Sports, March 23rd

High School Track and Field

The girls will be competing at Burlington Notre Dame on March 28th.

The boys will be competing tonight at the Steven Roth Relays.

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 the Easter Weekend 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament held at Iowa Wesleyan University for 3rd graders through adults. For a registration form, contact Coach Ronnie Ashton at 319-931-2896 or Iowa Wesleyan’s Men’s Head Coach Jordan Ashton at 319-461-9023. Registration due by April 4th. It starts at 9am on April 8th.

March Madness

The Sweet 16 will get back to action today and tomorrow. 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 will take on Colorado in the Sweet 16 as Caitlin Clark continues her dominance.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The Tiger softball team will take on the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis on March 28th in a home doubleheader with game one at 1 pm.

The Tiger baseball team will take on William Woods University on March 28th for a home doubleheader with game one at 3 pm.

The women’s golf team will have their home opener on March 27th at the Purple Cup.

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. Head Coach Kurt Moon will be joining us on Tiger Nation this morning at 9 am.

The outdoor track and field season will be getting underway at the Viking Relays on Saturday, March 25th at 10 am.

The ballots are open for the first USA Wrestling Women’s College Wrestler of the Year Award and Adaugo Nwachukwu is one of the six finalists. Nwachukwu finished the year with a 31-0 record, as the Heart of America Conference champion, 2023 NAIA champion at 136-pounds, and as NAIA Outstanding Wrestler of the Year. In a year of domination, 29 of her matches were finished by pin or tech fall. Voting ends on March 27th at 8 am, just follow this link to cast your vote:

This Day in Sports History

1923 – 82nd Grand National: Captain Tuppy Bennett wins aboard 13-year-old 100/6 shot Sergeant Murphy; first US bred horse to win race.

1952 – New York Rangers blow 6-2 lead, lose 7-6 to Chicago Blackhawks; Bill Mosienko scores fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds.

1994 – Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 802 goals scored.