Vikings receive post-season honors

Friday, March 12, 2021

Three Missouri Valley College players were named to the all-Heart of America Conference women’s basketball team for the 2020-21 season.

Senior forward Shanelle Tolley of Hope Island, Australia, was selected for the second team after leading the Lady Vikings (9-13, 6-12 HAAC)) in scoring (13.6 point per game) and rebounding (8.2 per game). A three-time all-conference pick, the 2019 All-American finished her career with 1,016 points.

Senior forward Hannah Stephens of Hallsville and senior forward Ariel Miller of Maple Valley, Wash., were honorable mention designees.

The men’s all-HAAC honorable mention list includes two players from Valley (9-13, 7-10): senior guard Casey Cody-Jackson of St. Louis and freshman guard Jace Lance of Marshall.

Men’s Wrestling

PARK CITY, Kan. — The Valley men’s wrestling team had three members earn All-America medals during the NAIA Championships, which ended Saturday in Park City, Kan.

Sophomore Joshua Isaac of Woodbridge, Va., won four of six matches to place fifth in the 285-pound weight class, while junior Elias Vaoifi (165 pounds) of Independence finished sixth and junior Hayden Wempen (184) of Riverton, Wyo., came in eighth.

The Vikings were 15th in the team standings with 31.5 points. Life (Ga.) had 158 points to claim its first national championship, ending Grand View’s nine-year hold on the title.

Women’s Wrestling

The 10th-ranked MoVal women’s wrestling team has 10 student-athletes competing this weekend in the NAIA Championships at Jamestown, S.D.

The Lady Vikings’ highest-seeded entries are No. 6 junior Mahealani Ramirez (170 pounds) of Aiea, Hawaii, and No. 8 senior Nancy Becerra (143) of Mission, Texas. Junior Jocelyn Murphy (136) of Jacksonville, Ill., and junior Julia Mata (143) of El Paso, Texas, are competing at the national meet for the second time.

Also on Valley’s line-up are freshman Lilliana Campbell (109) of Hilo, Hawaii; freshman Willow Barnes (130) of Romulus, Mich.; freshman Savanna McCutchen (136) of Rayville; sophomore Brook-Lynn Rush (155) of St. Joseph; freshman Kambrie Hedrick (155) of Kansas City; and sophomore Danielle Saldviar (170) of El Paso.

Indoor Track

YANKTON, S.D. — Valley sophomore Cameron Cavalier of Waynesville had an All-American performance at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Yankton, S.D., Saturday with a fourth-place finish in the 60-yard dash.

The Heart of America Conference champion, Cavalier set a school record with a time of 6.83 seconds, breaking the mark set by Tarrence Rhodes in 2005.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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