Emmenecker, Cirone Named Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week
Wednesday, January 9, 2008

ST. LOUIS -- Adam Emmenecker of Drake University and Kristi Cirone of Illinois State University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Emmenecker and Cirone were honored for their performances during the period of Dec. 31-Jan. 6.  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 Adam (Emmenecker) and Kristi (Cirone) for their athletic and academic achievements."

A guard for the Drake men’s basketball team, Emmenecker, a senior from Saginaw, Mich., averaged 8.5 points, 6.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals while leading the Bulldogs to a 61-51 win over Southern Illinois on Jan. 2 and a 71-68 road victory at Evansville on Jan. 6.

Emmenecker, who has a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average in a triple major of finance, business administration and management, collected seven points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal to help the Bulldogs end a 17-game losing streak to SIU. At UE, he posted his first career double-double with career-highs in points (10) and assists (10).

A guard for the Illinois State women’s basketball team, Cirone, a junior from Chicago, Ill., averaged 20.0 points, 6.0 assists, 2.6 boards and 2.0 steals, as the Redbirds defeated Northern Illinois at home (78-54 on Dec. 31) and won at both Evansville (75-67 on Jan. 3) and Southern Illinois (82-78 on Jan. 5).

The Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, Cirone, who has a 3.45 cumulative grade-point average in exercise science, registered 21 points and six assists at Evansville and then compiled 27 points -- one shy of her career-best -- and seven assists at Southern Illinois.

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.

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