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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 8 Heartland belts No.4 Kirkwood

The Kirkwood baseball team played a conference doubleheader on Tuesday and will have another ICCAC twinbill on Thursday, so you'll have to excuse the Eagles for not being in top form on Wednesday.

The fourth-ranked Eagles were demolished by eighth-ranked Heartland, 13-2 and 16-0, in a non-conference doubleheader at Kirkwood.

Both games were stopped by the college mercy rule. Kirkwood got only one hit in the second game.

Kirkwood fell to 25-6 for the season. Heartland raised its mark to 26-5 with the sweep and in all likelihood will pass the Eagles in the NJCAA Division II rankings next week.



Awal Ajak named JUCO All-American

Kirkwood sophomore Awal Ajak has been named a second team All-American in women's basketball by the NJCAA Division II selection committee.

Ajak, a 6-foot guard from Des Moines East, averaged 9.4 points and 2.9 rebounds this season. She helped Kirkwood reach the championship game of the national tournament and finish with a 34-4 record.

Ajak hit 41 percent of her 3-pointers and made 80 percent of her free throws. She has committed to play NCAA Division I basketball at Missouri-Kansas City next season.


Doug Wilson named JUCO All-American

Kirkwood freshman Doug Wilson has been named a second team NJCAA Division II All-American, it was announced Monday.

Wilson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Des Moines Hoover, averaged 14.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks for the Eagles this past season. He led the nation in field-goal accuracy at 69.2 percent.

Wilson helped Kirkwood win the ICCAC conference title and finish with a 24-6 record.


No. 2 KCC softball hosts No. 1 DMACC

The stage has been set for the biggest showdown in junior college softball this season.

The second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles will host top-ranked DMACC on Wednesday in a battle for first place in the ICCAC conference and the No.1 spot in the polls next week.

The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Kirkwood.

Kirkwood did its share to set the stage Tuesday afternoon by sweeping Northeast Community College, 9-1 and 4-1, in a pair of well-pitched games at Kirkwood.

DoniRae Mayhew (14-0) tossed a four-hitter with nine strikeouts in the first gmae, then Natalie Halvorson (13-3) pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts in the nightcap.

The Eagles raised their records to 29-3 overall and 6-0 in the conference. DMACC will arrive undefeated at 24-0 overall and 6-0 in the league.



Seybian Sims joins Kirkwood basketball

Seybian Sims, a 6-foot-7 forward from Iowa City West, has decided to join the Kirkwood men's basketball team for the 2018-19 campaign.

Sims announced his commitment Monday on Twitter.

"Very thankful for everyone that has helped me get to where I am and where I am going," he remarked. "I also want to say thank-you to all the D1 and D2 schools that have been recruiting me."

Sims averaged 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds this season for Iowa City West, which finished second at the Class 4A state tournament with a 21-5 record.

Remarkably, Sims connected on 148 of 194 shots this season for 76.3 percent from the floor and hit 69 percent of his free throws. He was named third team all-state in Class 4A.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 04:49



Kramer's dramatic slam saves No. 4 Eagles

Ross Kramer will remember what happened on Saturday for the rest of his life. And he'll be smiling about it.

His special day began about 9 a.m. when Purdue baseball coach Mark Wasikowski called to see if Kramer wanted to play for the Boilermakers in the Big Ten next year.

The answer was a resounding yes, thank-you very much.

Kramer's day ended when he belted a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to give Kirkwood a walk-off 9-7 victory over Iowa Lakes in the second game of their ICCAC doubleheader at Kirkwood.

The fourth-ranked Eagles scored 13 runs in the first inning of the first game and cruised to a 17-0 victory in five innings.

Kramer hit .363 with five homers for Kirkwood last season, but his batting average was languishing at the .200 level when he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the Eagles trailing 7-5 and the bases loaded with one out.

It was a fastball and Kramer walloped it over the wall in right-center field.



Mayhew sparkles again for No. 3 Eagles

The Kirkwood softball team featured the National Player of the Year the last two seasons with Taylor Nearad, who captured the award in 2016 and won it again in 2017.

DoniRae Mayhew could make it three in a row for the Eagles.

Mayhew sparkled again as a hitter and pitcher Saturday as the third-ranked Eagles dumped Iowa Lakes, 11-3 and 16-3, in a cold ICCAC doubleheader at Kirkwood.

Mayhew belted two home runs in the twinbill, including a towering shot into the trees behind the center field fence, and pitched a complete game in the opener.

Mayhew is tied for third in the country with 12 homers and is tied for fifth in the country with 13 victories. She's also played well on defense at a variety of spots.

Mayhew is hitting .456 with those 12 homers and 33 RBIs, and she's got a perfect 13-0 record and 1.56 ERA in the circle.



No. 3 Kirkwood softball sweeps NIACC

The Kirkwood softball team is facing an ambitious schedule this month with 24 conference games in 24 days, along with some non-conference games along the way.

It's a by-product of all the bad weather we've had this spring, forcing coaches to rip up their schedules and try all over again, with one eye on the weather forecast.

So far, so good.

The third-ranked Eagles began their ambitious stretch Thursday by sweeping an ICCAC doubleheader from NIACC, 10-2 and 15-0, with both games stopped early by the college mercy rule.

DoniRae Mayhew enjoyed a big day for Kirkwood by going 4-for-4 with two doubles, her 10th home run and five RBIs. She also raised her pitching record to 12-0 by tossing a complete game in the opener.

Kirkwood raised its records to 25-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference with the sweep.



Lee accepts offer to pitch for Iowa

University of Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller was watching Monday when Hunter Lee pitched for the Kirkwood Eagles.

Lee got off to a good start when he struck out two batters in the first inning on a chilly day. Then he struck out the side in the second inning, giving him five K's in two frames.

Heller and Iowa pitching coach Desi Druschel were impressed.

Lee struck out two more batters in the third inning, fanned two more in the fourth and struck out the lead-off batter in the fifth inning, giving him 10 K's in 4 1/3 innings.

Things went downhill for Lee after that, but he got the victory and had shown Heller more than enough. Lee took an official visit to Iowa on Tuesday and accepted an offer to pitch for the Hawks next season.

"I'm feeling really good," he said Thursday after practice at Kirkwood. "I'm an Iowa kid through and through.



Fullard is RBI machine for Eagles

Izaya Fullard has a dream assignment for the Kirkwood baseball team.

He bats third in the lineup behind Korry Howell and Taylor Jackson, a pair of premier table-setters for one of the best-hitting junior college teams in America.

"I've got Taylor and Korry hitting in front of me and they're doing a great job of getting on," Fullard said Monday. "Even if they only get singles, they're most likely going to end up on second and third (with stolen bases).

"It makes it a lot easier to put the ball in play and get RBIs."

Fullard, a freshman infielder from Iowa City West, enjoyed another productive day at the ballpark as the seventh-ranked Eagles split an ICCAC conference doubleheader against Iowa Central at the new Mount Mercy ballpark.

Kirkwood won the first game, 12-5, but dropped the nightcap, 9-8.

Fullard went 4-for-9 in the doubleheader and drove in two runs, giving him 39 RBIs in 25 games. That's an average of 1.56 RBIs per game and ranks seventh in NJCAA Division II baseball.



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