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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

KCC golfers have good start at nationals

FOLEY, Ala. - The Kirkwood men's golf team enjoyed a good start at the NJCAA Division II national tournament Monday and is tied for fourth place after 18 holes.

Tyler Junior College has the lead at 289, with Kirkwood five shots off the pace at 294. The Eagles are tied with Meridian Community College.

Max Thrune and Dawson Peters of Kirkwood fired rounds of 1-over-par 73 and are three shots behind the leader. JD Goodfellow and Ryan Morrison posted rounds of 2-over 74 and Niall Powell fashioned a 3-over 75.

The 72-hole tournament continues through Thursday, with 18 holes each day.

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Eagles headed to JUCO World Series

Todd Rima rolled the dice a little bit when he left a strong program at NIACC six years ago to become the new head coach at Kirkwood.

It paid off handsomely on Sunday.

The Eagles spanked Southeast Community College of Nebraska, 10-1, to win the North Plains district baseball title and earn the school's first trip to the NJCAA Division II World Series since 1999.

Kirkwood (42-15-1) will be one of only 10 teams at the national tournament in Enid, Okla., from May 26 to June 2.

Rima spent 11 years at NIACC, a junior college in Mason City that competes in the same conference with Kirkwood. He thought Kirkwood had more resources than NIACC to compete at a national level on a regular basis and moved his young family to Cedar Rapids to embrace the job.

Kirkwood made four trips to the World Series in the 1990's under Coach John Lewis and finished second on two of those trips, but the program had slipped a little when Rima arrived.

Now the Eagles are back, joining the Kirkwood basketball teams, softball team, men's golf squad and volleyball team as national powers.

"This athletic department deserves the baseball program to go back to the World Series," Rima said after getting a bucket of ice water dumped on his head and hugging his family. "This community deserves it.

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Eagles in showdown for World Series

The Kirkwood Eagles made four trips to the junior college World Series in the 1990's, but it's been 19 long years since they made their last appearance in the national tournament.

Now it's do-or-die time for the Eagles.

Kirkwood split the first two games of the North Plains district tournament with Southeast Community College on Saturday and now they'll play the decisive third game on Sunday.

The showdown in the best-of-3 series is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Kirkwood field.

The Eagles cruised in the first game, 10-1, behind a strong outing by Peyton Long, but Southeast took the nightcap, 14-9, when Kirkwood pitchers walked 12 batters and hit two others.

Now it's 12th-ranked Kirkwood (41-15) against unranked Southeast of Lincoln, Neb. (42-14) for a trip to the NJCAA Division II national tournament in Enid, Okla., May 26-June 2.

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KCC softball team bumped from nationals

CLINTON, Miss. - The Kirkwood softball lost two tight games at the NJCAA Division II national championships Thursday and was eliminated from the tournament with a 1-2 record.

The Eagles squandered golden scoring opportunities in both contests and finished the season with a 49-13 record.

Kirkwood, seeded No. 5 in the 16-team tournament, lost to No. 4 seed Phoenix 4-2 in the winners bracket quarterfinals Thursday afternoon at Traceway Park in Mississippi. The Eagles left 11 runners on base against Phoenix and had runners at first, second and third in the bottom of the seventh when their final batter popped up to third.

Kirkwood left eight runners on base against Madison, the No. 11 seed, and had the bases loaded again in the seventh inning when their final batter popped up to the shortstop in a 5-4 setback.

DoniRae Mayhew (20-4) took the loss in Game 1 and Natalie Halvorson (25-9) absorbed the loss in Game 2.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2018 21:53

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8 Eagles make all-region baseball team

Eight members of the Kirkwood baseball team have been named to the All-Region squad for 2018.

Third baseman Izaya Fullard and center fielder Taylor Jackson were named first team all-region. Pitcher Cameron Leff and shortstop Korry Howell were selected for the second team.

Pitchers Peyton Long and Adam Ketelsen received honorable mention, along with second baseman Chili Moseley and left fielder Ellison Hanna.

Fullard is hitting .448 with six homers and 68 RBIs. Jackson is hitting .372 with nine homers and 53 RBIs.

Leff has a 7-2 record and 2.78 ERA. Howell is hitting .393 with two homers, 42 RBIs and 39 stolen bases.

