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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

KCC volleyball team falls in finals

FORT DODGE - The Kirkwood volleyball team ran into one of the hottest teams in the country and lost to Southwestern Community College in the Region XI-B finals, 31-33, 25-21, 25-23, 25-23, Saturday afternoon in Fort Dodge.

Southwestern (32-9) will take a 12-match winning streak to the national tournament in Toledo, Ohio, Nov. 21-23.

The seventh-ranked Eagles defeated Southwestern, 3-1, during the regular season Sept. 11 at Kirkwood, but the Eagles fell short Saturday after taking the marathon first game 33-31.




Woolfolk helps Eagles rip Joliet

It was the Danielle Woolfolk show at the Clarion-Kirkwood Classic at Kirkwood Friday night.

The diminutive point guard scored 18 points, dealt four assists and collected four steals for a complete performance. She ran the offense and spearheaded the Eagles' swarming full-court trapping press.

“I think this is really great,” said Woolfolk, who stands 5-foot-3. “I am blessed to get to work with these girls. I am usually the littlest player on the court, but it’s my heart that takes me where I want to go.”




Fuller leads No.16 Eagles by John Wood

Two members of the Sioux City East basketball team that placed second at the Class 4A state tournament in 2012 moved to Eastern Iowa to play college basketball last year.

Adam Woodbury, a 7-foot-1 center, enrolled at the University of Iowa and has become an important part of the basketball resurgence in Iowa City.

J.C. Fuller, a 6-foot-4 guard, enrolled at Kirkwood Community College last year and has become an important player for the Eagles.

Fuller poured in 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds Wednesday night as the 16th-ranked Eagles spanked John Wood Community College, 77-57, in the home opener at Johnson Hall.




Kirkwood 1 step from national tourney

They didn't have the "spark" Coach Jill Williams was hopeful of seeing.

But the Kirkwood women's volleyball team had more than enough to move within one step of another berth in the NJCAA Division II national tournament.

The Eagles were able to put together some runs in the middle of all three sets in Tuesday night's Region XI-B semifinal matchup with Marshalltown Community College at Johnson Hall.

All three sets were close until the midway point of each. That's where No. 7 Kirkwood took over in each set and went on to post a 25-16, 25-19, 25-18 win. The victory moves the Eagles (32-7) into a 2 p.m. contest against Southwestern CC of Creston in Fort Dodge for the right to go to the national tournament.




No.16 Eagles roll up 113 points

SEDALIA, Mo. - The 16th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles shot 60 percent from the field Saturday and blasted the Missouri Valley College junior varsity, 113-71, in the second round of the State Fair Classic in Sedalia, Mo.

Joe Tagarelli, a transfer from Wisconsin-Milwaukee, led the Eagles (2-0) with 19 points and seven rebounds. Tyler Bussell, a freshman from Brookline, Mo., nailed five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for the Eagles.

Taylor Olson collected 12 points and six assists. Jalen Currie contributed 11 points and five steals. Chris Ward had 10 points and nine rebounds. Myzeah Batie-Gaddy finished with nine points and seven rebounds.



Larson paces KCC women in romp

WEST BURLINGTON - Freshman Kirsten Larson hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points Saturday as Kirkwood clobbered Lewis & Clark, 88-48, in the second round of the Southeastern Classic in West Burlington.

Taylor Silva collected 10 points and eight assists for the Eagles (2-0). Hanna Haynes contributed 10 points and nine rebounds. Zoe Kelso scored 13 points.

Twelve players scored for Kirkwood.




No.7 Eagles split volleyball matches

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The seventh-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team split two matches at the Parkland Tournament Saturday in Champaign, Ill.

The Eagles (31-7) swept Danville, 25-13, 25-17, 25-19, but lost a tough five-set match to Lincoln Land, 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 13-25, 15-13.

Payton Hilton led Kirkwood with 12 kills against Danville. Erin Walker had 10 kills and Heather Poula nine. Amber Timmins collected 29 assists. Chelsea Gryp had 13 digs and Cali Beyer 12.

Poula paced the Eagles with 19 kills against Lincoln Land. Walker had 14 kills and Gryp 10. Timmins rolled up 45 assists. Beyer had 28 digs and Timmins 20.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 November 2013 17:37

KCC men roll in opener, 99-57

SEDALIA, Mo. - Ajay Lawton led five players in double figures Friday with 17 points as 16th-ranked Kirkwood smashed the College of Faith, 99-57, in the opening round of the State Fair Classic in Sedalia, Mo.

Jalen Currie collected 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles in their first game of the season under new coach Bryan Petersen. Myzeah Batie-Gaddy scored 12 points and had five rebounds for Kirkwood.

Chris Ward finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists. J.C. Fuller also scored 11 points. Joe Tagarelli grabbed eight rebounds and Taylor Olson had five assists.

KIRKWOOD (99): Lawton 17, Currie 13, Batie-Gaddy 12, Fuller 11, Ward 11, Tagarelli 9, Atwater 6, Olson 5, Lassen 5, Weeks 4, Bussell 4, Swank 2, Gibson 0.


Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 18:34

Kirkwood women nip No.9 Owens in opener

WEST BURLINGTON - Danielle Woolfolk made two free throws with 15 seconds left Friday to snap a 63-63 tie and give Kirkwood a 65-63 victory over No.9 Owens in the opening round of the Southeastern Classic in West Burlington.

Woolfolk led the Eagles in their first game of the season with 15 points. Cassidy Clark scored 10 points. Hanna Haynes contributed five blocks and five rebounds. Zoe Kelso had seven rebounds.

Eboni Adams led Owens with 14 points. Kamilah Carter scored 13 points.




Petersen, Muhl ready with KCC cagers

Bryan Petersen has never been a head coach for a college basketball game in his life, yet his team is ranked 16th in the country heading into the 2013-14 campaign.

Kim Muhl has won 709 games and six national titles, yet his club is nowhere to be found in the national rankings on the eve of the new season.

Such is life at Kirkwood Community College as the Eagles begin their seasons on Friday.




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