Written by John Kuhens on March 12, 2015

The 26-0 Danville Bears boy’s basketball team has advanced to the Semi final round today at 12:15 p.m. and will play 24-1 Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto. The Bears won their 1st round game 69-47 over West Hancock Britt. Maple Valley won 51-45 over South O’Brien, Paullina. The Rams are coached by Brian Brown who has been coaching for 21 years, 14 of those at Maple Valley where he has amassed a record of 197 wins and 111 losses. His team won the championship this year in the Western Valley Conference, they have won 19 games in a row since falling to Dennison-Schleswig 59-45 in the 7th game of the season. For Coach Brown this is his 1st trip to state with a team, Maple Valley’s best finish was 2nd place in 1981 when they were 2A. In 1985 Maple Valley was involved in the State Tournament’s longest game when they went 6 overtimes to win 87-81 over Northwood-Kensett. They are led in scoring by Korey Kuhlman at 16 pts. Per game, Derrik Kerns averages 15 and Shawn Flanigan averages 14. Flanigan’s mother is an assistant coach on the team. KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the game live.

During the boy’s state tournament this week there are some area girls participating in tourney events. Thursday two vocalists from Danville will open the daytime session by singing the National anthem, Landry Carr and Danielle Haeffner from the Danville High School vocal music department will sing the Anthem. Four dancers from MPHS will perform Friday three times on the All State Cheer Squad they are: Sidney Taylor, Jessie Sirivath, Claire Pickford and Allison Buckert.

2015 IGCA All-State Teams Class 1A………. 1st Team Taylor Hickey Burlington Notre Dame 12. 2nd Team Riley Kilbride Burlington Notre Dame 11 and Kaitlyn Johnson Van Buren-Keosauqua 12 . Coach of the Year Dick Jungers, Newell-Fonda.

Class 3A 1st Team …….Andrea Larson Mediapolis 12, Heidi Hillyard Mediapolis 12. Coach of the Year – Kristin Meyer, Nevada.

Class 4A……..3rd Team ………Kelsi Phipps Mount Pleasant 12

IWC softball team split in the two games they played yesterday in Florida. They lost to Aloysis 4-1. Loosng pitcher was Samantha Mcllwain, leading the hitting….Kassie Vasquez 1-3 triple, Kristine Becks 1-3 rbi

Game 2 Tigers beat Bridgewater 6-4

Winning Pitcher Stephanie Tillman. Leading the hitting Haleigh Cowan 2-3 2 rbi’s, Mikayla Dwyer 1-3 2 rbi’s

Wesleyan’s record is now 2-4.


IWC baseball team split in their two games yesterday……Game 1- Pitt-Greenburg-5 Iowa Wesleyan 3. Game 2-IW-17 Pitt-Greenburg-13

Iowa and Iowa State University men’s basketball teams are both in action in their respective conference basketball tournaments. The Hawks play Penn State at 1:30 today in Chicago. The Cyclones play Texas in Kansas City, KILJ-AM 1130 will carry the game beginning at 5:30 p.m.

East Lake Driving Range is now open!! Open: Monday-Sunday & Thursday Closed from 7:00am-4:00pm for maintenance! 

The 2015 registration for the Mt. Pleasant Girls Softball ages pre-K-12th grade will be held March 14th at Van Allen Elementary from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Registration forms are also available at

Come support the WACO Backpack Program and Student Council at the annual “Hoops to Help” Alumni Basketball Games this Saturday, March 14! The women’s 6-on-6 game begins at 5:00, and the men’s game follows. Halftime entertainment is Aerial Energy and the High School Dance Off Competition. Following the men’s game, we will be recognizing Coach Bob Hilmer for his years of service here at WACO(from 2001- 2015). Please share and help us celebrate.


WACO Alumni we NEED YOU…The 3rd annual WACO vs. WMU alumni game is tentatively scheduled for Friday, July 31st at 8p.m.  This 2015 game will be held at the Winfield complex during Crooked Creek Days.  Interested WACO Alumni should sign-up at  A minimum of 25 alumni athletes from each school are necessary for the game to be officially scheduled. Less than 25 signed up athletes will cause the game to be be cancelled. Alumni Football USA and WACO Alumni athletes have raised more than $5,000 to benefit WACO Athletics . Warriors, lets keep the tradition alive and have some fun playing football. Please help us spread the word.