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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Petersen named National Coach of Year again

Bryan Petersen was only 25 years old when he was named the interim  head coach of the Kirkwood men's basketball team in March of 2013.

He quickly shed the "interim" tag after running the program for a year  and the awards have been rolling in ever since.

Petersen, 31, was named the 2019 Spalding D-II Men's Basketball Coach  of the Year Friday for the second time in his career after leading the  Eagles to the junior college national title last month.

Petersen also was saluted as the Spalding Coach of the Year after  guiding Kirkwood to the 2016 national crown, giving him two national  titles and two Coach of the Year awards in four years.

"I am honored to receive the coach of the year award," Petersen  remarked. "There are many great coaches out there and to receive the  award is very humbling.

"All the credit goes to my staff of excellent coaches and also our  great athletes," he said. "We were lucky as a coaching staff to have  such a great group of kids that really cared about each other and  bought into improving every day as a team.

"We challenged our group to compete every day and give their best, and  they did. I am very thankful to them for buying into that message."



Wilson named National Player of Year

Doug Wilson of Kirkwood has hit the national jackpot again.

Wilson was named the MVP of the NJCAA Division II national tournament  last month when he led the Eagles to their second national title in  four years.

Now the talented 6-foot-7 center from Des Moines has been honored as  the National Player of the Year as well.

Wilson had a sensational game in the national finals when he collected  30 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in the victory  over Johnson County at Danville, Ill.

Wilson averaged 21 points, 8.7 rebounds and shot 67 percent from the  field. He led the ICCAC conference in points per game, rebounds per  game, field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks. For his efforts, he  was named the conference MVP and the regional MVP to sweep all four  major MVP awards this season.

Wilson thanked Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen and his staff for holding  him accountable during his two years with the Eagles, both on the  court and off the court. "Not every coach would do that," he said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:15



No. 6 Eagles sweep Southeastern

The sixth-ranked Kirkwood softball swept a non-conference doubleheader  from Southeastern, 6-3 and 11-3 in five innings, at the Kirkwood field  Tuesday afternoon.

London Jackson belted a solo home run in the fifth inning to tie the  score, 3-3, in the opener. The Eagles scored three times in the sixth  for the 6-3 triumph. Jessi Butler went 2-for-2 with a triple and two  RBIs. Shelby Hulsebus was 2-for-4 in the leadoff spot.

Erin Hocker (14-5) tossed a complete game in the opener, allowing  three runs on three hits with eight strikeouts.

Jackson and Lauren Klaahsen hit home runs in the 11-3 victory in the  nightcap. It was Jackson's 12th homer of the season, tying her for  third-most in NJCAA Division II softball.



Wilson named 1st team All-American

Doug Wilson of Kirkwood has been honored as a first team All-American by the NJCAA men's basketball selection committee, it was announced Monday.

Wilson led Kirkwood to the 2019 NJCAA Division II national title and had an enormous game in the finals with 30 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in a 64-58 victory over Johnson County.

Wilson, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Des Moines, averaged 21 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 blocks to help the Eagles finish with a 31-4 record. He shot 67 percent from the field, which ranked third-best in the country.



Kirkwood golfers win ICCAC title

AMES - The Kirkwood and DMACC men's golf teams have established quite  a rivalry this spring.

The DMACC Bears nipped the Eagles by one shot at the Wartburg Spring  Invitational on Saturday, but Kirkwood got a measure of revenge at the  ICCAC Spring Preview on Monday.

Kirkwood trimmed DMACC by three strokes, 295 to 298, for top honors at  the Spring Preview at the Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames.

George Kalpakas of Kirkwood won the title by firing a 1-under-par 71.  Kalpakas competed as an individual and his score did not count for the  Eagles, but they won the championship anyway.



Hocker, Bouman toss shutouts for KCC

The Kirkwood softball team was able to take a rest on defense during  the first game of its ICCAC doubleheader against Southwestern on  Sunday at the Kirkwood field.

The Eagles blanked Southwestern, 10-0, in five innings as pitcher Erin  Hocker got 13 of the 15 outs with strikeouts. Hocker (13-5) finished  with a two-hitter with no walks.

Kirkwood defeated Southwestern, 8-0, in five innings of the nightcap  on a six-hitter by Bradee Bouman.

The sweep lifted the seventh-ranked Eagles to 25-8 overall and 8-2 in  the conference. Southwestern fell to 6-19 overall and 2-8 in the league.



Brister stars as Kirkwood splits

MASON CITY - Brennan Brister belted two home runs and collected seven  RBIs as the Kirkwood Eagles rolled by NIACC, 18-6, in the second game  of their conference doubleheader in Mason City Sunday.

NIACC took the first game, 10-4.

Brister went 4-for-5 with a walk in the 18-6 victory, which ended  after seven innings by the mercy rule. Zion Pettigrew was 3-for-5 with  a double and three RBIs in the onslaught. Blake Mann got the victory  in relief.

Kal Youngquist had two RBIs for Kirkwood in the 10-4 loss in the opener.

Kirkwood won the four-game series against NIACC, 3-1. The Eagles  raised their records to 20-11 overall and 7-5 in the ICCAC conference  on their weekend trip to Mason City.



Krob helps Kirkwood baseball sweep NIACC

MASON CITY - Kirkwood baseball coach Todd Rima enjoyed his return to NIACC on Saturday as the Eagles swept a conference doubleheader, 4-3 and 5-4, in Mason City.

Rima spent 11 years as the head coach at NIACC before moving to Kirkwood, where he led the Eagles to the national tournament for the first time in 19 years last season.

Austin Krob, who has struggled on the mound for Kirkwood this year, played a pivotal role in both victories Saturday in relief.

Krob pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief to get the victory in the 4-3 triumph in the opener, and he tossed the final inning in the 5-4 victory in the nightcap to notch a save.

The sweep lifted Kirkwood to 19-10 overall and 6-4 in the ICCAC Conference standings.



Kirkwood golfers nipped for title

WAVERLY - The Kirkwood men's golf team lost the Wartburg Spring Invitational by one shot Saturday.

The DMACC Bears nipped the Eagles, 584 tp 585, for the 36-hole championship at the Prairie Links Golf Course in a three-way photo finish among three premier junior college teams.

Southwestern finished third with a two-day total of 586, just another shot behind Kirkwood, in a wild scramble for the title.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 April 2019 08:23



KCC's Hocker tosses 4-hit shutout

Kirkwood freshman Erin Hocker tossed a four-hit shutout as the seventh-ranked Eagles blanked fifth-ranked Iowa Central, 4-0, in the first game of their ICCAC conference doubleheader at Kirkwood Saturday.

Iowa Central won the second game, 8-2.

Hocker struck out eight batters and walked only two in the 4-0 shutout. Lauren Klaahsen had two doubles for the Eagles to continue her hot hitting. Rachel Stewart, London Jackson and Klaahsen had RBIs.

Klaahsen socked a solo home run in the 8-2 loss in the nightcap.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 April 2019 08:37



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