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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wilson, King spark No. 13 Eagles by Lakers

ESTHERVILLE - Doug Wilson and Chris King, who were teammates at Des Moines Hoover High School, provided a strong 1-2 punch for the Kirkwood Eagles Saturday afternoon.

Wilson collected a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds as the 13th-ranked Eagles trimmed Iowa Lakes, 72-67, in an ICCAC conference game in Estherville.

King scored 18 points for Kirkwood, including a flurry of seven straight markers late in the game to help claim the victory.

The Eagles raised their records to 13-4 overall and 3-0 in the conference with their fifth straight triumph.



Kirkwood raised $2,566 for Ben Jacobson

The fundraiser for Kirkwood assistant basketball coach Ben Jacobson  raised $2,566 on Wednesday night at Johnson Hall.

Jacobson, 34, was diagnosed with brain cancer in October. He returned  to the basketball team in November and is receiving treatments at the  University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

The GoFundMe campaign for Jacobson has surpassed the original goal of  $10,000 and the new goal has been set at $15,000.

The NIACC basketball program raised $1,970 at its clinic in Mason City  and presented Jacobson with a check for that amount Wednesday.

Special T-shirts from "Jake's Game" can be ordered through Kirkwood  for $15. Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name and  size. Checks can be written to Kirkwood Athletics. All proceeds go to  Jacobson.

In addition, JacobStrong bracelets are available at the Kirkwood  athletic department office at Johnson Hall for $2.


No. 2 KCC women trim No. 7 NIACC

Arika Wooldridge joined a championship team when she transferred from Winona State to Kirkwood this season.

She played like a champion at crunch time Wednesday night.

Wooldridge made several key plays in the final minutes to help the second-ranked Eagles trim No. 7 NIACC, 68-59, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

The game was tied, 56-56, with five minutes left, but Kirkwood outscored the visitors 12-3 down the stretch for the nine-point victory.

Wooldridge, a 6-foot-2 center from Center Point, re-entered the contest with 3:35 remaining and played a pivotal role from there.

She hit an eight-footer in the lane to beat the shot clock and give Kirkwood a 62-56 lead, then she scored in the low post to make it 64-59 with about a minute remaining.

She also grabbed three key defensive rebounds during that spurt and helped the Eagles raise their records to 16-3 overall and 2-0 in the league.



No. 13 Eagles knock off NIACC

Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen pulled Chris King and Ethan Meeker into a private meeting prior to the holiday break last month to talk about where the Eagles were headed.

It had been a choppy season at that point and Petersen wanted his two experienced sophomores to help point the Eagles in the right direction.

It's worked.

King and Meeker played important roles Wednesday night as the 13th-ranked Eagles continued their surge with a 76-63 victory over NIACC in a conference game at Johnson Hall.

King popped in six 3-pointers and scored 23 points. Meeker, who missed the first month of the season with a broken hand, contributed eight points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Most of all, they're providing more of the leadership that may have been lacking earlier in the campaign.

"I just wanted more ownership from those guys in particular, because they've been in our program and they've played a good amount of minutes over their careers," said Petersen. "I just wanted more ownership, because at the end of the day this is their last go-round at Kirkwood.



'Jake's Game' is big success for Jacobson

Ben Jacobson, smiling broadly, embraced his family and warmly acknowledged all the fans who flocked to Johnson Hall Wednesday night to support him in his fight against brain cancer.

"Unbelievable," was his one-word response when asked what the night meant to him. "Unbelievable."

Jacobson, 34, was diagnosed with Level 2 brain cancer in October. The 2 1/2-inch tumor in the frontal lobe of his brain is inoperable, due to its location, but he has vowed to wage a fierce battle against the disease.

Jacobson has been back on the job as an assistant men's basketball coach at Kirkwood Community College since mid-November and he's extremely appreciative of all the support he's received from the Kirkwood athletic department, the Kirkwood community, friends and fans.

A GoFundMe campaign has raised $10,155 for the Jacobson family to help with expenses, already surpassing the initial goal of $10,000.

The NIACC basketball teams, who were Kirkwood's opponents in the doubleheader Wednesday, raised $1,970 for Jacobson at a basketball clinic and presented Jacobson with a check during a pre-game ceremony.



