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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hansen making bid for JUCO Triple Crown

OTTUMWA - Taylor Nearad made a serious bid for the Triple Crown in junior college softball last year.

Now it's Maddie Hansen's turn for Kirkwood.

Hansen went 4-for-5 and belted two home runs Wednesday as the  top-ranked Eagles swept a doubleheader from Indian Hills, 9-2 and 5-1, in Ottumwa.

Hansen is batting .557 with 15 home runs and 72 RBIs. She leads all NJCAA Division II players in RBIs, is tied for second in home runs and  is third in batting average.

Nearad is not far behind her teammate. She went 4-for-8 with two home runs and four RBIs Wednesday and is hitting .527 with 15 homers and 63  RBIs.

Nearad has socked 45 home runs in two years at Kirkwood, tying the school mark set by Kayla Tatge in 2012 and 2013. Nearad hit 30 homers  last year to break the single-season record.

Kirkwood originally was scheduled to play DMACC Wednesday in a showdown for the conference lead, but that doubleheader has been switched to Friday in Boone.



Kirkwood Eagles land 6-foot-10 center

COUNCIL BLUFFS - Council Bluffs Lewis Central senior Kyle Arrington has a dream to play Division I basketball, and he believes Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids can help him achieve that dream.

The 6-foot-10 Titan star went between dominant and unstoppable  during the course of his senior season when he averaged 15.3 points,  grabbed 12.2 boards and blocked 58 shots, helping the team to a 16-6 record.

However, he was under-recruited by four-year schools possibly due to  a pair of knee injuries sustained during his junior and senior seasons. In order to build his profile and game, he recently committed to Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen.

The Eagles won the NJCAA Division II national championship in 2016 and finished 25-7 last season, losing to eventual national champ Southwestern, 98-90, in Region XI title game.

"I worked out with one of their assistant coaches," Arrington told KMA Sports, "and I just liked the way he knew how to work out a big. He actually knew what he was talking about. That obviously intrigued me to want to get better with him."

Arrington said he was also impressed with the school.

"Usually community colleges are one or two buildings," he said. "Kirkwood has a four-year feel to it. The facilities and the team and everybody on campus is second to none. It's going to be a fun experience."



Kirkwood softball climbs to No. 1 in poll

The Kirkwood Community College softball team jumped into the top spot in the new NJCAA Division II rankings Tuesday.

Kirkwood and Jones County traded places in the poll, with Kirkwood moving from No. 1 to No. 2 and Jones County dropping from No. 1 to No.  2.

Kirkwood lost to Jones County, 5-0, at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Georgia March 11, but Kirkwood has a better overall record now. The Eagles are 41-2 and Jones County is 38-2.

Kirkwood is headed for a showdown at fifth-ranked DMACC Wednesday for the ICCAC conference lead. DMACC is 20-0 in the league and the Eagles are 19-1.

This will be the only doubleheader between the two conference powers this season. An earlier doubleheader was postponed several times and finally canceled.

No matter what happens in their doubleheader today, Kirkwood and DMACC will participate in different regional and district tournaments and both of them can advance to the national tournament.


Kinnaird, McBeain shine for No. 2 Eagles

Angie McBeain is technically the No. 2 pitcher for the Kirkwood softball team, but that's more of a designation than a true ranking.

The truth is, the second-ranked Eagles have two star pitchers.

Lexi Kinnaird, a sophomore and one of the most successful pitchers in school history, pitches the first game of Kirkwood doubleheaders and thus is listed as the No. 1 pitcher.

McBeain, a freshman and a rising star, normally pitches the second game of doubleheaders and thus is the No. 2 pitcher, but only because she has to wait her turn.

Kinnaird, who leads the nation in victories and strikeouts, has a 20-2 record and 1.27 earned run average, with 204 strikeouts and only nine walks in 132 innings.

McBeain, who has never lost a game in college, is 16-0 with a 1.48 ERA, with 93 strikeouts and only 20 walks in 80 1/3 innings.

The dynamic duo worked their magic again Monday.

Kinnaird tossed a four-hit shutout as the Eagles blanked 16th-ranked Iowa Lakes, 7-0, in the first game of their twinbill at the Kirkwood field.

McBeain, who pitched a perfect game in her last outing, tossed a one-hitter this time as the Eagles won the nightcap, 12-0, in five innings.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:19



Kirkwood baseball splits with Iowa Central

FORT DODGE - Another day, same result.

The Kirkwood baseball team split another doubleheader with Iowa  Central Monday, dropping the opener 3-2 and taking the nightcap 10-6  in 10 innings.

The Eagles and Tritons also split their doubleheader Sunday in the  four-game series.

Lorenzo Elion belted two home runs for Kirkwood in the 10-6 victory.  Colin Kreiter and Ellison Hanna also hit homers to help power the  Eagles.

Kreiter went 4-for-4 with his home run, three RBIs and three runs  scored in the triumph. Korry Howell was 3-for-6 in the leadoff spot.  Elion finished with three RBIs and Hanna had two RBIs.

Kaden Wadle picked up the victory with 3 1/3 strong innings in relief.  He did not allow any hits or runs during his stint on the mound and  walked only one batter while finishing the game.

