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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Kramer, Burns selected as UMC Teambackers Student-Athletes of the Week

  • Both student-athletes were chosen for their performances from Thur. Nov. 21 to Wed., Nov. 27.
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  • University of Minnesota Crookston hunt seat equestrian rider Sam Kramer (Jr., Corcoran, Minn.) and men’s basketball player Brandon Burns (Sr., F, Baton Rouge, La.) have been named UMC Teambackers Student-Athletes of the Week for their performances in the field of play last week.
    Both student-athletes were chosen for their performances from Thur. Nov. 21 to Wed., Nov. 27. Burns’ contributions to the team’s win against Finlandia University Wed., Nov. 20 were taken into consideration since they happened on Wednesday night after the previous UMC Teambacker Student-Athletes of the Week had been announced.
    This is the first time both student-athletes have received the award. Kramer is the second hunt seat equestrian rider to be honored this year along with Emily Steeley (So., Portsmouth, R.I.). Kramer is the third equestrian rider overall to receive the award along with Steeley and Mitzi Marlin (Sr., Nowthen, Minn.), from the western team who has received the award twice. Burns is the second men’s basketball player to be honored along with Tomas Parker (Jr., C, Pequot Lakes, Minn.).
    Burns averaged 22 points a game for the Golden Eagles last week as UMC improved to 3-1 in non-conference for the 2013-14 season with an 81-61 win over Finlandia University and an 88-79 victory over University of Jamestown. Burns connected on 17-of-29 of his shots for 58.6 percent. In addition, he hit 2-of-6 three-pointers for the week and was 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. Burns had a game-high 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field in the win over the Jimmies. Versus Finlandia, the senior tallied 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. He added eight boards, two blocks and three steals on the week.
    Kramer helped the UMC hunt seat equestrian team to a very successful pair of home shots in which they were the High Point Team, finishing first in Saturday’s show, and placing second in Sunday’s show. Kramer had a really strong performance individually for Coach Brooke Leininger’s squad in Sunday’s show. Kramer won her section of Novice Equitation Over Fences, which was her first time competing over fences. She also captured a win in Novice Equitation on the Flat in order to win the High Point Rider title for Sunday’s show.
    The UMC Teambackers Student-Athlete of the Week award was created to honor Golden Eagle student-athletes for performance on or off the field of play. Every week, at least one male and one female student-athlete will be chosen as the award winner. Award winners will normally be announced on Wednesday with exceptions being made based on time of events or other unique circumstances.
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