'Jake's Game' fundraiser for KCC coach

Ben Jacobson has discovered that a lot of friends are rooting for him in his fight against brain cancer, including people he doesn't even know.

The "GoFundMe" campaign to help Jacobson and his family with their medical expenses has reached $7,620 toward the initial goal of $10,000.

The basketball program at NIACC, one of Kirkwood's rivals in the ICCAC conference, has raised an additional $2,000 for Jacobson through their own clinics.

And now Kirkwood Community College, where Jacobson has worked as an assistant men's basketball coach the past five years, will be holding a special fundraiser for Jacobson Wednesday night when the Eagles host NIACC in a doubleheader that begins at 5:30 p.m. with the women's game at Johnson Hall.


Kirkwood is calling it "Jake's Game," and spectators are asked to wear gray, the color for brain cancer awareness.

Jacobson, 34, was diagnosed in October with Level 2 brain cancer. There is an inoperable 2 1/2-inch tumor in the frontal lobe of his brain, located in a delicate spot that cannot be removed by surgery.



Kirkwood men dump No. 7 Iowa Central

FORT DODGE - The Kirkwood men's basketball team blasted seventh-ranked Iowa Central, 84-62, Saturday for its second big victory over a top-10 team in four days.

The Eagles whipped No. 2 Lincoln College, 71-55, Wednesday night.

Freshman Bailey Kale tossed in five 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Kirkwood in the 22-point victory Saturday in the ICCAC conference opener for both teams in Fort Dodge.

Chris King scored 13 points for the Eagles, who raised their overall record to 11-4. Doug Wilson had a big game for Kirkwood with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. Carlo Marble added 10 points.

Kirkwood blew to a 24-point lead at halftime and cruised to the victory from there.

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:46



Wilson stars as No. 2 Eagles roll

FORT DODGE - Tayana Wilson played a strong all-around game Saturday as the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles rolled by Iowa Central, 73-47, in the opening game of the ICCAC campaign.

Wilson finished with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and no turnovers for Kirkwood, which raised its overall record to 15-3.

Megan Axcell popped in three 3-pointers and scored 13 points for the Eagles. Olivia Usher had 12 points and Leah Robinson contributed 10 points off the bench.



Stansbury sparks KCC by No. 2 Lincoln

There are hundreds of good colleges between L.J. Stansbury's home town in Delaware and way out here in Cedar Rapids, but he felt at home during his visit to Kirkwood and figured this would be a good place to play ball.

He was right.

Stansbury exploded off the bench Wednesday with 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the Eagles dump second-ranked Lincoln College, 71-55, in a non-conference game at Johnson Hall.

Stansbury, a versatile 6-foot-4 freshman who can play four positions, reached a career-high in points and rebounds and had a double-double by halftime.

"He was huge for us," said Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen. "He came off the bench and was able to score and rebound for us. That's the player we feel that L.J. can be."

Stansbury has started eight games for the Eagles this season, but he lost his spot in the lineup in December and has played as a reserve the last five games.



Balanced No. 8 KCC women dump Loras JV

Kim Muhl has another strong basketball team at Kirkwood Community College this season.

The Lady Eagles are ranked eighth in the nation, boast a 14-3 record and are averaging 73.4 points per game, but there's something a little odd about this year's club.

Tay Wilson is the only player on the team who has a scoring average in double figures, and she was averaging 9.94 points before raising it to exactly 10.0 Thursday night in an 89-63 victory over the Loras junior varsity at Johnson Hall.

Awal Ajak is averaging 9.6 points, Leah Robinson 8.7, Megan Axcell 8.2, Olivia Usher 7.5 and Arika Wooldridge 6.5. All of them are capable of scoring a lot more on any given night - and most of them have - but Muhl likes to rotate a dozen players and share the wealth.

That was the story again Wednesday.

All 14 Eagles got into the game and 12 of them saw at least 10 minutes of court time. Twelve players got into the scoring column, but nobody had a monster game.

Axcell led the way with 13 points. Wilson and Ajak netted 11 apiece, but nobody else reached double figures.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 January 2018 06:24



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