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KCC gets No. 2 seed for national tourney

Defending national champion Kirkwood was seeded second for the 16-team national tournament in pairings released Tuesday morning by the NJCAA.

Coach Kim Muhl's second-ranked Eagles (31-3) meet No. 15 seed Gogebic Community College (17-13) out of Ironwood, Mich. at 3 p.m. next Tuesday in the first round at Pioneer Pavillion in Harrison, Ark.

A win in the opener would move Kirkwood into the quarterfinals at 8 p.m. on Wednesday against the North Arkansas/Bryant & Stratton, Wisc. winner.


DuToit is 40th player to join IWSL

Nicole DuToit of Ellsworth Community College has become the 40th player to join the Iowa Women's Softball League for this summer.

DuToit, an outfielder, is hitting .500 with four RBIs for Ellsworth this season as a sophomore. She hit .250 with 10 RBIs last year.

DuToit, who attended Southeast Polk High School, has selected the new Central Division this season with games in Ames and Indianola. There is also an Eastern Division in Cedar Rapids.

The Iowa Women's Softball League was created by the Metro Sports Report last year and is the only collegiate summer league in Iowa. All current and former college players are eligible, including graduating seniors.


The IWSL will play a 16-game season in 2018, with a series of eight Sunday doubleheaders in June and July.


Mayhew stars as KCC softball rolls

HARRISON, Ark. - DoniRae Mayhew belted three home runs and drove in nine runs Monday as the Kirkwood Eagles slammed North Arkansas, 14-4 and 26-3, to sweep a doubleheader in Arkansas.

Mayhew went 7-for-8 in the twinbill with three doubles, three homers and seven runs scored. She was 4-for-4 with all three homers in the 14-4 victory and was also the winning pitcher.

Rachel Stewart went 5-for-10 in the doubleheader with a three-run homer and four RBIs. Skylar Ryan was 5-for-6 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs.

Hannah Mausser was 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. She also pitched an inning for the first time this season. Lauren Kuch was 4-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and six runs.


KCC baseball falls to Indian River

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The Kirkwood baseball team suffered its first loss on its spring trip to Florida Monday with a 6-2 setback to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.

Peyton Long pitched 4 2/3 innings and was touched for four runs, but the Eagles committed four errors in the ballgame and all of the runs against Long were unearned.

Korry Howell and Joel Thompson collected RBIs for Kirkwood (9-3). The Eagles had only six hits in the contest.


KCC women heading back to nationals

Awal Ajak had to sit and watch her Kirkwood teammates win the national title last year after suffering a torn ACL late in the season, but now she's got a chance to finish her junior college career in style.

Arika Wooldridge nearly quit basketball last year after one unhappy season at Winona State, but now she has a chance to help Kirkwood climb to top of the junior colleges again.

So do all the happy Eagles, who are extremely excited about their opportunity to win back-to-back titles.

The second-ranked Eagles rallied for a 65-52 victory over 12th-ranked NIACC in the regional finals Sunday at Johnson Hall to earn a trip to the NJCAA Division II national tournament March 20-24 in Harrison, Ark.

"I'm extremely happy right now," said Ajak, a sophomore from Des Moines who contributed 10 points Sunday. "Even though I didn't make it last year, I was still happy to be on a team that wanted to make it happen and wanted to win the national title.

"I'm extremely overwhelmed with emotion right now. It was a lot of pain, but it paid off."

Wooldridge, who attended high school at Center Point-Urbana, got hurt near the beginning of the season at Winona State last year and did not like being so far away from home in Minnesota. She thought seriously about quitting the game, but Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl convinced her to give it another shot and play closer to home and family.


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