Sports, November 2nd

High School Volleyball

In Class 1A, #3 Holy Trinity Catholic punched their ticket to the championship game last night after defeating #2 Boyden-Hull in straight sets by scores of 25-17, 25-17, and 25-21. It was a match that the Crusaders controlled from the opening serve with only four lead changes in the entire match. 

Natalie Randolph put together a triple-double performance for Holy Trinity Catholic with 11 kills, 15 assists, and 15 digs. The senior also added an ace and a block. Head Coach Melissa Freesmeier talked about how important Randolph has been to the squad. 

The Crusaders have only given up one set through their postseason run and with one more game left for the season, Coach Freesmeier knows the moment will be bittersweet. 

#1 Ankeny Christian took down #4 BCLUW in four sets last night as Carley Craighead led the team with 17 kills. Holy Trinity Catholic and Ankeny Christian will face off at 7 pm tonight with KILJ 105.5 FM,, on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

Mikaela Richter will also be inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Volleyball Hall of Fame before the Class 1A championship game and for Coach Freesmeier it will truly be a special night. 

In Class 2A, #1 Dike-New Hartford made quick work of #4 Denver in straight sets. #2 Hinton also swept #3 Grundy Center 25-16, 25-21, and 25-18. 

Dike-New Hartford will search for a perfect 50-0 record in the championship game tonight against Hinton. 

In Class 3A, #1 Mount Vernon took down #4 Assumption in four sets and #3 Western Christian swept #7 Union to set up the championship game against Mount Vernon and Western Christian.  

For Class 4A, #4 North Scott pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament defeating #1 Clear Creek-Amana, who was unbeaten heading into the matchup, in straight sets with Abbey Hayes notching 20 kills. 

#2 Indianola needed five sets to take down #6 Lewis Central, but a 15-10 fifth set win will pit Indianola against North Scott today for the championship.

In Class 5A, #1 Dowling Catholic swept #4 Pleasant Valley with Mackenzie Dean tallying 15 kills in the winning effort. 

#3 Waukee Northwest pulled off the upset against #2 Ankeny Centennial in a five set thriller with the Wolves pulling out with a 15-11 win in the fifth set. 

Dowling Catholic and Waukee Northwest will face off for the championship today. 

High School Football

For 8-player, #1 Winfield-Mt. Union will travel to take on #7 Don Bosco for the quarterfinal round tonight. At 7 pm tonight KILJ 98.5 FM, AM 1130, and, will have the call.

For Class 2A, #10 Mediapolis will take on #4 Monticello at home tomorrow, November 3rd.

In Class 3A, Mt. Vernon and Williamsburg will face off this Friday with the winner moving on to the semifinals.

High School Basketball

The Mt. Pleasant girls team will host a jamboree on November 13th with four games on the slate with each game given a 45 minute time limit.

Lone Tree and Burlington will start off the night with the first game at 6 pm. Mediapolis and Keokuk will follow at 6:45 pm. Winfield-Mt. Union will take on Fairfield at 7:30 pm. Lastly, Mt. Pleasant and WACO will face off at 8:15 pm.

College Football

Iowa State University will celebrate their homecoming this Saturday, November 4th, against Kansas, as the Cyclones are locked in a four-way tie for first place in the Big 12.

Iowa will travel to face off against Northwestern at Wrigley Field this Saturday 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.

This Day in Sports History

1969 – 41-year old Detroit’s Gordie Howe picks up his 19th and final NHL hat trick as the Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3; Howe is the oldest player to score an NHL hat-trick.

1990 – The Golden State Warriors register a 162-158 win over the Denver Nuggets at McNichols Arena. This combined 320 total points set an NBA record for most points scored by two teams in a non-overtime game.

1996 – The Miami Heat’s Pat Riley becomes the eighth coach to win 800 games in 97-95 win at Indiana; the milestone was accomplished two weeks shy of his 15th coaching anniversary, faster than any coach in NBA history.