Lakeland Soccer Players Recognized for Academic Excellence
Athletics - posted on 4/20/2007
Three members of the Lakeland College soccer teams were recognized for their academic achievements at Lakeland's annual Honors Convocation Banquet on Wednesday, April 11.
Senior Corey Petzold received the Ellen Kregel Outstanding Student Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average, while senior Tracy Bins and junior Elisa Waltz each received awards from the departments of their respective majors.
Petzold was a captain for the men's soccer team this past fall, leading the team as the anchor on defense. At the same time, he managed to succeed in the classroom as well, holding down an ambitious academic schedule with a triple-major in German, Secondary/Middle Education and History with a 3.95 GPA.
"Corey has always shown a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and dedicates himself fully to his pursuits," said head soccer coach Dave Madsen. "His grade-point average is indicative of his determination and persistence. Corey is a driven person who focuses on his objectives and always puts his whole self into achieving his goals. I am pleased that he is being honored, as I feel that Corey is a model student and athlete. I would wish Corey's success and experiences on every student during his or her time here at Lakeland."
Bins, a senior women's soccer player with a double-major in Business Administration and Fitness Studies and a minor in Sports Management, received honors in three categories, including Who's Who in American Colleges, the Outstanding Student Award in Fitness Studies, and the Outstanding Student Award in Business/Economics for Upperclassmen. As a captain on the team this past fall, Bins' season was cut short by a knee injury in the first game of the season. However, she plans to return in the fall to complete her collegiate career.
"I am very pleased for Tracy," Madsen said. "She is committed to everything she does. Since her injury, she has constantly supported the team even though she was unable to play. I am very happy that she has achieved these awards, and I am pleased that she will be able to be a part of our soccer program and Lakeland College for another year."
Waltz, a member of the women's soccer team and softball team at Lakeland, was also honored at the banquet, receiving the Outstanding Student Award in Non-Profit Organization Management. A double-major in Sociology and Non-Profit Organization Management with a minor in Ethnic and Gender Studies and a 3.84 GPA, Waltz was a major contributor at the midfield position in her second season on the soccer team this past fall. She has also helped the softball team rise to the No. 2 spot in the Northern Athletics Conference as the starting shortstop, helping the Muskies tally their first 20 win season since 1999.
"'E' has been a complete player since day one in the sense that she is excellent in the classroom, makes good decisions, and is coachable," said head softball coach Chad Buchmann. "She has put a lot of hard work into the classroom and into both sports and it stems from the support of her family."
"'E' is a great player to coach," Madsen agreed. "She always gives everything she has. She is involved in nearly every possible capacity on campus and is a great example of the vision Lakeland College has for our students."
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