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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood golfers lead regional tourney

AMES - Jordan Even and the Kirkwood Eagles grabbed the lead after the first round of the NJCAA Region XI tournament at the Veenkner Memorial Golf Course in Ames Saturday.

Even fired a 1-over-par 73 to take a one-shot lead heading into the final 18 holes Sunday. Niall Powell of Kirkwood carded a 2-over 74 and  is tied for second. Louis Flynn of Kirkwood is tied for fourth at 75.

The Eagles finished the first round with a four-man score of 302, good for a 10-shot lead over Iowa Lakes.


1. Kirkwood 302, 2. Iowa Lakes 312, 3. (tie) DMACC 319, Iowa Central  319, 5. Northeast 332, 6. NIACC 333, 7. Southeastern 346, 8.  Southwestern 354.

KIRKWOOD: Jordan Even 73, Niall Powell 74, Louis Flynn 75, JD  Goodfellow 80, Charles Hartwig 83.


Hansen makes bid for Player of Year

Maddie Hansen used to be a base-clogger. Now she's a base-clearer. And she might be the National Player of the Year as one of the stars for the Kirkwood softball team.

Hansen belted her 18th home run Friday and added to her sterling credentials as the second-ranked Eagles dumped Southwestern, 18-1, to claim the regional title at Kirkwood.

Kirkwood Coach Joe Yegge termed the phrase "base-clogger" to describe Hansen when the All-American catcher arrived on campus in 2015 from Cedar Rapids Jefferson, but that was before Hansen dropped 25 pounds  thanks to a heavy diet of racquetball.

"I was pretty slow as a base-runner when I got here," she acknowledged Friday. "I lost a lot of weight my freshman year and I became more athletic, and I think that's helped me get where I am."

It's helped her climb to the top of the charts in junior college softball. Hansen leads the nation with 90 RBIs, is tied for second with 18 homers and ranks fourth in batting with a .537 average.

On top of that, she's an outstanding catcher.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 May 2017 05:14



Kirkwood baseball team has tough day

The Kirkwood baseball team began Friday in a tie for first place in the ICCAC conference standings, but by the time the long frustrating  day was over the Eagles had slipped all the way to fourth.

Now the Eagles have to bounce back in a rare "triple-header" against 19th-ranked Southeastern Saturday afternoon to climb back on top of the standings on the final day of the regular season.

Kirkwood wasted a terrific effort by right-hander Joe Funkhouser and lost the first game of Friday's doubleheader to Southeastern, 1-0, at the Kirkwood field.

The second game was suspended by darkness with the score tied, 8-8, after eight innings. The Eagles had an 8-2 lead after five innings, but saw it slip away.

Kirkwood and Southeastern will resume the suspended game at noon Saturday, followed by the regularly scheduled doubleheader.

If the Eagles win all three times Saturday, they can clinch at least a tie for first place. If they lose all three games, they can fall all the way to fifth place.



McBeain stars as Eagles sink Lakers

Angie McBeain has made a powerful impact on the Kirkwood softball team this season as a freshman.

Powerful arm. Powerful bat.

McBeain starred as a hitter and pitcher Thursday as the second-ranked Eagles topped 16th-ranked Iowa Lakes, 12-4, in six innings in the second round of the regional tournament at Kirkwood.

Kirkwood (51-4) will face Southwestern (9-27) in the championship round again Friday at noon. The Eagles need one more victory to win the regional title, but the Spartans would have to win twice in the double-elimination tourney to earn the crown.

McBeain, who hails from Prior Lake, Minn., went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs Thursday. She also pitched well in relief, allowing no runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Lexi Kinnaird, who set the Kirkwood record with her 51st victory in  the opening round Wednesday, suffered a rough patch in the fourth inning against Iowa Lakes and was touched for four runs, but McBeain came to the rescue and stopped the bleeding.

McBeain is hitting .433 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs, and she's compiled a 19-1 record and 1.72 ERA in the circle.

DoniRae Mayhew, another talented freshman who can hit and pitch, also socked a three-run homer Thursday. She's hitting .441 with 15 homers and 74 RBIs, along with a 5-0 record and 2.38 ERA as the team's No. 3 hurler.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 May 2017 12:00



KCC's Kramer wins national baseball award

Kirkwood outfielder Ross Kramer has been named the National NJCAA  Player of the Week for games played from April 24 to April 30.

Kramer, a freshman from Urbandale, hit three home runs and drove in  six runs in a 10-6 victory over NIACC. He hit .529 with three doubles,  three homers and seven RBIs in the four-game series.

Kramer and the Eagles are hosting Southeastern Community College in a  four-game series this Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.

Kirkwood and Southeastern are tied for the conference lead with 13-7  records heading into the final weekend of the regular season, but  NIACC and Iowa Central are just a game behind at 12-8.



Kinnaird, Nearad snap KCC records

Lexi Kinnaird and Taylor Nearad engaged in some good battles against  each other at rival high schools in Eastern Iowa, but they're teammates at Kirkwood Community College now and destroying the record book at one of the top softball programs in the country.

