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Feb. 6, 2009

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler University basketball player Matt Howard and Loyola University Chicago runner Pam Staton have been named U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Month for January, League commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Friday (Feb. 6).

Howard (Connersville, Ind./Connersville), a sophomore, averaged 12.5 points and 6.6 rebounds and shot 62 percent from the field in eight consecutive wins for nationally-ranked Butler during January. He had high games of 18 points in a victory over Loyola and 11 rebounds twice. In addition, he led the League in field-goal shooting through the end of January and also ranked among the top 10 in scoring and rebounding.

In the classroom, Howard carries a 3.727 grade-point average as a finance major at Butler. He has been named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Week on three occasions this season.

Staton (Ingleside, Ill./Grant Community), a senior, won the 800 meters (2:17.26) at the Carle Health Alliance Invite at the University of Illinois Jan. 24 and also set personal bests in the 800 (2:12.32) and mile (5.00.93) at the Indiana Relays Jan. 30-31. Her 800 time at the Indiana Relays is the second-best time in Loyola history.

A psychology major, Staton owns a 3.63 grade-point average at Loyola. She has earned the League's weekly scholar-athlete honor twice this season and also has received recognition on the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll during her career.

The Horizon League instituted the U.S. Army Scholar-Athlete of the Month awards as a way to recognize outstanding academic and athletic achievement by its student-athletes. To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or better (on a 4.00 scale), have completed at least one year at the member institution, passed 24 semester or 36 quarter hours and perform well during the week's competition. Winners are selected by a group of League faculty athletic representatives, from nominations provided by sports information directors.

Stephen Grove, Cleveland State (swimming, junior, 3.86, mechanical engineering)
Adam Kagarise, Youngstown State (indoor track & field, junior, 3.87, exercise science/physical therapy)
Robo Kreps, UIC (basketball, sophomore, 3.25, exercise and fitness)
Pat Liederbach, Detroit (indoor track & field, sophomore, 3.407, education)
Aric Van Weelden, Loyola (basketball, junior, 3.58, finance/economics)

Alisha Anthony, Youngstown State (indoor track & field, junior, 3.77, exercise science/physical therapy)
Laura Rolf, Valparaiso (indoor track & field, senior, 3.577, new media-journalism)
Jessica Roque, Cleveland State (basketball, junior, 3.43, health sciences)
Ashley Schinske, Detroit (indoor track & field, senior, 3.808, nursing)

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