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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood softball moved to Friday

The fourth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles will host Dawson Community College in the NJCAA Division II district softball tournament this weekend at Kirkwood.

Kirkwood and Dawson will play two games Friday in the best-of-3 series,  beginning at 2 p.m. If a third game is needed, it will played Saturday at noon at Kirkwood.

The tournament originally was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, but was changed to Friday and Saturday due to the possibility of rain on Saturday.

Kirkwood won the Region XI-A title Monday and has a 54-4 record. Dawson, located in Glendive, Mont., won the Region 13 title Monday and has a 31-8 record.

The district champion will advance to the national tournament in Clinton, Miss., on May 18-21.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2016 19:28
 

Kirkwood hosting Dawson in district softball

The fourth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles will host Dawson Community College in the NJCAA Division II district softball tournament this weekend at Kirkwood.

Kirkwood and Dawson will play two games Saturday in the best-of-3 series, beginning at 1 p.m. If a third game is needed, it will played Sunday at 1 p.m. at Kirkwood.

Kirkwood won the Region XI-A title Monday and has a 54-4 record. Dawson, located in Glendive, Mont., won the Region 13 title and has a 31-8 record.

The district champion will advance to the national tournament in Clinton, Miss., on May 18-21.

 

Simpson puts 'teeth' into No .4 Eagles

Nicky Simpson lost two of her front teeth in a bullpen accident earlier this season, but it hasn't kept the All-American pitcher from enjoying another terrific year with the Kirkwood Eagles.

And make no mistake, the sophomore from Conrad has had plenty to smile about - despite the missing teeth.

Simpson tossed another strong game Monday as the fourth-ranked Eagles belted Iowa Lakes, 14-3, in five innings in the championship game of the NJCAA Division 2 Region XI-A softball tournament at Kirkwood.

Simpson raised her record to a sparkling 27-2 as Kirkwood cruised into the district tournament this weekend at home.

The Eagles (54-4) are riding a 30-game winning streak with their lusty hitting and strong pitching. And if they win the district title, they'll make another trip to the national tournament in Mississippi this month.

Simpson was warming up to pitch the second game of a doubleheader against DMACC on March 26 at Kirkwood when the accident occurred. The first game was still in progress and when she turned her head to check on the action, a return throw from the bullpen catcher struck her square in the mouth.

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No. 13 Eagles split, fall into 3-way tie

BOONE - The Kirkwood baseball team split a conference doubleheader at DMACC Monday and fell into a three-way tie for first place in the ICCAC standings.

Kirkwood, 12th-ranked NIACC and 18th-ranked Southeastern all have 19-5 records heading into the final week of the season. Kirkwood and Southeastern will finish the season against each other in a pair of doubleheaders Friday and Saturday, while NIACC figures to have an easier time with a four-game series against Ellsworth (7-17 in league games).

DMACC won the first game Monday, 6-4, as Kirkwood managed only two hits.

The Eagles (33-15 overall) got their offense cranked up in the nightcap to salvage the split with a 12-4 verdict. They scored six runs in the fifth inning and added four more runs in the sixth to take control.

Matt Paciello went 3-for-6 in the nightcap with a home run and three RBIs. Luke Hassman was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Jack Fitzgerald had two hits and Tyler Bordner drove in two runs.

Austin Clemens was the winning pitcher for Kirkwood.

DMACC has an 11-13 record in the conference and is 24-22 overall.

 

No. 13 Eagles split with DMACC

BOONE - The Kirkwood Eagles scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning Friday to trim DMACC, 7-6, and split their conference doubleheader in Boone.

DMACC won the first game, 9-3.

The split left the 13th-ranked Eagles with an 18-4 record in the ICCAC Conference, leaving them in a tight battle with 18th-ranked Southeastern (19-5) and 12th-ranked NIACC (17-5) for the title.

Jack Fitzgerald drove in three runs for Kirkwood in the nightcap. General McArthur was 2-for-3 and scored two runs. Emanuel Castellano picked up the victory in relief and Dariel Checo pitched the bottom of the ninth for a save.

Kirkwood and DMACC are scheduled to play another twinbill Sunday.

Kirkwood (32-14) will finish the conference race next weekend with two doubleheaders against Southeastern, with one twinbill in West Burlington Friday and the other doubleheader at Kirkwood Saturday.

