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February 4, 2010

2009-10 Season - Matt Pelton named to academic all-district team

Augustana senior Matt Pelton (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill. – now resides in Houston, Texas) has been named to the ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-District team, it was announced today. Pelton, a 6’ 3” guard, was one of just five players selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from District Five. District Five consists of schools from Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana.

Pelton, a co-captain for the Vikings each of the last two years, was selected to the elite team along with Steve Djurickovic of Carthage, John Hoch of Carroll, Austin Meier of Milwaukee School of Engineering and Logan Rankin of Marian. A year ago Pelton was a second team all-district selection. This year, because of his first team status, he will be advanced to the national ballot where he has a chance at being named to the Academic All-American team.

Pelton has started all 20 games this season and has helped Augustana to a 13-7 overall record and a 6-3 mark in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. He is the second leading scorer on the team with a 12.2 average (244 points in 20 games) and has been in double figures in scoring this year a total of 12 times. He has 48 assists, 33 steals and two blocked shots and is shooting a crisp .824 (42-51) from the free throw line.

A year ago he was named to the all-conference team in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. During his career he has played 103 games and is currently tied for fifth place on the school’s all-time list in that category. Pelton ranks in the top 10 in a total of four different categories. In addition to being fifth in games played, he is fifth in steals (129), eighth in three point field goal attempts (272) and three point field goals made (105). He has started the last 75 games of his Viking career and during that time has helped lead the team to a 55-20 overall record. He was a big contributor to Augustana’s conference championship and tournament title teams in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

With five games left in the regular season, he is ranked in the top 10 in the CCIW statistical rankings in five categories. He is fourth in three point field goals made, assist-to-turnover ratio and steals, is fifth in assists and eighth in three point field goal percentage.

While Pelton’s athletic pedigree is well documented, his academic acumen and community involvement resume rivals his work on the basketball court. He currently carries a 3.93 grade point average and will graduate Summa Cum Laude in May with degrees in accounting, finance and international business.

A Dean’s List student, he was recently awarded a prestigious internship from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. He has been a member of the academic all-conference team each of the previous three seasons and will make it again this season. He acted as an on-campus consultant for the Center of Communicative Sciences and Disorders in documenting accounting procedures in ways to improve current the current accounting system. He was a member of Augustana’s Emerge leadership program and is the winner of both the Harold and Louise Swanson Scholarship from the Augustana business department and the S. James Galley Scholarship from the accounting department.

He is incredibly active in community events as well. He serves as the co-director of “Athletes Giving Back”, a service group on athletes that provides opportunities for members of the Quad City community to interact with Augustana athletes. He has been a four year member of A.G.B. and he has been active in the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Pelton served as the site coordinator for the XStream River Clean Up and he has participated in events with Center for Active Seniors, Quad City Times Bix7 road race, Race for the Cure and the Children’s Miracle Network. He served as a staff volunteer at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Davenport, Iowa and helped document procedures for accounting practice. Pelton is on the Interfaith Understanding Committee and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He worked on the advertising campaign for the first ever “Fields of Faith”, a non-denominational gathering in the Fall of 2009 that attracted over 500 participants. He served as a committee member for the Erin Feis Irish Festival – Children’s Games in 2009.

In order to be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-American program, the individual student-athlete has to have a grade point average of at least 3.20 and be a starter or a significant contributor. The voting first takes place at the district level and the five first team members in each of the eight districts move to the national ballot. Augustana has long been a leader in producing Academic All-Americans and currently ranks sixth (in all divisions) in number of honorees since the program began in the early 1950’s. There have been 131 Vikings that have earned the impressive distinction of Academic All-American. In the ranking of NCAA Division III schools, Augustana trails only Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Matt is the son of Chris Pelton of St. Louis, Missouri and Colette Pelton of Houston, Texas. He is a nominee for the 2010 Jostens Trophy, which goes to the “Player of the Year” in NCAA Division III.

2010 ESPN – THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM

District Five (Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota)

NAME

SCHOOL

YEAR

HOMETOWN

GPA

MAJOR

MATT PELTON

AUGUSTANA

Senior

Bloomington, Illinois

3.92

Accounting/Finance/International Business

Steve Djurickovic

Carthage

Junior

Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

3.49

Exercise & Sport Science

John Hoch

Carroll

Senior

Colgate, Wisconsin

3.85

Physical Education

Austin Meier

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Junior

Oskosh, Wisconsin

3.95

Architectural Engineering/Construction Management

Logan Rankin

Marian

Senior

Algoma, Wisconsin

3.82

Business Administration/Marketing