Sunday, March 29, 2015
SATURDAY'S SCOREBOARD - USHL: Dubuque 4, RoughRiders 1 ... COLLEGE BASEBALL: Iowa Central 5, Kirkwood 4 ... Iowa Central 3, Kirkwood 1 ... Mount Mercy 4, Ashford 2 ... Mount Mercy 6, Ashford 1 ... Coe 7, Loras 0 ... Coe 9, Loras 5 ... COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Coe 7, Ripon 1 ... Augustana 6, Coe 2 ... Kirkwood 10, NIACC 5 ... Kirkwood 9, NIACC 0 ... MEN'S TENNIS: Coe 8, Luther 1 ...
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Kuster lifts RoughRiders in OT

MADISON, Wis. - Clark Kuster scored at the 2:39 mark of overtime Friday night to give the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders a clutch 3-2 victory over Madison in a USHL game before 3,234 fans at the Alliant Energy Arena in Madison, Wis.

The victory kept the RoughRiders a single point behind Youngstown in the torrid race for the Eastern Conference title. Youngstown nipped Waterloo, 2-1, Friday and has a 34-13-5 record for 73 points. Cedar Rapids has a 36-16-0 mark for 72 points. Both teams have eight games left in the regular season.

Charlie Gerard gave Madison a 1-0 lead in the first period Friday night, but Ross Colton scored twice on power plays in the second frame to give the RoughRiders a 2-1 edge.

Kuster and Andrew Gaus collected assists on Colton's first goal. Mitch Reinke and Derek Daschke collected assists on Colton's second goal with a man advantage.

Miguel Fidler tied the game for Madison, 2-2, at the 17:15 mark of the third period.

Kuster scored the game-winner with an assist from Cal Burke.

Ben Blacker made 31 saves for the RoughRiders. Garrett Metcalf turned aside 45 shots for Madison.

Cedar Rapids hosts Dubuque Saturday night at 7:05.

RoughRiders   0  2  0  1 - 3
Madison       1  0  1  0 - 2


Kirkwood softball sweeps Simpson JV

INDIANOLA - Lexie Biehl belted two home runs and drove in six runs as Kirkwood clobbered the Simpson junior varsity, 15-1, in the second game of a college softball doubleheader Friday in Indianola.

Kirkwood also won the first game, 4-1.

Biehl went 3-for-3 and scored three runs in the second game. Allie Mengler went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Tara Walls was 2-for-3 with a solo home run. Chasney Jenkins was 2-for-2 and scored three runs.

Nicky Simpson pitched a complete game for Kirkwood in the opener. She had five strikeouts and allowed seven hits. Jasmine Ragusi and Walls were 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The sweep raised Kirkwood's record to 9-5. The Eagles host Iowa Lakes in a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m.



No. 6 Eagles dumped by No. 7 Monroe CC

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kirkwood Eagles suffered a power outage Thursday night at the NJCAA Division II national basketball tournament in Overland Park, Kan.

The sixth-ranked Eagles were spanked by seventh-ranked Monroe Community College of New York, 59-42, in the quarterfinals with one of their poorest offensive showings of the season.

Kirkwood shot 16 of 67 overall from the field for 23.9 percent and was 5 of 26 on 3-pointers for 19.2 percent, including a succession of air-balls from behind the 3-point arc.

The 17-point loss was the most lopsided of the year for the Eagles and their 42 points were the second-lowest total of the campaign.

"We didn't play very well. Very uncharacteristic of this team," said Coach Kim Muhl. "Some kids wouldn't shoot the ball, some kids were hesitant instead of just shooting it. I don't know. I don't have an answer.


Kirkwood rolls at NJCAA tourney

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Cassidy Clark scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds Wednesday as Kirkwood rolled by North Arkansas, 77-45, in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II women's basketball tournament.

The sixth-ranked Eagles (29-5) will play seventh-ranked Monroe Community College (27-1) in the quarterfinals Thursday at 8 p.m.

Kirkwood trailed early in the game at 9-7, but Ariel Sneed hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 9-0 run and the Eagles cruised from there. Kirkwood led 34-22 at halftime, then began the second half with an 8-0 spurt for a 42-22 advantage.

"The kids played well. I thought we'd be a little stale, but we weren't," said Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl, whose club had not played since winning the regional title 11 days ago.

Kirsten Larson and Sneed finished with nine points apiece. Anna Martensen and Aliyah Isaac had eight points. Peyton Bockholt finished with seven points and seven rebounds.


