College Notebook: C-SC’s Wood named NAIA All-American; Birdsong, Johnson win league honors

Posted: Apr. 17, 2018 1:50 am Updated: Apr. 17, 2018 2:19 am

CANTON, Mo. — Culver-Stockton College middle hitter Ammuniki Wood was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Men’s NAIA All-America first team on Monday.

Wood is the first All-America selection in the five-year history of the men’s volleyball program at C-SC. He was named to the All-Heart of America Athletic Conference first team in the past two seasons.

Wood, a 6-foot-3 senior from Bridgetown, Barbados, led the Heart and was fifth in the NAIA in total blocks with 109 this season. He led the Heart and was second in the NAIA with 1.15 blocks per set. He was fourth in the Heart in hitting percentage (.331), fourth in total kills (283) and seventh in kills per set (2.98).

Wood had 769 kills in his three-year career to rank second on the school’s all-time list.

Cody Birdsong

Birdsong wins GLVC honor

Quincy University junior second baseman Cody Birdsong was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference baseball player of the week on Monday for the week ending April 15.

Birdsong, a native of Poplar Bluff, Mo., hit .636 for the week (14 hits in 22 at-bats), hitting four home runs, driving in 11 runs and scoring nine times as the Hawks won four of five games.

He leads QU with a .387 batting average, 53 hits and 11 doubles. He is tied for the team lead with seven home runs and is second on the team with 31 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

Birdsong ranks in the top 10 in the GLVC in batting average, hits, at-bats and home runs.

Avery Johnson

Johnson wins Heart honor

Culver-Stockton College outfielder Avery Johnson was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference softball player of the qeek on Monday for the week ending April 15.

Johnson, a junior from Durham, Mo., batted a team-high .630, hitting safely in all eight games last week. She had 17 hits in 27 at-bats, recording two two-hit games, two three-hit games and one four-hit game. Johnson also had 10 runs batted in and nine runs scored during the week.

Johnson batted .647 (11 for 17) with runners on base and .455 (5 for 11) with runners in scoring position during the week. She recorded a slugging percentage of 1.037 and an on-base percentage of .655. She also was perfect on 14 chances in the outfield with 13 putouts and one assist.

Johnson is batting a team-best .362 and leads the team in hits (46) and runs scored (30). 

Former QU player named coach at Buena Vista

Todd Lorensen was named the men’s basketball coach last week at Buena Vista University, an NCAA Division III school in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Lorensen, who played for one season (2003-04) at Quincy University and averaged 4.7 points per game, previously was the head coach for four seasons at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa. He guided his first two teams to 23 and 25 victories, then guided the Spartans to a 36-1 record and the National Junior College Athletic Association national title in 2016-17.

Southwestern finished 29-8 this past season and took third place in the NCJAA national tournament.

Lorensen takes over for Brian Van Haaften. He guided Buena Vista for 22 years and is the school’s all-time winningest coach at 414-188.

Before going to Southwestern, Lorensen had stints as an assistant coach at Iowa Wesleyan, Truman State, Nebraska-Omaha and Grand View.