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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Aug. 30, 2006

Lamberson Earns South Central Region Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Story courtesy of MIAA Offices

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The 2005-06 winners of the Ken B. Jones Awards as MIAA Student-Athletes of the Year were named as the South Central Region Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association, it was announced Tuesday (Aug. 29).

Former Northwest Missouri State quarterback Josh Lamberson (Wilber, Neb.) won the men's award, while former Central Missouri State distance runner Kristin Anderson claimed the women's award. Both are now eligible for the National Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, to be announced in early September.

This award, sponsored by Disney's Wide World of Sports, provides the opportunity for Division II to highlight the extraordinary achievements of its student-athletes.

"Division II has the best of both worlds -- great athletes and great students," said DII CCA President and Commissioner of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Jim Naumovich.

The commissioners from the regions that comprise the Division II basketball alignment selected the regional winners. To be nominated for consideration, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.0 career cumulative grade point average and possess outstanding athletic credentials.

"Disney's Wide World of Sports fully supports the educational and personal development of athletes of all ages, which is why we are so proud to be associated with this award," said Fred Schoeler, Sports Account Manager for Disney Sports Attractions. "As host of the Division II Men's and Women's Tip Off Classic basketball tournaments, we are uniquely aware of the tremendous work, dedication and passion that these athletes demonstrate throughout the year and it is our honor to help recognize them for their extraordinary achievements in sports and in the classroom."

Lamberson recently was named the 2005-06 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® of the Year for College Division by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The Wilber, Neb., native returned from a potential career-ending hip injury in 2004 to lead his team to an 11-4 overall record, breaking numerous Northwest Missouri State and MIAA records in the process. A two-time first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America, Lamberson compiled a 24-6 overall record as a starter.

Lamberson, who helped the Bearcats to the Division II national championship game last December and was the game's MVP after throwing for 326 yards, finished his career number one in the program's history in completions (575), total offense (8,064) and completion percentage (.659).

He earned a 4.00 undergraduate grade-point average as a corporate recreation major, and is now a graduate assistant football coach at Northwest.

Anderson won the national championship in the 5,000-meter run at the 2006 NCAA-II Indoor Championships to conclude her collegiate career. She also was the overall high-point individual at the 2006 MIAA Indoor Championships, winning the mile run, the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter run. In May, she earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Anderson had a 3.97 undergraduate GPA in marketing, and is attending graduate school at CMSU.

The women's regional winners joining Anderson include: Rebecca Brezovec (Wingate); Lindsey Dietz (Minnesota-Duluth); Amanda Newton(Drury); Katrina Holmberg (California Poly-Pomona); Alyse Hasty (Delta State); Jenny Mongeau (Assumption); and Brenna Clark (Pfeiffer);

Men's regional winners joining Lamberson are: Hector Rincon (Presbyterian); Ryan Koch (St. Cloud State); Nick Frederickson (Quincy); Tony Binetti (Seattle Pacific); Cory Cangelosi (Central Arkansas); Bryan Duplissie (Franklin Pierce); and Lloyd Price (California [Pa.]).

Spread over 220 acres at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fl., Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex is the No. 1 sports venue for amateur and professional sports in the country. The state-of-the-art complex hosts more than 170 events in more than 30 sports each year, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp, Atlanta Braves spring training, the NBA Pre-Draft Camp, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Championships, the Pop Warner Super Bowl and numerous national collegiate tournaments.


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2005-06 DIVISION II CONFERENCE COMMISSIONERS ASSOCIATION
WOMEN'S REGIONAL SCHOLAR ATLETES OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY
DISNEY'S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS

North Central Region
LINDSAY DIETZ
University of Minnesota Duluth
North Central Conference
Senior, 3.97 GPA, Mathematics/Psychology
Elk River, Minn.
Women's Basketball
Two-time Kodak/WBCA Division II All-American
Second in UMD history for scoring points (2,115)
NCC Player of the Year in 2004-05

South Atlantic Region
REBECCA BREZOVEC
Wingate University
South Atlantic Conference
Junior, 4.0 GPA, Sociology
Durham, N.C.
Volleyball
15th in Division II with 1.36 blocks/game
First-team Academic All-American
Wingate University Presidential Ambassador

