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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 4 Eagles finish 3-1 at tournament

ROCKFORD, Ill. - Freshman Olivia Richards collected 31 kills Saturday as the fourth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles split their final two matches at the McHenry volleyball tournament in Rockford, Ill.

Richards had 15 kills as the Eagles lost to Kansas City Community College, 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, in their first match. She then had 16 kills as Kirkwood topped Grand Rapids Community College, 25-18, 24-26, 25-20, 25-22, in their next contest.

Kirkwood finished with a 3-1 record at the McHenry tournament to begin the season.



Gorsich, Richards help No.4 Eagles take openers

ROCKFORD, Ill. - Freshmen Anna Gorsich and Olivia Richards made impressive debuts for the fourth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team Friday at the McHenry Invitational in Rockford, Ill.

Gorsich and Richards both had 19 kills as the Eagles defeated Waubonsee, 19-25, 25-20, 25-11, 26-24, and swept Illinois Valley, 25-14, 25-16, 25-23, in the season openers.

Gorsich, from Linn-Mar High School, collected 10 kills, 10 digs and five aces against Waubonsee. Richards, from Xavier High School, had 10 kills, five digs, three blocks and two aces in that match.

Gorsich contributed nine kills and eight digs against Illinois Valley. Richards had nine kills and 12 digs in that contest.



3 Eagles named softball All-Americans

Kirkwood freshmen London Jackson, Erin Hocker and Shelby Hulsebus have been named NJCAA Division II All-Americans for the 2019 softball campaign.

Jackson, a third baseman, was named a first team All-American by the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) after hitting .414 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs. She led the nation in home runs this year and finished second in RBIs.

Hulsebus, a speedy outfielder, was named a first team All-American by the NFCA and a second team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). She hit .441 with 29 RBIs, led the nation with 58 stolen bases and was named the New Balance Golden Shoe winner by the NFCA.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 June 2019 08:39



Petersen created fond memories at Kirkwood

Bryan Petersen did not go hunting for a new job after leading the Kirkwood Eagles to their second NJCAA Division II national title in four years this past season.

As it turned out, an attractive new job found him.

Petersen, 32, has left the Kirkwood men's basketball program to become an assistant coach at South Dakota State, an NCAA Division I program that competes in the Summit Conference. Tim Sandquist, who led Rock Valley College to the championship game of the NJCAA DIII tournament this year, was hired last week as Kirkwood's new coach.

Petersen compiled a 157-38 record in six years at Kirkwood with national titles in 2016 and 2019. And although he was not looking for a new job, he was receptive when new South Dakota State Coach Eric Henderson offered him a spot with the Jackrabbits.

Henderson and Petersen have known each other for 10 years. Henderson worked with the Iowa State men's basketball program when Petersen played for the Cyclones as a junior and senior, and they communicated quite a bit the last two years when Henderson helped recruit Kirkwood All-American Doug Wilson to South Dakota State.

When Henderson became the head coach at South Dakota State this spring, he called Petersen and popped the question. "If I was going to leave Kirkwood, there were only a few places where I felt comfortable," he said. "This was one of them."

Petersen did not accept right away, but quickly became intrigued by the possibility of coaching at the NCAA Division I level.



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."



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.



KCC golfers take 4th at nationals

PLYMOUTH, Ind. - The Kirkwood men's golf team slipped a notch Friday and finished fourth at the NJCAA Division II national tournament at Swan Lake Resort.

South Mountain Community College won the 72-hole tournament with a four-man total of 15-over-par 1,167. Kirkwood finished with an aggregate score of 1,213, which was 61-over par and 46 shots behind the champion.

Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood placed 15th at 11-over-par 299 with rounds of 76, 75, 74 and 74. Leon D'Souza of South Mountain claimed medalist honors at 4-under 284 for a two-shot victory.



Big rally saves KCC at nationals

CLINTON, Miss. - The Kirkwood Eagles had one foot on the bus for the  long ride back to Cedar Rapids Thursday, but a big rally kept them  alive at the NJCAA Division II national softball tournament.

Kirkwood fell behind Madison, 8-0, in the second inning of an  elimination game at Traceway Park, but the Eagles stormed all the way  back for a 12-9 victory to play another day.

Kirkwood (2-1) will face Louisburg (2-1) in the double-elimination  tournament Friday at noon. Eight teams are still playing in the  tournament and eight have been eliminated.

The Eagles lost to DMACC, 6-3, in their first game Thursday to fall  into the losers bracket. They had to play again right away and got off  to a miserable start against Madison before igniting.

Kirkwood scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull  within 9-7, then the Eagles tacked on five more runs in the sixth to  claim a 12-9 advantage in the wild contest.



KCC golfers eye 3rd at nationals

PLYMOUTH, Ind. - The Kirkwood men's golf team hopes to hang onto third  place at the NJCAA Division II national tournament at Swan Lake Resort  in the final round Friday.

The Eagles have little chance of winning the title or claiming the No. 2 spot in the team standings, but they have a one-shot lead over  Mississippi Gulf Course in a spirited battle for the bronze medal.

South Mountain leads the tournament at 888. Walters State is second at 892, with Kirkwood third at 912 and Mississippi Gulf Coast a shot  behind in fourth place at 913.



KCC golfers climb into 3rd

PLYMOUTH, Ind. - The Kirkwood men's golf team climbed five spots in  the standings Wednesday and is sitting in third place after 36 holes  of the NJCAA Division II national tournament at Swan Lake Resort.

Walters State leads the tournament at 12-over-par 588. South Mountain  is in second place at 594 and Kirkwood is third at 31-over 607,  trailing Walters State by 19 shots.

The 72-hole tournament continues Thursday and Friday.

James Morgan fired a 1-under-par 71 to lead Kirkwood Wednesday. The  Eagles are bunched together with Ben Epperly at 6-over 150, Ryan  Morrison at 7-over 151, Morgan at 8-over 152 and Will Babcock at  10-over 154. Epperly is tied for fourth place.



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