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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

3 Eagles named NJCAA All-Americans

Simone Goods and Deleyah Harris are both from Omaha, they both helped Kirkwood win the national this season and now both sophomores are  NJCAA Division II All-Americans.

Miles Wentzien, who starred for the Kirkwood men's basketball team, also has been named an All-American.

It should come as no surprise that Goods was selected as a first team All-American. She averaged 16.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks as the Eagles won all 37 of their games en route to the national crown. She also led the nation in shooting percentage, hitting 67.9 percent  of her attempts.

Harris earned second team All-American honors this season. She averaged 13.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a do-it-all player who scored from all spots on the floor.



Kirkwood golfers shine at Region XI meet

AMES - The Kirkwood men's golf team dominated the competition at the  Region XI Spring Prevu at Veenker Memorial Friday in Ames.

Max Thrune of Kirkwood tied Avery Fuhs of DMACC for first place with a 73.

Six Kirkwood golfers finished in the top 10 in the individual standings. Louis Flynn and JD Goodfellow shot 75, Jordan Evan and Charlie Hartwig finished at 77, and Niall Powell had a 78.

No team scores were provided.


McBeain tosses perfect game for Eagles

Kirkwood freshman Angie McBeain enjoyed a perfectly splendid afternoon on Thursday.

McBeain tossed a perfect game as Kirkwood dumped Northeast Community College of Nebraska, 14-0, in the second game of a conference  doubleheader at the Kirkwood field.

The second-ranked Eagles won the first game, 6-0, on a tidy three-hitter by Lexi Kinnaird.

McBeain faced 15 batters in the five-inning game in the nightcap and retired every one of them. She struck out five batters and needed only  46 pitches in the ballgame.

McBeain, who is from Prior Lake, Minn., finished the day with a perfect 15-0 record and 1.58 earned run average. She also went 3-for-6 in the twinbill with three doubles and four RBIs.

Kinnaird, who leads all NJCAA Division II pitchers in victories and strikeouts, sports a 19-2 record and 1.34 ERA, with 193 strikeouts and only seven walks in 125 innings. She fanned nine batters Thursday with no bases on balls.

Maddie Hansen, who caught McBeain's perfect game, also had a perfect day for the Eagles. She went 7-for-7 in the doubleheader with four RBIs.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 April 2017 10:08



6 KCC volleyball players sign letters

The six Kirkwood volleyball players who helped the Eagles finish seventh at the national tournament last season will be taking their skills to four-year colleges next year.

All-Americans Madsy Richards and Alex Miner are both headed to the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Erica Armstrong, a second team all-conference selection, will play at Upper Iowa University. Caiti Peterson, another second team  all-conference pick, is staying in Cedar Rapids to play at Mount Mercy.

Jenna Laxton, who received honorable mention in the ICCAC conference, will be playing at Saint Ambrose. And Morgan Grimm, another talented  Eagle, plans to play at Lake Forest.

The six Eagles were honored during a signing ceremony at Johnson Hall on Wednesday.


No. 2 Eagles sweep twinbill from NIACC

Most teams would put somebody who's hitting .371 in the middle of their batting order and feel good about scoring a few runs.

The Kirkwood Eagles are not like most teams, however.

Four Eagles are hitting better than .500 this season. Three others are hitting better than .400, so that means Audra Bridenstine is the No. 9 batter with her .371 batting average.

There's not a single soft spot in the lineup, putting tremendous stress on the opposition.

Bridenstine went 3-for-3 with a double, home run and five RBIs Wednesday as Kirkwood belted NIACC, 11-0, in the first game of a doubleheader behind a one-hitter by Lexi Kinnaird.

The second-ranked Eagles took the second game, 9-0, on a four-hitter by Angie McBeain that featured home runs by Taylor Nearad and Morgan Frost.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 April 2017 04:47



Nearad tops national stats again for KCC

FORT DODGE - Taylor Nearad led the nation in four categories last season when she was named the National Junior College Player of the Year.

The Kirkwood star is doing it again this season.

Nearad went 5-for-8 Sunday with a double, home run, five runs scored and three RBIs as the second-ranked Eagles swept a conference doubleheader from 15th-ranked Iowa Central, 9-0 and 13-3, in Fort Dodge.

Nearad leads all NJCAA Division II players this season in hits (70), runs (69), doubles (23) and triples (7). She also ranks fifth in RBIs (53) and sixth in home runs (12) and is hitting .511.

Last year, Nearad led the nation in homers (30), RBIs (129), hits (145) and runs (114) and ranked second in doubles (31), third in triples (11) and third in batting average (.602).

