Parker, Adams Named Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week
Thursday, October 4, 2007

Lance Parker and Jamie Adams of Missouri State University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today.  Parker and Adams were honored for their performances during the period of September 24-30.  Now in its ninth year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies.  On a weekly basis, the Conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.


      “Our continued corporate partnership with Prairie Farms provides an important vehicle by which to honor our top student-athletes,” said Commissioner Elgin, who is in his 20th year with The Valley.  “Our student-athletes are the league’s best representatives, and we’re happy to recognize Lance (Parker) and Jamie (Adams) for their athletic and academic achievements.”


      A goal keeper for the Missouri State men’s soccer team, Parker, a senior from Oklahoma City, Okla., earned Missouri Valley Conference defensive player-of-the-week honors after being named most valuable player of the Busey/Bradley Homecoming Classic on Sept. 28-29.


      Parker, who has a 3.67 cumulative grade-point average in business, saved 14 of 15 shots on goal (93.3 save percentage), as the Bears defeated Illinois-Chicago (2-1 on Sept. 28) and IUPUI (1-0 on Sept. 29).  He has 65 saves with a 86.7 save percentage in 2007.


      An outside hitter for the Missouri State women’s volleyball team, Adams, a senior from Liberty, Mo., averaged 4.6 kills per game and hit .284, as the Bears beat Oral Roberts (3-0 on Sept. 25), Southern Illinois (3-1 on Sept. 28) and Evansville (3-0 on Sept. 29).


      Adams, who has a 3.58 cumulative grade-point average in entertainment management, capped her week by collecting 19 kills and hitting .500 versus the Purple Aces.  Her 19 kills were the most for a Bear in a three-game match since August of 2005.


      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, 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.