An evening of athletic achievements, academic accomplishments and community service was celebrated when the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh athletics department hosted the Oshcars April 30 at the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh.
The inaugural event saw UW-Oshkosh student-athletes from all 19 sports as well as coaches, support staff and administrators come together as Titan achievements were highlighted. Student-athletes introduced the awards and announced the winners. The nearly 20 awards ranged from Picture of the Year to Individual Performance of the Year to the announcement of the John Taylor Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Titans do not only embody athletic excellence, but also academic brilliance. A total of 104 senior student-athletes will conclude their athletic eligibility during the 2017-2018 academic year and 21 of them currently own a cumulative, grade-point average of 3.50 or higher. The senior class also included 59 four-year letter winners.
The emcee for the evening was Michael Patton, a professor in the College of Business who also serves as the public address announcer at UW-Oshkosh home sporting events.
The award recipients are:
Picture of the Year: Football
Female Newcomer of the Year: Addie Schmitz, Women’s Soccer
Male Newcomer of the Year: Erik Schwandt, Men’s Track and Field
Team Grade Point Average Award: Women’s Tennis
Resilience Award: Mark Choinski, Wrestling
Female Black and Gold Award: Taylor Dagon, Women’s Basketball
Male Black and Gold Award: Nolan Peterson, Men’s Track and Field
Hometown Hero Award: Hannah Thorn (Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field) and Jason Wright (Football)
UW-Oshkosh Athletics Appreciation Award: Jill Endries
Moment of the Year: Charlie Noone and Ben Boots, Basketball
Single Individual Female Performance of the Year and Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year: Baylee Tkaczuk, Women’s Gymnastics
Single Individual Male Performance of the Year: Ben Boots, Men’s Basketball
Team Performance of the Year: Men’s Basketball
Phyllis Roney Senior Coaches Award: Eliza Campbell, Women’s Basketball
Jim Flood Senior Coaches Award: Charlie Noone, Men’s Basketball
John Taylor Female Senior Scholar-Athlete Award:
Cheyenne Moore, Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field
John Taylor Male Senior Scholar-Athlete Award: Brett Kasper, Football
Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year: Brett Kasper, Football