Sports, March 27th

High School Track and Field

WACO boys’ team will be competing at the Ruritan Relays tonight.

Winfield-Mt. Union, Mt. Pleasant, New London, Central Lee, and Danville are set to compete at the Falcon Relays tonight at Keokuk.

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

High School Soccer

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ soccer season will begin tomorrow 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 tonight 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. The entry fee will be $60 per team, with prizes for the 1st and 2nd place teams. Registration is due by April 4th and it starts at 9am on April 8th.

March Madness

In a Final Four that no one could have predicted, FAU is looking to continue the Cinderella story by taking down San Diego State, while Connecticut will take on the University of Miami, as the Hurricanes have taken down the #1 and #2 seeds. 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 advanced to the Final Four after Caitlin Clark splashed 8 three-pointers on her way to 41 points on the night as the Hawkeyes downed the Cardinals 97-83.

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

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

The Tiger baseball team will take on William Woods University tomorrow for a home doubleheader with game one at 3 pm. KILJ will be on the call with pregame at 2:45 pm.

The men and women’s golf team will have their home opener today at the Purple Cup. Head Coach Kurt Moon talked about the competitiveness that comes with the meet against Waldorf.

“Well, it was when Kiley Miller was a junior, Bo Vitale was a senior. Waldorf had two players from Mexico and they had quite the rivalry with those two. Well, they decided to get a Mexican flag and hang it from the flagpole at Sheaffer when they pulled it, so it was quite the chuckle.”

The outdoor track and field season kicked off at the Viking Relays this past weekend and the record books have been rewritten for the Tigers. Faith Younce broke her own record in the women’s 5,000 meter RaceWalk with a time of 29 minutes 6 seconds, which gave her 2nd place. Allison Morris finished in 3rd place. Logan Lucas broke the school record in the men’s 5,000 meter RaceWalk as he finished in 3rd place with a time of 27 minutes 6 seconds, which is 5th in the NAIA. Kenny Tucker took 4th and Gannon McNamee was right behind him in 5th. KeRon Blackwell placed 3rd in the men’s high jump. Bri Hunter heaved the shot 42 feet 0.5 inches to finish 2nd in the women’s shot put. Younce also took 3rd place in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase. Emily Gehring and Teya Hawkins finished in 3rd and 4th, respectively, in the 100 meter hurdles. In the men’s triple jump, with a leap of 43 feet 1 inch, Daron Jackson finished in 1st place for the event. The Tigers will compete at the Mustang Open on April 1st at 11:30 am.

This Day in Sports History

1925 – 84th Grand National: Major John Wilson wins aboard 100/9 shot Double Chance; first year a tape, known then as a ‘gate’, used at the start line.

1939 – First NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: University of Oregon beats Ohio State, 46-33; Ohio State forward Jimmy Hull is named tournament Most Outstanding Player.

1991 – NCAA bans the University of Minnesota football team from postseason play in 1992.