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4 Eagles named softball All-Americans

Maddie Hansen, Taylor Nearad, Lexi Kinnaird and Lexi Ferrari from Kirkwood have been named softball All-Americans for 2017.

Hansen and Nearad were named first team All-Americans, while Kinnaird and Ferrari earned second-team honors.

Hansen, a catcher from Cedar Rapids Jefferson, hit .534 with 19 home runs and 92 RBIs to rank in the top-4 in the country in all three categories. She will continue her career at North Dakota State.

Nearad, who has been named the National Player of the Year for the second straight season, hit .516 with 19 homers and 80 RBIs. She led the nation in runs (106), hits (112) and doubles (35).

Kinnaird, a right-handed pitcher, led the nation with 30 victories, 285 strikeouts and 12 shutouts. She will continue her career at Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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KCC's Howell drafted by Royals

Kirkwood shortstop Korry Howell was selected in the 19th round of the Major League draft by the Kansas City Royals.

Howell, a freshman from Chicago, hit .394 for the Eagles this season with six homers, 33 RBIs and 43 stolen bases.

In addition to his hitting and base-running, Howell excelled on defense and impressed scouts with his range, agility and strong arm.

 

Jamesson delivers for Watkins (twice)

NORWAY - Cale Jamesson belted a two-run homer to give Watkins a two-run lead over Red Top in extra innings Sunday.

Then he did it again.

Jamesson's back-to-back blasts helped the Mudhens defeat Red Top, 5-3, in 10 innings on a hot, windy day in Norway.

Red Top dominated the second game in the Iowa Valley League doubleheader, 9-0.

Watkins and Red Top were locked in a 1-1 battle in the opener when Jamesson hit a two-run rocket over the left-field fence to give the Mudhens a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth.

Red Top tied the game, 3-3, in the bottom of the eighth, but Jamesson smacked another two-run shot to left field in the top of the 10th and this time it gave the Mudhens the lead for good.

"Being able to come up in that position again was really fun," said Jamesson, a Benton Community grad who played for Cornell College this past season as a freshman. "I put everything I had into it."

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Roby tosses 2-hitter for Norway

WALFORD - Otis Roby tossed a two-hit shutout as the Norway Bandits blanked the Walford Hogs, 2-0, in the first game on an Iowa Valley League doubleheader Saturday at Walford.

Norway cruised in the second game, 15-3.

Roby had two hits in the 2-0 victory. Colton Rose and Caleb Stekl collected RBIs for Norway.

Ty Mougin pitched a four-hitter for Walford in the setback. Bryce Grimm had two hits for the Hogs.

JT Sole collected four hits, four RBIs and four runs for Norway in the second game. Christian Stekl had two hits and four runs. Tony Salato scored three times. Roby had two more hits and scored twice. Jordan Hanlon pitched a complete game for the Bandits.

Brennan Hammer had two hits for Walford in the second game.

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KCC stars Goods, Harris find new homes

Simone Goods and Deleyah Harris, the All-Americans who helped Kirkwood  win the national title this season, have found new homes for their college basketball careers.

Goods, a 6-foot-2 center, has signed to play at Illinois State and compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Harris, a versatile wing player, has signed with West Texas A&M, an NCAA Division II school that plays in the Lone Star Conference.

Goods averaged 16.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks this season and was named the NJCAA Division II National Player of the Year. She shot 67.9 percent from the field, which led the nation.

Harris averaged 14.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2 steals per game as a do-it-all performer for Coach Kim Muhl's club.

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