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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

McDermott gives Petersen strong endorsement

Bryan Petersen is only 25 years old, just a few years older than the players he'll be leading next season as the interim head coach of the Kirkwood men's basketball team, but Creighton Coach Greg McDermott is confident he'll do a good job.

Petersen played and worked for McDermott at Iowa State, where he was a two-year starter at point guard during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 campaigns. He spent a season on McDermott's staff as a graduate assistant before spending two more years on the ISU staff when Fred Hoiberg succeeded McDermott as head coach.

"When we recruited him and he played for us, it was obvious that he was a coach on the floor," said McDermott. "His basketball I.Q. was off the chart.

"That was evident as a player. He was able to carry that over to his coaching career."

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Jacobs, Dufelmeier named All-Americans

Kianna Jacobs and Bianca Dufelmeier from the Kirkwood women's basketball team have been named NJCAA Division II All-Americans.

Jacobs, a 6-foot forward from Milwaukee, averaged 15.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

Dufelmeier, a 5-7 guard from Canberra, Australia, averaged 9.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists.

Kirkwood finished 28-5 this season and climbed as high as No.2 in the national rankings.

 

Tatge breaks KCC record for homers

Kayla Tatge broke the Kirkwood record for most home runs in a career Monday when she slugged her 37th roundtripper against the Mount Mercy junior varsity.

The seventh-ranked Eagles (28-3) swept the doubleheader, 8-0 and 18-0, at Kirkwood.

Tatge, a sophomore from Milan, Ill., hit 20 home runs last season and has 17 this season. She broke the old record of 36 career homers set last year by Nicole Fisher, who is currently a junior at the University of Northern Iowa.

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NIACC sweeps Kirkwood in baseball

MASON CITY - Todd Rima built a solid baseball program at NIACC before moving to Kirkwood as the head coach this season.

Too good, perhaps.

NIACC swept a conference doubleheader from the Eagles, 1-0 and 6-1, in Mason City Sunday.

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Belz, Saladino help Kirkwood roll along

Kirkwood freshmen Samantha Belz and Shyanne Saladino, commonly known around the ballpark as Sam and Shy, could be the No.1 pitcher for lots of junior college softball teams in Iowa and grab their share of the headlines.

The star pitcher at Kirkwood, however, is freshman Amber Logemann, a strikeout whiz who is being wooed by NCAA Division I teams who are aware of her string of no-hitters, one-hitters and double-digit strikeout performances.

If Logemann is 1A, then Belz is 1B and Saladino is 1C.

"We've got a pretty good staff," Coach Joe Yegge acknowledged Sunday after the seventh-ranked Eagles swept Iowa Lakes in an ICCAC doubleheader. "We're pretty fortunate to have them."

Logemann (10-3) tossed a two-hitter and fanned 13 batters as Kirkwood won the opener, 10-0, in five innings.

Belz and Saladino shared the pitching in the nightcap, just like they did at Davenport West, as the Eagles rolled 15-1 in five innings in the nightcap.

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Kirkwood splits twinbill with NIACC

MASON CITY - Kirkwood Coach Todd Rima sent his new team against his old team Saturday and came away with a split in Mason City.

Kirkwood bopped NIACC, 14-4, in the first game in six innings as Dairo Gonzalez went 4-for-4, scored four runs and drove in three runs.

NIACC took the nightcap, 8-2.

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Logemann tosses no-hitter with 14 K's

Kirkwood freshman Amber Logemann pitched a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts Friday as the Eagles blanked NIACC, 9-0, in the first game of a conference doubleheader at Kirkwood.

Sam Belz tossed a seven-hit shutout in the second game as the Eagles completed a sweep of the makeup doubleheader with a 6-0 triumph.

The seventh-ranked Eagles raised their records to 24-3 overall and 10-0 in the ICCAC.

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Final 4 has strong Kirkwood flavor

Kirkwood Community College has a catchy advertising slogan that says you can "Start Here, Go Anywhere."

That includes the Final 4 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Chris Jans and Greg Heiar, two assistant coaches at Wichita State, have a strong connection to the Kirkwood Eagles.

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Logemann whiffs 20 in 7 innings

Marshalltown third baseman Erica White had some advice for her teammates Wednesday afternoon after she struck out against Kirkwood ace Amber Logemann.

"Don't go after the high one," White told her friends after futilely swinging at strike three.

She also could have told her teammates to lay off the other pitches as well - high, low and in-between. It really didn't matter.

Logemann pitched a total of seven innings in Wednesday's doubleheader and struck out 20 batters in two games as the seventh-ranked Eagles swept Marshalltown, 10-0 and 5-0, in junior college softball.

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Tatge socks 3 homers to lead nation

OSKALOOSA - Kayla Tatge belted three more home runs for the Kirkwood softball team Tuesday as the ninth-ranked Eagles swept a doubleheader from William Penn, 6-0 and 9-0, in Oskaloosa.

Tatge has hit 16 homers this season to lead all NJCAA Division II players in the nation, according to the NJCAA website.

Tatge socked all three of her round-trippers and drove in five runs in the second game. She has 36 RBIs in 23 games this season.

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