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Big Ten Recognizes 24 Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Winners

Liz Sullivan
Liz Sullivan

May 30, 2012

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Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten announced on Wednesday the 24 student-athletes named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2011-12 academic year. These individuals were chosen from a group of 300 student-athletes honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.

One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree. From each university’s list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected. All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

The 2012 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners appear below, and the complete list of Sportsmanship Award honorees for all sports from each school is attached as a PDF.

2012 Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Winners

Nathan Scheelhaase, Football
Rachel Japp-Joyce, Swimming & Diving

Jordan Hulls, Basketball
Amanda Wagner, Softball

Matt Gatens, Basketball
Betsy Flood, Track and Field   

Jordan Kovacs, Football
Courtney Boylan, Basketball

Michigan State  
Kirk Cousins, Football
Jenilee Rathje, Volleyball

Taylor Matson, Ice Hockey
Anne Schleper, Ice Hockey

Chris Phipps, Track and Field
Kaitlyn Burke, Basketball

Sam Chien, Golf
Devynn Patterson, Fencing

Ohio State         
Andrew Sweat, Football
Liz Sullivan, Soccer

Penn State        
Scott Rosenthal, Gymnastics
Natalie Ettl, Gymnastics

Joe Haase, Baseball
Ashley Courtney, Softball

Kyle Jefferson, Track and Field
Anya Covington, Basketball

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