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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Sampson helps No. 8 DMACC trim No. 7 Eagles

Trey Sampson planned to play football at Wayne State University after he graduated from Xavier High School two years ago, but he changed his mind that summer and decided he wanted to play college basketball instead.

He picked Des Moines Area Community College over Kirkwood and Wednesday night he returned to Cedar Rapids and helped the DMACC Bears trim Kirkwood in a premier junior college basketball game at Johnson Hall.

Sampson made two pressure free throws with six seconds left in overtime to help the eighth-ranked Bears edge the seventh-ranked Eagles, 88-87, in a showdown for the ICCAC conference lead.

Sampson's two free throws gave DMACC an 88-84 lead, giving his team the space it needed to survive a 3-pointer by Kirkwood's Jordan Ashton at the buzzer.



Larson triples her fun with No. 4 Eagles

Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl has given Kirsten Larson the green light to shoot a 3-pointer any time she wants.

That's smart coaching.

Larson broke the school record with nine 3-pointers and scored 27 points Wednesday night as the fourth-ranked Eagles spanked DMACC, 76-52, for their 14th straight win in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Larson, a sophomore from Belvidere, Ill., snapped the old school mark of eight triples by Diamon Beckford during the 2010-11 campaign.

Larson drilled three triples in the first 65 seconds and hit her fourth with the game barely three minutes old as the Eagles (18-4, 6-0) jumped to a quick 19-4 lead.

"There were a lot of wide-open looks and my team found me at the right time and I just knocked them down," she said modestly. "My shot just felt good tonight and everything was going good."



Kirkwood hosting DMACC in big twinbill

The Kirkwood Eagles will host DMACC in a premier basketball doubleheader at Johnson Hall Wednesday night.

The fourth-ranked Kirkwood women (17-4, 5-0) will face DMACC (14-7, 3-2) at 5:30, followed by a showdown between the seventh-ranked Kirkwood men (16-4, 3-1) and eighth-ranked DMACC men (17-4, 3-1) at 7:30.

The Eagles sit all alone in first place in the ICCAC standings.

The Kirkwood and DMACC men's teams are tied for first place in their conference standings.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 12:29

Lassen pours in 32 for No.9 Eagles

CRESTON - Matt Lassen made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 32 points Saturday as No. 9 Kirkwood belted Southwestern, 92-68, in an ICCAC conference game in Creston.

Lassen, a sophomore from Linn-Mar, shot 7-for-8 on 3-pointers and was 5-for-5 at the foul line.

Jordan Ashton popped in five 3-pointers and scored 16 points for Kirkwood (16-4, 3-1). Jacob Olson hit two triples for the Eagles, giving them 14 in the game.

Hunter Rhodes contributed 12 points and five assists. Ron Singleton and Joe Tagarelli had seven rebounds. Kirkwood led at halftime, 50-28.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 January 2015 22:54



Martensen sparks Eagles to 13th in row

CRESTON - Anna Martensen collected 12 points, six rebounds and five assists Saturday as No. 4 Kirkwood topped Southwestern, 66-46, for its 13th straight victory.

Cassidy Clark contributed 10 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles (17-4, 5-0). Ariel Sneed did not score for Kirkwood, but she grabbed 10 rebounds as Kirkwood owned the backboards, 43-23.

Jill Vanderhoof and Jordan Williamson scored 12 points apiece for Southwestern (2-17).



Tagarelli, Singleton power No. 9 Eagles

IOWA FALLS - Joe Tagarelli and Ronald Singleton collected double-doubles Wednesday night as No. 9 Kirkwood dumped Ellsworth, 80-62, in an ICCAC conference game in Iowa Falls.

Tagarelli finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Singleton had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Hunter Rhodes contributed 12 points and seven assists for Kirkwood (15-4, 2-1). Matt Lassen and Chike Ukah pitched in 10 points apiece. Jordan Ashton had nine points and five assists.



Muhl nets 750th win as Kirkwood coach

IOWA FALLS - Kim Muhl collected his 750th victory as the head coach of the Kirkwood women's basketball program Wednesday night with a 74-39 romp past Ellsworth in an ICCAC conference game in Iowa Falls.

Muhl has compiled a flashy 750-139 record with six NJCAA Division II national titles in 26 years. His winning percentage is a gaudy 84.4 percent during that time.

True to his nature, Muhl downplayed the milestone. "It makes you feel a little older," he joked during the bus ride home.

Muhl cast doubt on whether he'll keep coaching until he hits 1,000 wins. "I doubt it. I don't think I'll be around for 250 more wins," he said.

He did not rule it out, however. "'I don't know' is a better answer," he said.



No.12 Eagles bump off Iowa Lakes

Jordan Ashton led a balanced attack with 16 points Saturday as the 12th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles drained Iowa Lakes, 77-45, in a conference game at Johnson Hall.

Ronald Singleton scored 12 points for Kirkwood. Joe Tagarelli barely missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Matt Lassen also had 10 points for the Eagles.

Kirkwood led 33-26 at halftime, but the Eagles outscored the Lakers by 25 markers in the second half.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:55



Martensen sparks No.4 Kirkwood women

Anna Martensen collected a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds Saturday as the fourth-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team bounced Iowa Lakes, 76-51, in a conference game at Johnson Hall.

Cassidy Clark scored 12 points for the Eagles, who won their 11th straight contest. Tyra Polite contributed 10 points and seven assists. Kirsten Larson hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points.

Martensen, making her second start for Kirkwood, made 6-of-7 shots from the field. She has been subbing for All-American Ariel Sneed, who is sidelined with a knee injury.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:55



Martensen sparks No. 4 Eagles by SCC

The Kirkwood Eagles needed a new power forward in the starting lineup Wednesday night with All-American Ariel Sneed sidelined with a knee injury.

Anna Martensen handled the call in style.

Martensen made her first start of the season and responded with 18 points and nine rebounds as the fourth-ranked Eagles bounced Southeastern Community College, 78-62, in a conference game at Johnson Hall.

Martensen, a 5-foot-10 sophomore from Belvidere, Ill., normally plays about 16 minutes per game with averages of 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds. She played 31 minutes Wednesday and more than doubled her production.

"Tiring," she said with a weary smile after her career night. "I'm not used to that. I had to catch my breath a couple of times."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:56


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