Northeast Region
BRENNA CLARK
Pfeiffer University
Carolinas-Virginias Athletics Conference
Senior, 4.04 GPA, Biology
Wellington, Fla.
Women's Lacrosse
Women's lacrosse.com First-team All-American
Second-team IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American
Team captain (2005, 2006) and team MVP (2005)

West Region
KATRINA HOLMBERG
California State Polytechnic-Pomona
California Collegiate Athletic Association
Senior, 3.81 GPA, Business Administration
Pukalani, Hawaii
Women's Tennis
15-7 singles/17-6 doubles record this season
ITA Arthur Ashe West Region Award winner
2003 ITA West Region Doubles Champion

South Central Region
KRISTIN ANDERSON
Central Missouri State University
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Assoc.
Senior/Grad, 3.97/4.0 GPA Marketing
Richfield, Ohio
Indoor Track & Field
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient
Two-time National Champion (5,000 meter and 3,000 meter steeplechase)

Great Lakes Region
AMANDA NEWTON
Drury University
Great Lakes Valley Conference
Senior, 3.94 GPA, Math/Secondary Education
Republic, Mo.
Women's Basketball
Drury's all-time leader in points (1,815) and rebounds (793)
2005-06 Kodak/WCBA Division II All-American

South Region
ALYSE HASTY
Delta State University
Gulf South Conference
Senior, 3.60 GPA, Political Science (pre-law)
St. Louis, Mo.
Softball
Owns GSC record for season stolen bases (59) and career stolen bases (135)
GSC West Player of the Year

New England Region
JENNY MONGEAU
Assumption College
Northeast-10 Conference
Senior, 3.88 GPA, Chemistry, Biology, Math
Westboro, Mass.
Women's Lacrosse
Three-time Northeast-10 First-team
One of 33 athletes in Division II to finish career with over 200 points (188 goals, 33 assists)

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2005-06 DIVISION II CONFERENCE COMMISSIONERS ASSOCIATION
MEN'S REGIONAL SCHOLAR ATLETES OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY
DISNEY'S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS

Great Lakes Region
NICK FREDERICKSON
Quincy University
Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Senior, 3.94 GPA, BiologicalSciences/Chemistry
St. Louis, Mo.
Men's Soccer
Recipient of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
All-NCSAA Great Lakes Region First-team
Second-team NSCAA/adidas All-American

South Region
CORY CANGELOSI
University of Central Arkansas
Gulf South Conference
Graduate, 3.97 GPA, Speech
Mandeville, La.
Football
Recipient of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
First-team Daktronics
First-team Academic All-American

North Central Region
RYAN KOCH
St. Cloud State University
North Central Conference
Senior, 4.00 GPA, Computer Science
Madison, Wis.
Football/Track & Field
Three-time All-American in the decathlon
Tied single-season record for receptions (73)
2005 Draddy Trophy Finalist

South Atlantic Region
HECTOR RINCON
Presbyterian College
South Atlantic Conference
Senior, 3.86 GPA, Bus. Administration/Math
London, England
Tennis
Career 20-0 record in singles against conference
Two-time SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year
Two-time SAC Player of the Year

Northeast Region
LLOYD PRICE
California University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Senior/Grad, 3.82/3.88 GPA, Elem. Ed/SportMgmt.
Monongahela, PA
Football
Led PSAC/tied for 17th in NCAA in tackles (108)
Two-time Academic All-American
National semi-finalist for the Draddy Trophy

New England Region
BRYAN DUPLISSIE
Franklin Pierce
Northeast-10 Conference
Senior, 3.74 GPA, Business Management
East Swanzey, N.H.
Baseball
Led team to Division II College World Series
2005 Northeast-10 Player of the Year
School record 2.30 ERA, 13 wins (7th)

South Central Region
JOSH LAMBERSON
Northwest Missouri State University
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Assoc.
Senior, 4.0 GPA, Corporate Recreation
Wilber, Neb.
Football
2005 National Runners-up, Championship MVP
Harlon Hill Nominee
Academic All-American of the Year

West Region
TONY BINETTI
Seattle Pacific
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Senior, 3.54 GPA, Business Administration
Enumclaw, WA
Basketball
Recipient of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
GNAC Player of the Year, NCAA Elite Eight
Ranks in top 15 of five conference statistics

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