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. 

PHOTO BY Jeff Sigmund
Students making use of the many choices offard at the rec center treadmills, elliptical, rowing machines and super circuite on Oct 7.

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. 

PHOTO BY Alexis Haggstrom
Amber Walker, sophomore, practices on one of the two basketball courts located in the Rec Center Oct.1.

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

PHOTO BY Augustine Shukurani
# 15 Rachel Nelson, freshman serves the ball during the game against Des Moines Area Community College on Sept 18. Eagles win 3-1.

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

PHOTO BY Augustine Shukurani
#14 Olivia Richards freshman, digs out a spike set over by DMACC on Sept 18.

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

PHOTO BY Alexis Haggstrom

Intramural football team, Tweak Squad, lines up on the yard line before the ball snaps.

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.

Eagles volleyball recovers from loss

Tuesday Sept. 12, 2019

Eagles volleyball sweeps Kirkwood Invitational

PHOTO BY Alexis Haggstrom
#8 Madi Wagaman Sophomore prepares to hit the ball while teamate #9 Sophomore Abbie Ericson looks on.

PHOTO BY Jeff Sigmund
#16 Taylor Carey and #11 Anna Gorsich take to the air to block an attack by Parkland on Sept 6th.

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
        Dyersville, Iowa

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 

PHOTO by Jeff Sigmund
Kirkwood Baseball team takes advantage of the nice weather to work on fall drills on Aug. 27th.

Baseball Schedule


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

Softball Schedule


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

PHOTO BY Jeff Sigmund
D'eric Shenault- Shortstop goes to make a play at secound base durning a scrimmage game with Ellsworth Community College on Sept.11th.

PHOTO BY Debra McRoberts
Kirkwood Softball team takes time to work outside on Aug. 28th.


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 

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