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Brie Tauber joins IWSL for 2018 campaign

Brie Tauber, an outstanding student/athlete at Clarke University in Dubuque, has joined the Iowa Women's Softball League for the 2018 campaign this summer.

Tauber, a middle infielder, hit .368 for Clarke last season as a sophomore. She also stole 23 bases and scored 51 runs in 53 games. She is a switch-hitter, somewhat of a rarity in college softball.

Clarke finished with a 41-12 record in 2017, including a 26-8 mark in the Heart of America Conference.

In addition to her work for the Clarke softball team, Tauber was named a Scholar/Athlete All-American by the NFCA in 2017 and made the Dean's List. She is studying biology and physical therapy.


Tauber earned five varsity letters during her high school career at Dubuque Hempstead and hit .397 as a senior in 2015. She was a member of the National Honor Society at Hempstead and was a two-time all-conference selection on the softball field.


'Jake's Game' fundraiser for KCC coach

Ben Jacobson has discovered that a lot of friends are rooting for him in his fight against brain cancer, including people he doesn't even know.

The "GoFundMe" campaign to help Jacobson and his family with their medical expenses has reached $7,620 toward the initial goal of $10,000.

The basketball program at NIACC, one of Kirkwood's rivals in the ICCAC conference, has raised an additional $2,000 for Jacobson through their own clinics.

And now Kirkwood Community College, where Jacobson has worked as an assistant men's basketball coach the past five years, will be holding a special fundraiser for Jacobson Wednesday night when the Eagles host NIACC in a doubleheader that begins at 5:30 p.m. with the women's game at Johnson Hall.


Kirkwood is calling it "Jake's Game," and spectators are asked to wear gray, the color for brain cancer awareness.

Jacobson, 34, was diagnosed in October with Level 2 brain cancer. There is an inoperable 2 1/2-inch tumor in the frontal lobe of his brain, located in a delicate spot that cannot be removed by surgery.


Kirkwood men dump No. 7 Iowa Central

FORT DODGE - The Kirkwood men's basketball team blasted seventh-ranked Iowa Central, 84-62, Saturday for its second big victory over a top-10 team in four days.

The Eagles whipped No. 2 Lincoln College, 71-55, Wednesday night.

Freshman Bailey Kale tossed in five 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Kirkwood in the 22-point victory Saturday in the ICCAC conference opener for both teams in Fort Dodge.

Chris King scored 13 points for the Eagles, who raised their overall record to 11-4. Doug Wilson had a big game for Kirkwood with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. Carlo Marble added 10 points.

Kirkwood blew to a 24-point lead at halftime and cruised to the victory from there.


Wilson stars as No. 2 Eagles roll

FORT DODGE - Tayana Wilson played a strong all-around game Saturday as the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles rolled by Iowa Central, 73-47, in the opening game of the ICCAC campaign.

Wilson finished with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and no turnovers for Kirkwood, which raised its overall record to 15-3.

Megan Axcell popped in three 3-pointers and scored 13 points for the Eagles. Olivia Usher had 12 points and Leah Robinson contributed 10 points off the bench.


Stansbury sparks KCC by No. 2 Lincoln

There are hundreds of good colleges between L.J. Stansbury's home town in Delaware and way out here in Cedar Rapids, but he felt at home during his visit to Kirkwood and figured this would be a good place to play ball.

He was right.

Stansbury exploded off the bench Wednesday with 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the Eagles dump second-ranked Lincoln College, 71-55, in a non-conference game at Johnson Hall.

Stansbury, a versatile 6-foot-4 freshman who can play four positions, reached a career-high in points and rebounds and had a double-double by halftime.

"He was huge for us," said Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen. "He came off the bench and was able to score and rebound for us. That's the player we feel that L.J. can be."

Stansbury has started eight games for the Eagles this season, but he lost his spot in the lineup in December and has played as a reserve the last five games.


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