From WGIL radio:
Knox College’s Sam Magnuson has been selected by the Midwest Conference as the male recipient of the NCAA Division III Conference Sportsmanship Award.
Magnuson, a native of Altona, was a four-year letter winner for the Prairie Fire baseball team, graduating magna cum-laude in June. Magnuson majored in economics with a double minor in business and management and Spanish.
Magnuson is the fourth Prairie Fire athlete to receive the NCAA Division III Conference Sportsmanship award in the past five years. Monyca Fisher ’08 was the MWC female recipient in 2006, Katie Schneider ’08 was the MWC female recipient in 2008 and most recently Maurice McDavid ’10 was the MWC male recipient in 2009.
Magnuson, a three-time Academic All-Midwest Conference athlete, is described by those who know him as the ultimate team player. While starting 10 games and appearing in 15 his senior season he was always ready to do whatever was best for his team. He always brought a positive attitude and demanded one from his teammates.
At the conclusion of the 2008-2009 season, Magnuson was voted Most Improved Player by his teammates. Following the 2006-2007 season he was awarded the Arvid P. Zetterberg Award, which is given to the student-athlete who, during his first year, exemplified the highest quality of character, scholarship and interest in sports.