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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

KCC softball raises record to 4-2

CENTRALIA, Ill. - The Kirkwood Community College softball team won a pair of games from Kaskaskia on Saturday.

The Eagles defeated Kaskaskia, 5-0, in the completion of a suspended game from Friday, then blanked Kaskaskia again, 12-0, with an 11-hit attack.

The Eagles (4-2) played another game Saturday and lost to Kankakee, 2-0, despite a strong pitching performance by Amber Logemann.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 March 2013 22:13



Kirkwood women KO'd by Iowa Central

KEOKUK - The regional finals of the women's junior college basketball tournament were held at an elementary school in Keokuk before 96 fans, with coaches and players for both teams sitting on the front row of hard metal bleachers.

That's where the Kirkwood Eagles, once ranked No.2 in the country, saw their promising season come to a disappointing end.

Iowa Central Community College went on an astonishing 19-0 run in the second half and bounced Kirkwood, 71-65, for the Region XI title.

Iowa Central (24-8) advanced to the NJCAA Division II national tournament for the second time in three years. Kirkwood (28-5) went home with an empty feeling.



Kirkwood men ousted by Ellsworth, 70-65

The Kirkwood men's basketball team ran out of patches and bandaids Friday night.

The Eagles darn near ran out of players, too.

It was that kind of a season for Kirkwood, filled with injuries and player defections, but the Eagles went down fighting as best they could.

Kirkwood lost to Ellsworth, 70-65, in the regional semifinals Friday night at Johnson Hall to finish a topsy-turvy season with a 19-13 record.



Jacobs leads Kirkwood to regional finals

KEOKUK - Kianna Jacobs scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds Friday night as the Kirkwood women's basketball team defeated Southeastern Community College, 63-45, in the NJCAA Division II regional semifinals in Keokuk.

The seventh-ranked Eagles (28-4) will face Iowa Central (23-8) in the regional finals Saturday at 3 p.m. in Keokuk. The winner will advance to the national tournament in East Peoria, Ill., on March 19-23.

Jacobs scored 11 straight points for Kirkwood during a stretch that spanned both halves. She collected 14 of her 19 points in the second half  as the Eagles pulled away from a 27-20 lead at intermission.



Tatge blasts 3 homers in Eagles' rout

CENTRALIA, Ill. - Kayla Tatge blasted three home runs, including a grand slam, to lead Kirkwood to a 13-6 win over Kankakee on Friday in junior college softball.

Kirkwood (2-1) banged out 20 hits. Tatge drove in six runs.

Leah Duffe had two hits and also swatted a grand slam. She drove in four runs.


Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2013 23:08



Kirkwood sweeps twinbill in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - The Kirkwood baseball team swept a doubleheader from St. Louis-Meramec Thursday afternoon, 5-0 and 4-3, with good pitching and timely hitting.

Collin Belk and Michael Amador combined on a five-hit shutout in the opener. Belk (2-0) pitched the first five innings and allowed four singles.

Wilfredo Feliz, Roly Hernandez, Angel Merced and Eric Schenck-Joblinske had two hits apiece for the Eagles (4-0) in the first game.

Kirkwood rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh inning to win the nightcap. Feliz led off the seventh with a double, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and tied the game, 3-3, on an RBI double by Dairo Gonzalez.




Semler's hot streak stopped by torn ACL

Kasey Semler was enjoying one of the best games of his life last Saturday for the Kirkwood Eagles against DMACC.

He had scored a career-high 27 points and the Eagles were a few minutes away from securing a 96-86 victory when he felt a sharp pain in his left knee.

"It gave out," he said Wednesday night. "It popped."

That popping sound was the ACL in his knee.



Kirkwood's 'Fab 9' top NIACC in OT

Their roster keeps shrinking, but the Kirkwood men's basketball team keeps battling and plugging away.

The Eagles did it in grand style Wednesday night.

Kirkwood outlasted NIACC in overtime, 89-83, in the opening round of the Region XI tournament at Johnson Hall with Kasey Semler sitting on the bench with a torn ACL.

Semler is Kirkwood's leading scorer and top 3-point artist, but the Eagles found a way to outslug NIACC without him in a highly entertaining ballgame.



Eagles win opener; Muhl blasts format

The Kirkwood women's basketball team played its final home game at Johnson Hall Wednesday night and now will pack its bags for the rest of the Region XI tournament after coasting by Ellsworth, 65-36.

Coach Kim Muhl is not happy.

The Eagles won the ICCAC title by a landslide this season, but all it got them was a home game in the opening round of the league tournament.

Kirkwood will play the rest of the tournament in Keokuk. Making it even worse, the Eagles will have to play Southeastern Community College on its home floor in Keokuk.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:39



Kirkwood games postponed to Wednesday

Kirkwood Community College will host opening-round games in the 2013 Region XI Division II basketball tournaments on Wednesday night instead of Tuesday.

The games were postponed one day due to a winter storm warning.

The Kirkwood women's basketball team (26-4) will host Ellsworth (11-19) in the opening round at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Hall.

The Kirkwood men's basketball team (18-12) will face NIACC (19-11) in the second game of the doubleheader Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.



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