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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Eagles drop pair at Johnson County

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kirkwood baseball team dropped a pair of  tight games to Johnson County Saturday, 4-1 and 6-5, in the Kansas  City suburbs.

The losses dropped the Eagles to 0-3 for the season. Johnson County,  which is ranked No. 14 in NJCAA Division I, raised its record to 14-1.

Josh Fitzgerald hit a solo home run for Kirkwood in the 4-1 loss in  the opener. Kyle Moeder was 2-for-3.

Kirkwood grabbed a 5-0 lead in the top of the third inning in the  nightcap, but Johnson County responded with three runs in the bottom  of the third and three more runs in the fifth inning for the 6-5  victory.



KCC baseball team falls 14-0 in opener

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kirkwood baseball team had a rough time in  the season opener at Johnson County Friday.

Coach Todd Rima and the Eagles lost, 14-0, in a seven-inning game.

The Johnson County pitchers struck out 16 batters and allowed only one  hit. Johnson County scored its 14 runs on 16 hits.

Johnson County has a 12-1 record and is ranked No. 14 in NJCAA Division I.



Shorthanded No. 4 Eagles knock off SCC

Jheda Kennedy moved into the starting lineup at point guard Wednesday  night and played 33 minutes to help No. 4 Kirkwood defeat  Southeastern, 67-46, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Kennedy scored 13 points as the Eagles raised their records to 26-3 overall and 13-2 in the conference heading into the final game of the  regular season Saturday.

Starting point guard Ju Gaston and star center Paige Bradford missed  the game due to illness, leaving Coach Kim Muhl with only nine players  in uniform.

Kemara Watson, Kortney Drake and Natalie Tomaszewski matched Kennedy  with 13 points for the Eagles. Tomaszewski also had nine rebounds,  three blocks, two assists and a steal.



No. 9 KCC softball enjoys Minnesota trip

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The ninth-ranked Kirkwood women's softball team won  all three of its games at the RCTC Dome Tournament in Rochester,  Minn., on Saturday.

The Eagles defeated Dakota College, 16-4; blanked the Clarke JV, 17-0;  and rallied to nip the Simpson JV, 7-6.

Sydney Albaugh, Haley DeWitte and Olivia Richards hit home runs  against Dakota College. London Jackson went 3-for-3 with two runs and  two RBI. Shelby Hulsebus, Jayme Finn, Albaugh, DeWitte and Richards  had two hits. DeWitte drove in four runs. Albaugh had three RBIs.  Finn, Jackson and Richards drove in two runs. Hulsebus had four stolen  bases.

Finn went 3-for-3 with two homers and six RBIs against Clarke. Haley  Jarrett also socked a home and was 3-for-3 with three runs and three  RBIs. Hulsebus, Autum Barthelman, Finn and Jarrett were all 3-for-3.  Hulsebus scored three times. Courtney Harris had two RBIs. Barthelman  scored two runs.



No. 11 KCC men dunk No. 13 NIACC

MASON CITY - The Kirkwood men's basketball team is one victory away  from clinching the No. 1 seed for the regional tournament later this  month.

The 11th-ranked Eagles topped 13th-ranked NIACC, 97-84, Saturday in an  ICCAC conference showdown in Mason City as Devonte Thedford, DJ  Purnell, Luke Appel and Seybian Sims combined for 81 points.

Kirkwood remained tied for the conference lead with ninth-ranked DMACC  with 11-2 records with one game left in the regular season. If the  Eagles defeat Iowa Central at home next Saturday, they'll clinch the  top seed for the regional tournament because they own the tiebreaker  over DMACC.

Thedford scored 24 points, Purnell netted 22, Appel contributed 19 and  Sims added 16 to lead the attack Saturday. Appel grabbed 13 rebounds  for a double-double and Purnell snared nine caroms. Thedford shot  12-for-12 at the foul line and Purnell was 8-for-8.



No. 2 Eagles fall at No. 1 NIACC

MASON CITY - The road to the national tournament for the Kirkwood  women's basketball tournament will probably run through Mason City.

And that's not especially good news for Kirkwood.

The second-ranked Eagles lost to top-ranked NIACC, 85-64, in their  conference showdown in Mason City Saturday and now NIACC has clinched  the No. 1 seed for the regional.

Only one team from the Iowa regional will make the NJCAA Division II  national tournament, which means Kirkwood might have to return to  Mason City in a few weeks and try to beat NIACC in a rematch on their  home floor for a coveted trip to nationals.

Kirkwood enjoyed an early 16-6 lead Saturday, but the Eagles got into  foul trouble and trailed 46-34 at halftime. They never caught up.

NIACC pumped in fifteen 3-pointers compared to only three for Kirkwood.



Appel powers No. 11 Eagles with 38

IOWA FALLS - Luke Appel poured in 38 points and snared 13 rebounds  Wednesday night as the 11th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles topped Ellsworth,  84-71, in an ICCAC conference game in Iowa Falls.

The victory lifted Kirkwood into a two-way tie for the ICCAC lead with  DMACC at 10-2 with two games left in the conference race.

Appel made 14 of 22 shots from the field, including three 3-pointers.  He also collected four assists and two blocks.

Jamal Stephenson contributed 11 points for the Eagles (21-5). Seybian  Sims and Devonte Thedford netted 10 points apiece.



No. 2 KCC women punish Ellsworth

IOWA FALLS - Natalie Tomaszewski led a balanced attack with 17 points  Wednesday night as the second-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team  dumped Ellsworth, 95-38, in an ICCAC conference game in Iowa Falls.

The victory lifted Kirkwood to 12-1 in the conference heading into  Saturday's showdown at top-ranked NIACC (13-0) between the No. 1 and  No. 2 teams in the country. Only one of them will reach the national  tournament from the same regional.

Paige Bradford scored 16 points for the Eagles (25-2). Kemara Watson  contributed 15 points, Kortney Drake 13 and Ju Gaston 12.

Ellsworth has lost all 25 of its games this season and is 0-13 in the  conference.



KCC women crush team by 90 points

The second-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team defeated a hapless  opponent by 90 points Saturday at Johnson Hall.

The Eagles crushed Little Priest Tribal College, 119-29, in a colossal  mismatch in an ICCAC affair.

Kirkwood outscored Little Priest 33-9 in the first quarter, 26-6 in  the second quarter, 31-3 in the third quarter and 29-11 in the fourth  quarter.

Paige Bradford led seven Eagles into double figures with 18 points and  11 rebounds. Ju Gaston contributed 16 points, seven steals, four  assists and three rebounds. Kemara Watson finished with 16 points and  seven rebounds.

Natalie Tomaszewski had 13 points and nine rebounds for Kirkwood.  Kortney Drake also scored 13 points. Delani Harris netted 11 points  and Marissa Metz had 10.



Eagles climb into 3-way tie for top

The Kirkwood Eagles raced to a 22-point lead at halftime Saturday and  dunked Little Priest Tribal College, 86-65, in an ICCAC men's  basketball game at Johnson Hall.

The victory lifted Kirkwood into a three-way tie for the conference  lead with DMACC and Iowa Lakes, all with 9-2 records in the league.

DJ Purnell powered the Eagles (20-5) with 22 points on perfect 9-for-9  shooting from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds. Devonte Thedford,  Griffen Clark, Jamal Stephenson and Owen Coburn scored 10 points apiece.

Reynald Laurent tossed in eight 3-pointers and poured in 28 points for  Little Priest (5-17, 0-10).



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