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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 1 Eagles claw past Niagara County

DANVILLE, Ill. - Winning a national championship is never easy, no  matter how good you are.

The Kirkwood Eagles learned that lesson Wednesday night but lived to  play another day.

The top-ranked Eagles clawed past Niagara County of New York, 80-65,  in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division II tournament and will play  in the semifinals Friday night.

Kirkwood (29-4) will face Erie (N.Y.) or Milwaukee Area Tech in the  next round. Erie, the No. 4 seed, and Milwaukee Tech, the No. 5 seed,  meet in the quarterfinals Thursday night.

Devonte Thedford, Kirkwood's top point guard, was called for two  charging fouls in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the game and watched the  rest of the first half from the bench, but the Eagles rallied for a  35-31 edge at intermission after trailing by eight points.

Thedford scored seven straight points to start the second half and the  Eagles appeared on their way, but he was called for his third foul  with 15:25 remaining and headed to the bench again for the next six  minutes.

Fortunately for Kirkwood, Thedford did not collect another foul and  wound up with 21 points in just 16 minutes, 28 seconds of action. He  killed Niagara County at the foul line, hitting 15 of 17 free throws.



No. 4 Eagles sweep NE Oklahoma again

MIAMI, Okla. - The Kirkwood softball team collected 32 hits Wednesday  and swept a doubleheader from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, 7-4 and 11-7  in nine innings in Oklahoma.

The fourth-ranked Eagles swept Northeastern Oklahoma A&M for the  second straight day and raised their record to 17-4.

London Jackson went 2-for-3 with two runs, a homer and two RBIs in the  7-4 victory in the opener. Lauren Klaahsen was 2-for-4 and drove in  two runs. Lauren Kuch scored twice. Eric Hocker pitched a complete  game for the victory.

Kuch went 4-for-6 with two doubles and drove in four runs in the 11-7  verdict in the nightcap. Rachel Stewart, Klaahsen and Randyn Carter  had three hits. Carter hit a home run, scored three times and drove in  two runs.



Kirkwood baseball wins 8th straight

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Kirkwood baseball team won its eighth  straight game Tuesday by sweeping a doubleheader from Sussex County,  16-4 and 12-2 in six innings.

The Eagles finished their trip to Florida with an 8-1 record, raising  their overall mark to 10-6.

Jamarion Loston went 5-for-7 in the twinbill and scored six runs for  Kirkwood. He went 2-for-3 with three runs in the 16-4 verdict in Game  1, then was 3-for-4 and scored three more times in the 12-2 victory in  the nightcap.

Corbin Day pitched a complete game and allowed only one earned run in  the 16-4 victory. He struck out nine batters in the seven-inning  contest.

Levi Usher went 4-for-5 in the opener with a double, triple and scored  twice. Joel Thompson was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and five  RBIs. Kal Youngquist was 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs and four RBIs.



No. 4 KCC softball now 15-4

MIAMI, Okla. - The fourth-ranked Kirkwood softball team raised its  record to 15-4 Tuesday by sweeping a doubleheader from Northeastern  Oklahoma A&M, 10-5 and 6-3 in Oklahoma.

London Jackson went 3-for-3 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs in the  10-5 victory in the opener. Jayme Finn drove in two runs and Rachel  Stewart scored twice. Erin Hocker allowed only two earned runs and  struck out eight batters for the win.

Randyn Carter went 4-for-4 and scored three runs in the 6-3 triumph in  the second game. Lauren Klaahsen was 3-for-4. Sydney Albaugh had two  RBIs. Bradee Bouman tossed a complete game for the victory.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 04:50



No. 1 Eagles roll at national tourney

DANVILLE, Ill. - The Kirkwood Eagles looked like the No. 1 team in the  country Tuesday afternoon.

The top-ranked Eagles built a 21-point lead in the first half and  thrashed North Central Missouri, 96-66, in the first round of the  NJCAA Division II national tournament at the Mary Miller Center.

Kirkwood (28-4) will face Niagara County (N.Y.), a 73-61 winner over Wake Tech (N.C.), in the quarterfinals Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Allante Pickens popped in five 3-pointers in the first half and had 17  points by intermission, with the Eagles sitting on a 53-32 lead at  that point. He finished with six triples and 24 markers. Pickens shot  9-for-10 overall from the field and 6-for-7 on 3-pointers.

