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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hobbs helps Kirkwood women top DMACC

The dysfunctional Kirkwood women's basketball team won another game Thursday night.

Coach Kim Muhl uses that word all the time to describe his team. He gets no argument from his players.

"Dysfunctional is us," freshman guard Lexi Hobbs said humorously with a smile. "We are VERY dysfunctional. It works, though."

The third-ranked Eagles topped No.15 DMACC, 60-53, at Johnson Hall for their 13th straight victory despite committing 20 turnovers, shooting 55 percent at the foul line and getting beaten on the backboards.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 February 2013 12:19



Kirkwood men fall at Southwestern

CRESTON - The Kirkwood Eagles rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit and took the lead in the second half Saturday against Southwestern Community College, but the game slipped away for Kirkwood in the final minutes.

Southwestern trimmed the Eagles, 69-62, in a conference game in Creston.

Devan Douglas scored 16 points for Kirkwood (11-10, 3-3).

Marquealis Edwards led Southwestern (10-9, 4-2) with 20 points.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 January 2013 14:12



Muhl found a home at Kirkwood - and 700 wins

Kim Muhl wasn't sure what he wanted to do as a young man.

He spent three years in the Army, then enrolled in college but left William Penn University during his senior year without a degree. Looking for an adventure, he moved to California with an Army buddy.

"I painted and steam-cleaned apartments and made more money than you can imagine," he said about his trip to the West Coast. "Just had a blast."

It took a few more years, but Muhl eventually found a home at Kirkwood Community College and found his calling as one of the most successful women's basketball coaches in the nation.

He added to his glittering list of accomplishments Saturday when the Eagles traveled to Creston and drubbed Southwestern Community College, 99-40, for the 700th victory of his career.



No.3 Eagles bomb Southeastern

The third-ranked Kirkwood women pulled away from Southeastern in the last eight minutes of the first half with an 18-7 run, then bombed the Blackhawks with six 3-point baskets in the first five minutes of the second half to take care of business in a 72-51 win Wednesday night at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood (18-3, 7-0) was led by Kianna Jacobs, who took the ball to the basket aggressively in the first half.

The second half featured a 3-point shooting clinic by Bianca Dufelmeier and Lexi Fitzpatrick, who each hit three in the space of five minutes.



Kirkwood women ranked 3rd in NJCAA poll

The Kirkwood Eagles climbed one notch from No.4 to No.3 in the NJCAA Division II national rankings on Wednesday.

The Eagles (17-3, 6-0) host Southeastern Community College (13-6, 4-2) at Johnson Hall Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Louisburg (13-1) is ranked No.1 this week.



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



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