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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cowan shines as Eagles top Cuyahoga

DEFIANCE, Ohio - Cam Cowan pitched five strong innings Saturday as the  ninth-ranked Kirkwood baseball team defeated Cuyahoga Community College, 16-9, in Ohio.

The Eagles compiled a 2-1 record in the three-game series.

Cowan allowed only one hit in five shutout innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.

Kirkwood scored eight runs in the second inning and owned a 16-3 lead after seven frames. Cuyahoga tallied six times in the eighth inning to make the score more respectable.



No. 9 Kirkwood baseball splits openers

AVON, Ohio - The ninth-ranked Kirkwood baseball team began the 2019  season by splitting a doubleheader against Cuyahoga Community College  in Ohio Friday afternoon.

The Eagles won the first game, 7-5, in nine innings. Cuyahoga took the  nightcap, 3-1, in a game shortened to six innings due to darkness.

The temperature at game-time Friday for the opener was 33 degrees.

Jackson Bennett was the winning pitcher and collected the game-winning  RBI for Kirkwood in Game 1. Bennett pitched three strong innings in  relief and gave the Eagles a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth when he  hit for himself.

Bennett did not allow any hits or runs in the last three innings, with  four strikeouts and one walk. Carter Lawler also pitched three  scoreless innings in relief in Game 1.



No. 5 KCC women top DMACC

BOONE - The fifth-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team remained in  a tie for the ICCAC conference lead Thursday night with a 76-63  victory over DMACC in Boone.

The Eagles raised their records to 23-6 overall and 13-1 in the  league, tied with second-ranked NIACC for first place in the  conference with two games left in the regular season.

Mackenzie Jenkins collected 15 points, four assists and four blocked  shots for Kirkwood. Haley Mullinnix hit four 3-pointers and scored 14  points.

Ju Gaston finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and  four steals for the Eagles. Leah Robinson scored 10 points. Anasha  Hurst dished out eight assists.



Aldrich-Ingram commits to Grand View

Kirkwood All-American Alexa Aldrich-Ingram plans to continue her college volleyball career at Grand View University in Des Moines.

Aldrich-Ingram began her college career at Drake University in 2017. She spent one season at Kirkwood and now is returning to Des Moines to play for the Grand View Vikings.

Aldrich-Ingram, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter from Iowa City, helped  Kirkwood place fourth at the NJCAA Division II national tournament and finish with a 34-10 overall record. She finished second in the nation  with 709 kills and had 133 blocks.

Aldrich-Ingram was named a first team All-American by the NJCAA and was honored as a second team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.



No. 7 Kirkwood softball wins pair

DES MOINES - The seventh-ranked Kirkwood softball team won two more  games at the Winter Dome Tournament in Davenport Sunday.

The Eagles trimmed Southeastern, 5-3, and blanked Waubonsee, 11-0, in  five innings.

Kirkwood (4-0) scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning  against Southeastern to snap a 3-3 tie. Erin Hocker retired the side  in the seventh inning to finish the victory.

Hocker tossed a complete game for the Eagles. She allowed three runs  on seven hits, with four strikeouts and three walks.

Taleah Smith went 3-for-4 for Kirkwood against Southeastern. Jayme  Finn and London Jackson had two hits. Finn drove in three runs and had  a triple.



No. 4 Eagles knocked off by Iowa Lakes

The Kirkwood Eagles have sunk from being the No. 1 team in the nation to the No. 2 team in their own league in a hurry.

Iowa Lakes handed the Eagles a damaging 82-75 loss in an ICCAC Conference game at Johnson Hall Saturday afternoon.

Kirkwood trails NIACC by a full game in the league standings now with three games left in the regular season in a battle for the No. 1 seed in the regional tournament.

The Eagles fell behind by 17 points early in the second half Saturday and never full recovered, despite a strong rally led by reserve guard Devonte Thedford. The Eagles got within one point at 61-60 and 68-67, but never got over the hump.

