The Indianola basketball teams begin Little Hawkeye Conference play tonight as they host the Cardinals of Newton.

The Indians girls have faced a gauntlet to start the season, falling to class 5A opponents Urbandale and Southeast Polk, but now face a Cardinals team that is also 0-2 to start the season, and who Indianola is currently 14-0 against since 2016.

The Indians boys had a slow start offensively in their season opener on Tuesday against Southeast Polk, shooting just 29.8% from the field and just 7.7% from three-point range in a 53-35 loss. Head coach Jeff Ebling tells KNIA Sports the defense to start the season was in good form, holding a class 4A opponent to just 53 points and outrebounded the Rams by a significant margin, so they will build on that.

The games will be broadcast live on 94.3 KNIA and simulcast on the Indianola Activities YouTube channel, with Andrew Swadner and Rob Hawkins on the play-by-play. Pregame coverage begins at 6pm, with tipoff at 6:15pm.

Indianola Boys and Girls Wrestling Defeat Newton

The Indianola boys and girls wrestling teams came away from Newton High School with a pair of Little Hawkeye Conference victories Thursday night, the boys dominating the Cardinals 74-6, while the girls won 42-30. Getting wins by fall for the Indians boys were Stoney Wood at 120lbs, Eli Cox at 138lbs, Jake Pontier at 150lbs, Isaiah Kellow at 190lbs, and Jaxson Boyd at heavyweight.

The Indians girls got wins by fall from Siera Becker at 105lbs, Andrea Taylor at 140lbs, and Summer Wolff at 145lbs.

The Indians girls travel back to Newton on Saturday for a tournament, while the boys head to West Delaware.

The Indianola boys swimming team competed in a triangular at Ames Thursday night, joined alongside with Ottumwa. The Indians got top finishes from Ethan Russell in the 50 Freestyle where he placed 3rd and placed 4th in the 100 Breaststroke, Jesse James placed 4th in the 100 Freestyle, and the 200 Freestyle Relay team also placed 3rd. The boys next swim tomorrow at the Newton YMCA for a meet.