Dixon on pro football roster

Thursday, January 13, 2011
Former MVC tackle Cornelius Dixon (76) will take his game to the Kansas City Command of the Arena Football League. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

KANSAS CITY -- Former Missouri Valley College "blind side" tackle Cornelius Dixon will continue his career this spring in the Arena Football League.

Dixon was a 2009 all-Heart of America Conference lineman for the Vikings, named the team's most valuable blocker. The 6-foot-6, 345-pound native of Mariana, Fla., signed with the Kansas City Command last month and was on the team's official roster released this week.

The expansion club will play an 18-game schedule beginning March 12 at the Dallas Vigilantes. The Command's first home game won't be until the season's sixth week, hosting the Arizona Rattlers on April 16 in the Sprint Center.

Vikings have 13 fall NAIA scholar-athletes

Two members of the Valley football team were recipients of the NAIA Scholar-Athlete Award for their performances on the field and in the classroom.

Senior tight end Tommi Pinta of Pirkkala, Finland, is a finance and economics major and junior tight end Zeb Dintelman of Owensville majors in criminal justice.

Also earning accolades for athletic and academic achievement during the fall season were seniors Paula Tieman of Blackburn and Ali Schrader of St. Ann in volleyball; senior Taylor Whitacre of Lebanon in cross country; seniors Regina Bodine of Willard, Samantha Lang of St. Louis, Patsy Middleton of Willard, Jessica Yach of Nixa and Ralista Gospodinvova of Sofia, Bulgaria, and juniors Ariel Cantrell of Wentzville and Amanda Rainer of Romeoville, Ill., in women's soccer; and senior Andrew Kuchmeister of Dunoon, Scotland.

To be eligible for the award, coaches must nominate student-athletes who maintain a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and be at least a junior academically.

Hortman wins weekly HAAC award

Junior Chris Hortman was named the Heart of America Conference men's basketball "player of the week" for his performances during three Viking games, in which he averaged 22.7 points and 11 rebounds.

The 6-foot-3 guard from Milwaukee had 23 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists during Valley's 55-50 Jan. 3 home win over Culver-Stockton. He had a double-double with 12 points and 14 boards -- along with six assists -- Jan. 6 as the Vikings lost at No. 14 Lindenwood, 77-66.

The capper was Hortman's 33-point, 14-rebound showing Saturday as the Vikings defeated visiting MidAmerica Nazarene, 68-64.

Valley (8-7, 2-3 HAAC) plays today at Avila.

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