"The first 15 minutes of the game I thought we were really bad," said KCC Coach Bryan Petersen. "It didn't look like we had much energy.

"The good thing is, in the second half we didn't just lay down. We clawed our way back into it, so that was good."

Thedford, who had two points at halftime, poured in 21 in the second half with strong drives to the basket and finished with 23 points.



Tomaszewski boosts No. 7 Eagles

Natalie Tomaszewski looked a little timid and confused at the beginning of the season for the Kirkwood women's basketball team, but she's blossomed into an important player for the Eagles now.

Tomaszewski gave the seventh-ranked Eagles a nice boost off the bench Saturday in an 81-47 victory over Iowa Lakes in an ICCAC Conference game at Johnson Hall.

Tomaszewski collected 12 points, six rebounds, two blocks, two steals and one assist in perhaps her best all-around game of the season.

The 6-foot-3 freshman from Shorewood, Wis., was not in the rotation earlier this season, but she's moved to the forefront following a season-ending injury to starting center Ashley Tull.

"I think in the beginning, I took it like 'Maybe this isn't for me,'" she said. "As I went through the season, I became more positive about the situation."

Tomaszewski has developed into a productive player for Kirkwood, which is locked in a tight battle with second-ranked NIACC for the conference title. She's scored 13, 12 and 12 points in three of the last six games and is more assertive on the floor.



No. 7 KCC softball wins openers

DAVENPORT - The seventh-ranked Kirkwood softball team began the 2019 season with a pair of victories at the Winter Dome Tournament in Davenport Saturday.

The Eagles topped the St. Ambrose junior varsity, 8-5, and whipped John Wood Community College, 12-3.

The games marked the debut of new Kirkwood Coach Eric Frese, who succeeded Joe Yegge after Yegge left to become an assistant at DePaul.

Jayme Finn, Skylar Ryan and Randyn Carter had two hits in the victory over St. Ambrose. Rachel Stewart and Finn scored twice. London Jackson drove in three runs.

Erin Hocker pitched five shutout innings for the victory in Game 1. She allowed only three hits, with two strikeouts and no walks.



No. 4 Eagles top Tritons in OT

Kirkwood All-American Doug Wilson probably slept like a baby after Wednesday night's game.

He earned it. So did his teammates.

Wilson sparkled in the second half as the fourth-ranked Eagles survived Iowa Central, 104-90, in overtime in a fast-paced ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Wilson scored only two points in the first half and was not happy with the way things went, but he made amends with a sensational performance in the second half and overtime.

Wilson played all 25 minutes after intermission - all 20 minutes in the second half and all five minutes in overtime - and poured in 25 points during that span to finish with 27.

He became a Point-A-Minute scoring machine when the Eagles needed him the most.

"I was a little fatigued," he allowed, "but I also expected it. I'm looking to play 25 minutes when my team needs me to."

Wilson, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Des Moines, connected on 12 of 14 shots in the second half with slick moves around the rim and quick drives to the basket.



Eagles scrambling for No. 1 seed

The Kirkwood women's basketball team defeated Iowa Central by 12 points Wednesday night at Johnson Hall, 48-36, and actually lost ground in the conference race.

That's because NIACC, which is tied with Kirkwood for first place in the ICCAC conference with identical 11-1 records, clobbered Little Priest Tribal College by 35 points.

There's a good chance that Kirkwood and NIACC will tie for the conference title this season with 15-1 records, so they'll need to use a tiebreaker to determine the No. 1 seed for the regional tournament and the coveted home-court advantage.

The first tiebreaker is head-to-head competition, but the Eagles and Trojans split their two games.

The second tiebreaker is point differential in those two games, but they traded six-point victories.

The third tiebreaker is each team's record against the rest of the conference, which would be 14-0.

The fourth tiebreaker, according to Kirkwood athletic director Doug Wagemester, is overall point differential against all the other teams in the league.



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