Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Petersen named National Coach of Year again

Bryan Petersen was only 25 years old when he was named the interim  head coach of the Kirkwood men's basketball team in March of 2013.

He quickly shed the "interim" tag after running the program for a year  and the awards have been rolling in ever since.

Petersen, 31, was named the 2019 Spalding D-II Men's Basketball Coach  of the Year Friday for the second time in his career after leading the  Eagles to the junior college national title last month.

Petersen also was saluted as the Spalding Coach of the Year after  guiding Kirkwood to the 2016 national crown, giving him two national  titles and two Coach of the Year awards in four years.

"I am honored to receive the coach of the year award," Petersen  remarked. "There are many great coaches out there and to receive the  award is very humbling.

"All the credit goes to my staff of excellent coaches and also our  great athletes," he said. "We were lucky as a coaching staff to have  such a great group of kids that really cared about each other and  bought into improving every day as a team.

"We challenged our group to compete every day and give their best, and  they did. I am very thankful to them for buying into that message."


KCC baseball headed for tripleheader

The Kirkwood baseball team is headed for a tripleheader on Monday.

The Eagles defeated DMACC, 5-3, in the first game of their doubleheader Saturday at Kirkwood, but the second game was suspended in the bottom of the 10th inning with the score knotted at 11-11.

Kirkwood and DMACC will finish the suspended game on Monday, prior to their next  ICCAC conference twinbill in Cedar Rapids.

Kirkwood scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of the opener to erase a 3-2 deficit and held on for the 5-3 victory. Carter Lawler (3-3) pitched five innings for the win, allowing three runs on seven hits. Austin Krobe got the final four outs for his second save.

Jamarion Loston scored twice for Kirkwood in the triumph. Taylor Jackson and Brennan Brister had RBIs.


No. 6 Eagles split with No. 4 Bears

BOONE - Bradee Bouman tossed a complete game and got lots of support from her offense Saturday as sixth-ranked Kirkwood topped No. 4 DMACC, 8-3, in the second game of their ICCAC doubleheader in Boone.

DMACC nipped the Eagles in the opener, 2-1.

The DMACC Bears lead the conference standings at 11-1. NIACC, which is ranked seventh in the country, sits in second place at 10-3. Kirkwood is in third place at 9-3 in the tight race among three top-10 ballclubs.

Bouman (13-3) allowed two earned runs on six hits in the 8-3 victory in the nightcap. Lauren Kuch went 3-for-5 and scored twice. London Jackson was 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs and her 13th home run. Lauren Klaahsen, Jayme Finn and Autum Barthelman had two hits in a 16-hit attack.


Strong pitching lifts Mustang baseball

Dylan Campbell and Tanner Lohaus sparkled on the mound Saturday as Mount Mercy swept a non-conference doubleheader from Lincoln College, 4-1 and 6-1, at the Plaster Athletic Complex.

The twin-killing lifted the Mustangs to 19-18 for the campaign.

Campbell (4-4) pitched six innings in the 4-1 victory in the opener, allowing one run on six hits. He struck out three batters and did not walk anyone. Matt Trouten got the final three outs in the seventh for his fifth save.

Lohaus (4-4) picked up where Campbell left off in Game 2. He went the distance and allowed one run on three hits, with 11 strikeouts and one walk.


Mustang ace raises mark to 8-0

Tawny Menster tossed a six-hit shutout Saturday as Mount Mercy blanked 24th-ranked Grand View, 7-0, in the first game of their Heart of America Conference doubleheader at Busse Field.

Grand View won the second game, 3-2. The Vikings also won the completion of a game that was suspended Wednesday in Des Moines, 10-8.

The outcome left Mount Mercy at 20-12 overall and 13-7 in the conference. Grand View raised its records to 27-6 overall and 17-3 in the league.

Menster (8-0) struck out five batters and walked two in the 7-0 victory. Payton Bruner was 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot and scored twice. Jess Heick was 2-for-4 and also scored twice. Audrey Grove drove in two runs.


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