Thursday Oct 10, 2019
Getting the most out of the recreation center
BY Alexis Haggstrom, Sports Editor
The Michael J. Gould Recreation Center at Kirkwood Community College underwent a renovation last year.
The Rec Center has a weight room that is more than twice the size of the previous room. A 200-meter track winds around the basketball courts and work-out areas. The designated areas offer weight racks, treadmills, ellipticals and exercise balls for student use.
Recreation Services Supervisor Brett Baumgart said the Rec Center offers various activities for students throughout the week. “We have pick-up basketball throughout the day. Pop Pilates Monday night, Yoga is Tuesday and Wednesday nights and Spin and Strength is at noon on Tuesday and Thursday. Circuit blast is Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Body Fit is Monday, Wednesday, Friday,” he said.
The Rec Center also offers intramurals and fitness classes. “We’ve got over 40 intramurals throughout the whole year. It’s a wide range, from flag-football, our biggest one, to rock paper scissors...I really try to make it a wide range. If somebody’s brought an idea, I’m definitely open for it. It’s for the students,” said Baumgart.
Students are the primary audience for the Rec Center. “I try to find things that would be neat and fun that hopefully students will enjoy. At least we catch one student,” said Baumgart.
The Rec Center presents itself as another resource students have available.
Andrew Marshall, a second year Liberal Arts student, said “Just having access to a gym that has full showers, all these weights, you can come here and play ping pong. I see a lot of people here that just shoot hoops. That’s great to be able to have that free space to do that.”
Baumgart explained that these resources are available for the students and encourages everyone to use them. “Utilizing all the different things, intramurals or fitness classes. It’s all free, it’s all for them. We’re going to be open whether they’re here or not. We’d rather have them here utilizing it,” he said.
The number of students participating at the Rec Center is consistent each year. “We have 60,000 swipe-ins a year. On a weekly basis we’re probably close to 100 students,” said Baumgart.
Baumgart said he is aware of the difficulty students face when it comes to balancing coursework and their fitness. “We try to find the right balance of times, days and everything like that,” said Baumgart.
The Rec Center is open Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday noon – 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Rec Center hours will vary during student breaks and will be closed over holidays. Students can call 319-398-5596 with questions.
Volleyball score box
Aug. 23 vs. Waubonsee Community College W, 3-1
Aug. 23 vs. Illinois Valley Community College W, 3-0
Aug. 24 vs. Kansas City Kansas Community College L, 3-1
Aug. 24 vs. Grand Rapids Community College W, 3-1
Aug. 27 vs. Grand View University JV L, 3-2
Aug. 30 vs. McCook Community College W, 3-0
Aug. 30 vs. Williston State CollegeW, 3-0
Aug. 31 vs. Southeast Community College W, 3-1
Aug. 31 vs. North Dakota State College of Science L, 3-1
Sept. 4 vs. Southeastern Community College L, 3-0
Sept. 6 vs. Parkland College W, 3-2
Sept. 6 vs. Sauk Valley Community College W, 3-0
Sept. 7 vs. Central Community College-Columbus W, 3-0
Sept. 7 vs.McHenry County College W, 3-0
Sept. 11 at Ellsworth Community College W, 3-0
Sept. 12 vs. Indian Hills Community College L, 3-0
Sept. 18 vs. Des Moines Area Community College W, 3-1
Sept. 20 at Illinois Central College L, 3-2
Sept. 20 vs. Moraine Valley Community College W, 3-0
Sept. 25 vs. Northeast Comm College L, 3-1
Sept. 27 vs. Lincoln Land Community College W, 3-1
Sept. 27 vs. McHenry County CollegeW, 3-1
Sept. 28 vs. Southwestern Illinois College W, 3-0
Oct. 2 at North Iowa Area Community College L, 3-1
Oct. 4 vs. Metropolitan Community College W, 3-0
Oct. 4 vs. Highland Community College - Kansas L, 3-1
Upcoming volleyball games
Oct 11 vs. Williston State College
Oct 11 vs. St. Louis Community College
Oct 12 Cowley County Community College
Oct 12 vs. North Dakota State College of Science
Oct 16 at Iowa Lakes Community College
Oct 23 at Southwestern Community College
Oct 26 at Johnson County Community College
Oct 26Indian Hills Community College
Oct 30Hawkeye Community College
Nov 2 vs. TBD
Nov 3 vs. TBD
Tuesday Sept 24, 2019
Flag football touches down at Kirkwood
BY Alexis Haggstrom, Sports Editor
The Donald J. Bergman Golf and Recreation Complex is shrouded in darkness the evening of Sept. 18. However, the field behind it is lit up like a stage. Chalked white numbers stand out clearly against the green grass. The ground is still slightly damp from the rain earlier in the day.
Despite the conditions, the players have no complaints other than the regret of not bringing cleats.
Flag football is Kirkwood Community College’s “biggest intramural of the year,” said Brett Baumgart, Kirkwood’s recreation services supervisor.
The season kicked off last Tuesday, Sept. 16. Thirteen creatively named teams were slated in the schedule, including “Yeti Cups and Backpacks” and “Tweak Squad.”
