Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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.




Batie-Gaddy looking sharp for Eagles

Myzeah Batie-Gaddy looks like a new man since he enrolled at Kirkwood Community College this summer.

Batie-Gaddy chopped off the stylish dreadlocks he wore during his championship days at Iowa City West High School and is sporting a closely cropped look these days.

"I was just tired of it," he said Tuesday night. "My mom used to do it for me, but I moved away from home of course. It was a last-minute decision. I actually cut it right before I moved up here. The morning I moved out, I cut it."

One thing hasn't changed about the 6-foot-5, 230-pound power forward, however. He's still an extremely strong player with a soft touch around the rim.

Batie-Gaddy scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and shot 5-for-5 from the floor as Kirkwood polished off the Grand View junior varsity, 92-64, with a strong second half at Johnson Hall.




No.16 Eagles fall at Lincoln

LINCOLN, Ill. - Aaron Simpson poured in 24 points Saturday as Lincoln College handed Kirkwood its first loss of the season, 85-71.

Myzeah Batie-Gaddy led Kirkwood (3-1) with 16 points. Taylor Olson hit four 3-pointers and finished with 15 points and four steals. Joseph Tagarelli contributed 15 points and nine rebounds. Jalen Currie scored 10 points for the Eagles.

Darren Davidson scored 17 points for Lincoln (3-1). The Lynx led at halftime, 34-30.




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