Sports, March 15th

High School Track and Field

The Mt. Pleasant, Danville, New London and Van Buren County boys’ teams will compete at Central College today while the Mt. Pleasant girls’ team will run tomorrow, March 16th.

The WACO boys’ team will travel to Washington to participate in a meet on March 21st. The girls’ team will run on March 26th at West Burlington.

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

The New London, Central Lee, and Van Buren County girls’ teams and Central Lee boys’ team will travel to Columbus for their first outdoor 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 Iowa State and #2 Iowa women’s teams will wait for Selection Sunday on March 17th to find out their seeding for the women’s National Championship.

The #7 Iowa State men’s team has relied on their defense for most of the season and it did not disappoint, forcing 20 turnovers off of 14 steals in a dominating 76-57 win against Kansas State last night. Robert Jones led the scoring with 18 points as Tre King cashed in for 16 points. Keshon Gilbert led the defensive effort with six steals. The Cyclones move on to the Big 12 semifinals to face off against #14 Baylor tonight at 8:30 pm.

The #7-seed Iowa men’s team was upset in the second round of the Big Ten tournament against the #10-seed Ohio State last night, 90-78. Both offenses were outstanding in the first half, but the Buckeyes were on a different plane, shooting 60% from the field and nearly 73% from beyond the arc. Payton Sandfort led the way for the Hawkeyes with 19 points in the effort as he drilled four threes on eight attempts. Iowa will find out their postseason plans in the National Invitation Tournament on Sunday.

March Madness

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

1869 – With 10 salaried players, the Cincinnati Red Stockings become baseball’s first professional team.

1912 – Legendary pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with a 511-315 win-loss record.

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain is the first to score 4,000 points in an NBA season.