“The students get to play multiple games over multiple weeks and just get to have a fun time playing and that feeling of it being Friday Night lights again,” said Baumgart.
“We are so lucky to have an amazing crew that gets the field ready to go each week and we can’t thank them enough so you combine a perfect field under the lights with perfect weather this time a year and it just create an amazing atmosphere,” Baumgart added.
League-based activities like flag football requires at least one person to be captain to create a team.
The registration period for flag football is over, however there are many upcoming intramurals like dodgeball or women’s powder puff, and activities like NCAA Weekly Pick’ems.
To register, Baumgart said, “The easiest way is to download the Kirkwood Rec app on a smartphone...If it is a one day event and you didn’t get signed up, you can still come participate and see if you can win the intramural champ shirt.”
How to join intramurals
1. Make an account with IMLeagues. A link is available from the Kirkwood Recreation Center’s website.
2. Follow the instructions to enter your information and after submitting the form, you will be sent a confirmation email.
3. Make sure you download the Kirkwood Rec. Center app to create or create a team. It also provides schedules for each intramural as well as standings.
4. To join or create a team, log in to your IMLeagues account and click the designated tab.
5. If you create a team as captain, you have the ability to invite players by their email address or name.
6. As the player you can accept the invitation or view a different captain’s playercard and request to join their team.
7. You can also become a free agent. You will be available to all teams but can also send out requests.
Tuesday Sept. 12, 2019
Eagles volleyball sweeps Kirkwood Invitational
2- Aubrin Dittmer, freshman outside hitter from Durant, Iowa
3- Allison Pisarcik, freshman defensive specialist from Marion, Iowa
4- Maddie Huff, sophomore middle hitter from Gilbertville, Iowa
5- Peyton Brokovich, freshman middle and outside hitter from Cedar Rapids
6- Maranda Wheelock, sophomore defensive specialist from Boone, Iowa
7- Shauntina Williams, freshman outside hitter from Amana, Iowa
8-Madi Wagaman, sophomore setter from Springville, Iowa
9- Abbie Ericson, sophomore outside hitter from Hawarden, Iowa
10- Ellie Bildstein, freshman middle and opposite hitter from
11- Anna Gorsich, freshman outside hitter from Cedar Rapids
12- Megan Osborn, freshman opposite hitter from Ames, Iowa
13- Claire Demmer, freshman middle hitter from Dundee, Iowa
14- Olivia Richards, freshman outside hitter from Cedar Rapids
15- Rachael Nelson, freshman setter from Solon, Iowa
16- Taylor Carey, sophomore middle hitter from Waukee, Iowa
18- Maggie Peters, freshman middle hitter from Cedar Rapids
Tuesday Sept. 12, 2019
Eagles baseball and softball are warming up for the season
Sept. 6- Upper Iowa @ Fayette
Sept. 10- Ellsworth @ Cedar Rapids, IA
Sept. 13- Kellogg @ Westfield, IN
Sept. 13- Frontier @ Westfield, IN
Sept. 18- Mt. Mercy @ MM CedarRapids
Sept. 19- ICCAC Showcase @ Prospect Meadows
Sept. 22- Ellsworth @ Iowa Falls
Sept. 27- Heartland @ Springfield, IL
Sept. 27- St. Charles @ Springfield, IL
Sept. 30- Clarke @ Peosta
Oct. 4- TBD @ Rockford, IL
Oct. 14- Mt. Mercy @ Cedar Rapids
Oct. 15- Mt. Mercy @ Cedar Rapids
Oct. 16- Mt. Mercy @ Cedar Rapids
Tuesday Sept. 12, 2019
Sept. 11- Northern Iowa @ Cedar Falls, IA
Sept. 15- Iowa State@ Ames, IA
Sept. 20- Iowa @ Iowa City, IA
Sept. 21- Creighton @ Omaha, NE
Sept. 28- Mount Mercy @ Cedar Rapids, IA
Sept. 29- Western Illinois @ Macomb, IL
Oct. 5- St. Jude Tournament @ Peoria, IL
Oct. 11- ICCAC Tournament @ Cedar Rapids, IA
Oct. 13- Indian Hills @ Ottumwa, IA
Feb. 16- St. Ambrose JV @ Davenport, IA
Feb. 16- John Wood @ Davenport, IA
Feb. 17- Southeastern @ Davenport, IA
Feb. 17- Kankakee @ Davenport, IA
Feb. 23- Indian Hills @ Austin, MN
Feb. 23- Rock Valley @ Austin, MN
Feb. 24- Bryant & Stratton @ Austin, MN
Feb. 24- Ellsworth @ Austin, MN
Mar. 2- TBA @ Concordia, KS
March 3- TBA @ Concordia, KS
March 8- Jones County @ Columbus, GA
March 8- Indian River @ Columbus, GA
March 9- Rock Valley @ Columbus, GA
March 9- TBA @ Columbus, GA
March 10- TBA @ Columbus, GA
March 18- Cowley @ Arkansas City, KS
March 19- Northeast OK @ Miami, OK
March 26- Indian Hills @ Cedar Rapids