Sports, January 8th

High School Basketball

The Mt. Pleasant boys’ team will host Wilton tonight. The junior varsity will play at 5 pm with the varsity to follow. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will have the call with the pregame show at 6 pm.

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will face off against Burlington at home on Friday, January 12th, at 6 pm. 

The WACO versus New London basketball games have been postponed for tonight. The games will be made up on Monday, January 22nd. 

Winfield-Mt. Union versus Mediapolis has been canceled for tonight. 

Van Buren County will face off against New London tomorrow, January 9th, at 6 pm. 

The Central Lee boys’ team fell to Fort Madison over the weekend 63-55. Dayton Lamar led the way for the Bloodhounds with 17 points. The Central Lee girls’ team could not keep up with Fort Madison either as the Bloodhounds dominated their way to a 61-31 final. Dayonna Davis led Fort Madison with 15 points as Kenna Sandoval scored 13 for the Hawks. Central Lee will take on Mediapolis tomorrow with the girls leading off the night at 6 pm at home. 

The Danville versus Holy Trinity Catholic girls’ game has been postponed for tonight. A make up date will be announced at a later time. The boys’ team will host the Crusaders tomorrow at 7:30 pm.

High School Wrestling

The boys’ teams of Mt. Pleasant, New London, Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union, and WACO all competed at the Gary Curtis Invitational over the weekend. The Panthers claimed 14th place as a team with 47.5 points. Landon Beckler took 5th place in the 106-pound weight class after taking down Cael Grove of English Valleys-Tri County by fall. Ramzy Davis grabbed 4th place after finishing with a 3-2 record in the 150-pound weight class. William Birdsell won two matches, while Jackson Newman, Keegan Birdsell, and Lane Beckler each won a match to earn points.

Columbus-Winfield-Mt. Union was the highest finisher of the four teams as the Wildcats claimed 4th place. Russel Coil nabbed the gold in the 285-pound weight class after winning all three of his matches by fall. Also finishing on the podium was Ty Scorpil in the 126-pound weight class as he took 2nd place after a narrow 6-4 decision loss in the championship match. Jacob Nelson and Cole Storm each grabbed 4th place, while Ian Estudillo and Trevor Phillips each finished in 5th place in their respective weight classes. 

New London finished in 11th place as a team with Michael Raines leading the way with a 2nd place finish in the 165-pound weight class as Cooper Gates of West Branch picked up the win by a 9-4 decision. Kane Forseen, 120-pound weight class, and Gage Burden, 126-pound weight class, each finished in 4th place after losing by major decision in the 3rd place match. 

Lastly, WACO had two podium finishers as the Warriors claimed 13th place with 48 points. Louden Huisenga took home the gold in the 190-pound weight class after defeating Isaac Thacher of Fort Madison by a 5-3 decision. Gage Samo finished in 2nd place as he fell to Mason Shirk of Wilton by an 8-4 decision in the 113-pound championship match. Alburnett won the invitational, while Washington and Fort Madison claimed 5th and 6th place, respectively. 

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ team will be hosting WACO and New London in a triangular on Thursday, January 11th. 

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ and boys’ teams will travel to Washington to compete in a dual on Thursday. 

The girls’ wrestling scramble hosted by Burlington Notre Dame has been canceled for tonight.

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

The WACO girls’ team will compete in an invitational on Saturday, January 13th.

High School Bowling

Mt. Pleasant competed at a tournament hosted by Louisa-Muscatine over the weekend and the boys’ team finished with 2,877 pins as they were led by Joseph Rheinschmidt with 415 total pins with Alec Payne right behind with 413 pins. 

The Panthers girls’ team took 8th place with 2,367 total pins. Bethany Drury finished with the seventh highest individual score with 395 total pins. The Panthers will host Fairfield on January 18th. 

College Basketball

The #4 Iowa women’s team will travel to take on Purdue on Wednesday, January 10th, at 7 pm. 

The Iowa State women’s team defeated BYU 80-75 over the weekend; the victory gave head coach Bill Fennelly his 600th career victory at Iowa State. Addy Brown drilled four three-pointers on her way to a game-high 24 points. The Cyclones will host West Virginia on Wednesday at 6:30 pm. 

The Iowa State men’s team attempted to pull off the upset against #11 Oklahoma over the weekend, but came up short against the Sooners 71-63. Robert Jones, Milan Momcilovic, and Hanson Ward each put up 12 points for the Cyclones in the losing effort. Houston will travel to Ames tomorrow, January 9th, to play at 6 pm. 

The Iowa men’s team picked up their first Big 10 win of the year in a 86-77 victory over Rutgers last weekend. Four Hawkeyes finished in double figures as Payton Sandfort led the team with 24 points and Ben Krikke collected a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards. Tony Perkins and Owen Freeman each scored 15 points in the win. The Hawkeyes will play at home on Friday against Nebraska at 8:30 pm. 

This Day in Sports History

1945 – The University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team sets an NCAA record by holding Arkansas State to 6 points in a 75-6 win.

1955 – Georgia Tech ends Kentucky’s 129-game home basketball win streak. 

1984 – The Executive Committee of the NCAA votes to expand the championship basketball field to 64 teams starting in 1985.