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From the Midwest to the MLS
Senior Luke Kreamalmeyer, former two-time recipient of the Missouri Valley Conference’s first team all-conference award, will continue his athletic career with the Major League Soccer team, Real Salt Lake.
After garnering the MVP award at the 2005 Major League Soccer Combine, Kreamalmeyer was chosen by Real Salt Lake to complement its professional squad.
He is the only Bradley soccer player ever to score an NCAA tournament goal.
“I always wanted to become a professional soccer player,” said Kreamalmeyer. “It‘s better than having a real job.”
“Once our guys have gotten in that community, they’ve all ascended very quickly,” said DeRose. “Would I have said he would flourish to the point of Combine MVP? Probably not. But I felt comfortable he would be successful.”
“I enjoyed myself at Bradley,” said Kreamalmeyer, who has one semester left before graduating. “I’m happy I was chosen to play.”
Marcus Pollard signs with Detroit Lions
Marcus Pollard ’94 was recently inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame. Pollard, who led the basketball team to a National Invitational Tournament berth during his senior year, signed with the NFL’s Detroit Lions this spring after spending 10 years with the Indianapolis Colts. The Braves Scholarship Society member is pictured here with his wife, Amani, and their two children in the “Marcus Pollard Room,” a lounge for student athletes in Robertson Memorial Field House.
BU athletes earn MVC honors
Spring Sports Wrap Up Women’s golfer Meaghan LeBlanc ’06 shot a one-under-par 215 to earn medalist honors April 19 at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships at Springfield, Missouri. LeBlanc and Agnes Kim ’05 were named to the all-MVC team. ...Men’s golfer Josh Brown ’06 finished fifth in the MVC Championships at Silvis on April 26 and was named to the all-MVC team. ...Third baseman Paul Rice ’07 and pitcher Collin Walker ’06 were first-team all-MVC selections in leading the baseball team to the MVC Tournament for the first time since 1999. Brad Canada ’05 was named to the second team as a catcher and honorable mention as a first baseman. Brandon Magee ’06, an honorable mention selection as a pitcher, was also named the all-MVC utility player. Canada, Brian Spielman ’05 and Joe Napoli ’06 were also selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June. Spielman, to the Texas Rangers, and Canada, to the New York Yankees, were selected in the 25th round while Napoli was a 50th round pick to the Rangers. ...Wil Lofgren ’07 and Marko Marevic ’06 were selected for the men’s tennis all-MVC team. ...Softball first baseman Brittany Mynsberge ’05 earned second-team all-MVC honors. ...Bradley will host the 2005 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championships at Shea Stadium.
Basketball Chuck Buescher ’67, a former two-sport student athlete and coach at Bradley, and the longtime boys basketball coach at Peoria High School, is returning to his alma mater as a men’s basketball assistant.
Five Bradley basketball players received Missouri Valley Conference awards
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