Area grads gain academic honors at Northern Iowa

CEDAR FALLS – Four local student-athletes were recently recognized with academic honors at the University of Northern Iowa.

AGWSR graduates Jess McDowell and Macy Ubben joined BCLUW grads and twin sisters Nicole and Jamie Fisher.

McDowell and Ubben each attained the Missouri Valley Conference’s highest academic achievement by claiming the President’s Council Academic Excellence Award. To earn this honor, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average (through the 2012 fall semester), participate in athletics a minimum of two years and be within 18 hours of graduation.

McDowell, a junior forward and Steamboat Rock native, averaged 5.3 points on the women’s basketball team. The Panthers finished 17-17 overall and 10-8 in MVC play.

Ubben, a senior outside hitter from Ackley on the volleyball team, averaged 2.52 kills and 2.36 digs per set in her junior campaign as UNI finished the 2012 season at 25-10 and 15-3 in the MVC.

The Cougar duo joined Conrad’s Nicole Fisher on the list for the Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum GPA of 3.5 for the previous two semesters, a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA and participation in athletics.

Fisher, a junior outfielder/catcher on the softball squad, hit a team-best eight home runs and drove in 16 runs as UNI finished 27-26 and 13-8 in conference play.

Fisher joined twin sister Jamie on the Missouri Valley Conference 2012-13 Honor Roll, which requires a 3.2 minimum GPA for a specified term (fall 2012), being a member of an athletics team and having a minimum of 12 hours of enrollment during the fall.

Jamie Fisher, a junior right-handed pitcher, tallied a 22-15 record in the circle with a 1.99 earned run average.