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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

KCC spikers earn No.1 seed for regional

IOWA FALLS - The 13th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles took care of business Wednesday night and earned the No. 1 seed for the regional volleyball tournament that will begin in two weeks.

Kirkwood swept Ellsworth, 25-17, 25-13, 25-11, to clinch at least a tie for the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference title with one match remaining in the league.

Kirkwood raised its conference record to a perfect 7-0 with the  victory. Iowa Central and DMACC are tied for second place at 6-1, but  the Eagles have defeated both of those teams and would get the No. 1  seed for the regional if the race ends in a tie. Kirkwood closes out league play at home next Wednesday against Northeast Community College.

Ady Wintermote led Kirkwood with 14 kills and 13 digs in the win over Ellsworth. McKenzie  Petersen provided 10 kills and Margaret Micka had seven.



Eagles place 2nd at KCKCC golf tourney

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Kirkwood Eagles finished second at the KCKCC golf tournament Tuesday in Kansas City, Kan.

Barton County captured the 36-hole event with a four-man score of 591. Kirkwood finished at 607.

Barton and Kirkwood were tied for first place after 18 holes, but the Barton golfers caught fire Tuesday with three rounds of even-par 72 and another round of 73.

Niall Powell of Kirkwood placed fourth at 6-over 150, five shots behind the winner. JD Goodfellow and Ryan Morrison finished at 153, Will Babcock 154 and Max Thrune 155.


1. Barton County 591, 2. Kirkwood 607, 3. KCKCC 619, 4. Indy CC 673, 5. Hesston 681, 6. Allen County 684, 7. Barton County 'B' 715.


Kirkwood golfers share lead at tourney

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Kirkwood men's golf team is tied for first place after the first round of the KCKCC Fall Invitational at the Dub's Dread Golf Club Monday in Kansas City, Kan.

Kirkwood and Barton County both finished the first 18 holes with a four-man score of 302. The final round is Tuesday.

Will Babcock led the Eagles with a 2-over-par 74, followed by Max Thrune (75), JD Goodfellow (76), Niall Powell (77) and Ryan Morrison (78). Babcock stands in second place, one shot behind the leader.


1. (tie) Kirkwood 302, Barton County 302, 3. KCKCC 317, 4. Indianapolis 335, 5. Hesston 338, 6. Allen County 341, 7. Barton County 'B' 357.


Eagles whip Tritons for ICCAC lead

The Kirkwood Eagles have taken a few lumps from some of the top volleyball teams in the country this year, but the Eagles keep  battling and they keep swinging.

It paid off Wednesday night.

The 16th-ranked Eagles swept 17th-ranked Iowa Central, 28-26, 25-17,  25-19, in a showdown for the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference lead Wednesday night with typical grit and determination.

Kirkwood fell behind by six points in the first set and trailed by three points in the next two sets as well, but the Eagles stormed back each time for the big victory over the Tritons.

"It was just finding our rhythm and getting after it," said freshman Ady Wintermote, who led Kirkwood with 15 kills. "Once we're in rhythm, we can be a really good team. We can put anyone to the test."

The Eagles have played 12 ranked teams this season and have a 4-8 mark in those matches, but the freshman-packed lineup keeps improving and now has the inside track for the conference title.

"Each game is a growing opportunity," said Wintermote, who starred at South Hamilton High School. "When we go up against ranked teams it's not, 'Oh, no.' It's a time to make a name for ourselves.



KCC golfers win Region XI title

PANORA - The Kirkwood men's golf team ran away with top honors at the NJCAA Region XI Fall Preview at the Lake Panorama Golf Course Monday.

The Eagles finished with a 36-hole score of 597 for a 14-shot victory over DMACC.

Kirkwood golfers finished 1-2-3 in the individual results. Niall Powell claimed medalist honors with rounds of 72 and 73 for 1-over 145. Ryan Morrison was second at 149 and Will Babcock placed third at 150.


1. Kirkwood 597, 2. DMACC 611, 3. Iowa Lakes 640, 4. NIACC 662.

KIRKWOOD: 1. Niall Powell 72-73=145, 2. Ryan Morrison 74-75=149, 3. Will Babcock 77-73=150, 4. (tie) JD Goodfellow 75-76=151, 8. Max Thrune 73-80=153,  11. (tie) Dawson Peters 77-79=156, 14. Jake Sevcik 81=77=158, 15.  George Kalpakas 76-84=160, 18. (tie) George Appleseth 82-81=163.


