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Mullinnix sparks No. 2 Kirkwood women

Haley Mullinnix can chew gum and play basketball at the same time.

She did both very well for the Kirkwood Eagles Saturday afternoon on her 19th birthday.

Mullinnix moved up in the rotation and scored a career-best 15 points as the second-ranked Eagles spanked Southwestern, 82-44, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Tay Wilson, Kirkwood's top point guard, missed Saturday's contest due to a two-game suspension for violating team rules. That meant Niaja Taylor moved into the starting lineup and Mullinnix became the backup point guard for the first time this season.

She delivered.

Mullinnix, a 5-foot-5 freshman from West Branch, made all six of her shots from the field, including three straight 3-pointers in the first half to steer Kirkwood in the right direction after a slow start.

She also collected two assists, one rebound and one steal during 16 minutes on the floor.


Marble sparks No. 11 Eagles to easy win

When your last name is Marble and you play basketball in the state of Iowa, people expect you to be really good.

That's perfectly OK with Carlo Marble, whose father and older brother both starred for the Iowa Hawkeyes during their college careers.

"I think it's a challenge," he said Wednesday night, "and I like challenges."

Marble scored 19 points and played a strong all-around game as the 11th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles rolled by Little Priest Tribal College, 89-58, in a non-conference affair at Johnson Hall.

Roy Marble, Carlo's father, scored 2,116 points for the Hawkeyes from 1985 through 1989 and is the leading scorer in school history. He was an exciting player to watch and a first-round NBA draft pick in 1989.

Sadly, Roy Marble died from cancer in 2015 when he was 48.

Roy "Devyn" Marble, Carlo's older brother, scored 1,675 points during his University of Iowa career and was a second-round NBA draft pick in 2014. He's now recovering from a knee injury after playing pro ball in Greece and Italy.

Carlo Marble, by contrast, is toiling in relative obscurity for the Kirkwood Eagles, coming off the bench for the most part and averaging 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.


No. 2 KCC women win 8th straight

WEST BURLINGTON - Mackenzie Jenkins led a balanced attack with 14 points Wednesday night as the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles dumped Southeastern Community college, 73-52, in an ICCAC game in West Burlington.

Olivia Usher collected 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Kirkwood. Arika Wooldridge finished with 11 points and six rebounds. Awal Ajak had 10 points.

Kirkwood won for the eighth straight time, raising its records to 18-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference. The Eagles are tied for first place in the league with DMACC.


Timmerman registers for 2nd year in IWSL

When Paige Timmerman enrolled in the Iowa Women's Softball League last year as a college freshman, she politely wondered if she could spend most of her time in the infield to boost her chances of making the starting lineup at Luther this year as a sophomore.

That's one of the benefits of playing in the IWSL: Players get a chance to help their college careers by playing a variety of spots against good competition, and Timmerman was an eager participant.

Timmerman can play just about any spot in the infield and outfield. She also can put on the gear and get behind the plate, but the Luther coaches suggested she focus on the infield for the 2018 college season that begins next month.


Timmerman appeared in nine games for Luther last year as a freshman when the Norse finished 41-5, won the Iowa Conference title advanced to the NCAA postseason tournament. She hopes to play a more prominent role for Luther this year, and perhaps her experience in the Iowa Women's Softball League last summer will help.

Timmerman is the 29th player to join the IWSL for the 2018 campaign, which will consist of eight Sunday doubleheaders in June and July. Players can choose either the East Division in Cedar Rapids or the new Central Division in Ames and Indianola.


Brady Sartorius commits to Kirkwood basketball

Brady Sartorius, a high-scoring guard from Mount Pleasant High School, committed to the Kirkwood men's basketball team Sunday night.

Sartorius, a 6-foot senior, is averaging 22.6 points, 4.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 steals at Mount Pleasant.

"Excited to say I'll be continuing my education and basketball career at Kirkwood!!," he announced on Twitter.

Mount Pleasant is a Class 3A school with a 13-3 record.


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