Kirkwood has numerous players on the national leader boards again this season after sweeping Iowa Central.

Maddie Hansen leads the nation in RBIs (62) and ranks third in homers (13). Lexi Kinnaird leads the nation in pitching victories (17) and strikeouts (179).

Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 04:50



Hansen swats 2 homers as Eagles sweep

A member of the Kirkwood softball team was positioned behind the outfield fence Friday afternoon when Maddie Hansen took batting practice with the Eagles.

The unnamed player kept extremely busy, chasing countless home runs as  Hansen swatted a series of long fly balls over the padded barrier in left field, left-center and center.

Hansen carried her sweet swing into Saturday's doubleheader against Southwestern Community College as the Eagles swept the twinbill, 6-2 and 12-2, in conference action.

Hansen, an All-American catcher, belted two homers and drove in four runs in the doubleheader as Kirkwood raised its records to 33-2 overall and 11-1 in the league.

Hansen is hitting .529 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs this season. She leads Kirkwood in all three departments and ranks first in the nation in RBIs, fourth in home runs and 11th in batting average.

The Cedar Rapids Jefferson grad is getting plenty of competition for the team lead in all three departments, but right now she's on top of  the pack on the power-hitting club.

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 April 2017 06:01



Kirkwood golfers dominate Wartburg Invy

WAVERLY - The Kirkwood Eagles captured top honors at the Wartburg  Invitational golf tournament at Prairie Links Saturday.

Max Thrune and Louis Flynn of Kirkwood submitted identical 36-hole  scores of 3-over-par 147 with rounds of 72 and 75, but Thrune was  crowned the individual champion in a playoff.

Kirkwood claimed the team championship by 12 shots over UW-Stout in  the 12-team field.

JD Goodfellow of Kirkwood finished third at 148, just one shot behind  his teammates.


1. Kirkwood 598, 2. UW-Stout 610, 3. St. Norbert 623, 4. Waldorf 625,  5. Carleton 630, 6. Simpson 631, 7. Coe 633, 8. NIACC 639, 9. Wartburg  640, 10. Dubuque 673, 11. Grinnell 676, 12. Buena Vista 681.

KIRKWOOD: 1. Max Thrune 72-75+147, 2. Louis Flynn 72-75=147, 3. JD  Goodfellow 70-78=148, 6. Niall Powell 72-78=150, 8. Jake Sevcik  73-79=152, 12. Jordan Even 75-78=153, 25. Charlie Hartwig 79-78=157.


Kirkwood baseball sweeps Clarke JV

The Kirkwood baseball team raised its record to 21-10 Friday by sweeping the Clarke junior varsity, 10-1 and 9-6, at the Kirkwood field.

Austin Miller, Porter Hummel and Trey Crowley combined on a  three-hitter in the 10-1 victory in the first game. Miller went four  innings and collected the win.

Lorenzo Elion went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs in the first  game. Spencer Wiskus and Chili Moseley also drove in three runs. Tyler Bordner had three hits. Colin Kreiter and Wiskus had two hits.

Kreiter went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs in the 9-6 victory in the second game. Moseley belted a home run and drove in two runs. Cal Clark was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs.

Joe Funkhouser picked up the victory with 3 1/3 innings in relief.


Clarke JV    100 000 0 - 1 3 0
Kirkwood     203 023 x - 10 14 0

W - Miler.


Clarke JV    300 120 0 - 6 4 3
Kirkwood     120 402 x - 9 7 0

W - Funkhouser.


Kirkwood golfers lead Wartburg Invitational

WAVERLY - JD Goodfellow fired a 2-under-par 70 to help Kirkwood take a  15-shot lead after the first round of the Wartburg Invitational Friday  at the Prairie Links golf course.

Louis Flynn, Niall Powell and Max Thrune of Kirkwood all toured the  6,614-yard course in Waverly at even-par 72.

The Eagles stand in first place at 289. Simpson is second at 304 in  the 12-team field.

The final round is scheduled for Saturday.


1. Kirkwood 289, 2. Simpson 304, 3. UW-Stout 308, 4. Coe 310, 5. (tie)  Carleton 313, St. Norbert 313, Wartburg 313, 8. NIACC 316, 9. Waldorf  319, 10. Dubuque 334, 11. (tie) Buena Vista 335, Grinnell 335.

KIRKWOOD: JD Goodfellow 70, Louis Flynn 72, Niall Powell 72, Max  Thrune 72, Jake Sevcik 73, Jordan Even 75, Charlie Hartwig 79.


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