Fielder earns award at Drake

April 26, 2011

Bits and pieces from the local sports scene.

Fielder awarded for her leadership: Drake University junior women's soccer player Melanie Fielder — a Burbank High graduate — has been named one of the top juniors at the college as part of the Leaders and Luminaries luncheon held recently.

"Melanie is very deserving of being honored as a top junior," Bulldogs head Coach Lindsey Horner said in a press release. "She earns impressive grades and is very involved in broadcast news activities outside of the classroom, which is difficult to balance while being a Division I athlete. Most importantly, she has developed into a confident leader who puts a lot of energy and passion into everything she pursues."


The award is presented annually to third-year students who have demonstrated leadership abilities and involvement in the campus community that are scholastically in good standing with the university.

Fielder, who boasts a 3.47 grade-point average and is majoring in journalism, also received her team's Academic Excellence Award. The team honor is given to the player who earned the highest grade-point average in a calendar year. Fielder earned a 4.0 in the spring and a 3.75 in the fall for a team high 3.88 for 2010.

Fielder, a defender, also had a fine year for Drake this past season. For her efforts, she was given the most improved player award. The honor is bestowed upon the player whose contributions on the field have shown the most improvement from the previous season, as well as through the course of the fall season.

Fielder made strong contributions to a Drake defensive unit that posted nine shutouts, tying a school record.

Last season, the Bulldogs posted a 10-6-3 mark, including 3-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The 10 wins marked Drake's first double-figure win campaign since going 12-6-2 during its NCAA Tournament season in 2006.

Arkansas, Tubert place forth in SEC tournament and make it to NCAA event: Burroughs High graduate Emily Tubert and the 11th-ranked University of Arkansas women's golf team were selected to participate in the NCAA Central Regional as a four seed, as the tournament pairings were released Monday.

The Razorbacks are making the program's 10th NCAA Regional appearance and their ninth consecutive appearance. Arkansas travels to the Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind., at the Notre Dame-hosted event.

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