Sports, March 19th

High School Track and Field

The Mt. Pleasant girls team will compete at a meet in West Burlington on March 26th, while the boys’ team will travel to Washington on Thursday, March 21st, to compete in the Steve Roth Relays.

The WACO and Danville boys’ teams will travel to Washington to participate in a meet on Thursday. The WACO girls’ team will run on March 26th at West Burlington.

The New London and Central Lee boys’ teams will participate in a meet on March 25th at West Burlington.

The Van Buren County girls’ and boys’ teams will travel to Albia for a meet on Thursday.

The Mediapolis and Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ teams will travel to Washington on Thursday for a meet. The Mediapolis, Danville, Winfield-Mt. Union, and New London girls’ teams 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.

Southeastern Community College

The SCC baseball team is on the road today as the Blackhawks face off against Carl Sandburg College. The Blackhawks are 15-5 on the season.

The SCC softball team enters a doubleheader tomorrow, March 20th, with a 12-8 record as they are set to host the Des Moines Area Community College.

College Basketball

The Iowa women’s team will be the #1-seed in the Albany Regional for the National Championship bracket, which means they will host the first two rounds. The Hawkeys will take on either Holy Cross or UT-Martin on Saturday, March 23rd, at 2 pm.

The Iowa State women’s team will be making their 5th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament as the Cyclones earned the #7-seed. They will face off against Maryland on Friday, March 22nd, at 6:30 pm. 

The Iowa State men’s team claimed the #2-seed in the NCAA tournament as they will compete against the #15-seed South Dakota State on Thursday, March 21st, at 6:35 pm.

The Iowa men’s team earned the #3-seed in the National Invitation Tournament and the Hawkeyes will face off against the #4-seed Kansas State tonight at 8 pm. 

March Madness

The KILJ bracket challenge, sponsored by The Press Box and Wiley’s Interior Furnishings and Design, has officially started. The first four play-in games will not count towards your final score and brackets are due by the end of the day, tomorrow, March 20th.

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

This Day in Sports History

1966 – Underdog Texas Western College defeats Kentucky, 72-65, in the NCAA men’s college basketball championship—the first NCAA title for an all-Black starting five.

1972 – First AIAW Women’s Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48 in Normal, Illinois.

1984 – Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is indicted on charges of drug trafficking, embezzlement and racketeering; 25 year sentence later quashed.