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Sophs honored for their Eagle careers

By Keith Norem
On March 3, 2016

Six sophomores say goodbye to KCC and fans. Left to right: Cristen Wilson, Nick Richards, Jacob Olson, Coach Bryan Petersen, Josh Meier, Josh Bartlett, and Hunter Rhodes.

The Kirkwood Community College men’s basketball team used an emotional day to take care of North Iowa Area Community College, 74-57.

 It was a day to say goodbye to six sophomores who have given blood sweat and tears to the Eagle hardwood.  Before the start of the game the six players and their families were introduced and presented a framed picture of their action as players.

 The players that were honored were: No. 2  Josh Bartlett from Houston, Texas;  No. 3 Hunter Rhodes from Canton, Ill.;  No. 4 Nick Richards from New Castle, Del.;  No. 22 Jacob Olson from Cedar Rapids;  No. 30 Josh Meier from Chicago; and No. 33 Cristen Wilson from Cleveland, Ohio.

These six players were the catalyst for the Eagles coming out on top against NIACC and clinching what appears to be the clinching game to propel the eagles to the top seed in the regional tournaments which will be starting next week with times to be announced.

This day was not just about the victory but the surreal emotions that these men had to deal with and still play the game. Rhodes said, “It is tough to say goodbye to this place but we will have at least one more game here in the regional tournament.” 

Wilson added, “I have been a long way from home but everyone here made me feel at home.” 

Bartlett said he also felt like KCC made him feel at home and he will miss it. 

Most of the players are going to transfer to four-year universities and they all believe they will continue to play moving forward. However, they have not decided or signed scholarships at this time.

The student section and a very full Johnson Hall made it a special day for these six players.

The Eagles were recently bumped up to number six in the nation in the latest NJCAA from  13th just three weeks ago.  The Eagles seemed to find their groove as the season moves along looking to peak at just the right time and make it to the National tournament. But first they must survive regional play.

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