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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Young skipped Mount Zion to join Kirkwood

Najeal Young had a chance to play basketball at one of the most famous prep schools in the country this year, but he declined an offer from Mount Zion Christian Academy to play for Kirkwood.

That's turned out to be good news for Coach Doug Wagemester and the Eagles.

Young made 10 of 11 shots and scored 22 points Tuesday night as Kirkwood rolled by the Grand View junior varsity, 81-56, in the home opener at Johnson Hall.



Kirkwood likes playing host school at nationals

The Kirkwood Community College volleyball team has to face the host school in the first round of their national tournament Thursday afternoon, but that's OK.

The Eagles like it that way.

Kirkwood (37-8) will meet Owens Community College (35-9) in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II tournament at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Owens gym in Toledo, Ohio.



Kirkwood seeded 5th in volleyball tourney

TOLEDO, Ohio -- The Kirkwood volleyball team received the No. 5 seed and will face host Owens Community College in the first round of the NJCAA Division II National Women's Volleyball Tournament when it opens Thursday.

Kirkwood (37-8) is making its second appearance in three years in the national tournament. The Eagles finished eighth in 2010.

Kirkwood plays Owens (35-9) at 2 p.m. (Iowa time) on Thursday. Owens is the host school of the tournament and received a No. 12 seed.



Eagles work inside-out for win

It took a half for Friday and her Kirkwood teammates to kick into gear Saturday.

Friday Chuol's rebound putback of a missed shot 10 seconds into the second half started a 20-7 Kirkwood surge that sent the No. 5 Eagles past No. 4 Kishwaukee, 60-40, in a women's junior college basketball game.

The game was the nightcap of the Clarion-Kirkwood Classic.



Eagles overwhelm Joliet, 87-39

Kirkwood handed Joliet an 87-39 defeat in the first round of the Clarion-Kirkwood Classic Friday night at Johnson Hall.

For the third time in as many games the Eagles (3-0) simply overwhelmed their opponent.

A full-court pressure defense that smothered Joliet’s offense in combination with an efficient Eagles offense that saw 12 different players score was more than enough to put away the Lady Wolves.


Last Updated on Saturday, 10 November 2012 17:38



Kirkwood nudged by Marshalltown, 73-70

MARSHALLTOWN -- Marshalltown built a three-point lead by halftime and held on to deal Kirkwood a 73-70 loss Friday night in men's junior college basketball.

The loss was the third straight for Kirkwood (1-3). Najeal Young led the Eagles with 16 points and Devan Douglas added 14.

Marshalltown (4-0) had four players score in double figures, led by Jamal Gatali's 15.

Kirkwood made one more field goal and three more free throws than Marshalltown, but the Tigers knocked down 10 3-pointers to just two for the Eagles, who were a combined 2-of-11 from beyond the arc.



Kirkwood falls at John Wood, 70-56

QUINCY, Ill. - The Kirkwood Eagles fell behind John Wood Commmunity College by 14 points in the first half Tuesday night and never caught up.

John Wood clipped the Eagles, 70-56, in their non-conference game in Quincy, Ill.

Freshman J.C. Fuller led Kirkwood (1-2) with 10 points. He was the only Eagle to reach double figures.



Eagles push Indian Hills to limit

OTTUMWA - The Kirkwood men's basketball team gave one of the top junior college programs in the country a real battle Saturday night before falling short.

Indian Hills trimmed the Eagles, 94-89, in a shootout at the Blackwell Tire Classic at the Indian Hills gym in Ottumwa.

Indian Hills is ranked No. 5 in the country at the NJCAA Division I level and has five players who have committed to major four-year colleges. Kirkwood is ranked No. 7 at the NJCAA Division II level and has no major college commitments at this point.

Najeal Young tossed in 26 points and Kasey Semler added 23 for the Eagles (1-1). Young, a 6-5 freshman from Milwaukee, made nine field goals and was 8 for 12 at the foul line. Semler, a 6-1 sophomore from Marion, made four 3-pointers.



Kirkwood makes NJCAA volleyball tourney

IOWA FALLS - The Kirkwood Community College volleyball team earned a free trip to Toledo, Ohio on Saturday.

Toledo may not be the vacation capital of the world, but that's where the NJCAA Division II national tournament will be held Nov. 15-17.

The fourth-ranked Eagles defeated No. 10 DMACC, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20, in the regional finals to reach the national tournament for the second time in three years.

Alexus Litts, a 5-foot-10 sophomore from Cedar Rapids Kennedy, collected 43 assists in the regional finals and was named the Most Valuable Player on the all-tournament team.



Jacobs has big double-double for Eagles

WEST BURLINGTON - Kianna Jacobs scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds Saturday as Kirkwood drubbed Lewis & Clark, 89-58, at the Southeastern Classic in West Burlington.

The 18 rebounds tied the fifth-most in school history.

"She was just invincible," Kirkwood assistant coach Joe Hruska reported.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 November 2012 17:38



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