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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood softball team wins 32-0

ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Kirkwood softball team has a powerful lineup that  is capable of scoring lots of runs, but things got out of hand at the  N4C Dome Jamboree Sunday.

The fourth-ranked Eagles creamed McHenry County College, 32-0, in five  innings in the second game of their doubleheader.

Kirkwood blanked McHenry, 8-0, in the first game in five innings.

DoniRay Mayhew went 5-for-6 with two home runs and eight RBIs for the  Eagles in the 32-0 romp. Taylor Nearad also went 5-for-6 with three  RBIs and four runs scored.

Morgan Frost went 4-for-5 with with three RBIs and four runs. Angie  McBeain was 4-for-4 with three runs. Lexi Ferrari was 3-for-5 with six  RBIs and four runs.

Monika Bevans went 4-for-5, while Audra Bridenstine and Megan Kublik  had three hits. The Eagles collected 35 hits in the ballgame against  Makayla Stephens, who pitched the entire game for McHenry and allowed  all 32 runs and all 35 hits.

Mayhew pitched a one-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks in the  32-0 victory for Kirkwood.

Lexi Kinnaird also tossed a one-hitter for Kirkwood in the 8-0  victory. She struck out 12 batters and did not walk anyone.

Bevans went 3-for-3 for the Eagles in the first game. Maddie Hansen  went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.


McHenry     000 00 - 0 1 4
Kirkwood    431 0x - 8 11 2

W - Mayhew. L - Wiegman.


Kirkwood    642 (12)8 - 32 35 0
McHenry     000 00 - 0 1 4

W - Kinnaird. L - Stephens.


Kirkwood baseball sweeps weekend series

GODFREY, Ill. - The Kirkwood baseball team swept another doubleheader  from Lewis & Clark Sunday to win all four games in the weekend series.

The Eagles trimmed Lewis & Clark, 8-7, in the first game Sunday and  sailed 10-1 in the nightcap.

Kirkwood took an 8-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning of the  opener and survived a four-run rally by Lewis & Clark. General  McArthur went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs for the Eagles.  McArthur, Tyler Bordner and Cal Clark all scored twice.

Kirkwood starting pitcher Hunter Lee tossed four shutout innings to  get the victory in the first game. He allowed only two hits, with five  strikeouts and two walks.

Bordner and Korry Howell belted home runs for the Eagles in the 10-1  victory. Bordner was 2-for-5 with four RBIs. Howell was 2-for-3 with  two RBIs and three runs. Lorenzo Elion and Cal Clark had two hits.

Starting pitcher Ross Kramer allowed only one run on three hits in  five innings in the nightcap. He struck out five batters and walked  one. Adam Ketelsen pitched two shutout innings in relief with three  strikeouts.

Kirkwood raised its record to 5-3.


Kirkwood        100 331 0- 8 5 2
Lewis & Clark   000 003 4 - 7 7 2

W - Lee. L - Hathaway.


Kirkwood        150 002 2 - 10 13 1
Lewis & Clark   000 100 0 - 1 6 0

W - Kramer. L - Siebert.


No. 1 Eagles roll into tourney at 30-0

ESTHERVILLE - Simone Goods scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Saturday as the top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team rolled by Iowa Lakes, 98-59, in the final game of the regular season.

The Eagles raised their records to 30-0 overall and 12-0 in the ICCAC conference.

Coach Kim Muhl has won six national titles at Kirkwood, but this is  the first time the Eagles have ever finished the regular season with an undefeated record.

Kirkwood will host Ellsworth in the quarterfinals of the regional  tournament Tuesday at 5:30. The Kirkwood men will face NIACC in the second game Tuesday at 7:30 in their regional tournament.

Megan Axcell scored 15 points Saturday and Olivia Usher had 14.  Deleyah Harris provided 11 points and seven rebounds. TiRayah Cotton scored 10 points.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 March 2017 07:45



No. 12 Kirkwood men fall at Iowa Lakes

ESTHERVILLE - The 12th-ranked Kirkwood men's basketball team suffered  its worst loss of the season Saturday with a 101-73 setback at Iowa  Lakes.

