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Iowa Western hoops joining Kirkwood's league

Iowa Western Community College men's and women's basketball teams are  switching from NJCAA Division I to Division II, putting the Reivers into the same ICCAC conference with the Kirkwood Eagles.

That's good for Kirkwood, because Iowa Western has strong teams and it  they will give the Eagles another good opponent. But it's also potentially bad for Kirkwood, because now there will be  even stiffer competition to earn the league's only bid to the national tournament.

The Iowa Western men's basketball team will join the ICCAC for the  2020-21 school year. Their women's basketball team will the conference in 2021-22.

The switch from DI to DII is just for basketball at Iowa Western and  does not affect their other sports. The school is located in Council Bluffs.

Doug Wagemester, the athletic director at Kirkwood, was a little surprised by the move. "We've been dealing with it the last 10 days," he said Thursday. "It kind of came out of nowhere."


KCC's Appel commits to South Dakota State

Luke Appel has joined the pipeline from Kirkwood to South Dakota State.

Appel, a 6-foot-8 forward, plans to continue his basketball career at  South Dakota State after averaging 15.9 points and 8.4 rebounds as a  sophomore at Kirkwood this year. He was named the co-player of the  year in the ICCAC this season.

Appel will be joining former Kirkwood coach Bryan Petersen and former  Kirkwood All-American Doug Wilson when he arrives at South Dakota State.

Petersen joined the Jackrabbits as an assistant coach this past season  after leading Kirkwood to the NJCAA Division II national title in  2019. Wilson joined the Jackrabbits this season as well after being  named the NJCAA Division II Player of the Year in 2019.


Schuring named Mount Mercy women's basketball coach

Mount Mercy Athletic Director Paul Gavin has announced that Tim Schuring has been selected to lead the Mustang women's basketball program beginning April 1.

"We're excited to welcome Tim to the Mount Mercy family," said Gavin. "He has extensive experience coaching and teaching the game of basketball at all levels and has revived collegiate programs into conference and national contenders.

"Tim's passion for creating a strong and positive team culture will be integral to the success of our women's basketball program."

Schuring founded TNT5 Basketball Development in 2008, and since then the organization has gained a reputation as one of the best skill development organizations in Iowa. Over the past 12 years he has served as owner, head coach and skill trainer. Most recently, his focus has been coaching the Iowa Prep 15-under girls club team and 17-under boys squad.


Rima reaches 600 wins as Kirkwood sweeps

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Todd Rima joined the 600 victory club on Friday  when the Kirkwood Eagles swept a doubleheader from Sussex County, 11-1  and 4-3, on their abbreviated spring trip to Florida.

Rima has a 601-381 record in 19 years as a head college baseball  coach, including a 236-134 mark in eight years at Kirkwood. He also  served as the head coach at NIACC for 11 years.

Kirkwood has suspended all of its spring sports through April 3 due to  precautions regarding the corona virus.

Joel Vaske and Kyle Moeder hit home runs for the Eagles in the 11-1  victory in the opener, which ended after five innings due to the mercy  rule. Vaske was 4-for-4 and drove in five runs.

Jaylen Patterson, Cade Moss and Evan Paulus had two hits. Patterson  collected a double and triple. Paulus scored three times. Josh  Fitzgerald and Moss scored twice. Lorenz Elion and Moss had two RBIs.


Smith tosses 1-hit shutout for Kirkwood

SEMINOLE, Fl. - Mitch Smith tossed a one-hit shutout Thursday as the Kirkwood Eagles blanked Minnesota West Community & Technical College, 10-0, in the first game of their spring trip to Florida.

Minnesota West took the second game, 7-6, despite a five-run uprising by Kirkwood in the top of the last inning.

Smith (1-0) struck out five batters and walked only one in the five-inning contest in the opener. Gabe Lux socked a solo home run in a 10-hit attack for the Eagles.

Lorenz Elion, Merritt McCardle and Michael Robles had two RBIs in the 10-0 victory. Joel Vaske and Elion had two hits. Lux, Jaylen Patterson and McCardle scored twice.


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