V-Hawk sports seasons wrap up, some continue

By Jordan Murray

Sports Editor

Men’s basketball drops season finale

On Feb. 18, the Viterbo men dropped their homecoming game to conference rival Mount Mercy Uni­versity, 64-59.

Viterbo closed out the first half of the game on an 11-0 run, giving them a 10-point lead at the half.

The Mustangs controlled the sec­ond half of play, however, holding the host V-Hawks to just 18 second-half points.

Turnovers played a huge role in the final result, as Viterbo commit­ted 24 on the night. Cole Lewis and Matt Turba led Viterbo in the scor­ing column with 14 points each, while Izac Sheforgen dished out six assists.

The loss ended the V-Hawks’ sea­son, leaving the team 11-19 overall and 6-12 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference. 

Women’s hoops falls in MCC tourney

On Feb. 23, the Viterbo women’s basketball team was defeated by William Penn University in the first round of the Midwest Collegiate Conference tournament, 65-55.

Haylea Halverson’s three-pointer gave the V-Hawks a 44-43 advantage with 9:13 remaining in the game.

The lead was short-lived, how­ever, as William Penn proceeded to go on an 11-0 run while Viterbo went nearly six minutes without a point. Viterbo was unable to cut the lead to less than six from that point forward.

Laquita Becker led the V-Hawks with 16 points and seven rebounds. The three-point arc was not kind to Viterbo, as they went just shot just three of 18 from deep.

The V-Hawks ended their season with a 10-21 record, 8-10 in the MCC.

Bowling teams find continued success

Both the men’s and women’s bowling teams have reached a major milestone in their seasons, as each has qualified for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) sectional tournament.

The men’s team will compete in Euless, Texas against the likes of Ari­zona State, Kansas, and Texas A&M. The Viterbo men are currently ranked 46th in the USBC rankings.

The women’s team, also compet­ing in Euless, is currently ranked 16th in the USBC rankings.

The sectional tournament will be held March 10 and 11.

Viterbo relay team qualifies for nationals

Former Viterbo cross-country run­ners Bea Foley, Kriston Siemianows­ki, and Cindy Leuck teamed with former V-Hawk soccer player Anas­tasia Jensen to form a record-setting relay team for Viterbo track and field on Feb. 18 at the A.Y. McDonald In­vitational in Dubuque, Iowa.

The team’s 4000 meter relay time of 12:42:23 set a record for Dubuque’s indoor facility and qualified the team to compete at the 2012 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Champion­ships in Geneva, Ohio.

Foley, Siemianowski, and Leuck previously competed for Viterbo University the NAIA Cross Country National Championships on Nov. 20.

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