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Junior pre-med major Justus Edwards became a social-media sensation this fall when he returned to Centre College – site of a serious injury suffered last year – and walked to the very spot on the field where he went down. A video clip shared by Centre was quickly picked up by ESPN, ABC World News Tonight and others, allowing followers across the country to witness the courage and determination those in the Berry community know so well. Watch the video above for more on the story, courtesy of 11 Alive News in Atlanta.

Edwards’ teammates on the Berry football team continued to draw inspiration from his example, winning a fourth consecutive Southern Athletic Association championship and returning to the NCAA Division III national playoffs for the third straight year. Many players earned individual recognition as a result, led by record-setting wide receiver Mason Kinsey, an All-Region selection who on Jan. 18 will join some of the top performers from all divisions at the prestigious East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Volleyball All-Americans

From left, Emily Hancock, Carson VanKampen and Laura Beier earned All-America recognition for their contributions on the volleyball court this season.

Berry volleyball also enjoyed another standout season, winning the SAA Tournament title and advancing to the NCAA playoffs for the third year in a row behind the All-American trio of Carson VanCampen (first team), Laura Beier (third team) and Emily Hancock (honorable mention).

Other fall standouts included Meredith Herman, a national cross-country qualifier for the second consecutive year, and men’s soccer player Jake Williamson, who earned All-Region honors after setting a school record for goals in the NCAA era with 18 for the season and 41 in his career.

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SAA trophies won by Berry teams in 2017-18

Berry softball seniors

From left, softball seniors Kassie Howard, Brittany Tuttle, Kylie Aiken and Elisabeth Federici show off the eight SAA championship trophies (four regular season, four tournament) won in their four years at Berry.

Eight – that’s the number of conference championships won by Berry teams in 2017-18, a new high for the program in NCAA Division III. The number is even more impressive when you add the 10 individual titles won by student-athletes in women’s golf, swimming and diving, and track and field. It has been a spectacular year by any measure, with national qualifiers in 10 different sports: football, volleyball, cross country, men’s basketball, women’s swimming and diving, women’s track and field (indoor and outdoor), softball, women’s golf, and equestrian.

It would take a year’s worth of Alumni Accents to list all of the highlights produced by Berry student-athletes since our last issue, but we do want to give a virtual “high-five” to the softball team, which won its first NCAA regional championship en route to a sparkling 39-6 finish.

Kudos are also due women’s golf, which earned a top-10 finish in its NCAA national tournament debut, and equestrian, which posted five individual top-10 finishes at western nationals. In addition, Alainna Chretien (18C) capped a stellar track and field career by qualifying for NCAA outdoor nationals – a first for Berry – shattering the school record at 1,500 meters in the process.

Not to be forgotten is the SAA regular-season championship won by Berry’s baseball team, another first in the NCAA era. The Vikings came tantalizingly close to a national tournament bid of their own before closing the season with a 29-13 record.

Visit berryvikings.com for complete coverage of all Berry athletics, including the many individual accolades claimed by Berry student-athletes this spring.

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Conference championships in football and women’s cross country highlighted another successful fall for Berry’s student-athletes.

The football team posted a best-ever 9-1 record in its fourth season of competition, closing with a five-game winning streak to share the Southern Athletic Association crown with Washington University in St. Louis. Highlights for Berry included road wins over SAA rivals Hendrix and Centre and a perfect 5-0 record at Valhalla. Also notable was a thrilling 22-19 overtime win over Millsaps made possible by a play you simply have to see to believe. Click the video and you’ll know why it was named d3football.com National Play of the Week.

In women’s cross country, senior captain Danielle Patterson paced Berry to first place in the SAA meet and sixth in the NCAA Division III regional (held in the Clara Bowl). Her time of 22:32.30 in the latter race qualified her for NCAA nationals, a first for Berry.

Fittingly, both of Berry’s SAA-winning coaches, Tony Kunczewski and Paul Deaton (91C), earned conference Coach-of-the-Year recognition. Student-athletes in a number of sports also claimed individual honors this fall. Visit www.berryvikings.com for complete coverage.

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Football Players Celebrate Win Over LaGrange

Berry football players celebrate the first of seven consecutive victories. Photo courtesy of Kevin Eckleberry of the LaGrange Daily News

An NCAA Division III regional appearance in women’s volleyball and Berry’s best football season to date highlighted a strong fall semester for the college’s intercollegiate athletics program. Berry is currently second overall (first in the men’s standings) in the race for the Southern Athletic Association’s Presidents’ Trophy, recognizing excellence across all sports.

