Written by John Kuhens on February 18, 2015

Mt. Pleasant High School boys bowling team has qualified for the state tournament at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines February 24th by winning the district tournament they hosted at the Iris Bowling Center yesterday. Keokuk won the girls district title and will return to Des Moines to defend their state title they won last year. M.P. boys rolled a 3256 total, Clayton Sammons rolled a 472 series to be the individual winner. Mt. Pleasant had the highest pin total of all the district winners, they’ll be competing against CR. Xavier, Council Bluffs Lewis Central, Ft. Dodge, Sioux City North, Oelwein and Des Moines Hoover.

The Keokuk girls rolled a 2699, Mt. Pleasant rolled a 2490, with Sara Smith rolled a 386 series for the Panthers. Hannah Seyb of Keokuk was the individual champ with a 427 series.


Girls Class 1A regional basketball action saw #1 ranked and defending class 1A state champion Burlington Notre Dame roll over New London on the Nikes home floor 84-20. Nikes led 53-16 at halftime. Leading New London in scoring was Victoria Noel and Kenadi Schulte each with 5 points. Notre Dame was led by Taylor Hickey with 24 points, she became the all time leading Nike scorer with 1486 points.

New London ends the year 11-12, Notre Dame will host Holy Trinity Catholic Friday night in the Regional semi finals. The Crusaders beat Van Buren last night 52-37 led by Kirsten Shaffer with 13 points and 19 rebounds.

WACO girls are in the Regional semi finals after beating Iowa Mennonite 35-26 at Keota, Erika Leichty had 15 points for the Warriors. They will play English Valleys at North English Friday night at 7 p.m. KILJ-FM 105.5 and will broadcast live. English Valleys beat Sigourney 58-52 to reach the semis.

Class 2A Regional play saw Durant beat Wapello 57-47, West Branch downed Columbus Community 77-51.


Mt. Pleasant High School girls basketball team 17-4 overall and 6-2 in conference opens post season play at home tonight against 13-8 Clear Creek-Amana. The two teams have played similar opponents with similar results.  CC-A beat Williamsburg 59-29 and 42-39.  Mt. Pleasant beat them 53-40.  Clear Creek beat Solon 55-43 a team the Panthers beat 51-42. KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the game live beginning at 7 p.m. We’ll also have reports on the #1 ranked Mediapolis girls basketball team as they entertain Davis County tonight in the Class 3A Regional semi finals.

The other half of the Regional has PCM Monroe hosting Chariton beat Albia. Tonight’s winners will meet at Washington Saturday night in the Regional final.


AREA BOYS BASKETBALL LAST NIGHT: #5 ranked Ft. Madison beat Illini West 57-41, Miles Wentzien scored 18 points to become Ft. Madison High Schools all time leading scorer with 1509 points. He surpassed for Bloodhound, Iowa Hawkeye and NBA player Ryan Bowen who had the record of 1507 career points.

Davenport Central Beat Burlington 69-44.


Minnesota upset he Iowa Hawkeye women last night in the Twin Cities 93-80.

KILJ will have wrestling reports from the 2015 IHSAA State wrestling team dual meet championships today.  The # 2 ranked Mediapolis Bulldogs are involved in the Class 2A wrestling today. The Bulldogs won their quarterfinal match over Central Lyon-George-Little Rock 64-12. The Bulldogs will wrestle #3 ranked Davenport Assumption at 1 p.m. this afternoon.



The traditional tournament begins tomorrow and Mediapolis should be competing for the team title in that also. In Class 2A, Defending champion Assumption, Davenport has been a top four finisher each of the last seven years and is seeking its sixth title (winners also in 1995, 98, 99, and 2011), but the Knights have their work cut out for them. Their seven qualifiers are fourth best. Creston/Orient-Macksburg tops the 2A in qualifiers with nine and the Panthers hope to close the deal like they did in 2007. Mediapolis and Union, LaPorte City each qualified eighth and may have enough firepower to prevail. Mediapolis was runner-up last year and was third in 2013. Union has a pair of runner-up finishes in its history – 2000 and 2003 and was fourth in 2013. Also looking to get into the trophy ceremonies for the first time is Sergeant Bluff-Luton also with seven athletes advancing to the elite meet. Crestwood, Clarinda, and Solon have each qualified six athletes.