Sports, March 17th

High School Track and Field

The boys’ will be heading to Central College today to compete in an indoor meet with the girls’ competing tomorrow at Central College.

High School Soccer

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ soccer season will begin on March 28th against Mediapolis on the road.

WACO’s boy soccer team will start their season at home against Fairfield on March 30th.

The Central Lee boys’ soccer team will take on Keokuk on March 27th as the Hawks start their season on the road.

Youth Basketball

March Madness 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament held at Iowa Wesleyan University for 5th – 8th grade girls and boys will take place on March 18th and 19th. Please contact Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jordan Ashton for more details at 319-385-6307 or visit

March Madness

The round of 64 continues today for the national tournament and we have already seen some upsets. The first one of the day was the 4th seed Virginia losing to the 13th seed Furman after the Cavaliers turned the ball over and left JP Pegues open for a three-pointer that fell with 2.4 seconds left to seal the 68-67 win. For the third straight year a 15 seed takes down a 2 seed with Princeton defeating Arizona 59-55 to move on to the second round. Iowa has been knocked out of the tournament after falling to Auburn 83-75. Iowa State takes on Pittsburgh today. The winner of the KILJ Bracket Challenge will get a free cabin rental from Henry County Conservation and a $100 gift certificate to Wiley’s Interior Furnishings and Design with 2nd place getting a meal a month from the Press Box.

For the women’s bracket Iowa nabbed the 2 seed as they face off against Southeastern Louisiana today. Iowa State is the 5 seed and will take on Toledo tomorrow.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The Tiger baseball team will take on Hannibal-LaGrange University on March 21st in a doubleheader matchup with game one at 1 pm. Iowa Wesleyan swept the Trojans to start the year as they outscored Hannibal-LaGrange 25 to 4 and shut them out twice.

The Tiger softball team’s doubleheader against Harris-Stowe State University tomorrow has been postponed.

The men’s golf team will be competing at the Jim Wetherbee Invitational in Galesburg, Illinois on March 25th and 26th for the season opener.

The outdoor track and field season will be getting underway at the Viking Relays on Saturday, March 25th at 10 am. The Tigers will be looking to build on their momentum from the indoor season that saw KeRon Blackwell finish as an All-American after his 4th place finish in the men’s high jump.

This Day in Sports History

1908 – Canadian champion Tommy Burns KOs Irish challenger Jem Roche after 1:28s of the 1st round at the Theatre Royal, Dublin; then quickest world heavyweight boxing title fight.

1955 – After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.

1976 – Boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter is retried in the US after being wrongly convicted of murder in 1967 (sentence is upheld but overturned 1985).