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No. 9 Eagles cruise in regional opener

Devonte Thedford scored 24 points Tuesday night as the ninth-ranked  Kirkwood Eagles defeated Little Priest Tribal College, 96-57, in the  quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division II regional at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood (24-5) will host No. 12 NIACC (24-6) in the semifinals  Thursday at 7 p.m.

Thedford shot 6-for-8 from the field and was 11-for-12 at the foul  line for the Eagles. DJ Purnell collected a double-double with 14  points and 11 rebounds. Niko Gosnell added 11 points for the winners.

Kirkwood shot a sizzling 92.3 percent at the foul line, making 36 of 39.

Reynald Laurent scored 20 points for Little Priest Tribal College (6-20).

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Mustang spikers win 9th straight

CANTON, Mo. - The Mount Mercy men's volleyball team captured its ninth  straight victory Tuesday night by sweeping Culver-Stockton, 25-19,  25-17, 25-20, in a Heart of America Conference match in Missouri.

Julian Armendano contributed 12 kills and seven digs for the Mustangs  (14-5, 7-3). Evan Gaskill finished with 10 kills and 12 digs.

Ben Ruggles dished out 33 assists. Tiago Almeida had 11 digs. Ben  Steffen blocked six shots.

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Willenborg twirls gem for Mount Mercy

Blake Willenborg pitched a one-hitter for seven innings Monday as  Mount Mercy defeated Cornell College, 8-1, at the Plaster Athletic  Complex.

Willenborg (1-1) struck out six batters and walked three. Skyler  Freese and Tyler Stern both pitched one inning in relief, striking out  two Rams apiece.

Nick Traysman went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs for the Mustangs  (4-7). Chili Moseley and Nick Sueppel had two hits and scored two runs.

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Wiskus powers Mustangs by St. Francis

JOLIET, Ill. - Spencer Wiskus belted a home run and drove in five runs  Sunday to help the Mount Mercy Mustangs bop St. Francis, 15-3, in a  non-conference baseball game in Illinois.

Wiskus went 3-for-5 and also had a triple as the Mustangs raised their  record to 3-7 for the campaign.

Nick Sueppel went 3-for-4 for Mount Mercy and drove in three runs.  Cael Lambe and Nick Traysman had two hits. Lambe scored three runs.  Jake Faur, Wiscus and Joshua Neyens scored twice.

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Eagles belt 3 homers in setback

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Evan Paulus, Kyle Moeder and D'Eric Shenault  belted home runs for the Kirkwood Eagles Sunday in an 18-13 loss to  Johnson County in the Kansas City suburbs.

Kirkwood lost all four games to Johnson County in their first series  of the 2020 campaign and was outscored, 42-19. Johnson County, which  is ranked No. 14 in NJCAA Division I, raised its record to 15-1.

Paulus drove in three runs for the Eagles and Chase Moseley had two  RBIs. Brook Heinen, Josh Fitzgerald, Moeder and Cade Moss had two  hits. Heinen scored three runs. Fitzgerald, Joel Vaske and Paulus  scored twice.

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