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No. 12 NIACC ousts No. 9 Eagles at buzzer

Luke Appel and Niko Gosnell, a pair of big men with big goals this  season, sat on a bench in the hallway outside the Kirkwood locker room  Thursday night and cried after an excruciating loss ended their season.

Gosnell put his hand on Appel's shoulder, trying to console his buddy,  and they finally got up and disappeared inside, no doubt to shed a few  more tears.

Kirkwood's goal of winning back-to-back national titles ended in the  regional semifinals at Johnson Hall, but not for lack of effort or  emotion.

Deundra Roberson hit a shot near the basket as time expired to snap a  74-74 tie and give 12th-ranked NIACC a devastating 76-74 victory over  No. 9 Kirkwood in a tense battle  marred by 45 fouls in 40 minutes of  basketball.

NIACC (25-6) will face fifth-ranked DMACC (28-4) in the regional  finals Saturday for a spot in the NJCAA Division II national  tournament. That's where Kirkwood desperately wanted to be, but the  Eagles had to settle for a 24-6 final mark.

The tears flowed in abundance.


No. 4 KCC women sail in regional opener

The fourth-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team crushed DMACC,  74-33, in the quarterfinals of the regional tournament at Johnson Hall  Wednesday night.

Kirkwood (28-3) will face Southeastern (19-12) in the semifinals  Saturday at 3 p.m. in Mason City. Top-ranked NIACC (30-1) will play  Iowa Lakes (19-10) in the other semifinal, with the regional finals  Sunday at 1 p.m. in Mason City.

Paige Bradford collected 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and  two blocks for Kirkwood. Kemara Watson chipped in with 12 points.

Jada Powell scored 11 points for DMACC (10-20).


Lambe helps Mustangs slam Bees

Cael Lambe belted a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning  Wednesday to help Mount Mercy clip St. Ambrose, 7-3, in a  non-conference baseball game at the Plaster Athletic Complex.

The Mustangs trailed, 3-2, heading into the bottom of the eighth. They  tied the score, 3-3, before Lambe connected for the game-winner.

The victory left Mount Mercy at 5-7 for the season. St. Ambrose fell to 4-5.

Michael Barbato had two hits for the Mustangs. Collin Shrader scored twice.


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).


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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