Doug Wilson and Devonte Thedford scored 13 points apiece for Kirkwood.  Jamal Stephenson netted 12 points off the bench and Connor Kasperbauer  contributed 10 points. Wilson had 10 rebounds.

"I thought we played pretty well," said Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen.  "For spurts, we really executed defensively. And offensively we made  some shots."



Kirkwood baseball sweeps Sussex County

WINTER HAVEN, Fl. - The Kirkwood baseball team raised its record to  8-6 Monday by sweeping a doubleheader from Sussex County, 10-2 and  8-6, on its spring trip to Florida.

The Eagles have won six of their last seven games.

Luke Llewellyn pitched a complete game for Kirkwood in the 10-2  victory in the opener. Both of the runs scored by Sussex County were  unearned in the seven-inning contest. He scattered seven hits, with  nine strikeouts and two walks.

Jamarion Loston went 3-for-5 in the first game with three RBIs and two  runs. Taylor Jackson was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Levi Usher, Brennan  Brister and Jackson Bennett had two hits. Brister and Bennett scored  twice. Kal Youngquist hit a home run.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 05:08



Carter belts 2 homers for KCC

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. - Randyn Carter belted a pair of home runs for the  fourth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles Monday in Kansas.

One of Carter's homers came in a 3-2 loss to 19th-ranked Cowley  County. The other homer came in an 18-6 romp over Cowley in the second  game of their doubleheader.

The split left Kirkwood with a 13-4 record for the season.

Erin Hocker was the hard-luck losing pitcher for the Eagles in the 3-2  loss in the first game. All three of Cowley's runs against Hocker were  unearned thanks to three errors.

Carter hit a solo home run in the tight defeat. Lauren Kuch and Rachel  Stewart had two hits.

Kuch went 3-for-5 with four RBIs in the 18-6 victory in Game 2. Carter  was 3-for-3 with another solo homer. Stewart was 3-for-4 and drove in  two runs. London Jackson was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.



Klaahsen stars as No. 4 Eagles sweep

FORT SCOTT, Kan. - Lauren Klaahsen had a day to remember for the Kirkwood softball team Sunday.

Klaahsen went 7-for-7 with a double, triple, home run and six RBIs as  the fourth-ranked Eagles swept Fort Scott, 13-0 and 10-2, in a pair of  five-inning games.

Klaahsen, the designated player for Kirkwood, went 4-for-4 in the 13-0  victory in the first game with a double, triple, two runs and three  RBIs. Randyn Carter was 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Rachel  Stewart was 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored three times. London  Jackson was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. Jessi Butler had  two hits.

Erin Hocker tossed a one-hit shutout in Game 1 with two strikeouts and  one walk.



KCC baseball dumps Hudson Valley

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - The Kirkwood baseball team continued its lusty  hitting in Florida Sunday with a 17-7 victory over Hudson Valley.

The game was stopped in the bottom of the eighth inning by the 10-run  rule as the Eagles scored seven times in the frame.

Kal Youngquist went 2-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs as Kirkwood  squared its record at 6-6 for the campaign.

Taylor Jackson continued his hot hitting in Florida by going 2-for-4  with a home run, four runs scored and four RBIs. Brett Givens was  3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs.



Jackson stars as Kirkwood sweeps Lakeland

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Taylor Jackson enjoyed a remarkable day for the Kirkwood baseball team Saturday.

Jackson went 8-for-9 with six RBIs as the Eagles swept Lakeland Community College, 16-5 and 10-0, as part of their spring trip to Florida.

The twin-killing lifted Kirkwood to a 5-6 record for the 2019 campaign.

Jackson was 6-for-6 with a triple, three runs and five RBIs in the 16-5 victory in the opener. The fleet center fielder served as the designated hitter in Game 2 and went 2-for-3 with two runs and another RBI.

Zion Pettigrew was 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs in the first game. Levi Usher also went 3-for-5 and scored three times. Gabe Lux scored four runs in the ballgame. Corey Graham was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Kirby Kerr drove in two runs and D'Eric Shenault scored twice.


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