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No. 7 Eagles soar to national tourney

Alexa Aldrich-Ingram nearly quit college volleyball a year ago after a disappointing season at Drake, where the Bulldogs tried to convert the phenomenal kill-shot artist into a setter.

Now she's headed to the junior college national tournament with her new friends at Kirkwood with a brilliant smile on her face.

"Coming to Kirkwood has been one of the best decisions I've made," Aldrich-Ingram said Sunday afternoon after the Eagles punched their ticket to the NJCAA Division II tournament. "I'm so glad I came here. It's been an exciting year."

And it's not over yet.

The seventh-ranked Eagles spanked Metropolitan Community College of Missouri, 25-15, 25-22, 25-19, to win the District D championship and qualify for the national meet in Charleston, W.Va., from Nov. 15-17.

Aldrich-Ingram, a 5-foot-8 southpaw from Iowa City West, collected 16 kills and leads the nation with 632, many of them devastating rips that make opponents fear for their safety.

She has incredible hang-time, reminiscent of NBA great Michael Jordan, and swings that left arm with incredible force.

"She's a crowd-pleaser," said Kirkwood Coach Jill Williams. "She creates that energy. People love to see that.


Mustang runners show plenty of Heart

ATCHISON, Kan. - The Mount Mercy cross country teams turned in strong  performances at the Heart of America Conference meet Saturday.

The Mount Mercy women finished second in the team standings, with  Vanessa Cortes leading the way by placing fourth in the individual  results in the 5K championships.

The Mount Mercy men placed third in their team standings, with James  Lindstrom claiming the No. 3 spot in the individual results in the 8K  outing.

Twelve teams competed in both races.

MidAmerica Nazarene captured the women's team title with 48 points,  with Mount Mercy just 18 points behind with 66. All five of Mount  Mercy's runners finished in the top 20.


No. 5 Eagles fall to SCC at buzzer

WEST BURLINGTON - Steven Cager hit a floater at the buzzer to give the  Southeastern Blackhawks an 86-84 victory over Kirkwood in the second  round of The Broadway Classic on Saturday.

Doug Wilson led the fifth-ranked Eagles (1-1) with 22 points and eight  rebounds. Devonte Thedford produced 18 points and seven rebounds for  Kirkwood.

Allante Pickens tossed in four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for the  Eagles. Connor Kasperbauer made three triples and scored 10 points.  Seybian Sims grabbed 10 rebounds.

Marquis Collins scored 18 points to lead five SCC players into double figures.


Mount Mercy men eclipse 100 again

The Mount Mercy men's basketball team topped 100 points for the second  straight game Saturday and dunked Maranatha Baptist, 105-58, in a  non-conference affair at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs (2-0) defeated Viterbo, 107-84, in their opener Thursday  and have come out of the gate swinging.

Mike Evans led Mount Mercy with 14 points and eight rebounds. Dennis  McKinney matched Evans for scoring honors with 14 markers.


KCC women cannot get out of Dodge

SEDALIA, Mo. - The Kirkwood women's basketball team has begun the  season with two straight losses to NJCAA Division I ballclubs.

The Eagles lost to Dodge City Community College, 66-57, in the second  round of the State Fair Classic Saturday and left the tournament  empty-handed.

Kirkwood fell to Butler Community College, 45-30, in their opener  Friday. Kirkwood is an NJCAA Division II school, with less scholarship  money than Division I outfits like Butler and Dodge City.


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