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3 Eagles named softball All-Americans

Kirkwood freshmen London Jackson, Erin Hocker and Shelby Hulsebus have been named NJCAA Division II All-Americans for the 2019 softball campaign.

Jackson, a third baseman, was named a first team All-American by the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) after hitting .414 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs. She led the nation in home runs this year and finished second in RBIs.

Hulsebus, a speedy outfielder, was named a first team All-American by the NFCA and a second team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). She hit .441 with 29 RBIs, led the nation with 58 stolen bases and was named the New Balance Golden Shoe winner by the NFCA.

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Game Day bringing 35 teams from 6 states

The Game Day USA folks will be staging their second tournament at  Prospect Meadows this weekend, and this time they’re coming back with a healthy field of 35 teams from six midwestern states.

The first Game Day event here two weeks ago drew had only 11 youth  baseball teams, but school was still in session then and it was difficult for out-of-state clubs to make the journey to eastern Iowa.  That’s no longer the case.

There will be six brackets this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with 10U,  12U, 13U Gold, 13U Silver, 14U and 15U. All of the championship games are scheduled for Sunday at either 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.

Teams from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan and Iowa  will be competing on six of the eight regulation baseball fields at Prospect Meadows.

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Ironside Apparel sweeps IWSL twinbill

Ironside Apparel swept a doubleheader from Emil's Hideaway, 7-0 and  5-3, to highlight the second week of the Iowa Women's Softball League  at Busse Field Sunday.

Bosch Financial rallied to tie Hawkeye Convenience Stores, 5-5, in the  first game of their twinbill. Bosch took the second game, 4-2.

Bosch Financial leads the IWSL standings with a 3-0-1 record. Ironside  Apparel is sitting in second place at 3-1-0. The two leaders clash  June 16 at Busse Field at 3 p.m.

IRONSIDE APPAREL 7,
EMIL'S HIDEAWAY 0

Jordyn Kleman of Winona State tossed a five-hit shutout with six  strikeouts as Ironside Apparel blanked Emil's Hideaway, 7-0, in the  first game of their doubleheader.

Haley McFarlane of Saint Cloud State belted a three-run double off the  wall in left-center field and finished 2-for-2 with two runs and four  RBIs.

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Mustangs open Rinderknecht Athletic Center

The Mount Mercy University athletic department took another leap forward Friday with the Grand Opening of the Rinderknecht Athletic Center.

The transformed warehouse, located at 939 17th Street NE in Cedar Rapids, is a state-of-the-art wellness and athletic performance center. The building houses batting cages for baseball and softball, a golf hitting area and putting greens, a 60-meter sprint track, an athletic training room, fitness/cardio/weight equipment, a dynamic movement area for yoga and more.

Renovations to the building include a new HVAC system and new flooring, roof, siding and windows that look onto Mount Mercy's Plaster Athletic Complex that is located across the street. A neighboring facility, formerly the Barry K. Wendt building, houses new administrative offices for the athletic department.

The renovation was made possible through a substantial lead gift from John Rinderknecht, a Mount Mercy trustee and president of Ram Development Company.

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Petersen created fond memories at Kirkwood

Bryan Petersen did not go hunting for a new job after leading the Kirkwood Eagles to their second NJCAA Division II national title in four years this past season.

As it turned out, an attractive new job found him.

Petersen, 32, has left the Kirkwood men's basketball program to become an assistant coach at South Dakota State, an NCAA Division I program that competes in the Summit Conference. Tim Sandquist, who led Rock Valley College to the championship game of the NJCAA DIII tournament this year, was hired last week as Kirkwood's new coach.

Petersen compiled a 157-38 record in six years at Kirkwood with national titles in 2016 and 2019. And although he was not looking for a new job, he was receptive when new South Dakota State Coach Eric Henderson offered him a spot with the Jackrabbits.

Henderson and Petersen have known each other for 10 years. Henderson worked with the Iowa State men's basketball program when Petersen played for the Cyclones as a junior and senior, and they communicated quite a bit the last two years when Henderson helped recruit Kirkwood All-American Doug Wilson to South Dakota State.

When Henderson became the head coach at South Dakota State this spring, he called Petersen and popped the question. "If I was going to leave Kirkwood, there were only a few places where I felt comfortable," he said. "This was one of them."

Petersen did not accept right away, but quickly became intrigued by the possibility of coaching at the NCAA Division I level.

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