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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The long journey from Kenya to Kirkwood

With a slender 6-foot-2 frame and a regal bearing, Kirkwood sophomore Friday Chuol may not look the part of fierce guardian of the basket – at least at first glance.

She’s plenty tough, says women's basketball coach Kim Muhl. “She’s a survivor.”

Compared to most of her teammates and opponents, Chuol’s basketball resume is short – but her life experience is long and arduous.

The daughter of Sudanese refugees, she was born and lived her early life in Nairobi, Kenya. Better off than some, she says, her family did not live in a refugee camp, but she saw privation and illness that made a deep impression on her.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 November 2012 21:17



Wagemester ejected, but Eagles roll anyway

Kirkwood Coach Doug Wagemester began Thanksgiving vacation a little earlier than planned Tuesday night when he was ejected from his team's game against Black Hawk College.

The Eagles enjoyed a basketball feast without him.

J.C. Fuller led a balanced attack with 17 points as Kirkwood dunked Black Hawk, 88-63, at Johnson Hall.



Kirkwood women top South Australia

Kirkwood sophomore Bianca Dufelmeier felt right at home Tuesday night when the Eagles played a touring club team from South Australia at Johnson Hall.

Dufelmeier was born and raised in Australia and has dual citizenship in Australia and the United States. She moved to Iowa in 2010 when she was 17 and attended Ames High School so she could further her basketball career and play in college.

She played for Kirkwood last season and was delighted to see the South Australian team on the schedule this year.



Kirkwood takes 9th at volleyball tourney

TOLEDO, Ohio - The Kirkwood Community College volleyball team defeated Phoenix, 3-0, Saturday to finish in ninth place at the NJCAA Division II national tournament.

The Eagles won the match 25-20, 26-24, 25-20.

Kirkwood (40-9) began the 16-team tournament on Thursday with a 3-1 loss to Owens Community College, but the Eagles rebounded with three straight victories in the consolation bracket to claim ninth place.



Douglas sparks Kirkwood by Dakota County

Devan Douglas had a big game for the Kirkwood Eagles Saturday as they whipped Dakota County Technical College, 76-52, at Johnson Hall.

Douglas, a 6-foot-2 sophomore from Clinton, collected 22 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. He hit two 3-pointers.

Gage Heffernan scored 16 points for Kirkwood (4-3), Kevin Hunter added 12 points and J.C. Fuller had 10.



Kirkwood women lose on late layup

SEDALIA, Mo. - Macy Wright made a layup with two seconds left Saturday as Three Rivers nipped Kirkwood, 57-56, in the second round of the State Fair Classic women's basketball tournament.

Kirkwood trailed, 55-49, with 1:50 left but scored seven straight points to grab a 56-55 advantage.

Kianna Jacobs began the rally with a basket, then Whitney Rohrbach hit a 3-pointer to pull the Eagles within 55-54.

Three Rivers committed a turnover. Friday Chuol of Kirkwood was fouled and missed both free throws, but Rohrbach grabbed an offensive rebound and fed Jacobs for a basket and a 56-55 edge with 25 seconds remaining.

Three Rivers held the ball for the last shot and Wright got loose for the layup and the victory.



Hard-working Heffernan leads Eagles

Gage Heffernan admits that he isn’t the guy who is going to jump out of the gym, or drain a barrage of 3-pointers.

But what he might lack in those offensive qualities, he makes up for in hustle.

Heffernan willed his way to 17 points and 14 rebounds on Friday night, helping his Kirkwood Eagles blow past Elgin, 88-51, at Johnson Hall.



Poor-shooting half dooms women

SEDALIA, Mo. -- The Kirkwood women's basketball team suffered its first defeat Friday night in a 67-50 loss to State Fair Community College.

Kirkwood (4-1) led by as many as 15 points in the first half before settling on a 10-point lead 35-25 at the half.

But poor shooting doomed the Eagles in the second half. Kirkwood made just 5 of 19 shots (26.3 percent) and was outscored 42-15 in the period.



Kirkwood wins twice at tourney

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Kirkwood staved off elimination by sweeping a pair of matches Friday at the NJCAA Division II Women's Volleyball tournament.

Kirkwood beat Monroe, N.Y., 3-0, winning by scores of 25-12, 25-12 and 25-17 in its first match. The Eagles then beat Lincoln Land, Ill., 3-0, later in the afternoon. The set scores were 26-24, 25-20 and 25-15.

Kirkwood (39-9) will play Phoenix, Ariz., (21-11) for ninth place Saturday at 11 a.m. (Iowa time).


Kirkwood falls at NJCAA volleyball tourney

TOLEDO, Ohio - Playing the host school on its home court in the national tournament did not turn out well for the Kirkwood Community College volleyball team Thursday.

The fourth-ranked Eagles lost to 17th-ranked Owens Community College, 21-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20, in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Tournament at the Owens gym.

Kirkwood defeated Owens, 3-2, on a neutral floor Oct. 18, but Owens got revenge in front of its own fans Thursday.



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