Sports, March 20th

High School Track and Field

The girls traveled to Central College to compete over the weekend and here are the results. Josie Gilmore finished in 10th place in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 10.47 seconds. The Panthers finished in 2nd place in the 4×200 meter relay with a team of Bailey Jalas, Tristian Shull, Kynlee White, and Andi Scott and 6th place with the team of Rellana Van Deuren, Courtney Raub, Mica Carter, and Josie Gilmore. In the 4×400 meter relay, the team of Natalie Freeman, Lucy West, Olivia McCormick, and Allie Westercamp took 8th place. The Panthers placed 6th in the 4×800 meter relay with the team of Emma Welcher, Alexis Wagner, Aliya Graber, and Abby Carthey. Mt. Pleasant had two top 10 finishers in the shot put with Ella Ensminger tying for 7th with a heave of 10.13 meters and Savannah Slobodnik took 10th with a toss of 9.74 meters. Gilmore also tied for 3rd in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet 10 inches. Lastly, Kynlee White and Elise Lange took 7th and 8th in the long jump.

Alaina Gourley had a great day for Danville as she finished in 10th place in the 200 meter run with a time of 28.31 seconds and she took 2nd place in the 400 meter run. Miya Orbiana also finished in 5th for the Bears in the 400 meter run.

The boys’ will be competing in the Steve Roth Relays on March 23rd and the girls will be competing at Burlington Notre Dame on March 28th.

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

The next event will be on April 8th for the Easter Weekend 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament held at Iowa Wesleyan University for 3rd graders through adults. Please contact Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jordan Ashton for more details at 319-385-6307 or visit

March Madness

The second round is in the books and two #1 seeds are out of the tournament as Kansas was upset by Arkansas. Princeton is looking to continue their Cinderella story against Creighton in the Sweet 16. 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 continued to take care of business as the Hawkeyes took down Georgia behind Caitlin Clark’s 22 points. The #5 seed Iowa State was upset by Toledo in the first round.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The Tiger baseball team will take on Hannibal-LaGrange University tomorrow, 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 will be on the road tomorrow against Mount Mercy University at 3 pm. KILJ will be on the call with pregame at 2:45 pm.

The women’s golf team will have their home opener on March 27th at the Purple Cup. Aubrey Duncan and Michal Wohlleber lead Kurt Moon’s squad as they both placed in the top 20 at the 2022 Continental Athletic Championship last year.

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 headlined by Bri Hunter who won the 2022 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Outdoor Championship Title in shot and discus.

This Day in Sports History

1934 – Olympic gold medalist Mildred “Babe” Didrikson pitched one hitless inning of exhibition baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics.

1973 – Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash.

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