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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

5 Eagles named softball All-Americans

Five members of the Kirkwood softball team have been named junior college All-Americans.

DoniRae Mayhew, Monika Bevans, Rachel Stewart and Lauren Kuch were named first team All-Americans in NJCAA Division II. Natalie Halvorson received second-team honors.

Mayhew, a sophomore, starred for the Eagles as a first baseman and pitcher. She hit .446 and led the nation with 30 home runs and 90 RBIs as a fearsome slugger, headed next to the University of Iowa. She also compiled a 20-3 record and 2.08 ERA as a pitcher.

Bevans, a sophomore catcher, hit .494 with 18 homers and finished second in the country with 79 RBIs.

Stewart, a freshman shortstop, hit .474 with 13 homers and 62 RBIs. She led all NJCAA DII players with 100 hits and 102 runs scored.

Kuch, a freshman left fielder, hit .469 with 12 homers and 68 RBIs.  Halvorson, a freshman pitcher, went 26-9 with a 2.51 ERA. Kuch and Halvorson are both Cedar Rapids Prairie grads.

Kirkwood reached the junior college World Series again this year and finished with a 49-13 record.


Howell ready to sign with Brewers

Korry Howell was selected in the Major League draft on Wednesday for  the second straight year.

This time, the shortstop from Kirkwood Community College is ready to  sign a pro contract.

Howell was picked in the 12th round of the MLB draft by the Milwaukee  Brewers with the 365th pick overall.

Howell told Hawk Central and the Des Moines Register that he'll "most  likely" sign with the Brewers. If so, he'll head to the minor leagues  and not accept his scholarship with the Iowa Hawkeyes.



Eagles limping home from World Series

ENID, Okla. - The Kirkwood Eagles will be kicking themselves all the way home from Oklahoma, but it's too late now.

Coach Todd Rima's club played another sloppy game at the NJCAA Division II World Series on Sunday and was eliminated by Scottsdale, 9-8, in a losers bracket game at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

Kirkwood began the tournament as the No. 3 seed, but the Eagles lost to No. 6 Madison in the opening round Saturday and fell to No. 7 Scottsdale in the consolation bracket.

Kirkwood committed seven errors and blew a 9-1 lead in an 18-9 loss to Madison, then the Eagles walked six batters, hit four others and committed three more errors against Scottsdale.

Kirkwood's first trip to the World Series since 1999 ended in frustration with a 42-17-1 overall record.



KCC baseball stumbles at national tourney

ENID, Okla. - The Kirkwood Eagles' defense let them down at the national tournament on Saturday.

Kirkwood committed seven errors and lost to Madison Area Technical  College, 18-9, in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II World  Series at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, Okla.

The game was stopped after eight innings due to the college mercy rule.

Kirkwood got off to a fast start and led, 9-1, after three innings,  but the rest of the game was a disaster for the Eagles. Madison  drubbed the Eagles, 17-0, during the next five innings when Kirkwood  committed all seven of its errors.

Kirkwood (42-16-1) will face Scottsdale (29-31) in a losers bracket game on Sunday at 10 a.m. in an effort to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.

The Eagles used three of their top starting pitchers on Saturday with  Peyton Long throwing four innings, Adam Ketelsen lasting only one  inning and Cameron Leff throwing two innings. That will make it harder  for the Eagles to bounce back in the losers bracket with Long,  Ketelsen and Leff having already seen action.



KCC golfers take 5th at national tourney

FOLEY, Ala. - The Kirkwood men's golf team displayed remarkable balance all week and placed fifth at the NJCAA Division II national tournament at the Glen Lakes Golf Course in Foley, Ala.

All five Eagles finished in a cluster, separated by only four shots of each other after 72 holes.

JD Goodfellow led Kirkwood in 17th place at 5-over-par 293. Niall Powell was 23rd at 7-over 295, Max Thrune finished 25th at 8-over 296, Ryan Morrison tied for 27th at 9-over 297 and Dawson Peters also tied for 27th at 9-over 297.

The Eagles posted their best round of the tournament Thursday with a collective team score of 1-under-par 287. Powell fired a 3-under 69 Thursday to lead the way and Peters shot a 1-under 71. Goodfellow, Powell and Thrune were named third team All-Americans.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:41



Kirkwood golfers 6th at nationals

FOLEY, Ala. - The Kirkwood men's golf team enjoyed its best round at  the junior college national tournament this week and stands in sixth place heading into the final 18 holes Thursday.

