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Plank repeats as Valley Scholar-Athlete of the Week

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[DEC. 23, 2004]  ST. LOUIS -- For the second time in two weeks, Illinois State men's basketball player Neil Plank has been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the period of Dec. 13-19, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced Wednesday.

The Valley's scholar-athlete program, which is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland dairies, honors conference student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom. The program began during the 1999-00 academic year.

Plank, a junior from Mount Zion, Ill., compiled 16 points, three boards and two assists to lead the Redbirds to a 73-67 triumph at Loyola on Dec. 18. Plank, who has a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average in finance and insurance, connected on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, including 2-for-4 from beyond the arc.

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To qualify for Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00, must have completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.

[Todd Kober, assistant athletics director, media relations,
Illinois State University]

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