Vikings widen lead in Ozark Region standings
MONTICELLO, Ark. -- With only three meets remaining, the Missouri Valley College men's rodeo team continues to distance itself from the field in its quest for a third straight NIRA Ozark Region championship.
The Vikings racked up 575 points last week to win the Arkansas-Monticello Rodeo, extending the lead over their closest contender, Tennessee-Martin, to more than 1,500 points.
Valley got 260 of its points in steer wrestling, won by sophomore Cody Metsker of Taylorville, Ill., with sophomore Jake Johnson third. Seniors David Clapp and Will Crain were third and fifth respectively in bareback riding, adding 215 points. Freshman Ben Runyon accounted for 100 points for placing fifth in tie-down roping and sixth in team roping.
The Lady Vikings came in sixth, all 35 of their points provided by sophomore Shelby Jacobsen's tie for third in the long "go" of goat tying.
Valley will be at the Northwest Mississippi State Community College Rodeo in Senatobia today through Saturday.
OLATHE, Kan. -- MidAmerica Nazarene broke a 7-7 deadlock with a run in the fifth inning and scored twice more in the sixth Tuesday to hand the Valley baseball team its 18th straight Heart of America Conference loss, 10-7.
Senior Tim Purdin smashed a two-run homer in the first inning and senior Jarid Renzelman and junior Donnie MacLeod had RBI doubles in the third as the Pioneers built a 7-1 lead.
The Vikings rallied for four runs in the fourth, two coming in on sophomore Troy Langan's triple. A solo homer by junior Geread Filippi and freshman Josh Hartin's single tied the game in the fifth.
An error and senior David Staton's sacrifice fly broke the deadlock in the MNU fifth and junior A.J. Nunley added a two-run, two-out single in the sixth for the Pioneers (20-10, 12-4 HAAC).
Valley (6-24, 0-18) used seven different pitchers, none for longer than an inning. The Vikings begin a four-game East Division series Friday at Central Methodist.
FAYETTE -- Central Methodist pitchers limited the Valley softball team to six hits during a Heart of America Conference doubleheader sweep Saturday at Fayette.
Senior Stephanie Sullivant doubled in two runs in the bottom of the first inning for the Lady Eagles, who won the opener, 3-2. Methodist's final run came in on freshman Briana Ford's single in the second.
The Lady Vikings scored on RBI singles by junior Janie Jungermann in the third and fifth innings.
The Lady Eagles (22-10, 7-3 HAAC) won the nightcap, 8-0 in five innings, as senior Danielle Taylor tossed a one-hitter and struck out six. She got early support with six runs on eight hits in the first inning, keyed by back-to-back doubles from sophomore Jordyn Tolliver and Sullivant and Taylor's two-run single.
Jungermann had the lone hit for Valley (5-16, 1-5), which has lost eight of its last nine games. With today's schedule home tilt against Benedictine postponed to Monday, the Lady Vikings' next game is Sunday at William Jewell.
The Lady Vikings claimed their sixth straight victory Sunday with a 6-3 home decision over Heart of America Conference foe Graceland.
Valley won two of three doubles matches, by the No. 2 team of junior Juliana Doyle and sophomore Courtney Henley and the No. 3 duo of freshman Virginia Hutcherson and junior Alyssa Stock.
Although juniors Elanqua Griffin and Tershelle Burrows suffered a narrow 8-6 loss to the Lady Yellowjackets (0-3, 0-2 HAAC) at No. 1 doubles, both came back for convincing straight-set wins in singles. The two Marshall grads, Henley and Hutcherson, both zipped through singles with 6-0, 6-0 shutouts for Valley (7-1, 2-0).
The men's match was a 9-0 whitewash for 11th-ranked Graceland (4-4, 1-0), which won all the singles matches in straight sets.
Two of the doubles contests were close 8-5 affairs, senior Remy Caffardo and sophomore Carlos Yanes beating the MVC pair of junior Jason Rolle and senior Derek Gillilan at No. 1 and freshmen Yassir El Ghazi and Kai Drwecki downing freshmen Luiz Moura and Daniel Velasquez at No. 2.
The Valley men (8-3, 1-1) and women host William Jewell on Friday.
Track & Field
WICHITA, Kan. -- After having the opening meet of the outdoor track and field season snowed out, the Valley squads headed to Wichita, Kan., on Saturday for the Enduro Classic.
Freshman Dewayne Williams got the Vikings' only win in the 200-meter dash (22.09 seconds). The top performances for the Valley women were a second place by sophomore Sheena Carter in the hammer throw (40.26 meters) and three medals from freshman Gabby Lovelace: second in the triple jump (10.38) and high jump (1.55) and fifth place in the long jump (4.91).
The Vikings are scheduled to participate in the Central Methodist Invitational, Friday at Fayette.
HANNIBAL -- The MVC men's volleyball team saw its season end Friday in the first round of the MAMVIC West Tournament at Hannibal with a 25-17, 19-25, 25-14, 25-22 loss to eight-ranked Graceland.
The Yellowjackets (12-11), who lost in the semifinal round to eventual champion Lindenwood, got a combined 34 kills from senior Dan Parish and sophomore Anthony Robinson.
Freshman Peterson Silva put down 14 shots and junior Chris Carr finished 11 of 13 attack attempts for the Vikings (16-11), who got 10 digs and 38 assists from freshman Will McCracken.
Silva -- an outside hitter from Nova Era, Brazil -- was named to the all-MAMVIC second team after leading Valley in kills with 3.2 per game, while junior libero Stephen Valdez of Amarillo, Texas, received an honorable mention selection for his team-high 3.4 digs per game.