The women’s volleyball team enjoyed a banner season under eighth-year coach Mika Robinson, posting a 25-8 overall record and hosting an NCAA regional for the first time in program history. The Vikings advanced to the second round before losing in five sets to SAA rival Hendrix, an eventual national semifinalist. Robinson’s club was led by junior Jessica Gum and senior Katie O’Rourke, both honorable-mention All-America selections by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The football team also challenged for an NCAA playoff berth, battling into the final week of the regular season before falling just short of the automatic bid awarded to the SAA champion. Still, the Vikings finished with a 7-3 overall record that included a 4-1 mark at Valhalla, Berry’s new on-campus stadium for football, lacrosse, and track and field.

Other fall highlights included second-place conference finishes in men’s and women’s cross country and winning seasons in men’s and women’s soccer. Two members of the women’s soccer team, junior Maggie Midkiff and senior Becca Proschansky, were named Capital One Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America for their combined achievements on the playing field and in the classroom.

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Berry Softball

A second consecutive Southern Athletic Association regular-season championship in women’s softball and David Beasley’s 500th win in 17 seasons as Berry baseball coach highlighted the spring sports season. The women’s softball team surpassed its single-season record for wins with 31 and advanced to the finals of the SAA postseason tournament before falling to Birmingham-Southern College. The baseball team set a record of its own with 29 wins, a new high for NCAA Division III. Other notable achievements included a 17-2 finish in women’s tennis and a trip to western nationals for the equestrian team.

Two Berry student-athletes have been invited to compete abroad this summer. Senior volleyball standout and honorable mention All-American Stephanie Quinn will tour Brazil as part of the USA DIII Women’s Volleyball Team, while senior Andrea Cole will take her softball talents to Australia for six games sponsored by USA Athletes International.

Spring also brought news that NCAA competition will come to Berry this fall in the form of the Nov. 15 Division III South/Southeast Regional cross country meet.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Jellum.

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Mountain Goat 12K

Clockwise from top, Kevin Brodrick (99C), Andy Christie (99C), James Tigue (98C), Joe Mareno (99C), Paul Deaton (91C) and Brian Brodrick (97C) mug for the camera with the Mountain Goat 12K mascot.

Cross country and track alumni resurrected a proud tradition with the Jan. 25 running of the “new” Mountain Goat 12K on the slopes of Berry’s Lavender Mountain. A total of 91 participants braved the frigid weather and challenging course, many of them former student-athletes. Chris Mayer (11C) was first across the finish line in 44 minutes, 28 seconds, while Jennifer Stocks (12C) led all women in 52:11. Full results.

The origins of the Mountain Goat 12K date back to a series of formal and informal trail races started by then-Berry coach Jim Dugger in the early 1980s. Current coach Paul Deaton (91C) got his introduction to Berry when he competed in the 1985 race. The name, he said, comes from the terrain: “Only a mountain goat could run up there.”

Those early races were held in the heat of August and often featured “recycled” awards such as old hats and t-shirts.

“Someone recently mentioned a bowling ball they received,” Dugger said. “And another took home an oversized cheerleading trophy.”

The 8-mile Mountain Goat run eventually evolved into a shorter 5-mile race before moving off campus entirely in the mid-1990s, but the hilly route has remained a weekly staple for Berry distance runners ever since.

No bowling balls were handed out at this year’s race, but there was still fun to be had (as evidenced by the accompanying photo). After the run, some participants gathered at Ford Dining Hall for the first of what Deaton hopes will be an annual reunion of distance running alumni. Attendees were updated on Berry’s cross country and track seasons and heard about future plans for track and field and the associated Valhalla stadium project.

More photos.

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Berry Women's Volleyball Team

A successful fall semester for Berry’s student-athletes culminated with a second consecutive Southern Athletic Association championship in women’s volleyball and the college’s first-ever NCAA Division III national tournament appearance. With honorable-mention All-Americans Stephanie Quinn and Emily Stromberg leading the charge, Mika Robinson’s Vikings posted a 26-8 record highlighted by a sparkling 16-1 mark against SAA competition and a first-round victory over Washington & Lee in the national tournament.

Also qualifying for nationals this fall was senior running standout Ryan James, a top-five finisher at the conference and regional levels who placed 56th overall among 275 competitors in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

Other notable achievements included a 16-4 finish in women’s soccer (a 12-win improvement over 2012), senior men’s soccer player Josh Hughes’ selection as Berry’s first NCAA Division III Academic All-American, and an undefeated fall for the hunt seat and western equestrian teams.

Visit www.berryvikings.com for ongoing coverage of Berry’s winter sports and more athletic news from fall, including numerous individual accolades and the women’s softball team’s participation in the local Challenger Sports Program for children and adults with special needs.

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