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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kinnaird ties KCC mark for victories

Kirkwood sophomore Lexi Kinnaird has mowed down batters the last two years as one of the top junior college pitchers in the country.

Now she shares a special record.

Kinnaird tied the school mark with her 50th victory Tuesday when the second-ranked Eagles trimmed Indian Hills, 3-2, in a non-conference game at the Kirkwood field.

Indian Hills won the second game, 5-4, and Kinnaird was saddled with the loss in relief.

Kinnaird has compiled a 50-5 record for Kirkwood, matching the school mark for victories set by Amanda Lambrecht, who went 50-4 for the Eagles as their star pitcher in 2010 and 2011.

Kinnaird will get a chance to break the record when she pitches in the regional tournament Friday at Kirkwood.

Kinnaird has been remarkably consistent for the Eagles the past two seasons. She finished with a 25-2 record last year and is 25-3 this year entering the postseason.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:59

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Kirkwood baseball sweeps Iowa Lakes

The Kirkwood Eagles have put themselves in position to win the ICCAC conference baseball title this season.

Now they have to finish the job.

Kirkwood swept a doubleheader from Iowa Lakes, 8-5 and 8-7, Sunday at the Kirkwood field and is just one game out of first place in the  ICCAC standings with eight games left.

Southeastern leads the league with a 12-4 record, followed by Kirkwood (11-5), NIACC (10-6), Iowa Central (12-8), DMACC (11-9), Ellsworth (3-13) and Iowa Lakes (1-15).

Kirkwood finishes the conference race with a four-game series at NIACC April 29-30, then is scheduled to host Southeastern in a four-game set May 5-6 in a possible showdown for the title.

The Eagles won the nightcap against Iowa Lakes Sunday on a walk-off homer by Lorenzo Elion with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, snapping a 7-7 tie.

Kirkwood trailed in the nightcap 4-1, but the Eagles battled back and took a 7-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Ross Kramer collected an  RBI double to snap a 4-4 tie and give Kirkwood a 5-4 lead, then Cal Clark belted a two-run homer for a 7-4 margin.

Iowa Lakes responded with three runs in the top of the ninth, however, to tie the game at 7-7.

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No. 1 Eagles share ICCAC softball title

NORFOLK, Neb. - The Kirkwood softball team should send two dozen roses and a box of chocolates to their friends at Southwestern Community  College in Creston.

Thanks to Southwestern, the Eagles have finished the ICCAC season with a share of the conference title.

It looked like the top-ranked Eagles would finish a game behind  fifth-ranked DMACC in the league standings, but Southwestern upset DMACC on Sunday to open the door for Kirkwood.

Kirkwood obliged by sweeping its conference doubleheader at Northeast Community College Sunday, so Kirkwood and DMACC finished in a tie for  first place with identical 24-2 records.

Southwestern beating DMACC was quite an upset, because Southwestern finished in seventh place in the conference with a 6-22 record. Southwestern beat DMACC in the first game of their doubleheader, 6-2, but DMACC responded with a 10-0 victory in the nightcap.

Kirkwood Coach Joe Yegge has now won eight conference titles (outright or shared) in his 10 years with the Eagles.

Kirkwood swept Northeast, 9-2 and 20-4, on the road in Norfolk, Neb., on Sunday, raising their overall record to 48-3.

Lexi Kinnaird (24-2, 1.24 ERA) allowed one earned run in the 9-2 victory. She allowed four hits, with 12 strikeouts and one walk.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 April 2017 05:06

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KCC softball raises record to 46-3

CRESTON - The top-ranked Kirkwood softball team raised its record to 46-3 Saturday by sweeping a conference doubleheader at Southwestern  Community College.

Maddie Hansen hit her 16th home run and Lexi Kinnaird pitched a five-hitter as Kirkwood won the opener, 12-1, in five innings.

Morgan Frost belted her sixth homer and Angie McBeain tossed a one-hitter as the Eagles ran away with the second game, 15-0, in five innings.

Kirkwood is 22-2 in the league and trails DMACC (23-1) by one game in the league standings with two games left for both teams.

Taylor Nearad went 3-for-4 for Kirkwood in the first game. Lexi Ferrari, DoniRae Mayhew, McBeain and Audra Bridenstine had two hits. Mayhew drove in three runs. Hansen, McBeain and Monika Bevans had two  RBIs.

Kinnaird (23-2) struck out six batters and walked two.

Mayhew and Frost had three hits in the second game. Nearad, Hansen, McBeain and Bridenstine had two hits. Nearad, Hansen and Frost drove in three runs.

McBeain (18-1) struck out two batters and walked one.

Southwestern fell to 6-25 overall and 5-21 in the conference.

GAME 1

Kirkwood      153 12 - 12 16 0
Southwestern  000 01 - 1 5 4

W - Kinnaird. L - Schlefen.

GAME 2

Kirkwood      111 57 - 15 17 1
Southwestern  000 00 - 0 1 4

W - McBeain. L - McGuire.

 

Kirkwood golfers win Blue Boy title

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Niall Powell captured medalist honors with his second consecutive round of 1-under-par 71 Saturday as the Kirkwood Eagles ran away with the team championship of the Blue Boy  Invitational at the Rail Golf Course.