Kirkwood scored three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game,  6-6. It stayed tied until the Eagles scored four times in the 10th.

Peyton Long was the hard-luck loser for Kirkwood in the 3-2 setback in  the opener. He allowed three runs in six innings, with nine strikeouts  and only one walk.

Kreiter homered in the first game, giving him two round-trippers for  the afternoon. Spencer Wiskus had two hits, but the Eagles had only  four hits in the game.

Kirkwood has a 25-12 overall record, and seven of those losses have  been by one run. The Eagles are 7-5 in the conference, two games out  of first place.

Iowa Central is 24-13 overall and 10-6 in the league, just one game  behind Southeastern.


Kirkwood       011 000 0 - 2 4 1
Iowa Central   100 200 x - 3 6 0

W - Steffens. L - Long


Kirkwood       000 120 300 4 - 10 14 3
Iowa Central   003 102 000 0 - 6 10 0

W - Wadle. L - Kearns.


Funkhouser tosses shutout as Eagles split

FORT DODGE - Joe Funkhouser tossed a four-hit shutout Sunday as the Kirkwood Eagles blasted Iowa Central, 14-0, in the second game of an  ICCAC conference doubleheader at Fort Dodge.

Iowa Central won the first game, 4-2.

Funkhouser moved into the four-man rotation for the first time this season and gave the Eagles a big lift. He struck out three batters and walked three in the lopsided victory, which was stopped after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Tyler Border hit a solo home run for Kirkwood in the 14-0 victory. Lorenzo Elion ws 3-for-3 and drove in three runs. Chili Moseley was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Korry Howell, Toran Shahidi and General McArthur all had two hits. Howell and Colin Kreiter drove in two runs. Howell scored three runs  in the leadoff spot. Moseley, Cal Clark and McArthur scored twice.

Hunter Lee pitched a complete game for Kirkwood in the 4-2 setback in the opener. He allowed four runs on five hits in six innings, with nine strikeouts and three walks.

Bordner had two hits in the first game.

The split left Kirkwood at 24-11 overall and 6-4 in the conference. Iowa Central is 23-12 overall and 9-5 in the league.

Kirkwood and Iowa Central are scheduled for another doubleheader Monday in Fort Dodge. The four-game series was originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, but was pushed back to Sunday and Monday due to weather.


3 Eagles named NJCAA All-Americans

Simone Goods and Deleyah Harris are both from Omaha, they both helped Kirkwood win the national this season and now both sophomores are  NJCAA Division II All-Americans.

Miles Wentzien, who starred for the Kirkwood men's basketball team, also has been named an All-American.

It should come as no surprise that Goods was selected as a first team All-American. She averaged 16.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks as the Eagles won all 37 of their games en route to the national crown. She also led the nation in shooting percentage, hitting 67.9 percent  of her attempts.

Harris earned second team All-American honors this season. She averaged 13.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a do-it-all player who scored from all spots on the floor.



Kirkwood golfers shine at Region XI meet

AMES - The Kirkwood men's golf team dominated the competition at the  Region XI Spring Prevu at Veenker Memorial Friday in Ames.

Max Thrune of Kirkwood tied Avery Fuhs of DMACC for first place with a 73.

Six Kirkwood golfers finished in the top 10 in the individual standings. Louis Flynn and JD Goodfellow shot 75, Jordan Evan and Charlie Hartwig finished at 77, and Niall Powell had a 78.

No team scores were provided.


McBeain tosses perfect game for Eagles

Kirkwood freshman Angie McBeain enjoyed a perfectly splendid afternoon on Thursday.

McBeain tossed a perfect game as Kirkwood dumped Northeast Community College of Nebraska, 14-0, in the second game of a conference  doubleheader at the Kirkwood field.

The second-ranked Eagles won the first game, 6-0, on a tidy three-hitter by Lexi Kinnaird.

McBeain faced 15 batters in the five-inning game in the nightcap and retired every one of them. She struck out five batters and needed only  46 pitches in the ballgame.

McBeain, who is from Prior Lake, Minn., finished the day with a perfect 15-0 record and 1.58 earned run average. She also went 3-for-6 in the twinbill with three doubles and four RBIs.

Kinnaird, who leads all NJCAA Division II pitchers in victories and strikeouts, sports a 19-2 record and 1.34 ERA, with 193 strikeouts and only seven walks in 125 innings. She fanned nine batters Thursday with no bases on balls.

Maddie Hansen, who caught McBeain's perfect game, also had a perfect day for the Eagles. She went 7-for-7 in the doubleheader with four RBIs.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 April 2017 10:08



6 KCC volleyball players sign letters

The six Kirkwood volleyball players who helped the Eagles finish seventh at the national tournament last season will be taking their skills to four-year colleges next year.

All-Americans Madsy Richards and Alex Miner are both headed to the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Erica Armstrong, a second team all-conference selection, will play at Upper Iowa University. Caiti Peterson, another second team  all-conference pick, is staying in Cedar Rapids to play at Mount Mercy.

Jenna Laxton, who received honorable mention in the ICCAC conference, will be playing at Saint Ambrose. And Morgan Grimm, another talented  Eagle, plans to play at Lake Forest.

The six Eagles were honored during a signing ceremony at Johnson Hall on Wednesday.


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