Viterbo athletics year in review

By Jordan Murray

Sports Editor

Baseball: A young V-Hawk baseball team started the season off with two wins in Joplin, Mo., but struggled to score runs and make plays in the field for much of the spring.

The team had a 9-30 record at press time, 7-17 in the Midwest Col­legiate Conference (MCC).

Junior Chris Dunn has been a workhorse on the mound, throwing over 70 innings this spring. Fresh­man infielder Taylor Reinhardt leads the team with a .361 average, while Blake Shepherd, Kahtan Al-Kaissy, and Justin Stiever share the team lead with 13 runs batted in.

Men’s Basketball: The men’s bas­ketball squad jumped out to a 3-0 start that included a victory over nationally-ranked UW-River Falls, but the young team struggled down the stretch in conference play.

The V-Hawks finished 11-19 over­all, 6-12 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference. Izac Sheforgen, Matt Turba, Jordan Laufenberg, and Cole Lewis are double-digit scorers set to return next year for coach Wayne Wagner’s V-Hawks.

Women’s Basketball: A 54-51 win over conference rival Mount Mercy University on Jan. 21 put Viterbo in the heart of the conference champi­onship picture, but losses in nine of their next 10 left the V-Hawks at 10-21 overall, 8-10 in the MCC.

Junior Dani Templin, who led the team in scoring and rebounding, was named First Team All-MCC. Senior Brooke Anderson earned Honorable Mention All-MCC men­tion.

Men’s Bowling: The men’s bowling team finished second at the Mid­west Collegiate Conference tourna­ment along with a strong showing at the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) sectionals in Euless, Texas. The V-Hawks missed making their first team appearance at the USBC National Tournament, but junior Matt Krueger qualified as an indi­vidual.

Women’s Bowling: Junior Rachel Schalow’s qualifying for the United States Bowling Congress national tournament, highlighted a solid sea­son for the women’s bowling team. The team missed qualifying for nationals by a single spot. The V-Hawks finished second at the Mid­west Collegiate Conference tourna­ment.

Men’s Cross Country: Freshman Evan Rains was named Honorable Mention All-MCC in a season that was highlighted by Viterbo hosting its first ever cross country meet. Ju­nior Patrick Understeller also had a stellar fall. Understeller and Rains will try to lead this still-young ath­letic program to new heights next fall.

Women’s Cross Country: The team won four of its seven meets and came up just short of returning to the NAIA National Championships as a unit. Seniors Bea Foley and Kriston Siemianowski qualified for the national meet as individuals.

Foley capped her outstanding V-Hawk career with a 27th place fin­ish out of 323 runners at the national meet, earning her NAIA All-Ameri­can recognition.

Men’s Golf: The men’s golf team placed third at their home golf meet, the Ronnie Eastman Invitational. Junior Shawn Keenan placed first individually at the invitational. The team placed fifth at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Champion­ships in Riverside, Iowa.

Women’s Golf: Juniors Lauren Lindsley and Chelsey McCoy each turned in standout seasons that in­cluded first-place finishes at mul­tiple meets. McCoy’s victory at Vit­erbo’s home meet helped the team to a first place finish. The team also gained a victory at the Augustana College Invitational.

Men’s Soccer: The V-Hawks strug­gled to find consistency this fall, finishing with an 8-7-5 record after a 3-0 start. Junior forward Jake Wen­zel led the team with eight goals, while senior James Lockley notched seven goals and nine assists for the year.

The team’s season ended in a 4-2 shootout loss against conference foe Mount Mercy University. Lock­ley and junior Mark Burton were named to the MCC’s All-Conference First Team, while Wenzel, senior Teague Mitchell, and sophomore Luke Newton were recognized as honorable mention.

Women’s Soccer: Youth and inju­ries played into the team’s 2-15-1 final mark. Sophomore Steph Wisen continued her stellar Viterbo career, leading the team with 11 goals.

Wisen was named to the MCC’s All-Conference First Team, while freshmen Bre Burry and Sarah In­gles earned honorable mention rec­ognition.

Softball: Viterbo softball held a 12-25 record at press time, finishing 10-14 in the MCC. Senior Melissa Weaver has made a huge impact at the plate with a .367 batting average, six home runs, and 26 runs batted in. Freshman Maddy Podmolik has added seven home runs.

The team started MCC tourna­ment play on Apr. 29 against Iowa Wesleyan College. Results were not available at press time.

Track and Field: Coach John Me­telko put together Viterbo’s first-ev­er track and field team this spring. The team’s inaugural campaign was highlighted by Bea Foley, Kriston Siemianowski, Anastasia Jensen, and Cindy Leuck competing at the NAIA Indoor National Champion­ships.

Volleyball: Coach Ryan DeLong has turned this program into a pow­erhouse in the Midwest Collegiate Conference. The team’s 36-8 record marks the third straight season that the V-Hawks have been over 30 wins and was good for second place in the competitive MCC.

Senior Amy Braaksma capped her record-setting career with being recognized as an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, an honor that junior libero Jordan Blaken also earned. Braaksma, Blaken, and ju­nior Katie Flock were named First Team All-MCC, while junior Stacie Hoffman and freshman Alicia Olson were named Honorable Mention All-MCC.

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