Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Epperly paces KCC golfers at Blue Boy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Ben Epperly of Kirkwood successfully battled 25  mph winds at the Blue Boy Invitational Friday and sits in first place  heading into the final round on Saturday.

Epperly shot an even-par 72 at The Rail Golf Course for a one-shot  lead after 18 holes.

Kirkwood holds a four-shot edge on Nebraska Wesleyan, 304 to 308,  heading into the final round in the 11-team field.



Hocker helps Eagles split with SCC

WEST BURLINGTON - Erin Hocker sparkled on the mound for the Kirkwood  Eagles Wednesday as they split a non-conference doubleheader with  Southeastern Community College.

Hocker pitched all nine innings as the fifth-ranked Eagles topped the  Blackhawks, 4-1, in the first game in West Burlington.

Southeastern won the second game, 3-2, to split the twinbill.

Hocker (16-6) allowed only one run on seven hits in the 4-1 victory in  the opener, with four strikeouts and no walks. Kirkwood snapped a 1-1  tie with three runs in the top of the ninth.

London Jackson went 2-for-3 and scored twice in the opener. Jessi  Butler also had two hits for the Eagles.



Jackson belts 14th homer for Eagles

London Jackson belted her 14th home run of the season Tuesday to help  the Kirkwood Eagles dump Iowa Western, 9-1, in the first game of their  non-conference doubleheader at Kirkwood.

Iowa Western won the nightcap, 11-3, in five innings.

Jackson went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and scored three runs in the 9-1  victory, which ended after six innings due to the mercy rule. She is  tied for third in the country with her 14 homers.

Rachel Stewart went 2-for-4 with two runs in the victory. Lauren  Klaahsen drove in two runs. Erin Hocker (15-6) pitched a complete  game, allowing one run on two hits.

Iowa Western led 11-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning of  Game 2. Kirkwood scored three times, but it was not enough to stay  alive due to the eight-run mercy rule.

The split left the fifth-ranked Eagles at 31-10 at the NJCAA Division  II level. Iowa Western is 26-16 at the NJCAA Division I level.



KCC golfers place 4th in Macomb

MACOMB, Ill. - The Kirkwood men's golf team finished fourth out of 11  teams at the Beu/Mussatto Invitational Tuesday at the Harry Mussatto  Golf Course.

James Morgan of Kirkwood tied for 17th with rounds of 74 and 73 for a  36-hole score of 147.

Indian Hills Community College won the title at 564. Kirkwood finished  at 599, a total of 35 shots off the pace.



Pitching woes sink Kirkwood baseball

Kirkwood baseball coach Todd Rima is searching desperately for  pitchers who can get somebody out.

Anyone interested should look for Rima at Johnson Hall. He'll be the  guy hiding under his desk.

Kirkwood lost three games Monday to DMACC by the ugly scores of 12-11,  11-8 and 12-4 in league affairs at Kirkwood.

The 12-11 loss came in 11 innings and was the final score of a game  that was suspended on Saturday due to darkness. The 11-8 and 12-4  setbacks came in an ICCAC doubleheader that followed.

The three losses dropped the Eagles to 21-14 overall and 8-8 in the  conference. DMACC raised its records to 25-11 overall and 13-3 in the  league.

Kirkwood's team earned run average has ballooned to 5.96, compared to  a respectable team ERA of 4.40 last year when the Eagles reached the  junior college World Series.



KCC softball sweeps to 30 wins

The sixth-ranked Kirkwood softball team swept an ICCAC doubleheader  from Northeast Community College on Monday, 9-1 in six innings and 8-0  in five innings, at Kirkwood.

Kirkwood raised its records to 30-9 overall and 11-3 in the  conference. The Eagles are still in third place in the league  standings, trailing DMACC (13-1) and NIACC (12-2).

Bradee Bouman (14-3) tossed a three-hitter in the 9-1 victory in the  opener. Lauren Kuch lofted a three-run double in the sixth inning when  the Eagles scored six times for a walk-off victory.

Lauren Klaahsen and Jayme Finn had two RBIs in Game 1. Shelby Hulsebus  had two hits. Kuch scored twice.



KCC baseball headed for tripleheader

The Kirkwood baseball team is headed for a tripleheader on Monday.

The Eagles defeated DMACC, 5-3, in the first game of their doubleheader Saturday at Kirkwood, but the second game was suspended in the bottom of the 10th inning with the score knotted at 11-11.

Kirkwood and DMACC will finish the suspended game on Monday, prior to their next  ICCAC conference twinbill in Cedar Rapids.

Kirkwood scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of the opener to erase a 3-2 deficit and held on for the 5-3 victory. Carter Lawler (3-3) pitched five innings for the win, allowing three runs on seven hits. Austin Krobe got the final four outs for his second save.

Jamarion Loston scored twice for Kirkwood in the triumph. Taylor Jackson and Brennan Brister had RBIs.



No. 6 Eagles split with No. 4 Bears

BOONE - Bradee Bouman tossed a complete game and got lots of support from her offense Saturday as sixth-ranked Kirkwood topped No. 4 DMACC, 8-3, in the second game of their ICCAC doubleheader in Boone.

DMACC nipped the Eagles in the opener, 2-1.

The DMACC Bears lead the conference standings at 11-1. NIACC, which is ranked seventh in the country, sits in second place at 10-3. Kirkwood is in third place at 9-3 in the tight race among three top-10 ballclubs.

Bouman (13-3) allowed two earned runs on six hits in the 8-3 victory in the nightcap. Lauren Kuch went 3-for-5 and scored twice. London Jackson was 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs and her 13th home run. Lauren Klaahsen, Jayme Finn and Autum Barthelman had two hits in a 16-hit attack.



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



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