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Two Valley soccer players named all-American

Friday, December 7, 2012

Both the Missouri Valley College men's and women's soccer teams had players selected to the NAIA all-America squads.

Junior midfielder Miguel Jiminez of Madrid, Spain, led the Valley men to their third straight appearance in the NAIA playoffs, the team finishing with a 12-7-2 record. Jiminez played in 15 matches, scoring seven goals and providing two assists. He was an honorable mention all-American in 2011 and was chosen to the first team this year.

Senior midfielder Yessica Hernandez of Ombues De Lavelle, Uruguay, paced the Lady Vikings to an 11-8-1 mark, with eight goals and nine assists in 20 games. Hernandez is a three-time all-Heart of America Conference player, making the second team in 2010 and the first team the last two years.

Men's Wrestling

Two MVC men's wrestlers reached the medal rounds of the Kaufman-Brand Open at St. Louis last weekend.

Fourth-ranked junior Brian Bitney (133 pounds) opened with a pin, but suffered a one-point loss to Missouri's Cole Baumgartner in the quarterfinals. He came back with a pair of wins before suffering a loss for a rematch with Baumgartner in the fifth-place match, from which he withdrew for medical reasons.

Senior Jesse Alter (285) stopped his first-round opponent with a 56-second pin before dropping a 6-5 decision in the next match, Alter then reeled off three straight wins on the back side, one by fall, but was then pulled out to keep him fresh for an upcoming event and wound up in eighth place.

Sophomore Willie Essex (141) notched two victories for the Vikings, while freshmen Ryan Stearns (125), Clark Potson (174), Dakota Conception (174), Wade Aylett (184) and Justin Smith (285) each won once.

Valley, which will compete in the Reno (Nev.) Tournament of Champions on Dec. 16, rose from 10th to seventh in the NAIA rankings released this week.

Women's Volleyball

Five Valley women's volleyball players were chosen all-Heart of America Conference for their performances during the 2012 season.

Junior outside hitter Ana Calito of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, made the first team for topping the Lady Vikings with 325 kills and 41 aces.

Selected for the second team were sophomore middle Megan Hardin of St. Joseph and junior setter Tarrah Sweet of Roswell, N.M., while senior libero Jessica Gates of Raymore and junior middle Jada Hollinshead of Tunnel Hill, Ill., received honorable mention.

The Lady Vikings finished with a 19-12 mark, their most wins in over 15 years.


The American Football Coaches Association has honored Missouri Valley's Paul Troth as the Region 3 "coach of the year" for the third time during his 11-year helm.

Troth guided the Vikings to 12 straight wins before dropping a 20-17 decision to Marian (Ind.) in the NAIA Championship Series semifinal round Saturday. Troth was named the Heart of America Conference "coach of the year" after completing a perfect league schedule for the second time and taking his third title.

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