Written by John Kuhens on February 19, 2015

The 14th ranked Mt. Pleasant Panther girls basketball team won their first Regional Tournament game and their 18th game of the season when they defeated Clear Creek Amana 52-39 in Panther Gym.  Kelsi Phipps got into early foul trouble when she picked up 3 quick fouls in the 1st quarter, but then got into the record books when she scored her 1,000th career point in the 2nd half on her way to a 20 point night.  Kelsi need 18 points to reach a thousand, she is the 3rd Panther to reach that plateau.
Clear Creek ends the year 13-9, M.P. advances on to play #8 ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier who has a record of 15-6 on the Saints home court Saturday night, they had a 1st round bye.
OTHER 4A SCORES:  Keokuk 49 Ft. Madison 34, Keokuk plays at Davenport North Saturday.  Fairfield beat Oskaloosa 67-32, Trojans play at #4 Carlisle Saturday.  Knoxville beat Washington 52-34, Knoxville plays Saturday at Pella.
3A REGIONAL ACTION:  #1 Mediapolis rolled over Davis County 81-39, Andrea Larson pored in 39 points and had 20 rebounds. In the other Regional semi final PCM beat Chariton 77-35.  The Bullettes play PCM at Washington Saturday night at 7 p.m. with the winner going onto state.

5A REGIONAL SCORE: Muscatine beat Burlington 61-33.


Boys class 1A district basketball continues tonight, KILJ-FM 105.5 and will be broadcasting a double header from Winfield Mt. Union High School. At 6:30 p.m. it’s New London tangling with #2 ranked Danville. Followed by Winfield Mt. Union hosting Pekin.

We will have reports on the games going on at Van Buren, Waco plays Holy Trinity Catholic at 6:30 p.m. and Van Buren plays Cardinal of Eldon at 8 p.m.

The winners will advance to play at Waco on the 24th. The Danville/New London winner plays the Van Buren/Cardinal winner at 6:30 p.m. and the WMU/Pekin winner plays the Waco/HTC winner at 8 p.m. KILJ will broadcast that double header.

Class 2A district action tonight at Burlington Notre Dame has at 6:30 p.m. Highland playing Central Lee followed by Notre Dame against West Burlington. The winners will play in Mt. Pleasant in the district final on February 24th.

At Iowa City Regina it’s Wilton playing L&M at 6:30 and Regina against West Branch at 8 p.m. Winners meet Tuesday at Solon.


Iowa Wesleyan College went on the road to play McMurray in a SLIAC double header. The Tiger women improved their record to 17-6 overall and 14-2 in the conference when they won 95-52 led by Whitney Godden with 23 points, Rachel Williams and Lauren Grubb each hit 18.

The IWC Tiger men fell to league leader McMurray 75-69, Chris Fowler continued his scoring frenzy hitting for 23 points. C.J. Singletary had 16. Tigers are now 12-9 overall and 8-8 in the conference.


The Kirkwood Community College men’s basketball team defeated Ellsworth last night 72-69. Former Mt. Pleasant Panther Jordon Ashton hit for 22 points to lead the Eagles who are 21-5 overall and 6-2 in their conference.

The Iowa State Cyclone men beat Oklahoma State on the road 70-65, Jameel McKay had 17 points and 14 rebounds.


Mediapolis captured 3rd place in the Team Dual Meet wrestling championships in Des Moines Wednesday.  The Bulldogs beat Central Lyon-George-Little Rock in the 1st round 64-12.  Then in the semi finals fell to Davenport Assumption 42-29.  The consolation championship match against Creston-Orient Macksburg went well for Mediapolis as they rolled to a 46-28 win.  Leading the Bulldogs was #1 ranked 195 pounder Steven Hallowway scored 3 pins all in less than a minute.  #2 ranked Cole Erickson at 160 pounds won 3 matches, 2 by fall and the other by technical fall. Union LaPorte City won the 2A championship over Assumption.
The 1A championship was won by Clarion-Goldfield-Dows. S.E. Polk won the class 3A title.


The traditional State Wrestling tournament begins today and Mediapolis should be competing for the team title in class 2A with 8 wrestlers competing. The Bulldogs biggest challenger in Class 2A will be defending champion Assumption who has seven qualifiers. KILJ will have reports on 3A wrestlers from the area this morning, Mediapolis wrestlers this afternoon and 1A wrestlers tonight during our basketball coverage.