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Sandquist named KCC men's basketball coach

Tim Sandquist of Rock Valley College has been hired as the new men's  basketball coach at Kirkwood Community College.

Sandquist replaces Bryan Petersen, who has left Kirkwood to become an  assistant coach at South Dakota State after leading the Eagles to two  NJCAA Division II national titles in four years.

Sandquist led Rock Valley to the championship game of the NJCAA  Division III playoffs this year, where the Golden Eagles lost to  Herkimer and finished with a 25-7 record in his only year at the school.

"I am incredibly humbled and honored to become the head coach at  Kirkwood," Sandquist said in a press release. "I'm grateful to  athletic director Doug Wagemester and the search committee for the  opportunity to join the Eagle family.

"Kirkwood is a special place with a great tradition of excellence and  I cannot wait to get started in Cedar Rapids."

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Mustangs tab 3 for Hall of Fame

Amanda Frost, Mwale Kapande and Justin Schulte will be inducted into  the Mount Mercy University Hall of Fame Sept. 27 during Alumni Reunion  Weekend.

Frost (2017 grad) was an NAIA honorable mention All-American as a  junior and three-time all-Midwest Collegiate Conference selection. She  ranks 12th in school history with 1,578 points and posted the  third-highest scoring average in school history when she averaged 18.9  points.

Kapande (2014) was a five-time NAIA All-American during her two years  in the Mount Mercy track program. As a junior, she was an indoor and  outdoor All-American in the long jump. She repeated those honors as a  senior and also earned All-American credit in the 4x100 relay.

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Morgan Lewis commits to Iowa softball

Morgan Lewis, a former all-state softball player at Cedar Rapids Prairie, has accepted an offer to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes next season.

“I accepted today, so it's now official,” she informed the Metro Sports Report in an email Tuesday.

Lewis, a fleet center fielder, helped the DMACC Bears finish third at the NJCAA Division II World Series last week. She hit .444 in the leadoff spot for DMACC this season with 30 RBIs and 62 runs.

Lewis was a freshman at DMACC this year and will have three years of eligibility at Iowa.

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Cortes takes 3rd in NAIA marathon

GULF SHORES, Ala. – Vanessa Cortes of Mount Mercy University placed  third in the marathon at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships  this past weekend.

Cortes covered the 26 miles in 3 hours, 10 minutes, 51.2 seconds to  break the school record by nearly 10 minutes and become an NAIA  All-American. The marathon was a new race at the NAIA meet this season  and Mount Mercy dominated the event, with Andrea Ertz finishing in  ninth place and Alexa Zamora placing 10th.

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Eagles grab 4th at NJCAA tournament

CLINTON, Miss. - The Kirkwood Eagles finally lost at the NJCAA Division II national softball tournament Friday, but they went down fighting and claimed fourth place.

Kirkwood won two elimination games Friday before falling to DMACC, 13-8, in their third game of the day at Traceway Park.

The Eagles were seeded seventh out of 16 teams, but they posted a 4-2 record at the tournament and finished the season at 54-17 under Eric Frese in his first year as head coach.

Both of Kirkwood's losses in the tournament were to DMACC, which will play Phoenix in the losers bracket final Saturday in a battle to see who faces No. 1 seed LSU Eunice for the title.

DMACC and Kirkwood played six times this season - four times in the ICCAC conference and twice at nationals - and the Bears won five of those head-to-head meetings.

Kirkwood began Friday with a 2-0 victory over Louisburg on a two-hit shutout by Erin Hocker. London Jackson belted a two-run homer in the top of the sixth for the only scoring.

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