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.
assistant athletics director, media relations,