JD Goodfellow fired a 2-under-par 70 and Ryan Morrison posted a 1-under 71 to help the Eagles stay in contention for a top-5 finish at the NJCAA Division II tournament at Glen Lakes Golf Club.

Kirkwood has a 54-hole score of 884, just two shots out of fifth place.

Goodfellow and Max Thrune are tied for 11th place in the individual standings at 3-over 219. They are currently three shots out of 10th  place.

Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood is tied for 35th at 8-over 224. Dawson Peters and Niall Powell are tied for 38th at 10-over 226.



Eagles draw No. 3 seed for World Series

ENID, Okla. - The Kirkwood Eagles have drawn the No. 3 seed for the NJCAA Division II World Series and will face Madison (Wis.) in the opening round Saturday at 1 p.m. at the David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

LSU Eunice (54-6) drew the No. 1 seed for the 10-team tournament, which will run from May 26 through June 2. Parkland (48-14-1) is the No. 2 seed, followed by Kirkwood (42-15-1), Northern Oklahoma (46-14) and Sinclair (44-9) in the top-5. Madison is the No. 6 seed, followed by Scottsdale, Brunswick, Monroe and CCBC Essex.

LSU Eunice and Parkland, the top seeds, drew a bye in the opening round.

Kirkwood is making its first trip to the World Series since 1999. The Eagles made four trips to the World Series in the 1990's and finished second on two occasions.



Eagles 6th at national golf tourney

FOLEY, Ala. - The Kirkwood Eagles are sitting in sixth place after two rounds of the NJCAA Division II national golf tournament at the Glen Lakes Club in Foley, Ala.

The Eagles were tied for fourth place after the first round Monday after shooting 294, but they submitted a 300 team score Tuesday and are 13 shots over par at 594.

Meridian Community College fired the best round of the tournament Tuesday with a four-man score of 285 and holds a nine-shot lead at  579. Kirkwood trails Meridian by 15 shots with 36 holes remaining Wednesday and Thursday.

Max Thrune of Kirkwood is tied for seventh in the individual standings at 1-over-par 145 with rounds of 73 and 72. He trails the leader by six shots.

JD Goodfellow is tied for 27th at 5-over 149 with rounds of 74 and 75. Niall Powell is tied for 30th at 6-over 150 with rounds of 75 and 75.



KCC golfers have good start at nationals

FOLEY, Ala. - The Kirkwood men's golf team enjoyed a good start at the NJCAA Division II national tournament Monday and is tied for fourth place after 18 holes.

Tyler Junior College has the lead at 289, with Kirkwood five shots off the pace at 294. The Eagles are tied with Meridian Community College.

Max Thrune and Dawson Peters of Kirkwood fired rounds of 1-over-par 73 and are three shots behind the leader. JD Goodfellow and Ryan Morrison posted rounds of 2-over 74 and Niall Powell fashioned a 3-over 75.

The 72-hole tournament continues through Thursday, with 18 holes each day.



Eagles headed to JUCO World Series

Todd Rima rolled the dice a little bit when he left a strong program at NIACC six years ago to become the new head coach at Kirkwood.

It paid off handsomely on Sunday.

The Eagles spanked Southeast Community College of Nebraska, 10-1, to win the North Plains district baseball title and earn the school's first trip to the NJCAA Division II World Series since 1999.

Kirkwood (42-15-1) will be one of only 10 teams at the national tournament in Enid, Okla., from May 26 to June 2.

Rima spent 11 years at NIACC, a junior college in Mason City that competes in the same conference with Kirkwood. He thought Kirkwood had more resources than NIACC to compete at a national level on a regular basis and moved his young family to Cedar Rapids to embrace the job.

Kirkwood made four trips to the World Series in the 1990's under Coach John Lewis and finished second on two of those trips, but the program had slipped a little when Rima arrived.

Now the Eagles are back, joining the Kirkwood basketball teams, softball team, men's golf squad and volleyball team as national powers.

"This athletic department deserves the baseball program to go back to the World Series," Rima said after getting a bucket of ice water dumped on his head and hugging his family. "This community deserves it.



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