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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood spikes No. 10 Sauk Valley

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. - The Kirkwood women's volleyball tournament upset 10th-ranked Sauk Valley, 25-27, 25-21, 25-23, 25-9, at the Waubonsee Tournament in the Chicago suburbs Friday.

The Eagles lost to Moraine Valley, 3-1, in their other match.

Lauren Keane rolled up 96 assists in the two matches and Alexa Ingram had 38 kills.

Keane collected 49 assists in the upset victory over Sauk Valley. Ingram contributed 21 kills and seven digs. Maddie Huff had 13 kills. Abbi Tunis provided 10 kills and four blocks. Sam Johnson chipped in with seven kills and nine digs. Haleigh Durnin had six kills and five blocks. Maddie Lavenz had six digs.



Kirkwood volleyball team sweeps opener

Volleyball players come and go at Kirkwood Community College with the passage of time, but one things remains the same with the Eagles.


Kirkwood has been a consistent national power and conference juggernaut under Coach Jill Williams for more than a decade with a steady influx of talented players who know how to play the game.

"We have a philosophy, we have a style," said Williams, beginning her 14th season at Kirkwood. "And obviously in our recruiting, we try to find kids that we think can fit into what we do.

"Some of it has to be adjusted, according to the players we get," she continued. "That's the fun we have on the sideline, how we put toether our game plan."

The Eagles began the 2018 season Wednesday night by sweeping the Grand View junior varsity, 25-16, 25-22, 25-15, at Johnson Hall with a typically balanced attack.

"It's always nice to get the first one in the 'W' column, especially at home," said Williams. "That's a lot of pressure: First week of school, all the students are back.

"We've been doing our own thing in practice for three weeks. Now there's people around us. And I just hoped there's not a case of stage fright. I think they did a great job coming out ready to play."



Eric Frese named Kirkwood softball coach

Eric Frese is returning to Eastern Iowa to become the new softball coach at Kirkwood Community College.

Frese replaces Joe Yegge, who left Kirkwood after 11 seasons this summer to become the associate head coach at DePaul University.

Frese, who is from Norway, has been the head baseball coach at Wisconsin-Platteville for the past 12 years.

Frese has also been serving as an assistant softball coach at Dubuque Hempstead High School where his wife, Alisha Frese, is the head coach. Alisha Frese played softball at Kirkwood.

"We have offered and he has accepted the position," Kirkwood athletic director Doug Wagemester confirmed Friday afternoon. "That happened this morning. We're fired up."



Halvorson joining Yegge at DePaul

Natalie Halvorson played softball for Joe Yegge at Cedar Rapids  Prairie and then joined him at Kirkwood a year ago.

Now she'll be following her coach to DePaul University in Chicago.

Halvorson has decided to leave Kirkwood after one season and head to  DePaul, where Yegge has been named the new associate head coach of the  Blue Demons in the Big East Conference.

"Life never really goes how you plan, right?" Halvorson mused on her  social media account.

Halvorson compiled a 26-9 record and 2.51 earned run average this past  season as a freshman at Kirkwood and was named a junior college  All-American. She struck out 162 batters in 184 1/3 innings, with only  25 walks. Her 26 victories tied for the third-most in the country.

Halvorson was looking forward to pitching for the Eagles again next  season, but that changed last week when Yegge accepted an offer from  new DePaul Coach Tracie Adix-Zins as her top assistant.



4 KCC golfers join new teams

Four members of the Kirkwood men's golf team will be competing with four-year colleges during the 2018-19 school year.

Niall Powell is headed to New Mexico State, JD Goodfellowis going to  Oakland University, Max Thrune has picked Minnesota State-Mankato and Jacob Sevcik will join Saint Ambrose.

Thrune and Sevcik are from Linn-Mar High School. Goodfellow is from Iowa City and Powell hails from the United Kingdom.

Kirkwood finished fifth at the NJCAA Division II national tournament this season. Goodfellow placed 17th, Powell 23rd and Thrune 25th at nationals.


Yegge leaving Kirkwood for DePaul

Kirkwood softball coach Joe Yegge is leaving the Eagles after 11 years to become the associate head coach at DePaul University in Chicago.

