Sports, November 18th

High School Football

For the Class 2A championship, Central Lyon/George-Little Rock was three yards away with less than ten seconds to go for the game winning touchdown, but the Van Meter defense came up with the big stop to win 24-21. Austin Baumhover tallied two total touchdowns in the winning effort. The Bulldogs have now won four state championships, including three straight. 

For Class 3A, Williamsburg’s defense won the day, shutting Bishop Heelan out 20-0. Derek Weisskopf threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the winning effort, while the defense allowed only 154 total yards. This is the Raiders first state championship.  

Ankeny started the scoring in the Class 5A championship, but it was Southeast Polk who could not stop scoring, winning 49-21. C.J. Phillip was unstoppable, rushing for 148 yards and five touchdowns with Connor Moberly tossing for another two scores. The Rams have now won three straight state championships. 

Your other 2023 state champions are Bishop Garrigan for 8-player, West Hancock for Class A, Grundy Center for Class 1A, and Lewis Central for Class 4A.

Girls’ High School Basketball

Mt. Pleasant will open their season with a road matchup against Pella on November 21st. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will have the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm.

Mediapolis and Danville will compete on November 21st at 6 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union will start their season 1-0 after a strong defensive effort against New London last night, winning 39-26. Madisen Kellogg led the way with 20 points for the Wolves. New London will host Calamus-Wheatland on November 21st at 6 pm. 

Central Lee will host Winfield-Mt. Union today at 3:30 pm. 

WACO will open up conference play against Pekin on November 21st in a road matchup. 

Holy Trinity Catholic will travel to Keokuk to take on the Chiefs today at 1 pm. 

High School Wrestling

The Mt. Pleasant and Columbus girls’ teams will be traveling to Wilton today for a tournament. 

WACO’s girls’ team will compete in a tournament today at BGM. 

Wrestling District Assignments

The Iowa High School Athletic Association released the district assignments for the upcoming season. The board also approved changes to individual postseason by expanding the state tournament to 24 qualifiers for weight class in each classification and eliminating sectional tournaments. 

In Class 1A, WACO, New London, and Wapello will be competing in district 12, which will be hosted by Wilton. 

Van Buren County will be wrestling in district 8, hosted by Pleasantville. 

For Class 2A, Fairfield will be hosting district 3 with Burlington Notre Dame, Keokuk, Mediapolis, and Mt. Pleasant all competing.

Washington will be wrestling in district 12, which is hosted by Williamsburg. 

For Class 3A, Burlington and Fort Madison will be wrestling at Bettendorf for district 2. 

For Class 1A and Class 2A, the top two place-winners at each weight class will advance to state and for Class 3A it will be the top three place-winners. The district tournaments are scheduled for February 10th. 

College Football

Iowa State University will take on Texas tonight at home with the pregame show at 5 pm.

Iowa will host Illinois today at 2:30 pm. 

For the Hawkeye broadcast, tune in to KILJ 105.5 FM. For the Cyclone broadcast, tune in to KILJ 98.5 FM and AM 1130.

College Basketball

The Iowa State men’s team’s next game will be at home in a matchup with Grambling State tomorrow, November 19th, at noon. 

The Iowa State women’s team will host Southern on November 20th at 6:30 pm.

The #2 Iowa women’s team will attempt to bounce back against Drake tomorrow at 6 pm at home. 

The Iowa men’s team got back in the win column last night defeating Arkansas State 88-74. Ben Krikke led the winning effort, scoring 25 points on 10 of 14 shooting. The Hawkeyes will face off against Oklahoma on Thursday, November 23rd, at 2 pm. 

This Day in Sports History

1980 – Despite missing 45 games, George Brett wins AL MVP.

1987 – Cubs Andre Dawson is the first player from a last-place club to win an MVP.

1991 – The Auburn men’s basketball team is placed on a two year probation for recruiting violations and is not eligible for postseason play for the 1991-92 season.