High School Football
The WACO Warriors will be playing in the State Championship for the first time in school history after defeating Newell-Fonda 29-21 in a dramatic contest. Isaac Oswald was 15 of 27 passing with 197 yards and one passing touchdown. Mason Miller had four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Colton Leichty led the team defensively with 4.5 sacks and blocked punt, Drew Diers had 1.5 sacks, and Chase Waterhouse added 2 sacks including the game winning sack. Simeon Reichenbach was named MVP of the game after nailing two field goals, and gaining 135 total yards and two touchdowns. Now, 13-0 on the season, the Warriors will play Remsen St. Mary’s, after they defeat Lenox 42-20, next Thursday at 9:30 am here on KILJ.
In Mt. Pleasant’s district, North Scott’s season is over as they fall in the State Semifinal matchup to Xavier 38-10.
Coach Shawn Striegel announced that he is stepping down as head coach of the Mt. Pleasant Panthers after ten years at the helm of the team. Coach Striegel still plans on being involved with the Track Team in the upcoming spring season.
Elementary Basketball Tournament
Mount Pleasant Christmas Holidays 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament for 3rd – 8th grade boys and girls will be held on Dec 17th, 2022. For more registration details contact Coach Ronnie Ashton at 319-931-2896.
Iowa Wesleyan Athletics
The men’s wrestling team competed in a tri-match against Cornell College and St. Ambrose University. The Tigers lost to Cornell College 26-23 with Isaac Boucher, Brendan Ferenchik, Austin Abitua, Brent Ward, and Adin Garay all able to pick up victories over the Rams. Against St. Ambrose, the Tigers handled the Fighting Bees 32-16. Lane Scorpil, Brendan Ferenchik, Austin Abitua, Brent Ward, Adin Garay, Kaden Kaiser, and Isaac Boucher all won their matchups. The men’s team will be back on the mats in a dual matchup with the women’s team November 16th against Simpson College.
Both the men’s and women’s soccer team had a player named to the Continental Athletic Conference All-Conference Second-Team. For the women’s team, Jaycee Page received the honor after scoring four goals and added an assist to the season statistics. For the men, Richard Arch earned the honor after scoring six goals on the season with a 0.615 shooting percentage.
The women’s basketball team next game is against Dakota State University Friday, November 11th, on the road at 1 pm.
The men’s basketball team’s next game is tonight against East-West University at 5:30 pm.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams will have Logan Lucas and Lily Garnsey run at the 2022 National Championship meet November 18th with the men running at 8:30 am and the women at 9:30 am.
This Day in Sports History
1944 – New York Rangers beat Detroit Red Wings, 5-2 to end NHL record 25 game winless streak (0-21-4).
1981 – LA Dodgers starter Fernando Valenzuela becomes first MLB rookie to win a Cy Young Award.
1997 – NHL’s new Columbus franchise (scheduled to begin play in 2000) announce the team’s name would be “Blue Jackets” after soldiers in the Union army during the American Civil War.