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KCC men win playoff thriller in OT

Johnson Hall was a place for grown men with steel in their veins Tuesday night.

Men like Joseph Tagarelli, who left the Kirkwood gym with a welt under his left eye. And Jalen Currie, who played the game of his life. And Taylor Olson, whose sore ankle won't get the rest it needs for at least another few days.

The Kirkwood Eagles topped NIACC, 75-71, in an overtime thriller in the opening round of the Region XI junior college basketball tournament.

Kirkwood (21-9) will visit Iowa Lakes (22-8) in the semifinals Thursday night in Estherville. The regional finals are Saturday.

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No.11 Eagles roll, but Sneed hurt

The Kirkwood women's basketball team strolled in the opening round of the regional junior college tournament Tuesday night with a 63-32 victory over Iowa Lakes, but their journey will get a lot harder from here.

The 11th-ranked Eagles (25-6) face No.9 Iowa Central (25-5) in the semifinals Friday night at Iowa Central, then probably would have to play top-ranked NIACC (29-2) in the finals Saturday afternoon for a trip to the national tournament.

On top of that, the Eagles might have to knock off those two ranked teams in Fort Dodge without 6-foot sophomore Ariel Sneed, who suffered a possible concussion Tuesday night when she fell on her face during the first half at Johnson Hall.

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No.1 Wahlert holds off Saints, 70-62

EPWORTH - Adam McDermott and Calvin Winker will play on separate AAU basketball teams this spring and summer, but they'll be working for the same goal when they join forces at Xavier High School again next season as seniors.

They want one more victory to reach the big stage at the state tournament in Des Moines.

The Saints overcame a 14-point deficit and gave top-ranked Dubuque Wahlert a big scare Monday night in the Class 3A substate finals, but the Golden Eagles kept their cool and claimed a 70-62 victory before a packed house in Epworth.

McDermott gave Xavier a 52-51 lead with a steal and layup with 5:35 left in the game, but Jared Walker responded with a 3-pointer for Wahlert to get his team headed in the right direction again with a 54-52 edge.

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Cougars aiming for No.1 Little Hawks

Kennedy Coach Tony Vis did not shudder when he realized the Cougars had drawn top-ranked Iowa City High in the opening round of the Class 5A girls state basketball tournament.

Quite the contrary. He welcomes the challenge.

Kennedy (16-7) will try to upset the Little Hawks (23-0) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

"If you want to win the whole thing, I think you have to beat them eventually," said Vis. "And why not play them first when you have the most prep time for them?"

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Caleb Miller wins Metro Spotlight Award

Xavier junior Caleb Miller is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Miller placed second at the Class 1A state bowling tournament at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines last Monday, barely missing in his bid to repeat as the state champion.

Miller rolled games of 279 and 211 for a 490 series, leaving him 14 pins behind the winner. His 279 game and 490 series were his top showings of the season.

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