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Kirkwood Community College - News http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/ Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:51:53 -0600 FeedCreator 1.7.2 [Baseball] Kirkwood Baseball Lands 3 More to Solidify 2014 Class, Walk-On Tryout Info http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/634.php METROSPORTSREPORT- CEDAR RAPIDS, IA-- Eric Willis of Waverly-Shell Rock is the latest Iowa prep star to join the Kirkwood Community College baseball team. Willis, a middle infielder, was named the Player of the Year on the IHSBCA All-State Super Team this season after hitting .457 with five home runs and 45 RBIs as a senior. He also had 13 doubles and four triples.

"We are extremely excited to have a young man of high character like Eric joining our program," said Kirkwood Coach Todd Rima. "We are very proud that the IHSBCA Player of the Year has chosen Kirkwood to continue his education. We look forward to helping Eric develop into an outstanding college baseball player."

*Also, below the article on Eric Willis there is information on Walk-On Tryouts for the Kirkwood Baseball team.

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Jason Belk Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0600 http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/634.php
[Baseball] Rima Hauls in 16 Players Kirkwood Baseball's 2014 Class http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/633.php METROSPORTSREPORT.COM- CEDAR RAPIDS, IA-- Pitching, pitching and more pitching. That was Todd Rima's primary goal on the recruiting trail this year as he stocked the Kirkwood baseball team for the 2015 campaign. Mission accomplished, he feels. Rima has signed 16 new players for next season. Ten of them are pitchers. And nine of the new players are Iowans, another priority.

Three of the new players hail from Illinois and three are from New York. Rima thinks he's signed the arms he needs to keep improving. Kirkwood finished 30-17 this season and 14-11 in the conference, but he wants more. He feels pitching is the path to success. "That was really big for us," he said. "We have two returning pitchers that gave us a lot of innings, and everybody else is going to be new. "So we had to go out and get guys who aren't going to be ready in a year. They need to be ready right now. And we hope that we've done that."

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Jason Belk Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:35:00 -0600 http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/633.php
[Baseball] Kirkwood's Kemp, Hagarty, and Ross Decide on Schools, Schenck-Joblinske Chooses U of Iowa http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/632.php CEDAR RAPIDS, IA-- Three more Kirkwood Eagle sophomores have decided on where they will continue their collegiate baseball career. Shane Kemp (OF/RHP) has committed to play for George Washington University in Washington, DC (NCAA D1). Kemp (Waterloo, IA) hit .288 this spring and pitched 12.2 innings with 10 strikeouts for the Eagles.

Shawn Hagarty (UTL) and Will Ross (RHP) have committed to play in St. Charles, Missouri for Lindenwood University. Hagarty (Waterloo, IA) was very instrumental for the Eagles this past spring as he hit .293 with a .413 on base percentage, stole 13 bases, and had 11 hit-by-pitches. Ross (Iowa City, IA) was stellar for the Eagles on the mound during the 2014 spring. As a weekend starter he compiled a 4-3 record with 52 strikeouts in 56 innings.

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Jason Belk Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:05:00 -0600 http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/632.php
[Softball] Two Softball Players Head to Canada with NJCAA All-Stars http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/631.php Eagles Head Coach Joe Yegge named to coaching staff

Two Kirkwood Eagle softball stars have been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Softball All Star Team. Sophomores Shyanne Saladino and Sam Belz will compete against the top competition in the world at the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada on July 15-21.

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Joe Yegge Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:05:00 -0600 http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/631.php
[Men's Basketball] Kirkwood lands big man from Sweden http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/629.php By Metro Sports Report

Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen has not had a chance to watch Martin Hyberg play basketball in person, but he's studied film of the 6-foot-10 center from Sweden and likes what he's seen.

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Taylor Blum Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:35:00 -0600
[Volleyball] Kirkwood Volleyball Team Excels On and Off the Court - Three Eagles Earn ... http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/628.php  

The student-athletes on the Kirkwood Eagles volleyball team have been acknowledged for outstanding achievement in the classroom. Multiple players have been recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for superior work in the academic arena. In addition, the team as a whole was named a 2013-2014 NJCAA All-Academic Team.

Head Volleyball Coach Jill Williams knows how difficult it can be for student-athletes to juggle athletics and their studies. For Williams, her player's academic accomplishments are a source of pride.

"The life of a student-athlete is tough," said Williams. "There are a lot of demands put on players. As the coach of these young women, I preach the benefits hard work plays in all aspects of their lives. I'm happy for my players who were recognized individually as well as the whole team."

As a whole, the team earned recognition from the NJCAA as an All-Academic Team with a cumulative GPA of 3.493. Individual academic recognitions are as follows:

Cali Beyer, a Liberal Arts student, earned a Superior Academic Achievement award for holding a 3.943 GPA. Beyer is also a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa and is a Kirkwood ambassador as well. She will continue her career at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa after Kirkwood.

Erin Walker, an Early Childhood Education student, is also a Superior Academic Achievement award winner for holding a 3.907 GPA. Walker, who is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, will continue her career at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the fall.

