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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wagemester nets 400th win at Kirkwood

Doug Wagemester always figured he'd be a high school teacher and coach. That was the career path he envisioned for himself when he was growing up in Clinton.

"I loved my high school coaches and admired those guys," he said Saturday afternoon.

Instead of coaching high school basketball, Wagemester's life took a twist after he graduated from Loras College in 1990. He began his career as an assistant coach at the collegiate level and has stayed with it ever since.

Wagemester, 44, has been eminently successful as the head coach at Kirkwood Community College and collected his 400th victory in 15 years Saturday when the Eagles clipped Clinton Community College, 75-52, at Johnson Hall.


Last Updated on Saturday, 12 January 2013 19:53



Olson nets 20 as Kirkwood belts SCC

Taylor Olson had a lot to deal with during his first semester at Kirkwood this fall.

First he hurt his ankle before practice began, hindering his preparation for the season. A former girlfriend was tragically killed in a car accident Oct. 15, dealing him a deep personal setback. And he was thrust right into the starting lineup at point guard as a freshman, given the responsibility of running the team.

"The first semester is always a big-time adjustment anyway," Kirkwood Coach Doug Wagemester noted Wednesday night. "That was heavy."

Olson did okay during the first semester, but the Cedar Rapids Jefferson grad was more of a complementary player than a star in November and December. That could be changing.

Olson drilled six 3-pointers Wednesday and poured in 20 points as the Eagles thumped Southeastern Community College, 75-62, at Johnson Hall.



No.4 Eagles maul Marshalltown, 77-52

MARSHALLTOWN - The Kirkwood women's basketball team won its seventh straight game Wednesday night with a 77-52 victory over Marshalltown in an ICCAC league contest.

The No.4 Eagles (15-3, 4-0) began the second half with a 15-4 surge to open a commanding 48-25 lead. The margin reached 32 points in the second half before Kirkwood settled for the 25-point win.

Bianca Dufelmeier led the Eagles with 16 points, with 14 of her markers coming in the second half. She also collected five assists, five rebounds and two steals.



Kirkwood women jump to No.4 in rankings

The Kirkwood women's basketball team climbed three spots to No.4 in the NJCAA Division II national rankings on Wednesday.

Kirkwood (14-3) will take a six-game winning streak into Wednesday night's game at Marshalltown.

The Eagles defeated top-ranked Lake Michigan at the Illinois Central holiday tournament in late December. Lake Michigan fell from No.1 to No.9 in this week's poll while Kirkwood jumped from No.7 to No.4.



Kirkwood men trimmed by Parkland

WEST BURLINGTON - The Kirkwood Eagles fell back to the .500 mark Saturday with a 64-59 loss to Parkland College at the Southeastern Community College Classic in West Burlington.

J.C. Fuller led Kirkwood (8-8) with 15 points. Taylor Olson and Devan Douglas scored 13 points apiece for the Eagles.

Olson, a freshman from Cedar Rapids Jefferson, hit three 3-pointers for the second straight game. He also hit three triples and scored a career-high 20 points Friday night in an 80-70 victory over Malcolm X College.



Eagles escape NIACC in OT

With wins over two ranked foes in three days a week ago, you know Kirkwood has a pretty good women's basketball team.

Add luck and you get a hard-fought, 78-68, overtime win over NIACC on Saturday in a conference game at Johnson Hall.

Luck got the Eagles to overtime and then they were good as they dominated the extra session.

“We were lucky to win,” Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl said. “We missed layups, missed free throws, and they shot it well.”



Olson nets 20 as Kirkwood tops Malcolm X

WEST BURLINGTON - Taylor Olson poured in a career-high 20 points Friday night as Kirkwood defeated Malcolm X College, 80-70, in the first round of the Southeastern Community College Classic.

Olson, a freshman from Cedar Rapids Jefferson, hit three 3-pointers in the first half and went 7-for-7 at the foul line in the second half.

J.C. Fuller scored 16 points for the Eagles (8-7). Devan Douglas scored 12 points, Jalen Currie had 11 points and Gage Heffernan chipped in with 10.



Eagles belt No.8 Illinois Central for title

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The Kirkwood Eagles completed an impressive performance at the Illinois Central Classic Sunday afternoon by topping No.8 Illinois Central, 59-41, in the championship game of the eight-team holiday tournament.

Kianna Jacobs collected a double-double for the seventh-ranked Eagles (13-3) with 15 points and 11 rebounds and made the all-tournament team. Alexis Fitzpatrick also made the all-tournament team for Kirkwood.

Kirkwood began the tournament Friday with a 75-60 victory over Cincinnati State. The Eagles drubbed top-ranked Lake Michigan, 61-41, in the semifinals Saturday and won all three of their games by an average of 17.7 points.



Kirkwood women drub No.1 Lake Michigan

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The Kirkwood Eagles walloped top-ranked Lake Michigan, 61-41, in the semifinals of the Illinois Central Classic Saturday.

Kianna Jacobs led the seventh-ranked Eagles (12-3) with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Kirkwood led by just two points at halftime, 29-27, but the Eagles used a 16-3 spurt at the start of the second half to take command. Kirkwood held Lake Michigan (10-2) to just 14 points in the second half.

Kirkwood will face No.8 Illinois Central in the championship game of the holiday tournament Sunday at 4 p.m.



Kirkwood women earn date with No.1 team

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - Kianna Jacobs scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds Friday as Kirkwood pulled away from Cincinnati State, 75-60, in the opening round of the Illinois Central Classic.

The 7th-ranked Eagles (11-3) will face top-ranked Lake Michigan (10-1) in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Kirkwood led 31-30 at halftime, but Jacobs, Friday Chuol and Whitney Henderson combined for 26 points in the second half to help secure the victory.



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