Written by John Kuhens on February 27, 2015

The number 2 ranked Danville Bears had to come from behind to win their district championship game over Holy Trinity Catholic 63-52.  The Crusaders were hitting their 3 point field goals in the early going a built an 8 point lead midway thru the 2nd quarter 25-17.  But then the Bears increased the defensive pressure and that made their offense starto click and by halftime they led 31-27 and then were able to increase their lead, beat HTC for the 3rd time this season and get into the substate championship at Fairfield Saturday night.  Holy Trinity ends the year with a 16-8 record.  Nick Hopper led them in scoring with 19, Tanner Kelch added 12.  For Danville they improve to 24-0, led by Kolton Jackson with 16 points, Connor Hoelzen scored 14.  Up next is a trip to Fairfield to play Sigourney a team that beat Lynnville Sully last night 61-53.
In a 3A District final 5th ranked Ft. Madison edged 10th ranked conference foe Keokuk 40-38 in overtime.  The Bloodhounds will play in the Substate final at Muscatine Monday against Williamsburg who won over Clear Creek Amana 50-37.

David Nagel scored 16 and Miles Wentzien 13 for Ft. Madison, Johnny Dahl led Keokuk with 15.


The St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference has released the All-Conference awards for the 2014-2015 women’s basketball season. The Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team had five players earn All-Conference honors.

Karla Vietinghoff (SR/Hampshire, IL) was voted SLIAC Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Vietinghoff led the Tigers in scoring this season, averaging 16.0 points per game.

Rachel Williams (JR/Phoenix, AZ) earned 2nd Team All-Conference honors in her first year with the Tigers.

Whitney Godden (SR/Mattoon, IL) was named 3rd Team All-Conference for her play this season.

Dakota Flesner (JR/Payson, IL) was voted to the SLIAC All-Defensive team for the 2014-2015 season.

Lauren Grubb (SR/Philo, IL) was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.


Iowa Wesleyan College women will play Alfred State College of Wellsville, New York in the 1st round of the USCAA National Basketball Tournament at 1 pm on Wednesday March 4th.  The school is located in extreme south central New York State, with 3500 students.  Their record is 18-6 and they are appearing in a national tournament for the 1st time in their programs history.  They are led by Haley Witchella a senior who is the all time leading scorer, she averages 21 points a game and 14 rebounds.
The Wesleyan men will play at 5 p.m. Wednesday March 4th against Berea College of Berea, Ky. located south of Lexington.  This is their 1st appearance in the USCAA Tournament, they went to the NAIA National Tournament in 1999.  The Mountaineers are 19-5 and had won five games in a row until they lost their last game in double overtime to Ohio Christian.


The University of Jamestown Jimmies men’s basketball team has won their way into the North Star Athletic Assoc. Championship game after beating Valley City State 94-65 Wednesday night.

Al Magnani who coaches the Jimmies has led them to a 20-8 record.  They shared the regular season conference championship with Dakota State but got the #1 seed through a tie breaker.