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Knox College's Magnuson Wins NCAA Sportsmanship Award
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.

Knox baseball coach Jami Isaacson explained how Magnuson exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship; "He was always first to the postgame line, win or lose. His junior year, he was on the sidelines when the opposing team third baseman took a ball to the mouth. As the team trainer was heading out, Sam was already there with a bag of ice. He is always first to congratulate a teammate and always does the right thing both on and off the field. I am very proud of him."

In addition to playing baseball, Magnuson was a reading buddy at a local grade school where he read to the same child each week for the entire school year. He also served as a Knox Ambassador and was selected to travel to Florida to speak to the 50 Year Club so Knox Alumni would have the chance to hear from a current student. Knox's associate director of alumni Jennifer Gallas commended Magnuson, saying that she "could always count on him to be there and do a great job."

As a student-athlete Magnuson worked in the sports information department, where his main duties included handling all aspects of MWCTV broadcasting. Magnuson was always prepared with both teams' statistics and made a point to announce any milestones that were achieved, not only by the Prairie Fire athletes but also by the opposing team's athletes. He always carried himself in a professional, positive manner and was there to help anyone who needed assistance.

Sam Magnuson
(Knox College Athletics)
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