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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

KCC women stroll to 19th win in row

The Kirkwood women's basketball team waltzed to its 19th straight  victory Wednesday night with a 95-31 victory over Southwestern in the opening round of the regional tournament at Johnson Hall.

The second-ranked Eagles (29-3) host Southeastern (22-9) in the semifinals Saturday at 1 p.m., with 12th-ranked NIACC (25-6) facing Iowa Central (17-14) in the other semifinal at 3 p.m. at Johnson Hall.

The regional championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at  Johnson Hall, regardless of who's playing.

Mackenzie Jenkins led Kirkwood with 14 points and five rebounds. Tayana Wilson collected 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and  three steals. Olivia Usher and Arika Wooldridge scored 10 points apiece.

Keaundra Washington scored 11 points for Southwestern (8-22).

Kirkwood enjoyed a 50-16 bulge in rebounding and a 56-4 advantage in  bench points. Kirkwood used 13 players in the ballgame and all of them scored at least three points.



King shines as No. 5 Eagles roll

The Kirkwood Eagles played a game of "King Me" Tuesday night at Johnson Hall.

And if Chris King keeps shooting like this, the Eagles might be crowned the kings of junior college basketball for the second time in three years.

King tossed in seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points as the fifth-ranked Eagles topped Little Priest Tribal College, 98-78, in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division II regional tournament.

Kirkwood (24-5) hosts Iowa Central (20-11) in the semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m.

King, a 6-foot sophomore from Des Moines, was on fire all night. He scorched the nets from 3-point distance, nailing 7 of 10, and finished 10 of 13 overall from the field.

"I was kind of in the groove today," he acknowledged. "I was just taking the shots the defense was giving me. They were playing a zone, so I had pretty open 3's and I think I'm a pretty good shooter.

"My teammates were finding me. It just kind of happened."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 March 2018 05:37



Kirkwood set for regional basketball events

If the Kirkwood basketball teams keep winning this week, all of their games in the regional tournaments will be played on their home court at Johnson Hall in southwest Cedar Rapids.

The men's regional basketball tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Kirkwood is the No. 1 seed and has the home-court advantage, beginning with the quarterfinals Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Little Priest Tribal College.

The women's regional tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Kirkwood is the No. 1 seed and has the home-court advantage, beginning with the quarterfinals Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. against Southwestern, which downed Little Priest, 60-51, in a play-in game Monday night in Creston.

Kirkwood earned the top seeds as league champions.



Fullard helps Eagles slam Lewis & Clark

GODFREY, Ill. - Izaya Fullard went 4-for-7 with a grand slam and six  RBIs Sunday as the Kirkwood Eagles swept a doubleheader from Lewis &  Clark, 5-1 and 12-0 in five innings.

Kirkwood swept the four-game series from Lewis & Clark and outscored  the hosts, 35-12.

Fullard went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the 5-1 victory in the opener.  Ellison Hanna was 3-for-4 with a double.

Cal Stalzer pitched four strong innings for the victory, allowing one  run on five hits with seven strikeouts. Peyton Long and Cam Cowan  combined for three scoreless innings in relief.

Fullard was 2-for-3 with his grand slam in the second game. Ross  Kramer also slugged a home run and Chili Moseley had two hits.  Kirkwood erupted for nine runs in the fourth inning.



KCC softball slugs 10 homers

CONCORDIA, Kan. - Rachel Stewart slugged four home runs and drove in nine runs Sunday as the Kirkwood Eagles won two lopsided games in Kansas.

Stewart went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs in a 20-8 victory over Barton, then went 3-for-4 with two more homers and five RBIS in an 18-1 stroll by Southeast Community College.

Stewart, a freshman middle infielder from Davenport, scored seven runs for Kirkwood.

The seventh-ranked Eagles belted 10 homers Sunday and finished with a 5-1 record on their weekend trip through Kansas, raising their overall mark to 9-1.

Monika Bevans was 6-for-7 Sunday with two doubles, a triple and four runs scored. Lauren Kuch was 5-for-7 with two homers, three RBIs and six runs. Audra Bridenstine was 5-for-7 with two RBIs and four runs.



KCC women are perfect ICCAC champs

BOONE - Perfection is hard to achieve, but the Kirkwood women's basketball team has done it two years in a row.

The Eagles finished the ICCAC campaign with a perfect 14-0 record Saturday with a 70-46 victory over DMACC in Boone.

Kirkwood also breezed through the league last year with an unblemished mark on its way to the NJCAA Division II national title at 37-0.

Olivia Usher led a balanced attack with 15 points. Awal Ajak hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Megan Axcell hit three triples and had 13 points. Christmas Puok contributed 10 points and Tay Wilson dished out 10 assists.

Kirkwood won its 19th straight game and raised its overall mark to 28-3 in the final game of the regular season.

Molly Mitchell scored nine points for DMACC (20-11, 7-7).



Kirkwood men take care of DMACC

BOONE - Kyle Arrington and Chris King popped in 17 points apiece Saturday as the second ranked Kirkwood Eagles topped DMACC, 79-61, in the final game of the ICCAC conference season in Boone.

Kirkwood (28-3) will host Little Priest Tribal College (14-16) in the quarterfinals of the regional tournament Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Johnson Hall.

The Eagles captured the ICCAC title with an 11-1 record, good for a two-game spread over runner-up Iowa Lakes.

Ethan Meeker contributed 10 points for Kirkwood.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 March 2018 06:13



Kirkwood softball splits in Kansas

CONCORDIA, Kan. - The Kirkwood softball team split its two games at the Cloud County Spring Classic Saturday in Kansas.

The seventh-ranked Eagles topped Central Community College-Columbus, 8-5, in their first game and lost to 16th-ranked Highland Community College, 9-1, in their second outing.

Kirkwood (7-1) is scheduled to play two more games in the tournament Sunday.

DoniRae Mayhew belted two home runs, drove in three runs and scored three times in the 8-5 victory over Central. She also was the winning pitcher, with seven strikeouts in six innings.



KCC baseball sweeps Lewis & Clark

GODFREY, Ill. - The Kirkwood baseball team rode good work by their starting pitchers Saturday to a sweep of Lewis & Clark College in Godfrey, Ill.

Cameron Leff allowed only one earned run in five innings in a 7-5 victory in the first game, then Adam Ketelsen allowed did exactly the same thing in an 11-1 verdict in the nightcap.

The sweep lifted the Eagles to 4-2 for the season heading into another twinbill at Lewis & Clark Sunday.

Cal Clark drove in two runs for Kirkwood in the 7-5 victory in the opener. Ellison Hanna and Chili Moseley had two hits. Kaden Wadle got the final two outs in the bottom of the seventh for the save.



KCC softball sweeps No. 5 Johnson County

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Freshman Lauren Kuch went 5-for-7 with six RBIs Friday as the seventh-ranked Kirkwood softball team swept fifth-ranked Johnson County, 8-5 and 14-4, in Overland Park, Kan.

The Eagles raised their record to 6-0.

Kuch went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the first game. Hannah Mauser was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Lauren Klaahsen was 2-for-4 with  two RBIs and Audra Bridenstine was also 2-for-4. Natalie Halvorson got the win.

Kuch went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the 14-4 victory in the second game, which was stopped after five innings by the mercy rule. Rachel  Stewart was 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs. Bridenstine had two more hits and two RBIs. Monika Bevans drove in three runs.

DoniRae Mayhew and Alli Sprague split the pitching, with Mayhew going 2 2/3 innings for the win.



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