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Men gear up for new season

By Mbololwa Mundia
On October 5, 2015

Kirkwood men's basketball team practices three hours each day in preparation for the upcoming season. Photo by Keith Norem

Reaching goals is the main focus this season for the Kirkwood Community College men’s basketball team. 

  “We have a new group this year and if they’re willing to work hard together and learn, we could have a good season and meet our goals,” said Head Coach Bryan Petersen. 

   This year, the team has 12 new players and five returning players from states across the Midwest, including Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin and Indiana, according to Petersen. 

   He added that one of the team’s strengths is that they are athletic and one weakness is that the players need to learn to play to win. 

  This season, according to Hunter Rhodes, sophomore guard from Canton, Ill., the team will be a lot more fun to watch. “With more fans, more support, we will reach our goals,” he said. 

   Petersen said the team practices three hours every day and players have mandatory study hall for five hours a week. The men also do conditioning and weight lifting as part of their preseason practice. 

 “The level of play and expectations are higher than in high school. I hope to flow with the sophomores and do what they do,” said Byron Harp, freshman guard from Ankeny.  

   “I’m happy to be here and it is a special year, so come out and support us,” Harp added.

  The team’s first game will be Oct. 3 at the University of Northern Iowa for the JUCO Jamboree. For a complete schedule of upcoming games, logon to www.kirkwoodeagles.com. 

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