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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Aug. 12, 2005

Clint Prange Regional Winner of NCAA Division II Commissioner's Assocation Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award

Courtesy Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Former Truman soccer student-athlete Sara Murray and former Northwest Missouri State track student-athlete Clint Prange picked up more honors by being selected regional winners of the NCAA Division II Commissioners Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, announced Friday (Aug. 12).

Murray and Prange, the 2004-05 Ken B. Jones Award winners honoring the MIAA Student-Athlete of the Year, were among eight men's and eight women's regional honorees, and are now eligible for the national award.

This award, sponsored by Disney Sports Attractions, provides the opportunity for Division II to highlight the extraordinary achievements of its student-athletes. DII CCA President and Commissioner of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Bob Hiegert explains that the award showcases the talent at the NCAA Division II level.

"Division II has the best of both worlds," explains Hiegert, "great athletes and great students."

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.

With a strong commitment to education and a long-standing relationship with Division II athletics, the involvement of Disney Sports Attractions in the award is a natural fit.

"Disney's Wide World of Sports™ Complex has become a destination for top collegiate athletics, particularly at the Division II level," said Fred Schoeler, Sports Account Manager for Disney Sports Attractions. "Having worked with the Division II Commissioners Association on the creation of Disney's Division II Men's and Women's Tip Off Classic basketball tournaments, we are thrilled to continue our involvement with the Scholar Athlete Award, which honors the academic and athletic accomplishments of Division II's top student-athletes."

The women's regional winners joining Murray include: Heather Hamilton (Minnesota-Duluth); Jennifer Howard (Francis Marion [S.C.]); Laura Kline (Kutztown [Pa.]); Margot Merrill-Johnson (Montana State-Billings) Stefanie Strauss (Wisconsin-Parkside); Greta Trotman (Barry [Fla.]) and Jennifer Walker (Bentley [Mass.]).

Men's regional winners joining Prange are: Joe Berger (Michigan Tech); Cameron Dayne (Morehouse [Ga.]); Aaron Graumann (Augustana [S.D.]); Luqman Jaaber (Virginia Union); Mike Larson (California [Pa.]); James Newman (Assumption [Mass.]) and Stuart Richmond (California State-Los Angeles)

Spread over some 220 acres, Disney's Wide World of Sports™ Complex hosts more than 170 events in more than 30 sports each year at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The state-of-the art facility includes multiple venues and is home to numerous collegiate tournaments, Amateur Athletic Union championships, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp, Atlanta Braves Spring Training, the only permanent version of the NFL Experience and the All Star Café sports-themed restaurant.

The national award winners will be announced in late August.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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