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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Saladino, Belz to Canada with all-stars

Two Kirkwood softball stars have been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Softball All-Star Team.

Graduated sophomores Shyanne Saladino and Sam Belz will compete against the top competition in the world at the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada on July 15-21.

Saladino and Belz, both pitchers, will join 14 other NJCAA players from around the country on the team.

Kirkwood head coach Joe Yegge, who was selected to be on the coaching staff, knows just how tough the competition will be versus international teams.

"These teams are the best in the world," he said. "We're going to have to play at the highest level to advance in the tournament. There is no room for error. If you give a team like USA or Japan too many chances you're going to end up on the losing side."

Saladino, who will continue her college career at Missouri Western State University, ranked in the top 10 in the nation in wins (25) and strikeouts (200) this year. She also boasted an ERA of 1.28.

Belz also ranked in the top 10 in wins (24) and had a 1.50 ERA. She will be continuing her career at the University of Northern Iowa.

"Both Shyanne and Sam did really well for us this year," said Yegge. "Not only were both of them near the top in the country statistically, but they brought a toughness that you expect from your team leaders.

"It's that kind of effort that gets you selected to a top-notch team like this. To have two players make the squad speaks volumes for our program here at Kirkwood."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 17:39

Schenck-Joblinske commits to Hawkeyes

Kirkwood outfielder Eric Schenck-Joblinske will continue his college baseball career with the Iowa Hawkeyes, Kirkwood Coach Todd Rima confirmed Tuesday.

Schenck-Joblinske originally committed to Texas A&M.

Schenck-Joblinske, from Dike-New Hartford, hit .309 with one home run, 27 RBIs and 20 stolen bases for Kirkwood this past season as a sophomore. He is currently playing for the Mankato Moon Dogs in the Northwoods League.

Shane Kemp, a pitcher and outfielder for Kirkwood, plans to continue his college career at George Washington University in the Atlantic-10 Conference. Kemp, from Waterloo Columbus, had a 1-0 record and 5.68 ERA in 10 appearances for the Eagles this season. He hit .288 with 12 RBIs.


Kirkwood lands big man from Sweden

Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen has not had a chance to watch Martin Hyberg play basketball in person, but he's studied film of the 6-foot-10 center from Sweden and likes what he's seen.

Hyberg comes highly recommended from a friend of Petersen's in the coaching business and has good credentials, having played for the U20 Sweden National Team.

"We've watched film on him, but we haven't seen him in person," Petersen said Friday. "So you don't really know until they get here, but we're expecting him to come over and impact our team right away."

Petersen has landed a big recruiting class with 11 new players, including nine scholarship players and two walk-ons. He needed a big class, because only five players will be returning from the unit that went 21-10 this season.



KCC's Sneed picked for all-star games

Ariel Sneed of Kirkwood Community College has been selected to play in the 2014 NJCAA Women's Basketball All-Star Games in Niceville, Fla., July 24-27.

Sneed, a 6-foot post player, was named a third team All-American this season after averaging 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Eagles. She will be a sophomore at Kirkwood next season.

Forty players have been selected for the all-star games, which will be played at Northwest Florida State College.


Olson brothers pick UNI, Kirkwood

It's been a good week for the Olson brothers of Cedar Rapids and their college basketball careers.

Taylor Olson has accepted an offer to join the University of Northern Iowa basketball team as an invited walk-on and his younger brother Jacob has accepted an offer to play at Kirkwood.

The Olson brothers starred at Jefferson High School, where they were all-state selections. Taylor Olson played at Kirkwood the past two years and now Jacob Olson will be following in his footsteps.

Both brothers are point guards who can handle the ball and score.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 June 2014 19:57



2 KCC softball players named All-American

Chasney Jenkins and Shy Saladino from the Kirkwood softball team have been named All-Americans by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Jenkins, a freshman outfielder, led the Eagles with a .446 batting average and had 37 stolen bases.

Saladino, a sophomore pitcher, led Kirkwood in strikeouts, averaging 8.27 per game. She will continue her career at Missouri Western University.

The Eagles finished 52-8 this season.


Chilcott climbs at JUCO golf tourney

PLYMOUTH, Ind. - Nathan Chilcott of Kirkwood fired a 1-under-par 71 at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament Wednesday and jumped from 27th place into a tie for 10th after 36 holes at the Swan Lake Resort Black Course.

Chilcott stands at 76-71=147 at the halfway point of the 72-hole tournament.

Tanner McKinney of Mineral (Mo.) Area College leads the tournament at 70-71=141. There are 128 players in the event.


KCC nips Ellsworth at Region XI meet

WATERLOO - Cale Henke pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Randy Perez provided the relief Thursday as Kirkwood trimmed Ellsworth, 6-5, in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI baseball tournament at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo.

Kirkwood (30-17) will face DMACC in the winners bracket semifinals Friday at 4 p.m.

Henke (5-2) allowed three earned runs in 7.2 innings. Perez struck out three batters in the final 1.1 innings for his fourth save.

Eric Schenck-Joblinske went 3-for-4 for the Eagles. Zach Patterson, Nick Jones and Perez all had two hits. Shawn Hagarty drove in two runs.

Perez began the game at third base, then came into pitch.



KCC women sign 6-foot-5 center

The Kirkwood women's basketball team will have one of the tallest players in school history on the roster next season when 6-foot-5 center Kaycee Kallenberger joins the squad.

Kallenberger spent this past season at Eastern Illinois University, where she played sparingly and scored seven points in 11 games.

Kallenberger was an all-conference player in the Mississippi Athletic Conference (MAC) in high school. She set the career record for blocked shots at North Scott, then transferred to Pleasant Valley for her senior year.

Kirkwood has signed seven new players for the 2014-15 campaign, Coach Kim Muhl announced Wednesday.

The other new players are Cyerra Hutchins of Cedar Rapids Prairie, Casey Miles from Hudson High School, Addie Obermann from Northeast Goose Lake, Madison Wood from Cedar Falls, A.J. Downs from Merillville (Ind.) and Caitlin Sudduth from Tinley Park (Ill.).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 20:07



Eagles face Ellsworth in juco tourney

WATERLOO - The Kirkwood Eagles have been seeded No.4 and will face Ellsworth in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI baseball tournament at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo Thursday morning.

The game is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Kirkwood enters the tournament with a 29-17 record. The Eagles finished 13-11 in the ICCAC conference to earn the No.4 seed. Ellsworth (22-28) is seeded fifth.

The other opening-round games feature No.1 DMACC vs. No.8 Southwestern at 1 p.m., No.2 Southeastern vs. No.7 Iowa Lakes at 4 p.m., and No.3 Iowa Central vs. No.6 NIACC at 7 p.m.

The double-elimination tournament continues Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (if necessary).

Kirkwood hit .320 as a team during the regular season and features Sulliam Rios Reyes (.373), Matt Paciello (.372) and Angel Merced (.365). Merced leads the Eagles with five home runs and 43 RBIs.

Cale Henke, Will Ross, Keaton Blackford and Shawn Simmons have all won four games for the KCC pitching staff.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 20:02
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