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King lifts Kirkwood past John Wood

QUINCY, Ill. - Chris King hit a short jumper in the final minute  Saturday afternoon to give the Kirkwood Eagles a 71-70 victory over John Wood College in a non-conference game.

Kirkwood trailed 70-69 when King made a shot from eight feet with about 30 seconds leftin the game. Doug Wilson blocked a shot in the final seconds to help preserve the victory.

King paced Kirkwood (8-3) with 25 points. Tajen Ross tossed in 15 points and Wilson added 12.

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Wooldridge paces No. 7 Eagles by Blazers

QUINCY, Ill. - Arika Wooldridge scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds Saturday afternoon as the seventh-ranked Kirkwood Eagles topped John Wood, 55-37, in a non-conference women's basketball game.

Megan Axcell popped in three 3-pointers and netted 11 points for Kirkwood, which raised its record to 9-2. Tay Wilson collected six assists and Olivia Usher had four steals.

The Eagles defeated John Wood, 75-36, at Kirkwood Nov. 15 to sweep the season series.

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No. 7 Eagles stroll by Marshalltown

The seventh-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team built a 33-point lead at halftime Wednesday night and cruised to a 75-43 victory over Marshalltown at Johnson Hall.

Megan Axcell and Leah Robinson scored 10 points apiece for the Eagles in a balanced attack. Awal Ajak, Mackenzie Jenkins and Tinee'sha Coleman contributed nine points.

Kirkwood punished Marshalltown 26-5 in the second quarter to take a commanding 51-18 lead at halftime. Kirkwood's biggest lead was 35 points early in the second half.

The Eagles raised their record to 8-2 with the victory.

Kirkwood was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the preseason poll, but the Eagles have fallen to No. 7 in the first poll of the regular season after dropping two games.

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Kirkwood men knock off Black Hawk

MOLINE, Ill. - Doug Wilson, Tajen Ross and Chris King combined for 65  points Tuesday night as the Kirkwood Eagles dumped Black Hawk College, 93-83, in a non-conference ballgame.

Wilson scored 23 points, Ross tossed in 22 and King added 20 as the Eagles raised their record to 7-3.

This was Kirkwood's second victory over Black Hawk in two weeks, following a 94-69 verdict Nov. 21 in Cedar Rapids.

CJ Neville scored 22 points for Black Hawk.

Kirkwood was ranked 14th in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll, but the Eagles dropped out of the Top 20 in the first poll of the regular season this week.

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Rushing joins IWSL for 2018

Another former all-state player has joined the Iowa Women's Softball League for the 2018 campaign.

Megan Rushing, who starred at West Des Moines Valley, has become the 22nd player to join the IWSL for next summer.

Rushing, an infielder, helped West Des Moines Valley place third at the Class 5A state tournament in 2015 as a senior.

Rushing played junior college softball at DMACC the last two seasons, where she belted 21 home runs and drove in 93 runs in two years. She  helped the Bears make two trips to the NJCAA Division II national  tournament and twice was named to the all-region teams.

Rushing is currently a junior at South Dakota University, which competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Summit League.

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Rushing plans to play in the new Central Division in the IWSL next summer, with games at Simpson College and the Iowa State University recreation field.

Rushing is the eighth player to enroll in the Central Division. Fourteen players have enrolled in the Eastern Division in Cedar Rapids.

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