Waconia native named to All-NCCAA team

A pair of University of Northwestern (St. Paul, Minn.) student-athletes were recently honored as part of the National Christian College Athletic Association’s (NCCAA) All-NCCAA football awards. Representing the Eagles were running back Josh Sinnen (Waconia, Minn.) and Austin Stubbs (Pleasant Hills, Iowa), both of whom were selected to the second team.

Sinnen is a 2011 graduate of Waconia High School and had his best year with the Eagles, rushing over 1,100 yards in the 10-game schedule, becoming the first UNW player to break 1,000 yards in a season since 2001. His 115 yards-per-game average in Northwestern’s nine Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) games was second-best in the league, as was his 1,037 total yards.

The junior, who was all named to the All-UMAC First Team for the second consecutive year, and earned All-NCCAA Honorable Mention honors in 2012, had seven rushing touchdowns while rushing for 140 of more yards in three games this season. Sinnen was especially influential in the Eagles’ win over Crown on Sept. 28, logging 200 rushing yards.

As a team, Northwestern finished its 2013 campaign with a 6-4 overall record, going 6-3 in UMAC games to finish fourth in the 10-team league. The Eagles have posted winning seasons in 11 of 13 years under head coach Kirk Talley.