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KCC baseball team falls 14-0 in opener

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kirkwood baseball team had a rough time in  the season opener at Johnson County Friday.

Coach Todd Rima and the Eagles lost, 14-0, in a seven-inning game.

The Johnson County pitchers struck out 16 batters and allowed only one  hit. Johnson County scored its 14 runs on 16 hits.

Johnson County has a 12-1 record and is ranked No. 14 in NJCAA Division I.

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Ruggles steers Mustangs past Clarke

Ben Ruggles rolled up 36 assists in just three games Thursday night as  Mount Mercy swept Clarke, 25-13, 25-15, 25-20, in a Heart of America  Conference men's volleyball match at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs raised their records to 13-5 overall and 6-3 in the  league. Clarke fell to 4-11 overall and 2-5 in the Heart.

Julian Armendano had 12 kills for Mount Mercy. Ben Steffen had seven  kills and Evan Gaskill had six.

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Shorthanded No. 4 Eagles knock off SCC

Jheda Kennedy moved into the starting lineup at point guard Wednesday  night and played 33 minutes to help No. 4 Kirkwood defeat  Southeastern, 67-46, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Kennedy scored 13 points as the Eagles raised their records to 26-3 overall and 13-2 in the conference heading into the final game of the  regular season Saturday.

Starting point guard Ju Gaston and star center Paige Bradford missed  the game due to illness, leaving Coach Kim Muhl with only nine players  in uniform.

Kemara Watson, Kortney Drake and Natalie Tomaszewski matched Kennedy  with 13 points for the Eagles. Tomaszewski also had nine rebounds,  three blocks, two assists and a steal.

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Mustangs miss Heart league tourney

OSKALOOSA - The Mount Mercy men's basketball team lost to No. 7 William Penn, 101-77, Wednesday night and saw their faint hopes of reaching the Heart of America Conference tournament extinguished in Oskaloosa.

The Mustangs (14-15, 9-14) will finish 10th in the league standings and only the top eight teams will make the conference tournament.

Davarea Loggins popped in five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Mount Mercy. Bailey Basala scored 15 points, Tyler Kelley 13, Dennis McKinney 11 and Streeter McIlravy 10 for the Mustangs. Starting point guard RoyShawn Webb did not play.

Josh Watkins scored 19 points for the Statesmen (26-3, 20-3), who have won the conference regular-season title.

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Mount Mercy women fall by 30

OSKALOOSA - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team lost to  18th-ranked William Penn, 71-41, Wednesday night in a Heart of America  Conference game in Oskaloosa.

Brianna Thomas scored 18 points for the Mustangs (5-23, 2-21).

Kate Ylitalo scored 14 points and former Kirkwood player Olivia Usher  had 12 points for William Penn (22-6, 18-5).

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