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Pint named to NJCAA golf Hall of Fame

Darin Pint's journey as an athlete and coach has taken him through  Wapsie Valley, Coe and Kirkwood Community College.

Now it's taken him all the way to the Hall of Fame for the NJCAA Men's  Golf Coaches Association.

The Coaches Association announced Monday that Pint has been selected  as a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2019 for his outstanding work  as the men's golf coach at Kirkwood the past 23 years.

Pint is coaching in the NJCAA Division II national tournament this  week for the 23rd straight year. He's taken his entire team to the  national tournament in 16 of those years and he's led individuals from  Kirkwood to the tournament in the other seven years.

TJ Redding of Kirkwood was the individual national champion in 2006  and the Eagles finished second in the team standings in 2006 and 2016.  Pint was named the National Coach of the Year in 2016. He has coached  17 All-Americans.

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KCC's Epperly shares lead at JuCo golf

PLYMOUTH, Ind. - Ben Epperly of Kirkwood fired an even-par 72 in wet  conditions Tuesday and is tied for first place after the first round  of the NJCAA Division II national tournament at the Swan Lake Resort  Golf Course.

Epperly is tied with Brice Wilkinson of Mississippi Gulf Coast and  Will Kidder of Meridian at 72.

The Eagles are sitting in eighth place in the team standings. Only 12  of the 21 teams in the tournament were able to finish the first 18  holes Tuesday due to inclement weather.

The 72-hole tournament runs through Friday.

Walters State has the lead in the clubhouse at 9-over-par 297.  Kirkwood finished the day at 20-over 308.

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KCC softball is No. 7 at nationals

CLINTON, Miss. - The Kirkwood Eagles have drawn the No. 7 seed in the  NJCAA Division II national softball tournament.

Kirkwood (50-15) is scheduled to play No. 10 seed Illinois Central  (23-14) in the opening round of the 16-team tournament Wednesday at  3:30 p.m. at Traceway Park in Clinton, Miss.

With its 50 victories, Coach Eric Frese and the Eagles have won more  games this season than any other team in the tournament.

The DMACC Bears, who finished ahead of Kirkwood in the ICCAC  conference standings this year, are seeded No. 2 in the tournament. If  DMACC and Kirkwood both win their first-round games, they would clash  in the second round on Thursday.

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Bice helped Prospect Meadows get off the ground

Richard Bice would love to grab his old glove and play a ballgame at Prospect Meadows this year, but it’s probably not going to happen.

You see, Richard is 87 years old and played his last varsity baseball game for Woodward High School in 1951.

There will be games at Prospect Meadows this year for 8-and-under kids, but there won't be any for 88-and-under grandfathers, no matter how willing they are.

Nonetheless, just the thought of playing ball again puts a twinkle in Richard's eye. He’d love the opportunity.

“Oh, you betcha,” he said with a big smile, relaxing at his long-time home in Marion.

The thought brought back fond memories.

“We used to use cow-chips in the pasture as bases,” he said, laughing. “And we played all the time.

“Yeah, I love ball. I think it’s the greatest thing we can do for our community and our young people.”

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Eagles crush Dawson, 19-2, for district title

GLENDIVE, Mont. - Erin Hocker celebrated her trip home to Montana with  all of her friends from Kirkwood Thursday afternoon.

Hocker pitched a complete game as the seventh-ranked Eagles smashed  18th-ranked Dawson Community College, 19-2, in the championship game  of the district tournament to earn a spot in the NJCAA Division II  World Series.

Kirkwood (50-15) advances to the national tournament May 22-25 in  Clinton, Miss.

London Jackson belted her 22th home run in the second inning to give  Kirkwood an early lead and the Eagles piled up the runs as the game  went along. There was no mercy rule in the district finals and the  Eagles showed no mercy.

Lauren Kuch socked a three-run homer and pinch-hitter Skylar Ryan hit  a grand slam in the seventh inning as the slugfest continued.

Eric Frese will be taking his team to the national tournament in his  first year as head coach. Frese had never been a college softball  coach before coming to Kirkwood this season, but the Norway native has  vast experience as a college baseball coach and had no trouble  adjusting.

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