Sports, March 20th

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 tomorrow, March 21st, to compete in the Steve Roth Relays.

The WACO and Danville boys’ teams will travel to Washington to participate in a meet tomorrow. 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 tomorrow.

The Mediapolis and Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ teams will travel to Washington tomorrow 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

For baseball, SCC and Carl Sandburg College had the offenses firing on all cylinders yesterday as the Blackhawks produced two runs in the top of the 8th to narrowly win 9-7. Michael Farina finished the game 3 for 5 as he clobbered a home run and pushed across three RBIs. The Blackhawks will face off against Marshalltown Community College today at the Burlington Bees Stadium. 

The SCC softball team enters a doubleheader today 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 tomorrow, March 21st, at 6:35 pm.

The Iowa men’s team eliminated Kansas State from the NIT tournament last night in a high scoring affair, 91-82. Payton Sandfort and Ben Krikke totaled double-doubles with Sandfort cashing in for 30 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, while Kirkke scored 24 points and collected 11 rebounds. The Hawkeyes will face off against the #2-seed Utah this weekend. 

College Awards

The men’s and women’s All-America teams were announced yesterday and the United States Basketball Writers Association selected Iowa’s Caitlin Clark to the First Team. Clark is leading the nation in points per game with 31.9 and assists per game at 8.9. She is the first player to lead the nation in assists and scoring in back-to-back seasons along with being the first Division-I player to register over 1,000 points in back-to-back seasons.

On the men’s side, The Associated Press named Tamin Lipsey All-American honorable mention. Lipsey is the first Cyclone to be named to the AP All-American list since 2016. Lipsey was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 8 First Team yesterday. 

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 today.

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

This Day in Sports History

1934 – All-round female super athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitches a hitless inning for Philadelphia A’s in their exhibition pre-season baseball game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1965 – 27th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Michigan, 91-80, making the Bruins one of seven teams to earn back-to-back titles. 

1990 – The LA Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s #33.