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Two former Vikings make U.S. Olympic team

Friday, April 27, 2012

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Former Valley wrestlers Clarissa Chun (fourth from left) and Stephany Lee (third from right) will represent the USA at the London Olympic Games.
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IOWA CITY -- A current member of the Missouri Valley College women's wrestling team was unable to make the cut at the U.S. Olympic Trials last weekend in Iowa City, but two former Lady Vikings did.

Junior Randi Beltz (55 kilograms) won three of her five matches, but her first loss was to third-ranked Kelsey Campbell of the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club, who went on to win the title. Beltz is a two-time Pan American Games champion.

Meanwhile, top-ranked Clarissa Chun (48 kg) punched her ticket for the London Games, four years after competing in Beijing. One of the Valley program's original members in 1999, Chun beat the Sunkist Kids' Alyssa Lampe in two out of three rounds in the championship match.

Third-ranked Stephany Lee (72 kg), who wrestled for the Lady Vikings from 2003 to '07, swept No. 1 Ali Bernard of the Gator WC for her first Olympic berth.

Chun is the first two-time Olympian for the U.S. freestyle program.

Baseball

The Valley baseball team ended a 19-game Heart of America Conference losing streak Sunday with a 4-3 home win over Culver-Stockton, and did so dramatically.

The Vikings lost the first two of the four-game East Division series Saturday, 12-2 and 14-4, but got out to a 3-0 lead early the next day. Senior Geread Filippi singled in a run in the first inning, with base hits by junior Troy Langan and freshman Alex Lator plating two runs in the second.

Those two would play big roles later, after the Wildcats caught up with three runs in the fifth on senior Shaine Floodman's RBI single and a double from junior Jason Schwartz. After freshman Garrett Burke threw three scoreless innings of relief, Valley won it in the bottom of the seventh when Langan led off with a double and Lator singled him home for the walk-off win.

Having ended the skid, the Vikings won back-to-back games for the first time this season in the late game, 14-6, as freshman Anthony Corona knocked in four runs -- two on a double during the middle of a seven-run fifth. Junior Jordan Amlong went the distance for his first win, shutting out the Wildcats (13-29, 6-15 HAAC) over the last four frames.

Valley followed those victories with three non-conference losses, starting with Tuesday's 14-1 setback at Missouri Baptist. Senior Ryan Barban had four hits, scored three times and drove in three runs to pace a 21-hit attack for the Spartans (32-16).

Back home the next day, the Vikings fell to NCAA Division II member McKendree (Ill.), 22-6 and 14-6. Freshman Kyle Rutledge had five RBIs and junior Rob Beatty added four, including a two-run homer in the seventh.

The Bearcats (14-27) got a first-inning grand slam from senior Brandon Gargus and held off Valley's five-run rally in the fifth, Lator bringing in two runs with a double, in the getaway game.

The Vikings won't qualify for the HAAC post-season tournament, so will close its season at home Saturday against Peru State.

Softball

The MVC softball team closed the regular season by taking three of four Heart of America Conference contest.

Junior Kim Lopez tossed her third shutout of the season, scattering seven hits and stranding all runners on base, for a 1-0 Valley victory Saturday over visiting Central Methodist. The Lady Vikings won it on junior Esperanza Rothwell's single in the bottom of the seventh inning following a one-out double by junior Jennifer Palmatory.

Senior Janie Jungermann's two-run double in the bottom of the first helped stake Valley to a 3-0 lead, but the Lady Eagles (33-12, 14-2 HAAC) scored eight unanswered runs -- getting three solo homers and a two-run shot from freshman Kerri Francis -- to win the nightcap, 8-3.

The Lady Vikings closed the regular season Sunday with a sweep at Benedictine, 3-2 and 6-1. After trailing 2-0, sophomore Hannah Garczynski tied it with a two-run single in the third and Jungermann drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the fifth.

Jungermann limited the Lady Ravens (13-30, 6-12) to four hits and junior Paige Savage homered and drove in four runs in the nightcap.

Valley (15-21, 7-11) is the seventh seed for the HAAC Tournament, starting its best-of-three series today at Evangel.

Tennis

LAMONI, Iowa -- The Valley men's and women's tennis team claimed a pair of sweeps last weekend.

The Lady Vikings claimed a 6-3 Heart of America Conference decision Friday at Graceland, getting singles wins from senior Elanqua Griffin, junior Courtney Henley, sophomore Virginia Hutcherson and freshman Katelyn Barr. Griffin and senior Tershelle Burrows won in doubles, as did Henley and senior Juliana Doyle.

The next day, also in Lamoni, Iowa, Valley posted a 7-2 non-conference victory over Ashford (Iowa). The Lady Vikings (9-4, 2-2 HAAC) swept in doubles and enjoyed singles wins by Griffin, Burrows, Henley and Barr.

The Valley men defeated Graceland, 5-4, getting off to a 2-1 start in doubles behind freshmen Brock Hughes and Wesley Ng at No. 2 and freshman Gilberto Machado and sophomore Nathan Garrett at No. 3. Ng, Hughes and Machado won in singles.

The Vikings (9-5, 2-1) blanked Ashford, 9-0, with victories at the top of the line-up from senior Jason Rolle and sophomore Luiz Felipe Moura in doubles and Rolle again in singles. Valley is back to fielding its full line-up after a five-week injury spell.

The Vikings will head to St. Louis today to compete in a post-season tournament involving the HAAC and two other conferences.



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