OSU athletics: Beavers hand out Benny awards

2013-06-06T23:14:00Z OSU athletics: Beavers hand out Benny awardsCorvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
June 06, 2013 11:14 pm  • 

Oregon State football player Jordan Poyer and gymnast Makayla Stambaugh took home the top honors at the 15th annual Bennys on Thursday night at Gill Coliseum.

The event is an end-of-the-year celebration commemorating the achievements of OSU athletes.

Poyer, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in April’s NFL Draft, wrapped up his OSU career by being selected as a consensus All-American and to the Pac-12’s first team.

Stambaugh this past season won 22 individual titles, including the Pac-12 championship on the uneven bars, and tying for the regional title on the floor exercise.

Baseball and gymnastics were selected Teams of the Year. Baseball won the Pac-12 Conference title and was ranked among the top teams. Gymnastics captured the Pac-12 title and advanced to the NCAA regionals.

Pat Casey took home the Benny for Male Sport Coach of the Year. Gymnastics’ Tanya Chaplin shared Female Sport Coach of the Year with softball’s Laura Berg.

Isaac Seumalo of the football team and Andrew Moore of the baseball team shared the Joe Zaher Male Newcomer of the Year award.

Natalie Hampton of softball and Sammy Harrison of swimming were co-recipients of the Female Newcomer of the Year award.

Quarterback Cody Vaz and pitcher Matt Boyd each earned a Benny for Male Performance of the Year.

Camille Saxton of the volleyball team was selected with the top Female Performance of the Year.

The Robert Byers Spirit Award was presented to Steven Christian (football) and Lauren Graebner (track).

EmilyAnne Pillari (rowing) and Alexa Ortiz (rowing) shared the Glenn Klein Community Service Benny.

Men’s soccer and volleyball captured the Everyday Champion Team Academic Award Benny.

Kenneth Noteboom, a 1959 OSU graduate and four-year wrestling letterman, was presented the Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award.

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