Sports, March 2nd

High School Basketball

The Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ season came to an end last night in the first round of the state tournament as they fell to North Linn 68-36. Nerves affected both teams in the first quarter with both the Lynxes and Wolves turning the ball over and keeping the game close with North Linn up 14 to 12. After the first quarter, North Linn turned up the heat defensively and started hitting their three-point shots. At halftime, Winfield-Mt. Union only had three players with points while North Linn had 8 players account for their 33 to 21 lead. The defense only got more tenacious for the Lynxes as they finished the game with 20 steals and outran the Wolves scoring 20 points in transition compared to the 2 points for Winfield-Mt. Union. Head Coach Mendy McCreight was proud of her team’s effort. Melina Oepping captured a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds with Bradie Buffington scoring 10 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. The Wolves finished the season with a 22-2 record with Coach McCreight happy with what her team was able to accomplish this year.

New London earned the 8th seed and will go against the #1 seed Grand View Christian on March 6th at 10:30 am.

College Signings

Buena Vista will get a talented volleyball player in Grace Coble. She helped the Warriors to a 27-7 record last year and led the Warriors in assists with 600 and was tied for third in kills for the team with 117 on the season. Coble ends her career with an astonishing 1,848 assists. Coble had only great things to say about Beaver athletics when talking about her decision.

Ellah Kissell will be driving the lane and looking to score at Kirkwood Community College to begin her collegiate career. She led the Warriors to an 18-5 record last season and a second place finish in conference standings. Kissell finished her career with 1,384 points. Kissell’s competitive nature shined through in her reasoning for picking Kirkwood.

Loras College will be adding the middle linebacker from WACO to next year’s roster in Drew Diers as he will also be studying Kinesiology. Last season, Diers racked up 108 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for a loss, and ranked 3rd in 8-man football in total tackles. Diers talked about being a part of last year’s team and the excitement from it.

Simeon Reichenbach has officially signed with Grand View University to continue playing football at the college level. Over the past two seasons, Reichenbach has rushed for 2,989 yards and 56 touchdowns, while also catching 35 passes for 578 yards and 6 touchdowns. As the starting kicker, he also went 19 of 26 for field goals with a long of 49. He talked about why he picked Grand View University after his signing.

Youth Basketball

March Madness 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament held at Iowa Wesleyan University for 5th – 8th grade girls and boys will take place on March 18th and 19th. Please contact Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jordan Ashton for more details at 319-385-6307 or visit

Iowa Wesleyan Athletics

The women’s basketball team will be participating in the NAIA National Tournament beginning on March 7th. The Tigers will find out who and where they play at 6 pm tonight.

The 23rd-ranked men’s team qualified for the National Tournament beginning on March 7th. The Tigers will find out who and where they play tonight at 7 pm.

The women’s wrestling team will be competing in the 2023 NAIA Women’s Wrestling National Championship which will take place on March 10th.

The men’s wrestling team will have Lane Scorpil represent the Tigers at the NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championship meet tomorrow, March 3rd.

The Tigers Indoor Track and Field teams will be competing in the NAIA Indoor Track and Field national championship meet today.

The Tiger baseball team will have a doubleheader against Southeastern University tomorrow March 3rd with game one at 3 pm.

The Tiger softball team will have two games on March 5th with game one against Malone College at 1 pm and game two at 5 pm against the University of Pikeville.

This Day in Sports History

1929 – George Hainsworth becomes first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season when the Montreal Canadiens beat the visiting Boston Bruins, 3-0; ends season with 22.

1962 – Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points, most ever by an NBA player in a single game, in Warriors’ 169-147 win over NY Knicks in Hershey; 36-of-63 from field, 28-of-32 from free-throw line.

2012 – NFL establishes existence of a bounty program for the New Orleans Saints from 2009-11; players given incentives to injure opposition; coach Sean Payton was suspended for the 2012 season.