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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood golfers capture Region XI title

PANORA - Freshman Dawson Peters fired a final round 73 to capture the individual championship, leading the Kirkwood golf team to the Region XI title on Sunday at the Lake Panorama National Resort course.

Peters finished with a two-day total of 147, one shot ahead of Southwestern's Oliver Pearson and two shots better than Eagle teammate Max Thrune.

The Eagles, who trailed by one shot after the first day, finished at 601 as a team, well ahead of DMACC (612) and NIACC (624). All three teams qualify for the NJCAA national tournament, May 22-25 at Glenlakes Golf Club in Foley, Ala.



Mayhew leads Eagles to regional title

Kirkwood softball coach Joe Yegge wasn't sure who to pitch in the regional finals on Sunday because DoniRae Mayhew has battled a sore arm the last few weeks and looked a little wobbly in the regional semifinals on Saturday.

Yegge sent his star a text message Saturday night to get a better feel for the situation.

"Last night I asked her, 'How do you feel?,'" he said Sunday afternoon, "and she goes, 'Give me the ball.'

"I've been waiting two years to hear her say something like that."

Case closed.

"He texted me last night and asked if I wanted the ball for the first game and I was like, 'Of course I do! Is that even a question?," the talented right-hander confirmed.

Mayhew tossed a two-hitter and helped her own cause with a two-run homer as the fifth-ranked Eagles spanked Iowa Central, 11-1, in five innings to capture the regional title at the Kirkwood field.



Kaste, Bevans deliver for No. 5 Eagles

Miranda Kaste and Monica Bevans are not planning to play college softball after they finish their careers at Kirkwood this season, but they've both left the door ajar.

After what they did Saturday, it might be tough for either Eagle to put their bats and gloves away for good.

Kaste belted two clutch home runs and Bevans snapped a 5-5 tie with a two-run double as the fifth-ranked Eagles escaped Iowa Central, 8-5, in the second round of the regional tournament at Kirkwood.

Kaste, who is not known as a power hitter, slammed a long homer to right field to tie the game, 1-1, in the fifth inning and get all those goose-eggs off the scoreboard.

She came up again in the sixth inning and belted a long two-run homer to center field to tie the game again, 5-5, and set the stage for Bevans' heroics a little later in the inning.

Kirkwood (45-11) will face Iowa Central (32-27) again Sunday at high noon in the championship round of the double-elimination tournament.



KCC baseball gets No. 3 seed for regional

The Kirkwood Eagles made a spirited run for the ICCAC conference baseball title this season, but a pair of one-run losses to Southeastern this weekend ruined their chances.

The first one-run setback occurred in the second game of their doubleheader in West Burlington on Friday. The other one-run defeat happened in the first game of their twinbill at Kirkwood on Saturday.

Flip those two outcomes, and the 11th-ranked Eagles would have been the 2018 conference champs.

"It was a tight series," said Kirkwood Coach Todd Rima. "We were one hit away, one play away.

"But against a really good team, we gave them some free outs and free chances and they took advantage of it."

Kirkwood needed to win 3-of-4 games from Southeastern to claim the league title. Instead, the Blackhawks won 3-of-4 to earn the conference championship for themselves.

Southeastern swept Kirkwood on Friday, 9-1 and 3-2. The fourth-ranked Blackhawks won the first game of their doubleheader Saturday, 10-9, but the Eagles bounced back with a 13-2 victory in five innings in the second contest.



Myers will join KCC women's basketball

Johanna Myers, a 5-foot-11 swing player who averaged 24.8 points as a senior in high school, plans to join the Kirkwood women's basketball program after spending one year in college at Wisconsin-Parkside.

Myers starred at Burlington Notre Dame High School and graduated in  2017. She averaged 5.5 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.7 assists in addition to scoring nearly 25 points per game. She made 83 3-pointers in 25 games, an average of 3.3 per game.

Myers played in 23 games at Wisconsin-Parkside this past season with one starting assignment. She averaged 12.1 minutes, 2.5 points and 1.2 rebounds for Parkside, an NCAA Division II school that finished with a 9-21 record.

Myers will have one year of eligibility at Kirkwood, which finished second at the NJCAA Division II national tournament this past season after winning the national title in 2017.


SCC sweeps Eagles out of ICCAC race

WEST BURLINGTON - The Kirkwood Eagles needed to win their weekend  series against Southeastern to win the conference baseball title, but  their hopes were dashed Friday in West Burlington.

The fourth-ranked Southeastern Blackhawks swept the 11th-ranked  Eagles, 9-1 and 3-2, to clinch the conference title.

Kirkwood hosts Southeastern in another doubleheader Saturday at 1  p.m., but the Eagles have been eliminated from title contention and  have fallen into third place.

Southeastern tops the ICCAC standings at 22-4. NIACC has jumped into second place at 19-6-1, with Kirkwood now third at 17-6-1.

Kirkwood got only five hits in the 9-1 loss in the opener and had only  four hits in the 3-2 loss in the nightcap. Kal Youngquist hit a home  run for the Eagles in Game 2.



Kirkwood golfers eye regional title

PANORA - The Kirkwood men's golf team is locked in a tight battle with DMACC for top honors at the NJCAA Region XI Championship at the Lake Panorama National Resort.

DMACC holds the first-round lead with a team score of 299 Saturday, with Kirkwood just one shot behind in second place at 300.

The final round is Sunday. The top three teams advance to the national tournament.

JD Goodfellow, Dawson Peters and Max Thrune of Kirkwood fired rounds of 2-over-par 74 and are tied for second place in the individual standings with five other golfers. Reinhardt Saunderson of Southwestern Community College has a four-shot lead at 2-under 70.



Ketelsen will pitch for Central Michigan

Kirkwood pitcher Adam Ketelsen has accepted an offer to pitch for the Central Michigan Chippewas next season.

Ketelsen, a left-hander from Mount Vernon, has a 7-1 record and 2.77 ERA for the 11th-ranked Eagles this season. He has struck out 74 batters in 52 innings.

Central Michigan is an NCAA Division I school that competes in the Mid-American Conference.


Fullard commits to Iowa baseball

Izaya Fullard has become the third member of the 2018 Kirkwood baseball team to commit to the Iowa Hawkeyes for next season.

Fullard, a third baseman and first baseman, is a freshman from Iowa City West. He is hitting .436 with four home runs and 58 RBIs at Kirkwood.

Fullard will have three years of eligibility at Iowa. He joins Kirkwood shortstop Korry Kowell and pitcher Hunter Lee as future Hawkeyes.



Kuch helps No. 5 Eagles slam Ellsworth

Lauren Kuch lofted a long fly ball down the left-field line and dutifully ran to first base Friday afternoon, thinking she'd have to turn around and take another swing.

"I actually thought it was going to be foul," she said.

Kuch knew she was wrong when she heard a loud "ping" as the ball hit the metal foul pole. The bases were loaded, so it became a grand slam home run instead of a long strike.

"I was excited," Kuch said. "Yeah, I was excited."

Kuch's grand slam in the bottom of the first inning steered the fifth-ranked Eagles to a 10-0 victory over Ellsworth in the opening round of the regional junior college tournament at Kirkwood.

The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings due to the college mercy rule.



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