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KCC baseball team falls 14-0 in opener

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kirkwood baseball team had a rough time in  the season opener at Johnson County Friday.

Coach Todd Rima and the Eagles lost, 14-0, in a seven-inning game.

The Johnson County pitchers struck out 16 batters and allowed only one  hit. Johnson County scored its 14 runs on 16 hits.

Johnson County has a 12-1 record and is ranked No. 14 in NJCAA Division I.



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Shorthanded No. 4 Eagles knock off SCC

Jheda Kennedy moved into the starting lineup at point guard Wednesday  night and played 33 minutes to help No. 4 Kirkwood defeat  Southeastern, 67-46, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Kennedy scored 13 points as the Eagles raised their records to 26-3 overall and 13-2 in the conference heading into the final game of the  regular season Saturday.

Starting point guard Ju Gaston and star center Paige Bradford missed  the game due to illness, leaving Coach Kim Muhl with only nine players  in uniform.

Kemara Watson, Kortney Drake and Natalie Tomaszewski matched Kennedy  with 13 points for the Eagles. Tomaszewski also had nine rebounds,  three blocks, two assists and a steal.



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No. 9 KCC softball enjoys Minnesota trip

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The ninth-ranked Kirkwood women's softball team won  all three of its games at the RCTC Dome Tournament in Rochester,  Minn., on Saturday.

The Eagles defeated Dakota College, 16-4; blanked the Clarke JV, 17-0;  and rallied to nip the Simpson JV, 7-6.

Sydney Albaugh, Haley DeWitte and Olivia Richards hit home runs  against Dakota College. London Jackson went 3-for-3 with two runs and  two RBI. Shelby Hulsebus, Jayme Finn, Albaugh, DeWitte and Richards  had two hits. DeWitte drove in four runs. Albaugh had three RBIs.  Finn, Jackson and Richards drove in two runs. Hulsebus had four stolen  bases.

Finn went 3-for-3 with two homers and six RBIs against Clarke. Haley  Jarrett also socked a home and was 3-for-3 with three runs and three  RBIs. Hulsebus, Autum Barthelman, Finn and Jarrett were all 3-for-3.  Hulsebus scored three times. Courtney Harris had two RBIs. Barthelman  scored two runs.



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No. 11 KCC men dunk No. 13 NIACC

MASON CITY - The Kirkwood men's basketball team is one victory away  from clinching the No. 1 seed for the regional tournament later this  month.

The 11th-ranked Eagles topped 13th-ranked NIACC, 97-84, Saturday in an  ICCAC conference showdown in Mason City as Devonte Thedford, DJ  Purnell, Luke Appel and Seybian Sims combined for 81 points.

Kirkwood remained tied for the conference lead with ninth-ranked DMACC  with 11-2 records with one game left in the regular season. If the  Eagles defeat Iowa Central at home next Saturday, they'll clinch the  top seed for the regional tournament because they own the tiebreaker  over DMACC.

Thedford scored 24 points, Purnell netted 22, Appel contributed 19 and  Sims added 16 to lead the attack Saturday. Appel grabbed 13 rebounds  for a double-double and Purnell snared nine caroms. Thedford shot  12-for-12 at the foul line and Purnell was 8-for-8.



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No. 2 Eagles fall at No. 1 NIACC

MASON CITY - The road to the national tournament for the Kirkwood  women's basketball tournament will probably run through Mason City.

And that's not especially good news for Kirkwood.

The second-ranked Eagles lost to top-ranked NIACC, 85-64, in their  conference showdown in Mason City Saturday and now NIACC has clinched  the No. 1 seed for the regional.

Only one team from the Iowa regional will make the NJCAA Division II  national tournament, which means Kirkwood might have to return to  Mason City in a few weeks and try to beat NIACC in a rematch on their  home floor for a coveted trip to nationals.

Kirkwood enjoyed an early 16-6 lead Saturday, but the Eagles got into  foul trouble and trailed 46-34 at halftime. They never caught up.

NIACC pumped in fifteen 3-pointers compared to only three for Kirkwood.



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