The loss dropped the Eagles to 23-6 overall and 9-3 in the ICCAC conference.

Kirkwood drew the No. 2 seed for the regional tournament and will host  NIACC in the opening round Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Chris King led the Eagles Saturday with 25 points. Miles Wentzien scored 14.

Kyle Beisch scored 22 points and Dennis Joiner had 20 for Iowa Lakes (21-8, 8-4).


Kirkwood baseball team sweeps twinbill

GODFREY, Ill. - The Kirkwood baseball team swept a doubleheader from  Lewis & Clark Community College, 12-8 and 9-0, Saturday in Godfrey, Ill.

General McArthur, Tyler Bordner and Toran Shahidi belted home runs for  the Eagles (3-3) in the first game. Bordner was 3-for-4 with three  RBIs, McArthur was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Shahidi drove in two  runs.

Starting pitcher Austin Miller tossed four strong innings for Kirkwood  in the opener for the victory. He allowed one run on five hits, with  six strikeouts and no walks.

Shahidi drove in three more runs in the nightcap. Korry Howell was  3-for-4 while McArthur, Colin Kreiter and Bordner all had two hits.  Kreiter scored three times.

Peyton Long pitched a three-hit shutout for Kirkwood in the second  game, which was stopped after five innings due to darkness. Long  allowed only three hits, with five strikeouts and two walks.


Kirkwood       203 131 3 - 12 12 0
Lewis & Clark  001 001 6 - 8 10 1

W - Miller. L - Goepel


Kirkwood       430 02 - 9 10 1
Lewis & Clark  000 00 - 0 3 1

W - Long. L - Drinen.


McBeain stars for No. 4 KCC softball

ROSEMONT, Ill. - Angie McBeain starred for the fourth-ranked Kirkwood  softball team Saturday night as a hitter and pitcher.

McBeain hit a two-run walk-off homer in the botton of the seventh  inning to snap a 2-2 tie and give the Eagles a 4-2 victory over South  Suburban in the first game of the N4C Dome Jamboree.

McBeain then pitched a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts as  Kirkwood belted Moraine Valley Community College, 16-0.

Kirkwood trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh against  South Suburban. Taylor Nearad led off with a double and Lexi Ferrari  beat out a bunt single to get things started.

Nearad scored on an infield grounder by Maddie Hansen, then McBeain  delivered her two-run homer to win the game. Nearad and Hansen, a pair  of 2016 All-Americans, had two hits for Kirkwood against South Suburban.

Kirkwood pitcher Lexi Kinnaird struck out 15 batters and allowed only  one hit against South Suburban. Both of South Suburban's runs were  unearned.

DoniRay Mayhew belted two home runs for the Eagles against Moraine  Valley and Nearad hit her first homer of the season. Morgan Frost,  another 2016 All-American, went 4-for-4, scored four times and drove  in two runs.

Mayhew was 3-for-4 with her two homers and six RBIs. Nearad was  3-for-3 and scored three times. Hansen had three hits. Ferrari and  Audra Bridenstine had two hits. McBeain and Monika Bevans had two RBIs.

Kirkwood (8-0) is scheduled for a doubleheader Sunday against McHenry.


South Suburban   000 200 0 - 2 1 2
Kirkwood         001 000 3 - 4 9 2

W - Kinnaird.


Kirkwood         540 25 - 16 18 1
Moraine Valley   000 00 - 0 1 1

W - McBeain.



Harris helps No. 1 Eagles clinch title

Except for her bout with bronchitis, Kirkwood sophomore Deleyah Harris had a pretty good day Wednesday.

Harris nearly recorded a triple-double as the top-ranked Eagles held off NIACC, 93-81, to clinch the outright conference title and run  their perfect record to 29-0.

On top of that, the 5-foot-9 guard picked up a Division I college scholarship offer after the game from Missouri-Kansas City head coach Marsha Freese, a Cedar Rapids native who was at Johnson Hall.

Harris was happy to receive her first offer from a D-I school, especially one that's close to her home in Omaha, but she was not  ready to commit on the spot.

