Midland Honors 2019 Petrow and Bracker Award Recipients

Midland Honors 2019 Petrow and Bracker Award Recipients

Thursday, October 24, 2019

David "Joe" Berg

Priscilla O'Dowd

Jessica Peters

Midland University honored three outstanding members of its athletic family on Oct. 4 at the Warrior Athletic Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet.

David “Joe” Berg, III was presented with the Petrow Award for the outstanding all-around male athlete at the University. Jessica Peters and Priscilla O’Dowd were each presented with the Bracker Award given to the outstanding all-around female athlete.

The Petrow Award was established in 1946 as a memorial to George “Babe” Petrow. Petrow was a four-sport letter winner in football, basketball, tennis, and track and was a member of the famed Midland Little Giants football team. The Bracker Outstanding Female Athlete Award was established in 1975 and re-dedicated in 2012 in honor of legendary Warriors women’s basketball coach Joanne Bracker.

Berg was a four-year standout for the Warriors on the wrestling mat, finishing his stellar career with a 104-22 record A West Point, Neb. native, Berg posted 12-2 marks in each of his sophomore and junior seasons and placed third in the NAIA National Tournament each year. After an injury kept him off the mat for the first half of his senior campaign, Berg would go on to post an undefeated season that was culminated with an NAIA national championship at 141 pounds. Berg would end his Warrior career as a three-time All-American and two-time GPAC All-Conference performer.

O’Dowd concluded her illustrious volleyball career as Midland’s all-time leader in kills (1,776), block assists (507) and hitting percentage (.393) while ranking fifth all-time in solo blocks (79). In her freshman campaign in 2015, she was named the NAIA and GPAC Freshman of the Year. The Omaha, Neb. native was a four-time All-GPAC first-team selection, a four-time All-American, and earned four selections to the NAIA National Championship All-Tournament team.  O’Dowd helped guide the Warriors to 111 victories and two NAIA National Tournament Final Four appearances in her four years. She excelled off the court as well as a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete.

Peters completed her outstanding Warrior volleyball career ranked second all-time for set assists (5,086) and attack percentage (.328) while also finishing among the all-time leaders in digs (1,169) and block assists (244). The Omaha native was a four-time All-American, a four-time All-GPAC first-team selection and a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete. During her senior campaign, she was named a Google Cloud second-team Academic All-American as well as earning a spot on the NAIA National Championship All-Tournament team. She played 138 career matches, helping the Warriors post a 111-27 record during that span with four NAIA National Tournament appearances and two trips to the Final Four.