COLUMBUS, Ohio - Joshua Perry of the Ohio State football team and Sakiko Minagawa from women's cross country/track and field were recognized by the Big Ten as Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners, the Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday.
One member of each varsity sports team on every Big Ten 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.
Perry, a native of Galena, Ohio, and a co-captain for the Buckeyes as a senior finished his career ranked 16th all-time at Ohio State with 298 tackles, including a team-leading 124 (second-most in the Big Ten) during the 2014 national championship season and 105 (second on the team) in 2015. He was named an All-Big Ten first-team linebacker by the league's coaches as a senior and an honorable mention All-American by SI.com. His play on the field, coupled with his deeds off the field, earned Perry numerous national honors this past season for his good works and good deeds, including:
Being a Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist, an award that recognizes athletic ability as well as the character attributes of integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity;
Selection - one of only 11 from the FBS - to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for making a "positive impact on others and their communities;"
Being named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award because of his notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities;
Being a candidate for the Wuerffel Trophy, awarded to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Perry, an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, graduated in December 2015 with a degree in consumer and family financial services. In April, he was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
Minagawa was a two-sport athlete for the Buckeyes, competing in cross country in the fall and track and field during the winter and spring. She was a four-time Big Ten championship participant in cross country and the top Buckeye finisher as a senior, as well as a key contributor on the Buckeyes' 2015 team that qualified for the NCAA championships for only the second time in school history. On the track, she was a two-time regional qualifier and ranks second in the Ohio State record book in the 10,000-meter run.
A native of Dublin, Ohio, Minagawa graduated in May with a degree in exercise science. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, USTFCCCA Academic All-American, Academic All-Big Ten selection and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and participated in multiple service projects during her time at OSU.
2016 Ohio State Sportsmanship Honorees
Baseball: Nick Sergakis
Men's Basketball: Jae'Sean Tate
Women's Basketball: Cait Craft
Men's Cross Country: Evan Stifel
Women's Cross Country: Sakiko Minagawa
Men's Fencing: Lewis Weiss
Women's Fencing: Alanna Goldie
Field Hockey: Sydney Stype
Football: Joshua Perry
Men's Golf: Clark Engle
Women's Golf: Rio Watanabe
Men's Gymnastics: Alex Johnson
Women's Gymnastics: Rachel Abrams
Men's Hockey: Craig Dalrymple
Women's Hockey: Cara Zubko
Men's Lacrosse: Ryan Hunter
Women's Lacrosse: Rainey Hodgson
Men's Pistol: Anthony McCollum
Women's Pistol: Liz Buerling
Men's Rifle: Alex Kimura
Women's Rifle: Kendal Elder
Rowing: Sarah Peffley
Men's Soccer: Christian Soldat
Women's Soccer: Sydney Dudley
Softball: Jayla Saibene
Men's Swimming and Diving: Chris DePietro
Women's Swimming and Diving: Cheyenne Meek
Synchronized Swimming: Amrian Johnson
Men's Tennis: Chris Diaz
Women's Tennis: Ferny Angeles Paz
Men's Indoor Track and Field: Donovan Robertson
Women's Indoor Track and Field: SoSo Walker
Men's Outdoor Track and Field: Champ Page
Women's Outdoor Track and Field: Sakiko Minagawa
Women's Volleyball: Emily Ruetter
Men's Volleyball: Gabriel Domecus
Wrestling: Hunter Stieber
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