Her commitment right now is to getting healthy and trying to help Kirkwood win the NJCAA Division II national title.

Harris finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals in 32 minutes of action. She used an inhaler several times to help her breathing while battling bronchitis, but managed to keep going.

"My adrenaline was running," she said. "I was tired, but I had to keep going."

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 March 2017 05:59



Wentzien nets 28 as Eagles top NIACC

Kirkwood sophomore Miles Wentzien is a grown man with muscles upon muscles, but nobody makes it through a college basketball season without a few bumps and bruises.

Wentzien missed two games last month after injuring his collarbone and  sternum in a game against Ellsworth, but he's relatively healthy now  and ready for the stretch run.

Wentzien tossed in 28 points and grabbed six rebounds Wednesday night  as the 12th-ranked Eagles pulled away from NIACC, 81-63, in a  conference game at Johnson Hall.

Wentzien was hit in the jaw by an errant elbow Wednesday and needed a  few moments to shake it off, but otherwise said he feels good as the  season has moved into March.

"I felt pretty close to 100 percent out there tonight," he said. "I'd  say 95 to 100 percent."

That's good news for Kirkwood, which will need all of its players in  good health as they try to win a second national title in a row.

Kaliph Fagan, a key member of the bench brigade, did not play against  NIACC after turning his ankle in practice Tuesday, but he plans to  play Saturday in the final game of the regular season at Iowa Lakes.



KCC baseball splits with Johnson County

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kirkwood baseball team split a doubleheader with Johnson County Community College Sunday in Kansas.

The Eagles won the first game, 5-4, with the game-winning run scoring  on a balk in the top of the seventh.

Johnson County took the nightcap, 8-6, despite home runs by Cal Clark and Lorenzo Elion.

Kirkwood (1-3) took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning of the opener, but Johnson County scored four times in the bottom of the  sixth to tie the game.

The Eagles broke the tie in the top of the seventh and Kaden Wadle retired Johnson County in the bottom of the seventh to secure the  victory.

Hunter Lee pitched five strong innings for Kirkwood in the opener. He struck out eight batters and did not allow any runs. Wadle got the  victory in relief.

Spencer Wiskus went 2-for-3 and scored two runs for the Eagles. Tyler Bordner was 2-for-4.

Kirkwood trailed 8-4 heading into the seventh inning in the second game. The Eagles scored twice in the seventh and had the bases loaded, but the rally ended there.

Elion was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs in the second game. Wiskus  collected two RBIs. Korry Howell had two hits and General McArthur scored two runs.

Johnson County swept a doubleheader from Kirkwood on Saturday and won the series, 3-1.


Kirkwood         100 003 1 - 5 8 1
Johnson County   000 004 0 - 4 7 2

W - Wadle. L - Baruth.


Kirkwood         002 200 2 - 6 9 2
Johnson County   302 002 x - 8 10 1

W - Kincaid. L - Kramer.


KCC baseball nipped twice in opener

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kirkwood Community College baseball team  dropped a pair of one-run decisions in the season opener to Johnson  County Community College Saturday.

Kirkwood lost the first game, 6-5, and dropped the nightcap, 10-9, in  12 innings.

The Eagles (0-2) fell behind 6-1 after three innings of the opener,  but they scored twice in the fifth inning and twice in the sixth  inning to make it close.

Spencer Wiskus went 2-for-2 with two RBIs for the Eagles in the first  game and hit a home run.

Kirkwood took a 9-8 lead in the top of the 10th inning in the second  game, but Johnson County (8-2) scored in the bottom of the 10th to  stay alive and scored again in the 12th to win it.

Korry Howell went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs for the  Eagles in the nightcap. Colin Kreiter also went 2-for-5. Tyler Bordner  belted a home run and drove in three runs. Wiskus scored three times.

Kirkwood and Johnson County are scheduled for another twinbill Sunday.


Kirkwood         001 022 0 - 5 4 2
Johnson County   051 000 x - 6 5 3

W - Schwab. L - Miller.


Kirkwood         300 112 010 100 - 9 8 5
Johnson County   200 204 000 101 - 10 14 2

W - Van Vieck. L - Funkhouser.


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