Five Vikings named to all-HAAC teams

Monday, March 9, 2020
Senior forward Tavious Brazil of Boonville led the Vikings in rebounding to earn his first all-HAAC selection. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

Three members of the Missouri Valley College men's basketball team and two Lady Vikings were named to the all-Heart of America Conference teams for the 2019-20 season.

Heading the list is senior Tavious Brazil, a 6-foot-5 forward from Boonville. A four-year letterman, Brazil was selected for the all-conference second team after leading Valley in rebounding (6.1 per game) and finishing third in scoring (10.9 points per game), logging a team-high three double-doubles and 13 blocked shots.

The remaining Vikings were named to the honorable mention squads.

Men

G Darrell Watson, Sr., 6-4 (Houston, Texas)

Led team with 12.2 ppg, 146 assists and 72 steals

G Alonzo Williams, Sr., 6-5 (Olathe, Kan.)

Second on team with 11.6 ppg and 39 steals

Women

F Shanelle Tolley, Jr., 6-1 (Hope Island, Australia)

2019 All-American ... averaged 9.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg

G Mikayla Homola, Jr., 6-0, Blaine, Minn.

Led team with 13.0 ppg, second with 55 assists and 40 steals

The Valley men tied for sixth place in the league with a 13-11 record, 16-14 overall, and the 5-22 Lady Vikings were 11th with a 4-20 HAAC mark.

Men's Wrestling

WICHITA, Kan. -- Two Valley men's wrestlers earned All-America awards Saturday at the end of the NAIA Championships at Wichita, Kan.

After losing his first match, 12th-ranked sophomore Elias Vaoifi of Independence reeled off four straight wins -- including three falls, one in overtime -- before dropping the 165-pound consolation semifinal to No. 4 Grand View junior Kyle Caldwell on a 7-6 decision. Vaoifi took fifth place when third-rated Grand View sophomore Giovanni Bonilla was forced to withdraw for medical reasons.

Senior Richard Pocock of Plano, Texas, won his first-round bout before losing in the second round. The fourth-ranked 149-pounder won the next three matches, including a pin of No. 2 Providence (Mont.) senior Shonn Roberts, before being stopped by fifth-ranked Menlo (Calif.) senior Devin Everk in the consolation semis. He placed sixth with a 4-2 sudden-victory loss to No. 9 Campbellsville (Ky.) senior Michael Diemer.

"I am very proud of Vaoifi and Pocock," declared MVC head coach Mike Machholz, whose program has produced 152 All-Americans -- third most in the NAIA. "They were both behind (Friday) night in the 'blood round,' and stepped up to get to that All-America round."

Only one other Viking won more than one contest, No. 12 senior Casper Sherow (149 pounds) splitting four matches. Freshmen Blake Bills (125) and Joshua Isaac (285), junior William Seibert (174) and senior Zachary Durbin (141) each won once in three attempts.

"This year's championship was so deep," Machholz said. "This is by far the toughest one I have been part of in 30 years.

Valley finished 16th in the team standings with 35.5 points, while Heart of America Conference champion Grand View (157 points) cruised to its ninth straight title.

"We will miss out senior leaders, but with every year the change creates opportunities for others to step into the limelight," Machholz said. "Now it is time to get to recruiting for the future."

Track & Field

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Senior Clayton Gause of Atlanta became Valley's first track and field All-American since 2014 by placing eighth in the heptathlon Friday in the NAIA Indoor Championships at Brookings, S.D.

Gause collected 4,679 points, -- 24 points shy of the school record -- by winning the high jump (2.03 meters), placing third in the shot put (11.65), sixth in the pole vault (4.10), eighth in the long jump (6.31), 10th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.16 seconds) and 15th in the 1,000-meter run (3:17).

Gause also competed in the high jump, but his 1.96-meter height didn't meet the standard of 2.01 meters needed to advance. Junior Jahlil Howard ran in the 5,000-meter preliminaries, but missed making the finals by five seconds with a time of 15:13.

The Vikings' outdoor season begins March 21 at the Central Methodist Open.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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