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Prairie Stars Lead Academic All-Conference

March 6, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Most coaches are happy when their team shoots 50% or better from the floor.  Over the course of the 2005-2006 season, the Prairie Stars shot 45.4% overall and won their first conference championship.

This season, UIS performed better off the court than on as 56% of the Prairie Stars men’s basketball team was named to the American Midwest Conference Academic All-Conference Team.  UIS led the conference with a total of nine student-athletes that were recognized for their academic accomplishments.  Hannibal LaGrange came in second with five student-athletes, Missouri Baptist tallied four, and Columbia and Williams Baptist Colleges had three each.

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Four named to all-conference teams

In order to receive the honor, a student-athlete must have a 3.00 grade point average or better (on a 4.00 scale).  Members of the Prairie Stars men’s basketball team who received the honor are: Colin Beveridge (Springfield, IL); Curtis Collins (Chicago, IL); Colin Crull (Poplar Grove, IL); Michael Griffin (Litchfield, IL); Kyle Holmes (Peoria, IL); Aaron Leonard (Effingham, IL); Dane Litwiller (Stanford, IL); Brian McMillen (Pana, IL); and Matt Reynolds (Peoria, IL).

 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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