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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No.2 Eagles belt No.17 Cincinnati State

PEORIA, Ill. - The second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles bolted to a 31-point lead Saturday afternoon and whipped No.17 Cincinnati State, 79-61, in the opening round of the Illinois Central Classic.

Kirkwood (11-2) will face No.7 Kishwaukee (Ill.) in the semifinals Sunday at 4 p.m.

Danielle Woolfolk poured in 18 of her game-high 25 points as the Eagles raced to a 51-27 lead at intermission.

Mikayla Fallon collected 11 points and nine rebounds for Kirkwood. Hanna Haynes finished with eight rebounds, seven points and four blocked shots.




Will Kirkwood add more sports some day?

Doug Wagemester keeps a file in his office at Kirkwood Community College. Every time someone asks him about adding another sport, the Kirkwood athletic director makes a note and adds the inquiry to his file.

"I've got a file on bowling, I've got a file on roller derby, a file on soccer," Wagemester said. "I've got a file on football, I've got a file on track, I've got a file on wrestling, I've got a file on cross country."

Kirkwood President Mick Starcevich and the Board of Trustees would make the ultimate decision about expanding the athletic department, but Wagemester does not rule it out.



Kirkwood women drop notch to No.2

Kirkwood Community College and NIACC have traded places in the NJCAA Division II women's basketball rankings this week.

Kirkwood is ranked No.2 and NIACC has assumed its rightful spot at the top of the poll.

Kirkwood lost a thriller to NIACC last Saturday in overtime, 115-111, in a showdown of the No.1 and No.2 teams in the country. They'll meet again Feb. 5 at Kirkwood.

The Kirkwood men stayed No.16 in their poll this week.




No.16 Eagles knock off NIACC

MASON CITY - Jalen Currie, Taylor Olson and Joe Tagarelli scored 16 points apiece Saturday as No.16 Kirkwood defeated NIACC, 85-76, in an ICCAC conference men's basketball game in NIACC.

JC Fuller contributed 14 points and Ajay Lawton had 13 for the balanced Eagles (10-3, 2-0). Tagarelli snared nine rebounds and Currie grabbed eight boards. Olson and Lawton had seven assists.

Sam Skoken scored 24 points and David Humphries had 20 for NIACC (11-5, 0-2).




No.1 Kirkwood falls, 115-111, in OT

MASON CITY - They billed the contest between No.1 Kirkwood and No.2 NIACC as the "Game of the Century" in Mason City Saturday afternoon.

They may have been right.

NIACC defeated Kirkwood, 115-111, in overtime in a wild affair between two national powers from the ICCAC conference.

Danielle Woolfolk scored for Kirkwood with eight seconds left in the second half to tie the game, 95-95, and force overtime, but the Trojans outscored the Eagles 20-16 in the extra session.




Kirkwood women No.1 in nation

The Kirkwood women's basketball team is now all alone at the top of the national rankings, but the Eagles will face a stiff challenge Saturday.

The Eagles (10-1) climbed a notch from No.2 to No.1 in the NJCAA Division II rankings Wednesday. At the same time, NIACC (10-0) climbed from No.3 to No.2 in the rankings heading into their big showdown against each other Saturday afternoon in Mason City.

Kirkwood was not ranked when the season began, but the Eagles have already defeated three top-10 teams this season on their climb to the top.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 22:45



No.16 KCC men give themselves a hand

Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen and his assistants huddled in a hallway at Johnson Hall Tuesday night for about five minutes to discuss their team's performance against Iowa Central before entering the locker room.

As soon as they opened the locker room door, all of the Eagles broke into applause to celebrate a good victory.

The 16th-ranked Eagles passed the ball extremely well Tuesday and handled Iowa Central, 73-59, in the ICCAC opener.

Kirkwood collected 23 assists on 28 field goals, an unusually high percentage that led to 53.8 percent shooting from the floor.




Woolfolk sparks No.2 Eagles, 85-78

Danielle Woolfolk is usually the shortest player on the basketball floor at 5-foot-3, but she may have the biggest heart and the greatest love of the game.

Woolfolk shook off a back injury and sparked No.2 Kirkwood past No.17 Iowa Central Tuesday night, 85-78, with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals at Johnson Hall.

Woolfolk collided with a teammate near the end of the first half and suffered a nasty fall, sending her to the training room for repairs and a heating pad on her sore back. She returned for the second half and did not miss a beat.




Poula named All-American in volleyball

Kirkwood freshman Heather Poula has been named a first team NJCAA Division II All-American in volleyball.

Poula, a 5-foot-10 hitter from West Branch, led Kirkwood with 429 kills this season and had 80 blocks. She ranked 20th in the nation in kills.

Poula helped the Eagles compile a 32-8 record and finish No.7 in the national rankings.


Tuttle, Woolfolk lead No.2 Eagles

COUNCIL BLUFFS - Katelyn Tuttle popped in four 3-pointers and scored 17 points Saturday as No.2 Kirkwood punished the Concordia (Neb.) junior varsity, 93-55, at the Iowa Western Classic in Council Bluffs.

Danielle Woolfolk scored 15 points for Kirkwood (9-1). Mikayla Fallon made four 3-pointers and scored 12 points.

The Eagles hit 14 triples in the ballgame. Kirkwood battered Concordia on the backboards, 46-22, with Ariel Sneed grabbing eight rebounds. Tuttle had six assists.

Kirkwood hosts No.17 Iowa Central Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.




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