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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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Kirkwood men crushed by Cowley

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. - The Kirkwood men's basketball team tried to tackle  a strong team from the NJCAA Division I ranks Saturday and paid a  stiff price.

Cowley Community College spanked the Eagles, 109-72, in the second  round of the Community State Bank Classic in Coffeyville, Kan.

Kirkwood is ranked No. 1 in the JuCo Division II ranks, but Cowley  raced to a 61-33 lead at halftime and cruised to the 37-point victory.

Martaveon Jones led five Cowley players in double figures with 18 points.

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Cortes leads Mustangs to Heart title

FAYETTE, Mo. - Vanessa Cortes of Mount Mercy raced to victory in the  Heart of America Conference cross country meet Saturday and led the  Mustangs to the team championship.

Cortes covered the 5K course in 19 minutes, 25.4 seconds for a  convincing 18-second victory over Isabella Guerra of Benedictine.

Emily Erickson of Mount Mercy placed fifth, Andrea Ertz finished sixth  and Kelsi Huhndorf was eighth as the Mustangs had four runners finish  in the top-8. Jessica Ertz finished 29th for Mount Mercy to round out  the team scoring.

Mount Mercy finished with 49 points to edge Baker (54) and Benedictine  (56) for the title. The Mustangs earned an automatic berth to the NAIA  national meet Nov. 22 in Vancouver, Wash.

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Mustang spikers reach Heart semifinals

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Mount Mercy women's volleyball team trimmed  Evangel, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the Heart of America Conference  tournament Saturday.

The Mustangs prevailed 14-25, 25-10, 25-15, 21-25, 15-10.

Mount Mercy (21-11) will face Grand View (26-9) in the semifinals  Wednesday night in Des Moines.

Maddie Bell collected 12 kills, nine blocks and five digs to help  spark the Mustangs. Mackenzie Murphy contributed 14 kills and seven  digs. Madelyn Orton had 11 kills and Abbi Tunis had nine.

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Appel shines as No. 1 Eagles top Coffeyville

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. - Luke Appel collected a double-double with 20  points and 11 rebounds Friday night as the Kirkwood Eagles defeated  Coffeyville, 74-54, with a big second half at the Community State Bank  Classic at Coffeyville.

Kirkwood is ranked No. 1 in NJCAA Division II men's basketball.  Coffeyville is ranked No. 17 in the Division I ranks. The outcome left  both teams at 3-1 for the young season.

DJ Purnell posted his third straight double-double for the Eagles with  12 points and 12 rebounds. Devonte Thedford finished with 15 points,  six rebounds and four assists. Seybian Sims pitched in 12 points for  Kirkwood.

Meikkel Murray and Kymani Dunham scored 11 points apiece for Coffeyville.

Kirkwood trailed 31-26 at halftime, but the Eagles smoked Coffeyville  48-23 in the second half for the 20-point victory.

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No. 2 KCC women facing No. 1 team

Everybody played for the Kirkwood women's basketball team Friday night  and everybody scored as the No. 2 Eagles drubbed John Wood Community  College, 77-40, in the opening round of the Kirkwood Classic at  Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood will face top-ranked Kansas City (Kan.) in the second round  Saturday at 3 p.m. in a showdown for bragging rights in NJCAA Division  II.

Paige Bradford and Delani Harris scored 12 points apiece for Kirkwood  Friday. Marissa Metz tossed in 10 markers for the winners. Tatiana  Hodges-Johnson grabbed eight rebounds.

Coach Kim Muhl used all 12 players on his active roster and all 12  found their way into the scoring column. Sophomore Ashley Tull is  still recovering from knee surgery last February and is scheduled to  begin practice in December.

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