Chelsea Gryp, a Nursing student, has been awarded Exemplary Academic Achievement for her 3.735 GPA. Gryp will attend Mount Mercy University in the fall.

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Jill Williams Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:40:00 -0600 http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/628.php
[Volleyball] Eagle Volleyball Earns NJCAA Team Academic Award http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/627.php Congratulations to the Kirkwood Eagles volleyball team for achieving academic excellence as a 2013-2014 NJCAA All-Academic Team.

Many people are aware of Kirkwood Volleyball's successes on the court, but only few may know of its success off the court. Throughout the season, the Eagles remained dedicated to their goals on and off the court. Chelsea Gryp, sophomore outside hitter, states, "Being successful in the classroom was always a goal for our team, and it is great that we have reached our goal".

For the 2013-2014 academic year, the Eagles have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.493. This achievement is not something that should be taken lightly. With this GPA, the Kirkwood Eagles have been recognized as an All-Academic team. This is a national award that isn't obtained easily. Heather Poula, a freshman right side hitter, states, "This award means a lot to us because it isn't something we could have achieved individually. Winning this award required dedication from the entire team". The Eagles are proud to be known for their successes both on the court and in the classroom, and will continue to strive of both athletic excellence and academic excellence in the future.

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Jill Williams Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:35:00 -0600 http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/627.php
[Softball] Jenkins and Saladino Honored by NJCAA http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/626.php Two stand out Kirkwood players awarded All-American honors.

Freshman Chasney Jenkins and Sophomore Shyanne Saladino were recognized through the National Junior College Athletic Association as All-Americans. Jenkins received a first team nomination, while Saladino was dedicated second team honors.

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Joe Yegge Tue, 27 May 2014 12:20:00 -0600 http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/626.php
[Women's Basketball] KCC Women Sign 6-foot-5 Center http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/625.php The Kirkwood women's basketball team will have one of the tallest players in school history on the roster next season when 6-foot-5 center Kaycee Kallenberger joins the squad.

Kallenberger spent this past season at Eastern Illinois University, where she played sparingly and scored seven points in 11 games.

Kallenberger was an all-conference player in the Mississippi Athletic Conference (MAC) in high school. She set the career record for blocked shots at North Scott, then transferred to Pleasant Valley for her senior year.

Kirkwood has signed seven new players for the 2014-15 campaign, Coach Kim Muhl announced Wednesday.

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Jennifer Francescon Tue, 13 May 2014 15:10:00 -0600 http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/625.php
[Baseball] NJCAA Region XI Baseball Tournament Information http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/624.php CEDAR RAPIDS, IA-- Kirkwood enters post-season play on Thursday, May 8th. The Region XI tournament will be held in Waterloo, Iowa at Riverfront Stadium. The winner will host the North Plains District, consisting of Region 9, 11, 13 winners. The North Plains District is scheduled for May 17-18. The winner will be awarded a bid to the 2014 NJCAA Baseball World Series in Enid, Oklahoma. Kirkwood Community College (29-17-1) enters the tournament as the #4 seed and plays at 10:00am on Thursday morning. To view the 2014 NJCAA Region XI Baseball Tournament Bracket click here.

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Jason Belk Tue, 06 May 2014 11:05:00 -0600 http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/624.php
[Men's Basketball] Henry Uwadiae Signs to Play College Basketball at Green Bay http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/623.php Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics

By: Andrew Gavin

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Henry Uwadiae (Benin City, Nigeria) will join the Green Bay men's basketball team beginning with the 2014-15 season, head coach Brian Wardle announced on Monday. Uwadiae, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound transfer from Kirkwood Community College in Iowa, will be eligible immediate as a sophomore next season.

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Taylor Blum Tue, 06 May 2014 07:10:00 -0600
[Baseball] Kirkwood's Jones, Merced, Simmons, and Daphney Commit http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/622.php CEDAR RAPIDS, IA-- Todd Rima's Kirkwood Eagle baseball team has four more sophomores that have committed to play college baseball past Kirkwood. First baseman Nick Jones has committed to play for Florida Atlantic University (NCAA D1), catcher and right handed pitcher Angel Merced has committed to University of Ohio Northwestern (NAIA), right handed pitcher Shawn Simmons committed to Saint Ambrose University (NAIA), and left handed pitcher Brian Daphney has committed to play for Clarke University (NAIA). They join Kirkwood sophomore outfielders Eric Schenck-Joblinske and Alex Thompson who signed with Texas A&M University (NCAA D1) and University of Illinois- Springfield (NCAA D2) in the fall. To view the article click: Schenck-Joblinske Signs with Texas A&M, Thompson Signs with University of Illinois- Springfield.

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Jason Belk Sat, 03 May 2014 18:10:00 -0600 http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/622.php
[Baseball] Eagles Split with Southeastern, Last Home Games Today http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/621.php BURLINGTON, IA-- The Kirkwood Eagles (28-15, 12-10) lost 5-4 in Game 1 in Burlington, IA on Friday, despite outhitting Southeastern CC (35-17, 18-6) nine to seven. Eric Schenck-Joblinske put himself in scoring position with two extra-base hits for the Kirkwood Eagles. He doubled in the fourth inning and tripled in the eighth inning.

