your home for tournament trail basketball, all throughout the month of February.

Girls’ Prep Basketball: Saturday Scores

No. 10 (2A) Mediapolis 61, Mount Pleasant 40 

Mediapolis exploded for a 20-6 fourth quarter run to propel the tenth-ranked Bullettes to a 61-40 win over Mount Pleasant on Saturday.

Hallie Mohr led Mediapolis with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Liz Lane added 12 points while Payton Bush finished with 10.

Mediapolis stayed perfect, they’re now 17-0.

Mount Pleasant dropped their second straight, the Panthers are now 8-10.

Danville 51, WACO 48 

Danville won their third straight, picking up a 51-48 win over WACO Saturday.

The Bears capped off a perfect week, bagging wins over Holy Trinity, New London and now WACO.

Ava Smith led Danville with 10 points.

Ellah Kissell had a game-high 22 for WACO.

With the victory in tow, Danville is now 8-10.

WACO fell to 8-10.

Other area finals:

  • No. 7 Notre Dame 53, Fort Madison 46
  • Chariton 45, Cardinal 17

Men’s College Basketball: Wesleyan Upsets Northern New Mexico

Three weeks after being beaten by 33 by the same team, Iowa Wesleyan took down Northern New Mexico 77-68 in the second day of the CAC Clash on Saturday.

Joey Brown had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead the Tigers.

Carver Locke finished with 18, while Francis Okwuosah ended with 14 points and nine boards.

Wesleyan will be back in action tonight when they battle Saint Ambrose.

The Tigers are now 10-14.

Women’s College Basketball: Tigers Throttle Northern New Mexico:

Kyla Moore had 24 points and 12 boards as the Wesleyan women cruised to a 69-44 win over Northern New Mexico.

Breanna Wendland added 13 points while Brielle Baker chipped in with eight.

The Tigers will play the final home game of their regular season this Tuesday hosting Lincoln Christian University.

You can listen to that matchup on FM 105.5 and

Tip is set for 6:00 p.m.

Women’s College Wrestling: Tigers Go 1-1 at Augsburg Tri

Iowa Wesleyan earned a 28-5 win over No. 13 Jamestown while falling to No. 5 Augsburg 29-15 in Minneapolis this weekend.

Fourth-ranked 104-pounder Alaina Sunlin earned two wins while 130-pounder Joanna Vanderwood picked up two falls.

The Tigers will next take on William Penn on Wednesday — the bout is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.