Sports, March 12th

High School Track and Field

The Mt. Pleasant and Van Buren County boys’ teams will compete at Central College on Friday, March 15th, while the Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will run on Saturday, March 16th.

The WACO and Central Lee boys’ teams and the WACO girls’ team will travel to Central College on Thursday, March 14th, to start their season.

The Winfield-Mt. Union and New London boys’ teams will travel to Danville on March 18th to get the season rolling. 

The New London and Van Buren County girls’ teams will travel to Columbus for their first meet of the year on March 18th. 

The Mediapolis boys’ team will travel to Washington on March 21st for a meet. The girls’ team will compete in a relay on March 26th at West Burlington.

High School Soccer

The WACO boys’ team will open the season on March 28th against Fairfield on the road at 5 pm.

The Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ and girls’ teams will take on West Liberty on March 25th at home with the girls’ game scheduled first at 5 pm. 

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ will host Mediapolis on March 26th to start their season at 4:30 pm, while the boys’ will travel to Danville to play at 5 pm on the same day. 

The Danville girls’ team will face off against Assumption on March 25th on the road at 5 pm.

The Mediapolis boys’ team will take on Burlington on March 26th on the road at 5 pm.

College Basketball

The #2 Iowa women’s team will wait for Selection Sunday on March 17th to find out their seeding for the women’s national championship.

The Iowa State women’s team’s offense was unstoppable yesterday against #17 Oklahoma as the Cyclones stomped the Sooners 85-68. Audi Crooks had another superb showing with 25 points and nine rebounds in the winning effort as Emily Ryan totaled a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. The win marked their sixth win against a ranked opponent this season. The Cyclones will face off against #5 Texas for the Big 12 championship tonight at 8 pm.

The #7 Iowa State men’s team will compete against either Texas or Kansas State on Thursday at 6 pm in the Big 12 tournament. The Cyclones will be led by All-Big 12 First Team and All-Defensive Team honoree Tamin Lipsey and All-Big 12 Second Team and All-Newcomer Team honoree Keshon Gilbert.

The Iowa men’s team grabbed the 7th seed in the Big Ten tournament and will take on the #10-seed Ohio State on Thursday, March 14th, at 5:30 pm.

March Madness

The NCAA men’s basketball season is winding down as teams are battling for position and the opportunity to be crowned National Champion in this year’s March Madness bracket.

KILJ, with the help of The Press Box and Wiley’s Interior Furnishings and Design, will be hosting another bracket challenge, but things will be done a little differently this year. March 17th marks Selection Sunday with the brackets being released after 5 pm central time.

A printable bracket will be posted to KILJ’s Facebook page after Selection Sunday for you to fill out. You can either bring your bracket out to our station or email it to The four play-in games will not count towards your final score. Brackets are due by the end of the day March 20th.

For a full list of rules and prizes follow this link: KILJ Bracket Challenge 

This Day in Sports History

1881 – Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world’s first black international football player and captain.

2020 – The 2020 NCAA men’s basketball tournament is canceled over concerns of the spread of COVID-19; first time ‘March Madness’ not held since it began in 1939; women’s tournament also canceled.

2023 – PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Scottie Scheffler becomes the third golfer, after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, to hold the Masters and Players titles at the same time.