   

Nearad hits for cycle as No. 4 Kirkwood rolls

Taylor Nearad put a big exclamation point on her bid to be named the National Player of the Year Friday.

Kirkwood's talented center-fielder hit for the cycle as the fourth-ranked Eagles ripped Ellsworth, 15-0, in five innings in the opening round of the regional softball tournament at Kirkwood.

Nearad collected a single and a two-run triple in the first inning when Kirkwood batted around and scored nine runs. She lined a two-run homer in the third inning and had an RBI double in the fourth.

The freshman from Solon went 4-for-4, drove in five runs and hit for the cycle with a single, double, triple and home run in just four innings.

Nearad is now hitting .619 with 26 home runs and 115 RBIs in 56 games as she bids for the NJCAA Division II Triple Crown. She also has 133 hits, 102 runs, 27 doubles and 11 triples and ranks No. 1 in the nation in numerous offensive categories.

Few people have seen anything like it.

"I have not, to be honest," said Kirkwood assistant coach Jenny Nelson, who was an All-American for the Eagles during her playing days. "It's pretty special to watch.

"And knowing how she is as a kid and a person, it makes me that much more proud of her. She's such a great kid and a great teammate."

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Madison Wood signs with Eastern Kentucky

Kirkwood Community College center Madison Wood has signed a national letter-of-intent to continue her basketball career at Eastern Kentucky University.

Wood, a 6-foot-3 sophomore from Cedar Falls, was named a second team All-American this season. She led Kirkwood in three major categories with 11.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. The Eagles finished 27-6 and won the ICCAC conference title.

Eastern Kentucky, located in Richmond, Ky., is an NCAA Division I school that competes in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Colonels finished 18-12 overall and 10-6 in the league this season.

   

Kirkwood's Hunter Rhodes signs with UNI

University of Northern Iowa head men's basketball coach Ben Jacobson has signed junior college All-American Hunter Rhodes to a National Letter-of-Intent to play for the Panthers next season.

Rhodes earned first-team NJCAA Division II All-America honors last season after helping lead Kirkwood to the NJCAA national title. He averaged 12.6 points per game, shot 44.3 percent from 3-point range and handed out 4.1 assists per game for the Eagles and head coach Bryan Petersen.

Rhodes also earned first-team all-region honors and was named the NJCAA Division II Region XI Tournament MVP.

Rhodes, a 6-foot guard, played his prep basketball at Canton (Ill.) High School, where he averaged 23.2 points per game and was named the Daily Ledger Player of the Year as a senior.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:43
 

Pairings set for JUCO softball tourney

The Kirkwood Eagles will face Ellsworth in the opening round of the Regional XI-A softball tournament Friday at 2 p.m. at the Kirkwood field.

Southwestern will meet Iowa Lakes Friday at 4 p.m. in the other opener.

Kirkwood (49-4) is the No. 1 seed in the regional. Southwestern (25-24) is seeded fourth, Iowa Lakes (24-20) is fifth and Ellsworth (6-45) is eighth.

The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. The finals are Sunday at 12 p.m., with a second championship game Sunday at 2 p.m. if needed in the double-elimination tournament.

The regional champion will advance to the district tournament. The district champion will qualify for the national tournament.

Kirkwood compiled a 4-0 record during the regular season against all three opponents in the regional.

   

KCC golfers shine at Fighting Scot Invy

MONMOUTH, Ill. - The Kirkwood Eagles dominated the Fighting Scot Invitational at the Gibson Woods Golf Course Sunday.

The Eagles won the event by 29 strokes as Charles Hartwig, Carson Whittington and Louis Flynn of Kirkwood finished 1-2-3 in the individual standings.

Hartwig won the 36-hole event with a 2-under-par 140 with rounds of 72 and 68. Whittington finished a shot back in second place at 141, with rounds of 69 and 72. Flynn tied for third with a 145.

Eddie Doyle tied for sixth for Kirkwood with a 147 and Jordan Even tied for 15th at 154.

Kirkwood finished at 5-over 573 as a team. Black Hawk placed second at 602.

TEAM STANDINGS

1. Kirkwood 573, 2. Black Hawk 602, 3. Augustana 608, 4. Monmouth 613, 5. North Central 547, 6. Grinnell 621, 7. Illinois College 638, 8. Iowa Wesleyan 644, 9. Monmouth "B" 652, 10. Augustana "B" 659, 11. Knox 676, 12. Monmouth "C" 683.

   
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