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Rima stepping aside as Prairie coach

Todd Rima confirmed Monday that he'll be stepping aside as the head baseball coach at Cedar Rapids Prairie after this season.

Rima is also the head baseball coach at Kirkwood Community College. Between the two jobs, he's been coaching more than 100 games per year  along with countless practices and college recruiting.

"Looking forward to time with my family!," he told the Metro Sports Report Monday afternoon.

Rima and his wife, Molly, have three children. Jalen Rima plays football at the University of Northern Iowa and they have two young daughters, Bailey and Payton.

Rima has compiled a 129-34 record in four years at Prairie for a winning mark of 79.1 percent. He led the Hawks to the Class 4A state title in 2016 during his second year at Prairie.

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Red Top's Kerr keeps 'working his way in'

All Kirby Kerr has ever needed on the baseball diamond is an opportunity.

And each time he gets a chance, positive results tend to follow.

After a successful freshman season at Kirkwood Community College, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound outfielder/pitcher was looking to join a team for the summer.

Former Kirkwood teammate Cal Clark, who will play next season at Houston Baptist, put him in touch with Red Top Manager Adam Sadler and he was quickly added to the Iowa Valley League team's roster

"Cal Clark gave me an in," Kerr said. "I just kept bugging him about it. He texted (Sadler) and he was more than willing to put me on the team."

Kerr has become the regular left fielder for the Toppers and also has picked up a save as a pitcher. He is appreciative of the chance to play for Red Top, both on Sundays and in the Wednesday Night League.

"On Wednesdays, it's just one game and it doesn't count toward the league record," Kerr said. "It's the same type of baseball, same guys usually. We see some different pitchers, but that's about it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 15:36

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Fullard named JUCO All-American

Kirkwood freshman Izaya Fullard has been named a first team All-American by the NJCAA Division II selection committee.

Fullard, a corner infielder from Iowa City West, hit .470 this season with seven home runs and 76 RBIs in 60 games. He finished fourth in the country in RBIs and seventh in batting average.

Fullard helped Kirkwood compile a 42-17-1 record and make the junior college World Series for the first time in 19 years.

Fullard has committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes and is leaving Kirkwood after one season to play in the Big Ten.

   

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Howell ready to sign with Brewers

Korry Howell was selected in the Major League draft on Wednesday for  the second straight year.

This time, the shortstop from Kirkwood Community College is ready to  sign a pro contract.

Howell was picked in the 12th round of the MLB draft by the Milwaukee  Brewers with the 365th pick overall.

Howell told Hawk Central and the Des Moines Register that he'll "most  likely" sign with the Brewers. If so, he'll head to the minor leagues  and not accept his scholarship with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

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Eagles limping home from World Series

ENID, Okla. - The Kirkwood Eagles will be kicking themselves all the way home from Oklahoma, but it's too late now.

Coach Todd Rima's club played another sloppy game at the NJCAA Division II World Series on Sunday and was eliminated by Scottsdale, 9-8, in a losers bracket game at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

Kirkwood began the tournament as the No. 3 seed, but the Eagles lost to No. 6 Madison in the opening round Saturday and fell to No. 7 Scottsdale in the consolation bracket.

Kirkwood committed seven errors and blew a 9-1 lead in an 18-9 loss to Madison, then the Eagles walked six batters, hit four others and committed three more errors against Scottsdale.

Kirkwood's first trip to the World Series since 1999 ended in frustration with a 42-17-1 overall record.

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