In Game 2, both the Kirkwood Eagles and Southeastern CC put runners aboard on Friday, but it was the Eagles that were able to take advantage, pulling out a 4-2 win at Burlington, IA. Southeastern CC got 11 hits compared with just six for the Kirkwood Eagles, but Southeastern CC stranded 10 on base. The Kirkwood Eagles would not relinquish the lead as Southeastern CC was unable to weather a four-run sixth inning deficit. Southeastern CC scored two runs in the seventh, but Randy Perez closed out the game for his 3rd save of the season.

The Eagles play their final home games today against Southeastern CC. The doubleheader starts at 2:00pm. The Eagles final regular season games are Monday, May 5th in Moline, IL against Black Hawk College.

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Jason Belk Sat, 03 May 2014 08:30:00 -0600 http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/621.php
[Men's Golf] Kirkwood Golf Gains Momentum Heading Into Postseason http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/620.php Eagles get on roll by winning last two tournaments before Region XI Tournament

The Kirkwood Eagles golf team finished the regular season on a high note and now look to claim the NJCAA DII Region XI Tournament championship for the third year in a row.

The Eagles (45-12) started the season ranked fourth in the country and have lived up to the hype despite having a majority of freshmen on the team. With only four golfers that had experienced the pressures of playing at the collegiate level, the younger members of the team needed to step up to tee with confidence in their abilities. According to Head Coach Darin Pint, the Eagles have improved over the course of the season and have a good mixture of veteran leadership and young talent.

"This team is younger than last year's team," said Pint. "I think we've gotten better as the season has gone on but it took a little while for guys to understand that the weather can't be used as an excuse. Four different freshmen have finished in the top five in one tourney or another throughout this spring. Last year we had all sophomores in the top five so our freshman class definitely has some talent. The postseason is a different atmosphere though. We need to be prepared mentally for us to do something in the postseason."

Fittingly, a pair of freshman and sophomore standouts has led the team on the course this season. Freshman Nathan Chilcott (Vale of Glamorgan, Wales) is currently ranked 32nd in the country and has three individual wins this year. In addition, he boasts a 74.22 scoring average. Sophomore Ryan Palser (Creston, Iowa) is ranked 69th nationally with five top-10 finishes and a 75.58 scoring average. Both Chilcott and Palser figure to be major factors as the team prepares for a championship run.

Last year, Kirkwood placed fourth in the nation following the national tournament. According to Pint, the team will need to maintain focus and play with a team mentality in order to have a chance to repeat the success of last year.

"Now is the time to play our best golf," said Pint. "You don't get any second chances. I expect them to compete and play for each other. That is all. We'll see where that takes us."

The NJCAA DII Region XI Tournament will take place at Lake Panorama Golf Club in Panora, Iowa from May 3-4.

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Lynn Lueck Fri, 02 May 2014 14:40:00 -0600 http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/620.php
[Softball] Kirkwood Softball Finishes Another Amazing Regular Season http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/619.php Eagles now move on to the Region XI Tournament as defending regional champs

The Kirkwood Eagles softball team has once again completed their regular season with an impressive record and now moves on to defend last year's regional crown as the number one seed in the NJCAA Division II Region XI Tournament.

For the second straight year under Head Coach Joe Yegge, the Eagles (49-6, 22-2) will enter tournament play with fewer than 10 loses. In addition, the team begins postseason play with a top five national ranking (4th), just like last season. One could draw parallels to last year's team that finished fifth in the nation, but even though the two teams have similar records, Yegge doesn't like to draw comparisons.

"I don't like to compare this team to last year's team," said Yegge. "It's a totally different group. I think we have actually exceeded our expectations this year. We lost a few key players after last season. The coaching staff figured it was going to be an up and down year with eight freshmen starting. But the players have stepped up and refused to see it as an obstacle. They have done everything they can to continue the success we have had in the past."

The Eagles are among the nation's best in multiple statistical categories. Kirkwood ranks in the top 10 nationally in seven offensive categories including runs (451, 6th), runs batted in (403, 4th), home runs (59, 9th) and walks (201, 1st). Defensively the Eagles boast a 1.49 earned run average to go with 14 shutouts (3rd) and an opponent's batting average of .239 (7th).

According to Yegge, the team's record versus a tough schedule is evidence of the team's potential to repeat as regional champions.

"We have only lost six games this year and have probably played the hardest schedule compared to any of our opponents since August," said Yegge. "I feel if the girls play the way I know they can they have a great chance to bring home the regional championship. This team won't panic when it gets tough. It's like a sleeping watchdog. They are there - and everyone knows they are - so teams are cautious. But if you rattle their cage you'd better look out."

The Region XI tournament will take place at Harlan Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge from May 2-5. The Eagles will take on eighth-seeded Iowa Lakes Community College (15-29, 3-25) on Friday at 1 p.m.

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Lynn Lueck Thu, 01 May 2014 12:55:00 -0600 http://www.kirkwoodeagles.com/article/619.php