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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mullinnix helps No. 7 Eagles triumph

ESTHERVILLE - Haley Mullinnix continued her hot shooting Wednesday night for the Kirkwood Eagles.

Mullinnix canned five 3-pointers and tossed in 15 points as the seventh-ranked Eagles dunked Iowa Lakes, 68-54, in an ICCAC conference game in Estherville.

In her last two games, Mullinnix has connected on 11 of 13 3-pointers in clutch victories over NIACC and Iowa Lakes. She was 6-for-7 against NIACC on Saturday and 5-for-6 against the Lakers.

Kirkwood raised its records to 17-5 overall and 7-0 in the conference. Iowa Lakes fell to 16-4 overall and 4-2 in the league.

The Eagles raced to a 41-20 lead at halftime and enjoyed a 54-30 bulge entering the fourth period.



Todd Rima honored by IHSBCA

Kirkwood Coach Todd Rima was honored by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association at its annual awards banquet Saturday night at the Marriott Hotel in Cedar Rapids.

Rima was named the IHSBCA College Coach of the Year for junior college coaches. Brian Wede of Northwestern College won the award for four-year schools.



Mullinnix sparks Eagles by NIACC

Haley Mullinnix has a great smile and a wonderful laugh, but not when she's on the basketball court.

Mullinnix is a sphinx-like figure on the floor, rarely showing any emotion  no matter how well she's playing.

The smiles and laughter can wait until the game is over, and there was plenty of both Saturday.

Mullinnix poured in a career-high 25 points and canned six 3-pointers to help the 10th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeat fifth-ranked NIACC, 77-71, in a conference showdown.

Mullinnix, a sophomore guard from West Branch, was averaging 6.1 points when the day began, but she played the best game of her life when the Eagles needed her most.

"It feels pretty good," she allowed, laughing and flashing that great smile. "Yeah, it definitely feels special. Especially because we did play so well as a team."

Kirkwood leads the ICCAC conference standings with a perfect 6-0 record. Iowa Lakes and Southeastern are tied for second at 4-1, with NIACC in fourth place at 3-1 after its first setback in the league.

Mullinnix deliberately keeps her emotions under wraps during a game, trying to keep an even keel.

"I try to keep it down," she said. "Obviously when I'm playing well, it comes out a little more, but I try to keep it all intact and just play the game and keep my head on straight."



Wilson stars as Eagles tame NIACC

Doug Wilson was an All-American for the Kirkwood Eagles last season as a freshman, but he's making a strong bid for All-World honors this time around.

Wilson, a gifted 6-foot-7 forward from Des Moines, has gotten better in just about every category this year.

He's averaging 20.6 points and 8.2 rebounds, compared to 14.1 points and 6.6 boards last year when he was named a second team JUCO All-American.

His ballhandling is better. His passing is better. And his free throws, a bugaboo last year at 46.2 percent, have climbed all the way to 66.1 percent after going 5-for-5 Saturday.

And his defense? Spectacular.

"I think he's probably the best defender in the country," said Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen, not prone to hyperbole.

Wilson stuffed the stat sheet again Saturday as the fourth-ranked Eagles tamed 15th-ranked NIACC, 83-65, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.



No. 4 Eagles raise record to 15-2

The Kirkwood men's basketball team raised its record to 15-2 Wednesday night with an 86-77 victory over Bryant & Stratton in a non-conference game at Johnson Hall.

All-American Doug Wilson canned 8 of 10 shots from the field and led the fourth-ranked Eagles with 18 points.

Luke Appel finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Kirkwood. Connor Kasperbauer popped in five 3-pointers and contributed 17 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Allante Pickens scored 14 points for the Eagles. Brady Sartorius finished with eight points and five assists.

Justin Brookens tossed in seven 3-pointers and poured in 29 points for Bryant & Stratton (13-7).



No. 10 KCC women roll by SCC

KEOKUK - The 10th-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team roared to a 41-12 lead at halftime Wednesday night and dunked Southeastern, 70-48, in an ICCAC conference game in Keokuk.

The Eagles outscored the Blackhawks, 23-3, in the second quarter to take complete control of the game.

Ashley Tull scored 13 points for Kirkwood (15-5, 5-0). Mackenzie Jenkins finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

Anasha Hurst contributed 11 points in the victory. Johanna Myers hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points. Paige Bradford had eight points and seven rebounds.



Wilson leads No. 5 Eagles by Spartans

CRESTON - All-American Doug Wilson turned in another strong  performance Saturday as the fifth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles dumped  Southwestern, 78-58, in an ICCAC conference game in Creston.

Wilson collected 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three  blocked shots for the Eagles (14-2, 4-0). He shot 8 for 9 from the  field with a deft touch around the rim.

Jamal Stephenson popped off the bench and scored 14 points for  Kirkwood with a pair of 3-pointers. Allante Pickens, Brady Sartorius  and Luke Appel contributed nine points in the 20-point victory.



No. 10 Eagles roll by Southwestern

CRESTON - Mackenzie Jenkins scored 21 points Saturday as the  10th-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team rolled by Southwestern,  97-54, in an ICCAC conference game in Creston.

Jenkins shot 8 for 11 from the field and tossed in three 3-pointers  for the Eagles (14-5, 4-0). Leah Robinson shot 7 for 8 from the field  and finished with 15 points.

Paige Bradford scored 12 points for Kirkwood. Haley Mullinnix hit  three triples and contributed 11 points to the blowout victory.

The Eagles made 38 of 64 shots for 59.4 percent and connected on 13  3-pointers.



Sartorius boosts No. 5 Eagles by DMACC

Brady Sartorius enjoyed a fabulous career at Mount Pleasant High School and was looking forward to a big freshman campaign at Kirkwood, but then the injuries set in.

He injured his back during the preseason, then hurt his ankle and Achilles tendon during a game in December and was sidelined again. All told, he missed five games and had trouble getting into the flow of things.

Sartorius is still not 100 percent in the pink, but he sure looked good Wednesday night.

Sartorius popped off the bench and popped in a career-best 17 points to help the fifth-ranked Eagles pull away from 17th-ranked DMACC, 92-76, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Sartorius made four 3-pointers and contributed three rebounds, three assists and two steals in the backcourt.

"He was huge," said Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen. "That's the Brady Sartorius we were expecting. Obviously he had a tough go of it in the first semester with injuries.

"I'm really proud of him for coming back and being ready to go. Hopefully we'll have him the rest of the year."



No. 10 KCC women knock off DMACC

When the Kirkwood women's basketball team is good, the Eagles are very, very good with unselfish passes, good shooting and a willingness to listen to Coach Kim Muhl.

When the Eagles struggle ... well, here's what Muhl had to say about that Wednesday night.

"They've got to learn to be coached and quit being babies and grow up," he remarked. "You can put that in the paper."

The 10th-ranked Eagles were very, very good in the third quarter and rode a 30-point outburst in that stanza to a 66-37 victory over DMACC in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood scored only 22 points in the first and led 22-17 at intermission. Muhl ripped into his players at halftime and they came out with a vengeance.

What did Muhl tell them?

"Quit fighting me on what needs to be done on a daily basis," he revealed. "It's not 'cool' just to be on the floor. You've got to become nasty and dirty and play harder. And execute.



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