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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood golfers leads Blue Boy Invitational

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Kirkwood Eagles took a 10-shot lead Friday after the first round of the Blue Boy Invitational at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield, Ill.

The Eagles finished the first 18 holes with a four-man score of 287, good for a 10-shot margin over Nebraska Wesleyan.

Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood fired a 69 and is tied for first place entering the final round on Saturday. Niall Powell and Will Babcock of Kirkwood are tied for third at 72.



Filip joins KCC women's basketball team

Justice Filip, a point guard who was one of the top 3-point shooters in Wisconsin this season, has committed to join the Kirkwood women's basketball program.

Filip, 5-foot-7, averaged 16.2 points and 3.6 assists at Madison East High School this year. She made 53.2 percent of her field goals and 87 percent of her free throws.

Filip was invited to participate in an elite 3-point shooting contestĀ  in Wisconsin as a junior and senior. She also was named first team all-conference as a senior.

Filip is the ninth high school senior to commit to Kirkwood this spring. She picked the Eagles over Black Hills State, an NCAA Division II school, and Lincoln Trail College, an NJCAA Division I program.


KCC baseball team spins 1-hitter

CENTERVILLE - Jake McLaughlin, Trey Cowley and Kirby Kerr combined on a one-hitter Thursday as the Kirkwood Eagles blanked Indian Hills, 4-0, in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader in Centerville.

Indian Hills won the second game, 10-2.

McLaughlin (1-0) pitched the first four innings for the Eagles. He did not allow any hits, with four strikeouts and three walks.

Cowley tossed 1 2/3 innings and allowed the only hit, with two strikeouts and a walk. Kerr, who began the game in right field, pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and was credited with a save. Kerr struck out three batters and walked two.

The eighth-ranked Eagles scored all four of their runs in the opener in the second inning. Kerr, who was 2-for-3 as a hitter, drove in two runs in the inning. Korry Howell also had an RBI.



Muhl signs 8 for KCC women's hoops

Kirkwood women's basketball coach Kim Muhl has kept busy ever since the Eagles finished second at the NJCAA Division II national tournament this year.

Muhl has signed eight new high school players to replenish his roster for the 2018-19 campaign.

Five of the new players are from Iowa. They include Jayla Johnson from Cedar Rapids Washington, Ashley Tull from North Linn, Addison Rath from Mid-Prairie, Paige Bradford from Davenport North and Amara Lipsey of Ames.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2018 04:55



Thedford joining KCC men's basketball

The Kirkwood Eagles have dipped into their pipeline to Des Moines Hoover to land Devonte' Thedford, a 6-foot-1 guard who averaged 15.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists for Hoover this past season.

Thedford is the third Hoover grad in three years to join the Kirkwood men's basketball program. He follows Chris King, a 6-foot-1 guard who led Kirkwood in scoring this season as a sophomore, and Doug Wilson, a 6-foot-7 forward who was named a junior college All-American this year as a freshman for the Eagles.

Thedford played with King and Wilson at Des Moines Hoover when he was a freshman in high school. The Huskies finished with a 21-1 record that season.



Frustrating day for Kirkwood baseball

The Kirkwood Eagles suffered a heap of frustration, one stinging defeat and an agonizing tie during a long day at the ballpark Tuesday.

The eighth-ranked Eagles dropped the first game of their doubleheader against NIACC, 8-3, when the Kirkwood pitchers issued 11 walks and the Kirkwood batters struck out 14 times in seven innings.

The Eagles then had to settle for a 1-1 tie with NIACC in a game that lasted 11 innings and ended in darkness at 8 p.m. The Eagles squandered numerous chances, leaving the bases loaded in the 9th, 10th and 11th innings and stranding 18 runners.

"We had chances," said Kirkwood Coach Todd Rima.

The first game took three hours. The second game lasted 3 1/2 hours and settled nothing. And when it was all over, the Eagles had dropped out of first place in the ICCAC standings and fallen a half-game behind Southeastern.

"Game 1 they were better than us," said Rima. "I didn't think we pitched it very well. We didn't play as well defensively as we had (with four errors). We gave them too many free bases, and you can't do that against good teams in our league.



No. 3 Eagles pound Iowa Central, 35-0

The third-ranked Kirkwood softball team destroyed Iowa Central in an ICCAC conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Kirkwood.

The Eagles whipped Iowa Central, 25-0, in the first game and captured the second game, 10-0.

Both mismatches were stopped after 4 1/2 innings by the college mercy rule. Kirkwood scored 35 runs in just eight innings.

Rachel Stewart went 5-for-5 in the first game with two doubles, two homers, four RBIs and five runs. The freshman shortstop has belted 13 homers this year.

Monika Bevans was 3-for-3 and drove in two runs. Kenady Waugh, Audra Bridenstine and Skylar Ryan had two hits. Waugh and Ryan collected a pair of doubles.



Luke Appel joins KCC men's basketball

Luke Appel, a 6-foot-7 forward who averaged a double-double this season at Marshalltown High School, has committed to the Kirkwood men's basketball program.

Appel averaged 22 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the Bobcats and received Honorable Mention all-state from the Des Moines Register.

Appel, a left-hander, is the fourth Iowa high school senior to commit to the Eagles for the 2018-19 campaign.

Seybian Sims, a 6-foot-7 forward from Iowa City West; Brady Sartorius, a 6-foot guard from Mount Pleasant; and Griff Clark, a 5-11 guard from Cedar Rapids Prairie, also plan to join Kirkwood.



KCC golfers take 2nd at Rend Lake

WHITTINGTON, Ill. - The Kirkwood Eagles struggled on Day 2 of the Rend Lake Spring Invite Monday and finished in second place.

The Eagles held the lead after the first 18 holes Sunday at 302, but they shot 316 Monday and finished six shots behind John A. Logan College.

Max Thrune, who fired a 1-under-par 71 for Kirkwood Sunday, shot an 8-over 80 Monday and tied for fifth place at 151.



Griff Clark will join KCC basketball

Griff Clark of Cedar Rapids Prairie plans to join the Kirkwood men'sĀ  basketball program next season as an invited walk-on.

Clark, a 5-foot-11 guard, averaged 12.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals for Prairie as a senior this past season.

Clark's older brother, Cal, is the starting second baseman for the Kirkwood baseball team. Cal Clark played a few games for the Kirkwood basketball team during the 2016-17 season as an emergency substitute when the Eagles were short-handed.


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