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No. 1 Eagles roll at national tourney

DANVILLE, Ill. - The Kirkwood Eagles looked like the No. 1 team in the  country Tuesday afternoon.

The top-ranked Eagles built a 21-point lead in the first half and  thrashed North Central Missouri, 96-66, in the first round of the  NJCAA Division II national tournament at the Mary Miller Center.

Kirkwood (28-4) will face Niagara County (N.Y.), a 73-61 winner over Wake Tech (N.C.), in the quarterfinals Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Allante Pickens popped in five 3-pointers in the first half and had 17  points by intermission, with the Eagles sitting on a 53-32 lead at  that point. He finished with six triples and 24 markers. Pickens shot  9-for-10 overall from the field and 6-for-7 on 3-pointers.

Doug Wilson and Devonte Thedford scored 13 points apiece for Kirkwood.  Jamal Stephenson netted 12 points off the bench and Connor Kasperbauer  contributed 10 points. Wilson had 10 rebounds.

"I thought we played pretty well," said Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen.  "For spurts, we really executed defensively. And offensively we made  some shots."

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Kirkwood baseball wins 8th straight

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Kirkwood baseball team won its eighth  straight game Tuesday by sweeping a doubleheader from Sussex County,  16-4 and 12-2 in six innings.

The Eagles finished their trip to Florida with an 8-1 record, raising  their overall mark to 10-6.

Jamarion Loston went 5-for-7 in the twinbill and scored six runs for  Kirkwood. He went 2-for-3 with three runs in the 16-4 verdict in Game  1, then was 3-for-4 and scored three more times in the 12-2 victory in  the nightcap.

Corbin Day pitched a complete game and allowed only one earned run in  the 16-4 victory. He struck out nine batters in the seven-inning  contest.

Levi Usher went 4-for-5 in the opener with a double, triple and scored  twice. Joel Thompson was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and five  RBIs. Kal Youngquist was 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs and four RBIs.

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No. 4 KCC softball now 15-4

MIAMI, Okla. - The fourth-ranked Kirkwood softball team raised its  record to 15-4 Tuesday by sweeping a doubleheader from Northeastern  Oklahoma A&M, 10-5 and 6-3 in Oklahoma.

London Jackson went 3-for-3 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs in the  10-5 victory in the opener. Jayme Finn drove in two runs and Rachel  Stewart scored twice. Erin Hocker allowed only two earned runs and  struck out eight batters for the win.

Randyn Carter went 4-for-4 and scored three runs in the 6-3 triumph in  the second game. Lauren Klaahsen was 3-for-4. Sydney Albaugh had two  RBIs. Bradee Bouman tossed a complete game for the victory.

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Bruyeres, Noble pace Mustang golfers

PRIMM, Nev. - William Bruyeres and Casey Noble led the Mount Mercy  golf teams in the Battle at Primm Tuesday in November.

Bruyeres shot rounds of 72, 73 and 70 for a 54-hole score of  5-over-par 215 and a tie for 30th place.

Noble shot rounds of 83 and 80 for a 36-hole tally of 19-over-par 163  for a tie for 33rd in the women's results.

The Mount Mercy men tied for 13th out of 20 teams. The Mount Mercy  women finished 12th out of 14 teams.

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Kirkwood baseball sweeps Sussex County

WINTER HAVEN, Fl. - The Kirkwood baseball team raised its record to  8-6 Monday by sweeping a doubleheader from Sussex County, 10-2 and  8-6, on its spring trip to Florida.

The Eagles have won six of their last seven games.

Luke Llewellyn pitched a complete game for Kirkwood in the 10-2  victory in the opener. Both of the runs scored by Sussex County were  unearned in the seven-inning contest. He scattered seven hits, with  nine strikeouts and two walks.

Jamarion Loston went 3-for-5 in the first game with three RBIs and two  runs. Taylor Jackson was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Levi Usher, Brennan  Brister and Jackson Bennett had two hits. Brister and Bennett scored  twice. Kal Youngquist hit a home run.

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