Eagles lead Region XI golf tourney

PANORA - The Kirkwood Eagles grabbed a five-shot lead on the first day  of the NJCAA Region XI Fall Preview tournament at the Lake Panorama National Resort Sunday in Panora.

Kirkwood finished the first round at 6-over-par 294. DMACC is in second place at 299 heading into the final round Monday.

Niall Powell of Kirkwood fired an even-par 72 and tops the leaderboard  after 18 holes. Max Thrune of Kirkwood is second at 73.


1. Kirkwood 294, 2. DMACC 299, 3. Iowa Lakes 310, 4. Kirkwood 'B' 316,  5. NIACC 331.

KIRKWOOD: 1. Niall Powell 72, 2. Max Thrune 73, 3. (tie) Ryan Morrison 74, 7.  (tie) JD Goodfellow 75, 9. (tie) George Kalpakas 76, 11. (tie) Will  Babcock 77, 11. (tie) Dawson Peters 77, 20. (tie) Jake Sevcik 81, 23.  (tie) George Appleseth 82.



KCC volleyball finishes 1-3 at DMACC

BOONE - The 14th-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team defeated 15th-ranked Highland, 29-27, 25-21, 27-25, to salvage its final match at the DMACC  tournament Saturday.

The Eagles finished with a 1-3 mark in the event.

Ady Wintermote collected 22 kills in the victory over Highland. Lauren Keane had 38 assists, Brianna Eberhardt had 20 digs and McKenzie Petersen had nine bolcks.

Kirkwood lost to 20th-ranked Neosha in five sets, 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 20-25, 16-14, in its first match Saturday.

Margaret Micka led the Eagles against Neosha with 21 kills. Keane rolled up 52 assists and Eberhardt had 26 digs.

The split left Kirkwood with a 17-14 record. The Eagles have played a tough schedule this season and have a 3-8 mark against ranked teams.


No. 14 KCC volleyball drops 2 matches

BOONE - The 14th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team lost both of its matches at the DMACC tournament in Boone Friday.

The Eagles lost to fourth-ranked Coffeyville, 3-0, and fell to Longview, 3-1.

Kirkwood fell to 16-13 overall with the setbacks.

Ady Wintermote led Kirkwood with 17 kills in the two matches. Lauren Keane had 37 assists, Brianna Eberhardt had 33 digs and McKenzie Petersen finished with 20 blocks.


No. 14 Eagles sail by Iowa Lakes

ESTHERVILLE - Ady Wintermote collected 17 kills Wednesday night as the 14th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 victory at Iowa Lakes, 25-17, 25-14, 25-12.

With the victory, the Eagles remained tied for the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference lead with Iowa Central. Both have 5-0 league records. Kirkwood will host Iowa Central in a showdown for the ICCAC lead Oct. 11.

Abbi Tunis provided 12 kills for the Eagles and Margaret Micka had nine. Lauren Keane distributed 32 assists, Micka had 16 digs and Haleigh Durnin had four blocks.

Kirkwood has swept four of its conference opponents this season with 3-0 victories and has won 15 of 17 sets overall in league matches.

The Eagles raised their overall record to 16-11. Iowa Lakes fell to 4-20 overall and 0-5 in the conference.


Kirkwood wins Eastman golf title

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The Kirkwood men's golf team captured its third tournament this fall by capturing top honors at the Ronnie Eastman Invitational at the La Crosse Country Club Tuesday.

The Eagles finished with a 36-hole total of 594 for a 24-shot margin over Viterbo University.

Niall Powell of Kirkwood placed fifth in the tournament and led the Eagles with two-day scores of 75 and 73 for 148.

Dawson Peters of Kirkwood tied for sixth at 75-74=149, JD Goodfellow and Ryan Morrison tied for ninth at 150 and Max Thrune shared 11th at 151.

Michael Schmitz of Winona State won the individual title with rounds of 70 and 67 for 137.

Kirkwood has also won the Mount Mercy Fall Shootout and the Wartburg Invitational this season.


1. Kirkwood 594, 2. Viterbo 618, 3. Jamestown 620, 4. Wartburg 649, 5. Luther 654, 6. Saint Ambrose 656, 7. Saint Ambrose 'B' 675, 8. Viterbo 'B' 701.

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