Kinnaird snapped the career record for victories and Nearad broke the career mark for home runs Wednesday as the second-ranked Eagles pounded Southwestern, 20-0, in five innings in the opening round of the regional tournament at Kirkwood.

Kinnaird, a right-hander from Clear Creek Amana, raised her record to 51-5 the past two years by tossing three perfect innings. She broke the old school mark of 50 victories set by Amanda Lambrecht in 2010-11.

Nearad, a center fielder from Solon, cracked the 46th home run of her remarkable career, snapping the old mark of 45 homers set by Kayla Tatge in 2012-13.

"It's awesome," Kirkwood Coach Joe Yegge remarked after seeing two career marks fall in the same game.

Kinnaird and Nearad, both sophomores, competed against each other in high school in the Wamac Conference before moving to Kirkwood last season. Kinnaird prefers having Nearad on her side these days.

"She's always been tough to pitch to. In high school and now," said Kinnaird. "She was always someone I dreaded pitching to."

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 May 2017 05:00



JUCO softball regional begins Wednesday

The NJCAA Region XI-B softball tournament that was postponed by rain last week and has been rescheduled for this Wednesday through Friday  at Kirkwood Community College.

Kirkwood (49-4) will face Southwestern (7-26) in the first game Wednesday at 2 p.m., followed by Iowa Lakes (33-14) against Ellsworth (16-35) at 4 p.m.

If Kirkwood stays in the winners bracket, the Eagles will play again Thursday at 2 p.m. and Friday at noon.

The regional is a double-elimination tournament. The winner advances to a district tournament next week.


2 p.m. - Kirkwood vs Southwestern
4 p.m. - Iowa Lakes vs Ellsworth


Noon - Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
2 p.m. - Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2
4 p.m. - Winner Game 3 vs Loser Game 4


Noon - Championship Game
2 p.m. - Championship Game (if necessary)


Long stars as Eagles split with NIACC

MASON CITY - Peyton Long and the Kirkwood Eagles are coming back from a cold, wet weekend in Mason City with a chance to win the ICCAC conference title in Cedar Rapids this week.

Long sparkled on the mound Saturday as the Eagles topped NIACC, 10-2, in the first game of a league doubleheader.

Long tossed a complete game and allowed two earned runs on five hits, with 10 strikeouts and three walks. The freshman from Des Moines raised his record to 6-1, giving him the most wins on the staff.

NIACC won the second game, 10-6.

The split left Kirkwood with a 13-7 record in the conference, good for a virtual tie for first place with Southeastern in the compact league standings.

Southeastern leads the race by percentage points with a 12-6 record heading into a doubleheader with DMACC on Sunday. Kirkwood will be hosting Southeastern in a four-game series this Friday and Saturday in what could be a showdown for the title, but three other teams are still in the hunt as well.



Kramer stars as Eagles tie for ICCAC lead

MASON CITY - Ross Kramer had socked only one home run all season for  the Kirkwood Eagles heading into Friday's doubleheader at NIACC, but  that changed dramatically.

Kramer belted three homers and knocked in six runs as the Eagles  topped NIACC, 10-6, in the first game of their ICCAC conference  doubleheader at Mason City.

NIACC rallied to win the second game, 3-2, in 10 innings, but the  split was good enough to lift Kirkwood into a tie for the conference  lead with six games left in the race.

Kramer, a freshman from Urbandale, collected a grand slam and two solo  shots in the first game. Spencer Wiskus, a freshman from Iowa City,  also hit a homer and drove in four runs for the Eagles.

Porter Hummel picked up the victory with five innings in relief.

Kirkwood led, 2-0, heading into the bottom of the ninth in the second  game, needing three outs to sweep the twinbill and take over sole  possession of first place in the league. NIACC scored twice in the  bottom of the ninth and pushed across the winning run with one out in  the 10th for the victory.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 April 2017 06:04



Kirkwood golfers claim Monmouth Invy

MONMOUTH, Ill. - The Kirkwood golf team turned the Gibson Woods Course into its personal playground Friday.

The final round of the Fighting Scot Invitational was rained out Saturday and the Eagles were declared the champions.

J.D. Goodfellow and Niall Powell fired rounds of 3-under-par 68 as Kirkwood took a 13-shot lead after the first round of the tournament  Friday in Monmouth, Ill.

Goodfellow and Powell finished in a three-way tie for first place. Jake Sevcik of Kirkwood shot a 2-under 69 and placed fourth.

Kirkwood shot 4-under 280 as a team. Black Hawk College placed second at 293.


1. Kirkwood 280, 2. Black Hawk 293, 3. Iowa Wesleyan 297, 4. Augustana 302, 5. Monmouth 312, 6. Carl Sandburg 320, 7. Black Hawk Gold 324, 8. Illinois College 331, 9. Monmouth Red 332, 10. Knox 333, 11. North  Central 346.

KIRKWOOD: J.D. Goodfellow 68, Niall Powell 68, Jake Sevcik 69, Louis Flynn 72, Charlie Hartwig 72, Max Thrune 72, Jordan Even 75.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 April 2017 06:11

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