MVC Recognizes State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award Recipients
Wednesday, January 23, 2008

In an effort to honor model student-athletes, the Missouri Valley Conference has partnered with State Farm Insurance in creating the MVC Good Neighbor Award.  Ten student-athletes have been named by Commissioner Doug Elgin as the honorees for this past fall.

The honorees include Todd Reedy of Bradley, Kari Tanimoto of Creighton, Lauren Hoguta of Drake, Daniel Gibson of Evansville, Luke Drone of Illinois State, Shae Fehribach of Indiana State, Carrie Vestal of Missouri State, Kristin Belzung of UNI, Erika Bartruff of Southern Illinois, and Sara Lungren of Wichita State.

In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition.   The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees.  Institutions select their Good Neighbor Award honorees.

TODD REEDY, Sr., Bradley, Men's Soccer --

  • Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Candidate
  • 2nd Team  ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American
  • 1st Team ESPM the Magazine Academic All-District V 2006
  • 1st Team MVC Scholar-Athlete 2006
  • Honorable Mention MVC Scholar Athlete 2005
  • MVC President’s Council Academic Award 2007
  • MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award 2005, 2006, 2007
  • BU Athletics Director’s Honor Roll 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07
  • Participates in free camps and clinics for youth throughout Central Illinois
  • Original participant in the “Buddy with the Braves” program, which allowed local 5th grade students from Sterling Elementary keep in contact with the student-athletes
  • Participant in the MVC State Farm Just Read Program; -volunteers regularly for the Megan C. Fong Blood and Bone Marrow Drive; -member of the BU student-athlete advisory board and the Braves Council

KARI TANIMOTO, Sr., Creighton, Women's Cross Country

  • 3.825 GPA
  • Member of Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society
  • Winner of Creighton’s “Willing to Serve D.J’s Hero Award in 2006-2007 for outstanding community service.  Last year she had over 150 hours of community service volunteering in diverse areas such as the Pediatric Clinic and the Siena Francis House Homeless Shelter

LAUREN HOGUTA, Sr., Drake, Women's Soccer

  • MVC Academic Honor Roll
  • 3.64 GPA
  • Drake Dean’s List 2004, 2005, 2007
  • President’s List 2006
  • MVC Just Read Participant
  • Church Mission Trip to Yurimaguas, Peru-helped build school for Chayahuita Indians in 2004
  • Volunteer for Des Moines YMCA Red Flannel Race in 2005
  • Volunteer Soccer Coach for Altoona Soccer Club
  • Relay for Life participant 2004-2007
  • Walk for Organ Donor Awareness in 2007
  • Organizer for YMCA “Partner with the Youth” charity event and program 2007-2008
  • Big Brother/Big Sister 2008
  • MVC SAAC Representative 2007-2008
  • DU SAAC 2006-Present

DANIEL GIBSON, So., Evansville, Men's Soccer

  • 3.27 Cumulative GPA
  • Participant in Men’s Soccer Kick the Cold-give a coat program
  • Volunteer at Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Mentor with Elite Youth Mentorship Program
  • Free Youth Clinics
  • Team SAAC Representative

LUKE DRONE, Sr., Illinois State, Football

  • 2007 NFCA Good Works Team
  • 2006 Impact Award Winner
  • Captain of Scholar Baller Team
  • AFNI Honor Roll Member
  • Gateway Football Honor Roll
  • 2006 NCAA Leadership Conference
  • SAAC officer 2006-Present
  • Active member with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Houses for Christo-helped build homes in Juarez, Mexico
  • Dikon Navaho Indian Reservation in Arizona-spent a week working sport camps with kids on the reservation, also fixed up their baseball fields, sand volleyball courts and cleaned up some of the community members yards
  • MVC Just Read program participant
  • Washington Elementary School Playground Renovation
  • Evening with the Stars-American Red Cross
  • Katrina Relief
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Relay for Life
  • Harvest of Hope-Food Drive
  • Glenn Elementary Recess Program
  • Christmas for Kids

SHAE FEHRIBACH, Sr., Indiana State, Women's Soccer

  • Athletic Director’s Honor Roll 2005-2007
  • Dean’s List Spring 2005
  • Presidential Scholar-Athlete Nominee 2007
  • Verizon Scholar-Athlete 2004-2007
  • NCAA Leadership Council 2006
  • SAAC 2006-Present
  • Vigo County Youth Soccer volunteer assistant coach
  • Boys and Girls Club volunteer
  • MVC Just Read program participant
  • Weinbach’s Cafeteria Christmas for the less fortunate
  • NCAA Cross Country Championship volunteer
  • L.A.C.E.S program volunteer
  • volunteer with the United Way of the Wabash Valley
  • Wabash Valley United Soccer Club volunteer
  • worked Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon
  • volunteer with Lighthouse Mission
  • Sycamore Athletes for Education program volunteer

CARRIE VESTAL, Sr., Missouri State, Women's Cross Country

  • 2-time MVC Scholar Athlete
  • recipient of the Board of Governors Scholarship
  • Dean’s List 7 semesters
  • member of MSU’s Honor’s College
  • MVC SAAC Rep
  • MSU SAAC Co-President
  • MVC Just Read program participant
  • assisted with Halloween in the Halls
  • collected monies for Adopt-A-Family
  • Adopt-A-Street Cleanup
  • assisted with the Student Life Expo on campus
  • assisted with clinics and high school meet as volunteer
  • collected non-perishable food for the kitchen and collected toiletries to donate to the Women’s Violence Center

KRISTIN BELZUNG, Sr., Northern Iowa, Volleyball

  • 3.54 GPA
  • Dean’s List 6 of 9 semesters
  • 2006 1st Team MVC All-Academic Team
  • MVC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member 2005-Present
  • NCAA National Leadership Conference Participant in May 2007-Present
  • Little Panther Club-volleyball clinic coach for elementary children
  • Special Olympics National Games volunteer in Summer 2006
  • Girl Scout Clinic-sports clinic counselor 2005-2007
  • Junior Volleyball Club Coach 2004-2007
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank food room volunteer Summer 2007

ERIKA BARTRUFF, Jr., Southern Illinois, Volleyball

  • 2007 Saluki Scholar Award (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • 3.824 GPA
  • SIU Dean’s List 2006-2007
  • Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award 2005-2006, 2006-2007
  • Herrin Security Bank Endowed Scholarship Recipient-MVC Just Read Program participant
  • SIU Trick or Treat for Canned Goods in October 2006, 2007
  • Santa’s Shoebox in December 2006, 2007
  • Dream Catchers after School Activity in December 2006
  • Parrish Penguin Festival in February 2007
  • Marion Bible School Kick Off in June 2007
  • VBS Fun Fair in July 2007
  • PUKA Daycare Reading Night

SARA LUNGREN, Sr., Wichita State, Volleyball

  • 3.84 Cumulative GPA
  • Little Spikes/Junior Spikers Volleyball Clinics-5yrs
  • Pen Pal Program-5yrs
  • MVC Just Read program participant
  • SAAC for 3yrs and current Vice President
  • Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family Christmas program