Powell finished at 2-under 142 for the tournament. Charles Hartwig of  Kirkwood finished second at 2-over 146 and Louis Flynn of Kirkwood placed third at 3-over 147.

Jake Sevcik of Kirkwood played as an individual and tied for fourth at  151. His score did not count in the team standings.

Kirkwood won the tournament by 40 strokes over Lewis & Clark Community  College.

TEAM STANDINGS

1. Kirkwood 586, 2. Lewis & Clark 626, 3. Monmouth 634, 4. Blackburn  637, 5. (tie) Illinois College 643, Lake Forest 643, 7. Knox 687, 8. North Central Missouri 703, 9. Concordia 720, 10. Westminster 724, 11.  Greenville 870.

KIRKWOOD TEAM: 1. Niall Powell 71-71=142, 2. Charles Hartwig  71-75=146, 3. Louis Flynn 78-69=147, 7. Jordan Even 73-80=153, 20. Max Thrune 82-78=160.

KIRKWOOD INDIVIDUALS: 4. Jake Sevcik 74-77=151, 11. JD Goodfellow 77-80=157.

   

Goods named JUCO National Player of Year

Kirkwood sophomore Simone Goods was honored Friday with the 2017 Spalding NJCAA DII Women's Player of the Year Award after leading the  Eagles to the national title this season.

The selection was made by the DII women's basketball committee.

Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl earlier was named the Spalding DII Coach of the Year by the committee.

Goods, a 6-foot-2 center from Omaha, averaged 16.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks this season. She shot 67.9 percent from the field, which led the country.

Goods transferred to Kirkwood for the 2016-17 campaign after spending one year at Western Kentucky.

Kirkwood finished with a perfect 37-0 record this year and won the seventh national title in school history.

Goods averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds in four games at the national tournament and was named the tournament MVP. She also was named the conference MVP and the regional MVP.

Goods collected 10 double-doubles this season and scored in double figures in 34 of 37 games.

 

Kirkwood golfers lead Blue Boy Invy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Charles Hartwig and Niall Powell of Kirkwood fired  rounds of 1-under-par 71 Friday to help the Eagles grab an eight shot lead after the first round of the Blue Boy Invitational at The Rail  Golf Course in Springfield, Ill.

Hartwig and Powell own a one-shot lead heading into the final round Saturday.The Eagles finished the day with a four-man score of 293. Lewis &  Clark is second at 301.

Jordan Even shot a 1-over 73 for Kirkwood.

TEAM STANDINGS

1. Kirkwood 293, 2. Lewis & Clark 301, 3. Illinois College 309, 4.  Blackburn 317, 5. Monmouth 319, 6. Lake Forest 322, 7. Knox 330, 8. North Central Missouri 353, 9. Concordia 364, 10. Westminster 371, 11.  Greenville 440.

KIRKWOOD TEAM: Charles Hartwig 71, Niall Powell 71, Jordan Even 73,  Louis Flynn 78, Max Thrune 82.

KIRKWOOD INDIVIDUALS: Jake Sevcik 74, JD Goodfellow 77.

   

No. 1 Eagles split with No. 5 DMACC

BOONE - The Kirkwood Eagles have the top-ranked softball team in the country, but they'll probably finish as the No. 2 team in their own league.

The Eagles split a doubleheader at DMACC Friday, winning the opener  2-1 and dropping the nightcap 8-5.

The split left DMACC with a 21-1 record in the ICCAC conference with  four games left in the race. Kirkwood is 20-2 and will need help from  another team to win the title.

Kirkwood trailed 1-0 heading into the top of the sixth inning in the  opener when it broke through with two runs.

Maddie Hansen collected a one-out single and was replaced by  pinch-runner Amanda Pipolo, who stole second to get into scoring position. Morgan Frost delivered a two-out double to tie the game 1-1, then Angie McBeain hit another double to drive in Frost and give the  Eagles a 2-1 edge.

Lexi Kinnaird (22-2, 1.25 ERA) kept DMACC off the board in the bottom  of the sixth and seventh to finish the victory. Kinnaird tossed a five-hitter for the victory.

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Wilson commits to Kirkwood men's basketball

The Kirkwood men's basketball team has landed another top high school senior from Iowa.

Doug Wilson, a 6-foot-6 forward from Des Moines Hoover, has committed to the Eagles for the 2017-18 campaign.

Wilson averaged 17.9 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.4 blocks for Hoover last season and made 58.2 percent of his shots from the field.

Kyle Arrington, a 6-foot-10 center from Council Bluffs Lewis Central, also has committed to Kirkwood for next season. Arrington averaged 15.3 points, 12.2 rebounds and 3.5 blocks this past year.

   

Muhl named Spalding National Coach of Year

Kirkwood women's basketball coach Kim Muhl has been named the 2017 Spalding Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to the NJCAA  Division II national title this season.

The honor was bestowed by the Division II women's basketball committee.

Muhl guided Kirkwood to an unblemished 37-0 record en route to the program's seventh national title under his direction. He has won 829 games during his 28 years at Kirkwood.

   
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