Prager Receives Valley's Good Neighbor Award
May 24, 2008
ST. LOUIS - Illinois State senior softball player Tiffany Prager was one of 10 Missouri Valley Conference student-athletes to receive the spring edition of the Valley's Good Neighbor Award, as announced Thursday by league commissioner Doug Elgin.
In an effort to honor model student-athletes, the Missouri Valley Conference partnered with State Farm Insurance to create the MVC Good Neighbor Award.
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 recognizes 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees. Member institutions select their Good Neighbor Award honorees.
Prager graduated from Illinois State in May with a 3.62 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) in business administration. The Bloomington, Ill., native finished the season with a career-best .350 average at the plate, which ranked second on the team, and was 57 points higher than her career average of .293 entering the season.
The left-handed gap hitter led ISU in doubles (9), was second in runs scored (27), and was third on the team in both on-base percentage (.422) and hits (42). Prager finished her Redbird softball career ranked sixth all-time at Illinois State in career doubles (34), while her 166 career games started ranks tied for 14th all-time in the ISU annals.
Prager capped off her career season for Illinois State with a selection to the All-MVC First Team, which came at the conclusion of a campaign in which she was one of just 30 national candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which is considered one of the most prestigious national awards in intercollegiate softball.
The two-time member of the Valley Scholar-Athlete First Team also received the 2007 State Farm Academic Excellence Good Neighbor Award. Prager has been a member of the AFNI Athletics Honor Roll every semester during her Illinois State career and was a 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All District V selection.
Prager has also been active in giving back to the community. During her Redbird career, Prager took part in the MVC State Farm Just Read! program, the American Red Cross' Evening with the Stars, aided in the Hurricane Katrina Relief Program, participated in Habitat for Humanity and has been an active member of Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).
In addition to Prager, the other honorees included Eitan Barbalat, Bradley; Shelby Takeshita, Creighton; Olivia Lansing, Drake; Katherine Shoener, Evansville; Kyle Walsh, Indiana State; Chris Playter, Missouri State; Chris Lawson, Northern Iowa; Mark Kelly, Southern Illinois; and Krista Hrdlicka, Wichita State.