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IWSL rosters feature 30 colleges

The 60 players in the Iowa Women's Softball League this season represent 30 colleges and 10 different states.

There is a nice blend of NCAA, NAIA and Junior College players as the IWSL enters its fourth year as the only program for women's college softball during the summer in Iowa.

Here are the rosters:

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2020 IWSL Schedule

Here is the complete Iowa Women's Softball League Schedule for this summer with games beginning on June 7.

Games in June will be held in Walker.

The site for games in July is yet to be determined.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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