SPORTS MARCH 5, 2015Written by John Kuhens on March 5, 2015
There will be a new champion in Iowa girls Class 1A basketball, the defending champion #1 ranked Burlington Notre Dame Nikes lost Wednesday night in the semi finals 63-56 to 7th ranked Newell Fonda, the team the Nikes beat last year to win the championship. Notre Dame appeared to have the cold shooting hand, but that could be attributed to some very good perimeter defense that the Mustangs played against them. Usually a solid 3 point shooting team, the Nikes made just 3 of 16 attempts from 3 point range and missed 10 free throws out of 29 while Newell Fonda wasn’t guarding them. Riley Killbride led the scoring with 17 points, Taylor Hickey added 12. Notre Dame ends the year with a 24-2 record, they lose 3 senior starters and 7 total seniors to graduation this year, so head coach Kollin Alfred begins the rebuilding process today. Newell-Fonda begins preparations for the Friday night 6 p.m. championship game, they will play the winner of this morning’s semi final between Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton and Springville.
The #1 ranked Mediapolis Bullettes play their 3A semi final game today at 3:15 against 7th ranked Nevada. Mediapolis won over Mt. Vernon in the 1st round 63-53, Nevada handled Red Oak by a 54-38 margin to advance into today’s game. The Cubs have won a school record 22 games and are in the State Tourney for the 1st time since 1968. Nevada has qualified for the State volleyball and soccer tournaments recently with many of the same athletes that are now having success in basketball. Mediapolis who features the highest scoring offense in Class 3A will be facing a tough defense, the Cubs allow just 31 points a game. KILJ-FM 105.5 and kilj.com will broadcast the game beginning at 3:15 p.m. Crestwood plays Pocahontas in the other 3A semi.
The Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team opened up the USCAA National Tournament against Alfred St. Scoring was back and forth throughout the entire game, and the Tigers fell in double overtime 84-79.
Karla Vietinghoff led the Tigers in scoring with 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Rachel Williams also had a double-double for the Tigers with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Whitney Godden added 18 points for Iowa Wesleyan.
The Tiger women will play at noon Friday against Apprentice School, they were to play today but bad weather caused the games to be postponed.
The Wesleyan men’s basketball team’s first round opponent was Berea College out of Kentucky, they won over the Tigers 83-64. Iowa Wesleyan was led in scoring by Marquis Jones with 15 points and was 9-13 from the free throw line. Brock Butler was right behind him with 14 points. Butler was 4-9 from the field and 3-5 from three point range. Mitchell Drey added 6 points and 6 rebounds for the Tigers.
The Tigers are scheduled to play St. Joseph College-Brooklyn in a consolation game at 6 p.m. Friday.
Danville High School is holding a community meal and pep in the multi-purpose room from 5-7 p.m. Friday, the rally will honor the Danville boy’s basketball team going to state. Free will donations will be accepted to cover state tournament expenses for the team. Sunday March 8th there will be a send off at 1 p.m. in the Danville High School parking lot.
The 2015 registration for the Mt. Pleasant Girls Softball ages pre-K-12th grade will be held March 7th and 14th at Van Allen Elementary from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Registration forms are also available at www.mpsoftball.com.