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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Jacobs paces No.4 Kirkwood women

ESTHERVILLE - Kianna Jacobs scored 15 points Saturday afternoon as fourth-ranked Kirkwood trimmed Iowa Lakes, 58-54, in a women's junior college ballgame in Estherville.

Whitney Henderson contributed 11 points for the Eagles (17-3, 6-0). Bianca Dufelmeier collected seven points and eight assists. Friday Chuol had six points and six rebounds.

Myangel Johnson led Iowa Lakes (7-14, 3-4) with 14 points.



Kirkwood men nipped by Iowa Lakes

ESTHERVILLE - Kelly Madison scored 20 points Saturday afternoon as 10th-ranked Iowa Lakes edged Kirkwood, 57-55, in a men's junior college basketball game in Estherville.

Taylor Olson made four 3-pointers and led Kirkwood with 16 points. Kasey Semler hit three triples and scored 11 points for the Eagles (11-9, 3-2).

Kirkwood outscored Iowa Lakes from the field, 50-45, but the Lakers outscored the Eagles 12-5 at the foul line to spell the difference in the game.

Deondre Parks contributed 10 points for Iowa Lakes (12-4, 5-1). Madison made five 3-pointers for the Lakers.



Hunter, Manego spark Kirkwood men

The Kirkwood men's basketball team has a little ritual in the locker room after games.

Once the coaches are done talking, the players are given a chance to say something about the team. Wednesday night, sophomore Devan Douglas wanted to say a few words about the way Kevin Hunter and Sean Manego played against Iowa Central.

"He just wanted to congratulate us, to keep our confidence up," said Manego, a 6-foot-1 sophomore from Cape Coral, Fla.

Hunter muscled in 14 points and Manego canned 11 to help the Eagles dispense with Iowa Central, 68-57, in an ICCAC game at Johnson Hall.



No.4 Kirkwood women roll after slow start

The players on the Kirkwood women's basketball team respect Coach Kim Muhl and like him a lot, but sometimes it seems like they play poorly just to torment him a little.

"Well, may-be," joked sophomore Kianna Jacobs, smiling mischievously at the suggestion. "He does get a little crazy at times."

The Eagles played miserably for the first 10 minutes against Iowa Central Wednesday night at Johnson Hall. They fired air-balls, passed the ball into the stands and generally messed up.



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.”



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