Long has a 3-2 record and 2.39 ERA. Ketelsen is 8-1 with a 2.45 ERA. Moseley is hitting .363 with one homer and 30 RBIs. Hanna is hitting .331 with nine homers and 53 RBIs.

Kirkwood (40-14-1) will be hosting Southeast Community College of Nebraska (41-13) in the district tournament this Saturday at noon. The district champion advances to the NJCAA Division II national tournament.

   

Powell named regional Golfer of Year

Niall Powell of Kirkwood has been named the NJCAA DII regional Golfer of the Year for Region XI.

Powell, a sophomore, won two regular-season tournaments and placed in the top-5 at eight events.

Kirkwood Coach Darin Pint was named the regional Coach of the Year for leading the Eagles to their fourth straight regional title and a berth in the national tournament next week.

Dawson Peters and Max Thrune of Kirkwood were named first team all-region. Powell and JD Goodfellow were named second team all-region, based on their finishes at the regional tournament this spring. Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood received honorable mention.

 

Eagles stomp Kankakee at JUCO nationals

CLINTON, Miss. - Cool, calm and relaxed.

That's how Kirkwood softball coach Joe Yegge described his team at the NJCAA Division II national tournament Wednesday.

The Eagles scored nine runs in the bottom of the first inning and blasted Kankakee, 17-0, in five innings in the opening round of the  World Series at Traceway Park.

Monika Bevans belted a grand slam in the first inning, DoniRae Mayhew socked a solo homer in the fourth inning and Lauren Kuch went 4-for-4 with two RBIs to pace the 18-hit attack.

Natalie Halvorson (26-8) pitched a one-hitter with five strikeouts with another impressive showing. Halvorson tossed a perfect game in  the district finals last week against Nebraska Central.

Kirkwood (49-11) will face Phoenix (50-8) in the winners bracket quarterfinals Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

The Eagles are making their fourth straight appearance at the World Series and sixth trip in 11 years under Yegge. He liked his club's  attitude on the big stage Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 17:53

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No. 16 Eagles whip DMACC for regional title

CLINTON - The Kirkwood baseball team finished the NJCAA Division II  regional tournament in style Monday afternoon with another impressive  performance along the banks of the Mississippi River.

The 16th-ranked Eagles thumped DMACC, 10-2, in the championship round  to claim the regional title at Ashford University Field in Clinton.

"It's a special moment for our program, for our kids and our staff,"  said Coach Todd Rima. "I'm super-happy for the guys that all their  hard work paid off."

Kirkwood (40-14-1) will host Southeast Community College (41-13) of  Lincoln, Neb., in a two-team district this Saturday and Sunday, with  the winner advancing to the World Series.

The Eagles went 4-0 in the regional tournament and outscored their  opponents, 37-12, highlighted by a thrilling 5-4 victory over  seventh-ranked Southeastern on Saturday.

Cal Stalzer (6-3) pitched five strong innings for Kirkwood Monday,  allowing two runs and just one earned run. Adam Ketelsen tossed 3 2/3  shutout innings in relief and Kaden Wadle got the final out.

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KCC softball gets No. 5 seed for nationals

CLINTON, Miss. - The Kirkwood softball has drawn the No. 5 seed for  the NJCAA Division II national tournament and will face No. 12 seed  Kankakee in the opening round Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Traceway Park.

The DMACC Bears drew the No. 1 in the 16-team field with their perfect  44-0 record, which includes four wins over Kirkwood.

Kirkwood and DMACC would meet in the winners bracket semifinals on  Friday if both teams win their first two games.

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Eagles facing DMACC for regional title

CLINTON - The Kirkwood baseball team's quest for the regional title was delayed Sunday, but not by Mother Nature.

The 16th-ranked Eagles can blame (or thank) the DMACC Bears, who eliminated the No. 2 seed and the No. 1 seed from the tournament on Sunday and earned an extra day of rest before facing Kirkwood for the title.

College baseball teams are not allowed to play three games in one day, so the championship round between Kirkwood and DMACC was pushed to Monday at Ashford University Park in Clinton.

Kirkwood has a 3-0 record in the double-elimination tournament and needs one victory to claim the regional title. DMACC has a 4-1 record and needs two victories over the Eagles to wear the crown.

The first championship game Monday is scheduled for 11 a.m. A second championship game, if necessary, would follow.

Kirkwood topped DMACC, 9-1, in the first round of the tournament on Thursday, but since then the Bears have won four straight games to keep themselves alive.

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