Ranschau, J-Hawks are right on time

CEDAR FALLS - Abbie Ranschau does not like to waste time.

That's a great attribute to have for a track star, where tenths of a second can spell the difference between victory and defeat, but Ranschau's attitude carries beyond sports.

"I've always enjoyed being active and staying in shape," the Cedar Rapids Jefferson junior said Tuesday. "I don't like staying at home and doing nothing. It's kind of boring.

"I like to get stuff done," she said, "so I don't feel like I've wasted a day."

Ranschau and her Jefferson teammates did not waste any time at the Mississippi Valley Conference indoor track meet Tuesday at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

The J-Hawks captured the shuttle hurdle relay, 4x200 meter relay and 4x100 meter relay, proving they'll be ultra-strong in those events again this season. Ranschau ran on all three relays and finished a tight second in the 60 hurdles.


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Metro Schedule



Sunday, March 29 Friday, April 3
CBB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central (2), 1 p.m. USHL: RoughRiders at Omaha, 7:35 p.m.
CBB: Ashford at Mount Mercy (2), ppd CBSB: Kirkwood at Southeastern (2), 3 p.m.
CSB: Indian Hills at Kirkwood (2), 1 p.m. CSB: Coe at Luther (2), 1 p.m.
CSB: Coe vs. Ripon 11 a.m.; Coe vs. Wisconsin-Stout, 1 p.m. (Both games at Rock Island, Ill.) CSB: Kirkwood at Iowa Lakes (2), 2 p.m.
CSB: Mount Mercy at Grand View (2), 1 p.m. CSB: Mount Mercy at Culver-Stockton (2), 1 p.m.
MGLF: Kirkwood Invitational at Hunter's Ridge, 12 p.m. MGLF: Kirkwood at Iowa Central Invitational, 12 p.m.

Monday, March 30 Saturday, April 4

MGLF: Kirkwood Invitational at Hunter's Ridge, 12 p.m.

USHL: RoughRiders at Tri-City, 7:05 p.m.

BTRK: Kennedy, Linn-Mar at Iowa City West Invitational, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 31 GTRK: Kennedy, Linn-Mar, Prairie, Washington, Xavier at Jefferson Relays, 10 a.m.
GTRK: Linn-Mar, Prairie, Kennedy, Xavier at Iowa City West Invitational, 4:30 p.m. BSOC: Prairie at Ankeny Invitational, 9 a.m.
BTRK: Prairie, Kennedy, Washington at Iowa City Invitational, 4:30 p.m. BSOC: Jefferson at Bettendorf Invitational, 9 a.m.
CBB: Marshalltown at Kirkwood (2), 2 p.m. BSOC: Washington, Linn-Mar at Muscatine Invitational, 9 a.m.
CBB: Buena Vista at Coe (2), 1 p.m. GTEN: Washington at Bettendorf, 10 a.m.; Washington at Davenport West, 1 p.m.
CSB: Buena Vista at Coe (2), 3 p.m. GTEN: Kennedy Invitational at Veterans Memorial Tennis Center, 9 a.m.

BTEN: Linn-Mar at Iowa City West Invitational at University of Iowa, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, April 1 BTEN: Kennedy at Waterloo West Invitational, 9 a.m.
USHL: Lincoln at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m. BTEN: Jefferson, Marion at Prairie Invitational, 10 a.m.

CSB: Kirkwood at DMACC (2), 2 p.m.

CBSB: Southeastern at Kirkwood (2), 1 p.m.
CSB: Coe at Cornell (2), 4 p.m. CBSB: Coe at Luther (2), 1 p.m.
MGLF: Coe at Simpson Invitational CSB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central (2), 12 p.m.


CSB: Luther at Coe (2), 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 2 M/WTRK: Coe at Cornell Open
GTRK: Jefferson at Mount Pleasant Invitational, 4:30 p.m. MTEN: Grinnell at Coe, 9 p.m.
GTRK: Marion at Cascade Invitational, 4:30 p.m. WTEN: Grinnell at Coe, 1 p.m.
BTRK: Prairie at Marshalltown Invitational, 5 p.m.
BTRK: Marion at Cascade Invitational, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5
SSOC: Jamboree at Kingston Stadium, 3:30 p.m. MGLF: Mount Mercy at NAIA Invitational in Florida
BTEN: Camanche at Marion, 4 p.m.

GTEN: Mount Vernon at Jefferson, 12 p.m.

MGLF: Kirkwood at Iowa Central Invitational, 12 p.m.
M/WTRK: Mount Mercy at Central Invitational
CBSB: AIB at Mount Mercy (2)



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