"Yes, that is true," Kirkwood sophomore Lauren Kuch said Thursday afternoon. "He just told us this morning."

Yegge compiled a 537-112 record with the Eagles, including a 49-13 mark this past season. He led Kirkwood to eight ICCAC conference titles and six trips to the NJCAA Division II World Series.

The Eagles finished 49-13 this season and reached the World Series in Mississippi.

Tracie Adix-Zins was named DePaul's new head coach on July 5. She was an All-American pitcher for the Blue Demons during her playing days. DePaul is an NCAA Division I school that competes in the Big East Conference.

Yegge held a meeting in his office Thursday morning with four of his current players to let them know he was leaving. Other players participated in the meeting by speaker phone.

"Honestly, I was a little bit surprised," said Kuch. "He's always wanted to go somewhere big, and this is a great opportunity for him."

Kuch played for Yegge at Cedar Rapids Prairie for five years before joining him at Kirkwood for this past season. Yegge stepped aside as Prairie's head coach after the 2017 campaign.



Ketelsen will pitch for Hawkeyes

Adam Ketelsen has changed his mind about pitching for Central Michigan University next season.

The former Kirkwood star will be playing for the Iowa Hawkeyes instead.

"After getting a release from Central Michigan University, I couldn't be more excited to announce that I've decided to further my academic and baseball career at the University of Iowa," Ketelsen announced on his Twitter account Wednesday.

"Thank-you to all my friends, family and coaches that made this possible," he wrote. "Go Hawks!"

Ketelsen, a left-hander from Mount Vernon, compiled an 8-2 record and 2.92 ERA at Kirkwood this season, with 88 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings. He helped the Eagles reach the Junior College World Series for the first time since 1999.

Hunter Lee, another top pitcher for Kirkwood this year, also has joined the Hawkeyes.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2018 04:48

3 Eagles find new basketball teams

Three members of the Kirkwood men's basketball program have found new  teams for the 2018-19 campaign.

Chris King is headed to Lindenwood University, an NCAA Division II school in Saint Charles, Mo. King averaged 17.2 points for the Eagles this past season.

Ethan Meeker is headed home to Galesburg, Ill., to play for Knox College, an NCAA Division III school. Meeker averaged 7.5 points this year.

Justin Storey will be staying in Cedar Rapids to play for Mount Mercy University. Storey averaged one point per game for the Eagles.

All three sophomores helped Kirkwood finish 24-6.

Carlo Marble, another sophomore who averaged 8.4 points, has not committed to a four-year school at this point.


Kirsch joins KCC basketball staff

Ryan Kirsch has joined the Kirkwood men's basketball staff as an assistant coach for the 2018-19 season.

Kirsch is replacing Ben Jacobson on the Kirkwood staff. Jacobson, who is battling an inoperable brain tumor, has accepted a sales job in the community.

Kirkwood head coach Bryan Petersen said Jacobson is doing okay while fighting his ailment.

Kirsch served as a graduate assistant at South Dakota State this past season when the Jackrabbits finished 28-7 and reached the NCAA Division I national tournament as Summit League champions.

Kirsch was an undergraduate assistant/student manager at Iowa State from 2014 through 2016, working for ISU head coaches Fred Hoiberg and Steve Prohm. He was a graduate assistant at Augustana University in 2016-17.

Kirsch, a native of Corydon, has an engineering degree from Iowa State and a master's degree in sports management from Augustana. He and his wife, Branygon, reside in Ely.


Rima stepping aside as Prairie coach

Todd Rima confirmed Monday that he'll be stepping aside as the head baseball coach at Cedar Rapids Prairie after this season.

Rima is also the head baseball coach at Kirkwood Community College. Between the two jobs, he's been coaching more than 100 games per year  along with countless practices and college recruiting.

"Looking forward to time with my family!," he told the Metro Sports Report Monday afternoon.

Rima and his wife, Molly, have three children. Jalen Rima plays football at the University of Northern Iowa and they have two young daughters, Bailey and Payton.

Rima has compiled a 129-34 record in four years at Prairie for a winning mark of 79.1 percent. He led the Hawks to the Class 4A state title in 2016 during his second year at Prairie.



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