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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Petersen, Muhl ready with KCC cagers

Bryan Petersen has never been a head coach for a college basketball game in his life, yet his team is ranked 16th in the country heading into the 2013-14 campaign.

Kim Muhl has won 709 games and six national titles, yet his club is nowhere to be found in the national rankings on the eve of the new season.

Such is life at Kirkwood Community College as the Eagles begin their seasons on Friday.




Kirkwood offers online coaching certificate

Kirkwood Community College is the only school in Iowa offering a state approved online certificate program for K-12 coaching.

The online program enables students to learn at their pace, wherever they are, and whenever they are available. The next online program begins Nov. 4 through Kirkwood's Continuing Education.

To coach K-12 school-sponsored athletics in Iowa, state certification is required. The online program complements Kirkwood's seminar or in-class program in addition to recertification classes.


Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:22



Kirkwood ties for league volleyball title

FORT DODGE - Kirkwood beat Iowa Central in three sets Wednesday in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference volleyball match.

The Eagles closed out the conference season with a 9-1 mark that tied them for the conference championship with DMACC. Kirkwood is 30-6 overall and ranked seventh nationally.

Kirkwood held off Iowa Central, 25-22 and 29-27 in the first two sets before posting a 25-18 win in the third set.

The Eagles had a balanced attack. Erin Walker and Payton Hilton had nine kills apiece and Heather Poula added eight. Amber Timmins had 30 assists. Cali Byer had 19 digs, Walker 13 and Poula 12.



Kirkwood cancels volleyball matches

Kirkwood Community College has canceled the volleyball matches that were scheduled at Johnson Hall on Saturday.

Iowa Lakes had to cancel due to injuries, leaving Kishwaukee to make the decision to cancel as well.


KCC women struggle against Mustangs

The Kirkwood women's basketball team has the talent to enjoy another successful season this year, but the young Eagles have plenty of room for growth.

That was apparent Wednesday night when Kirkwood lost a scrimmage to Mount Mercy University, 50-45, at Johnson Hall.

The Eagles led, 28-26, at halftime, but they scored only 17 points in the second half.




Big man looms large for Kirkwood

Henry Uwadiae is a typical junior college player in many ways.

His goal for this season is to polish his skills on the way to a career at a four-year college.

What makes the Kirkwood Community College red-shirt freshman unique is something that can’t be taught.

“You know he is really unique because of his size,” said first-year Eagles’ Coach Bryan Petersen. “His athleticism (at 6-foot-11) is very unique for our league and junior college basketball in general.  That’s what he brings to the table for us.”




No.9 Eagles sweep Indian Hills

The Indian Hills volleyball team arrived at Johnson Hall Tuesday night with three women from Brazil, another player from Puerto Rico and four women who stood 6-foot-2.

The smaller Kirkwood Eagles never blinked.

The ninth-ranked Eagles swept the Warriors, 25-22, 25-18, 25-13, with an impressive performance on Sophomore Night at home.




Walker helps No.9 Eagles whip NIACC

Erin Walker does a little bit of everything for the Kirkwood Community College volleyball team. And she does it well.

Walker leads the ninth-ranked Eagles in aces, ranks second in kills and is tied for second in digs. Her versatility is one of the reasons Kirkwood has rolled to a 28-6 record this season and has a shot at making the national tournament again.

"She's explosive. And she's got speed," Kirkwood Coach Jill Williams said Wednesday night. "I like her ability to move wherever she's at on the court and then turn it into the next play."

Walker collected nine kills and eight digs Wednesday as the Eagles made quick work of NIACC, 25-10, 25-18, 25-14, in a 55-minute match at Johnson Hall on Kirkwood's Cedar Rapids campus.

Walker, a sophomore from Silvis, Ill., is not tall for an outside hitter at 5-foot-8, but she has excellent jumping ability and good timing.

The top of the volleyball net at center court is 7 feet, 4 1/8 inches off the ground. When Walker jumps and extends her arms, she's more than 2 feet higher than that when she slams the ball.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:57



Little Woolfolk could be big for Eagles

Danielle Woolfolk thought she had made the right college decision.

Following a sterling prep career at Homewood-Flossmoor in Chicago, the cat-quick 5-foot-3 point guard signed on May 1, 2012, to play at Eastern Illinois University.

The Panthers were coached by Brady Sallee, coming off a 22-9 season. Ten days later, Woolfolk’s basketball world was turned upside down.

Sallee left Eastern Illinois to become the head coach at Ball State and was replaced by assistant Lee Buchanan.

“That changed everything,” Woolfolk said Sunday. “The coach that signed me left and the program wasn’t a good fit for me anymore. I just needed a new start.”

After playing in just 19 games, averaging 4.3 minutes a contest as a freshman at Eastern Illinois, Woolfolk was looking for a new start. Ariel Snead, a high school teammate of Woolfolk’s, transferred to Kirkwood Community College from Illinois-Chicago last January. When Snead heard Woolfolk was looking for a new home, she recommended the Eagles.

“Ariel introduced me to Coach (Kim) Muhl,” Woolfolk said. “And it just came about after that.”

Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 19:28



No.4 Eagles win twice at tourney

BOONE - The fourth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles won both of their matches at the DMACC volleyball tournament Saturday.

The Eagles (27-6) swept North Dakota State Science, 25-15, 25-16, 25-15, and defeated Kishwaukee, 25-18, 23-25, 27-25, 25-14.

Heather Poula led Kirkwood with 12 kills against North Dakota State Science. Amber Timmins collected 34 assists. Poula and Timmins had eight digs.

Erin Walker paced the Eagles against Kishwaukee with 16 kills and Poula had 12. Timmins had 42 more assists, giving her 76 for the day. Cali Beyer had 25 digs and Timmins 22.



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