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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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.




Kirkwood offers online coaching certificate

Kirkwood Community College is the only school in Iowa offering a state approved online certificate program for K-12 coaching.

The online program enables students to learn at their pace, wherever they are, and whenever they are available. The next online program begins Nov. 4 through Kirkwood's Continuing Education.

To coach K-12 school-sponsored athletics in Iowa, state certification is required. The online program complements Kirkwood's seminar or in-class program in addition to recertification classes.


Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:22



Kirkwood ties for league volleyball title

FORT DODGE - Kirkwood beat Iowa Central in three sets Wednesday in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference volleyball match.

The Eagles closed out the conference season with a 9-1 mark that tied them for the conference championship with DMACC. Kirkwood is 30-6 overall and ranked seventh nationally.

Kirkwood held off Iowa Central, 25-22 and 29-27 in the first two sets before posting a 25-18 win in the third set.

The Eagles had a balanced attack. Erin Walker and Payton Hilton had nine kills apiece and Heather Poula added eight. Amber Timmins had 30 assists. Cali Byer had 19 digs, Walker 13 and Poula 12.



Kirkwood cancels volleyball matches

Kirkwood Community College has canceled the volleyball matches that were scheduled at Johnson Hall on Saturday.

Iowa Lakes had to cancel due to injuries, leaving Kishwaukee to make the decision to cancel as well.


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