Waconia alum receives UMAC honors

Josh Sinnen
Josh Sinnen

Waconia alum Josh Sinnen was recently recognized as the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Sinnen, who is a junior nursing major at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, was recognized for his efforts on the UNW football team, as the Eagles defeated Crown College 27-14 for homecoming on Sept. 28.

Sinnen carried the ball 17 times for 200 yards, the first time in nine seasons a Northwestern player has rushed over 200 yards in a single game. He scored two touchdowns during the game, from 52- and 87-yards out. His 87-yard run is the third longest in program history.

For Northwestern in 2013, Sinnen leads the team in rushing yardage with 73 carries for 427 yards and three touchdowns. He has also caught five passes for 35 yards.

The Eagles are 2-2 this season, having dropped their first two games to St. Olaf College and Eureka College, but rebounding in recent weeks with wins over Martin Luther and Crown College.

This is the second time Sinnen has received such an honor. The Eagles are back in action this Saturday, Oct. 12 as they host St. Scholastica.

For Sinnen, earning the UMAC honors and simply playing football is an honor.

“It really is  blessing to be honored for playing football here at Northwestern,” he said. “It is just a lot of fun to come out and play football, and getting recognized for doing well is great. I would just like to add that I am very thankful for the ability God has given me to play football, and it truly is a blessing to be able to play this game.”

A 2011 WHS grad, Sinnen earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors his senior season with the Wildcats.

Sinnen is the son of Scot and Barb Sinnen of Waconia.

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