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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood hosting softball camp Dec. 28

Kirkwood Community College will host its annual softball camp for players in the 8th grade through 12th grade on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Gould Recreation Center on campus.

The camp will cover offense, defense and pitching. Each camper should bring their own equipment. Pitchers are asked to supply their own catcher.

The Kirkwood coaching staff will be joined by guest coaches from Alabama, Western Illinois, Northern Iowa, Bowling Green, Northern State and Wichita State. Current and former Kirkwood players also will assist.

Brochures are available in the Kirkwood athletic offices at Johnson Hall. Kirkwood softball coach Joe Yegge may be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Kirkwood women suffer 1st loss

NORFOLK, Neb. - Northeast handed the Kirkwood women their first loss of the season Friday, 72-56, in women's junior college basketball.

Northeast (8-0) went on a 13-0 run to end the first half and built a 38-24 lead.

Kirkwood (6-1) was led by Danielle Woolfolk's 13 points. Ariel Sneed had 12 points and Anna Martensen 10. The Eagles made only 12 of 27 free throws.

Northeast is a member of NJCAA Division I. Kirkwood is in NJCAA Division II.




Tagarelli helps Eagles top Coe JV

Most of the basketball players at Kirkwood Community College dream about joining an NCAA Division I team some day.

Joseph Tagarelli has been there and hopes to get back.

Tagarelli spent the 2012-13 campaign as a walk-on at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but things did not work out for him and he transferred to Kirkwood this year.

From the look of things so far, he might get another shot at a D-I school in the future.

Tagarelli scored 18 points in 15 minutes Wednesday night as the 16th-ranked Eagles bopped the Coe junior varsity, 99-62, at Johnson Hall.




Kirkwood sets showcase for HS baseball

The Kirkwood Community College baseball program will hold an Indoor Showcase for high school players on Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Michael J. Gould Recreation Center on campus.

The showcase is for any high school player. The cost is $50 and pre-registration is required by calling (319) 398-1022 or 800-332-8833.

All players will be evaluated in a pro-style workout. Players should bring baseball pants or sweatpants, tennis shoes, T-shirt, glove, cap and a bat. Catchers should bring their gear.

For more information, contact Kirkwood assistant coach Ron Benich ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 319-398-5596).

The check-in for the showcase is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., with the showcase beginning at 11 a.m.


No.16 Eagles fall at SCC, 91-80

WEST BURLINGTON - The 16th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles lost to Southeastern Community College, 91-80, in a foul-plagued men's basketball game Saturday in West Burlington.

The officials called 60 fouls in the 40-minute contest, including 35 on Kirkwood. Three Eagles fouled out.

J.C. Fuller led Kirkwood (4-2) with 21 points. A.J. Lawton and Joe Tagarelli scored 16 points. Myzeah Batie-Gaddy added 13.




KCC women upset No.2 Illinois Central

The Kirkwood women's basketball team is nowhere to be found in the national rankings right now, but that's going to change.

The Eagles bumped off No.2 Illinois Central, 70-59, Saturday afternoon for their third victory over a top-10 team this year.

Kirkwood also has tamed No.6 Kishwaukee College and No.9 Owens Community College during its hot 6-0 start. "We can't ask for anything more,"  Coach Kim Muhl acknowledged.

Danielle Woolfolk, a 5-foot-3 point guard from Chicago, led the Eagles with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and only one turnover in 32 minutes.




Kirkwood women down Parkland

The crowd was expecting that signature spurt that Kirkwood puts on its opponents to put the game away, but it never came.

Still, the Eagles persevered Friday night at Johnson Hall, downing Parkland, 76-63, behind Tyra Polite's 21 points off the bench.

Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl explained the Eagles' effort.

“You’ve got to have energy to spurt,” said Muhl. “We had very minimal energy on the court tonight.




5 Kirkwood volleyball players honored

Five members of the Kirkwood volleyball team have received All-Region and All-Conference honors, the ICCAC announced Thursday.

Heather Poula, Amber Timmins and Erin Walker were named first team All-Region. Alicen Wintermote and Payton Hilton were named second team All-Region.

Poula and Walker were named first team All-Conference in the ICCAC. Wintermote, Timmins and Hilton were named second team All-Conference.

Kirkwood finished 32-8 and tied for the ICCAC title. The Eagles lost in the regional finals, falling one step short of the national tournament.


Belz will pitch for UNI softball

Samantha Belz was interested in attending the University of Northern Iowa when she was a high school student at Davenport West, but it didn't work out then.

Now it has.

Belz, currently a sophomore at Kirkwood Community College, signed a national letter-of-intent Wednesday to join the UNI softball program for the 2014-15 school year.

"It feels good, knowing where I'm going and that I'm going to a good program," she said.




Schenck-Joblinske signs with Aggies

Eric Schenck-Joblinske hopes to prove that a kid from a small town in Iowa can play big-time college baseball at Texas A&M University.

Schenck-Joblinske, an outfielder who hit .362 for the Kirkwood Eagles last season, signed his national letter-of-intent with Texas A&M Wednesday at Johnson Hall on the KCC campus.

"It still hasn't sunk in yet," he said. "I don't think it will set in until I step on campus."

Schenck-Joblinske grew up in New Hartford and attended Dike-New Hartford High School before coming to Kirkwood in 2012.




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