Senior hockey player C.J. Suess received the Male Athletics Medal of Honor, which is awarded to the Minnesota State top senior male athlete. Senior football player Jake Porter received the Don Buchanan Award, which is handed out to the most “well-rounded” male senior student-athlete, excelling on the field, in the classroom and throughout the community. Freshman hockey player Jake Jaremko was named Male Newcomer of the Year, which is presented to the top male freshman or transfer student, and is based solely upon athletic achievement.
The 2017-18 WCHA Player of the Year, Suess, also earned WCHA Offensive Player of Year and All-WCHA First Team honors in 2017-18. The two-time team captain had 57 goals and 70 assists for 127 points to tie for fifth on Minnesota State’s career scoring list (NCAA DI-era). He was a top-ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as top player in NCAA DI. Suess posted 22-21– 43 (t-18th nationally) and ranked third in the nation with 521 face-off wins, tied for 12th nationally in goals (22) and tied for 19th in plus/minus with a +18 rating. Suess was named WCHA Player of the Month in December, 2017-18 WCHA All-Academic Team, 2016-17 All-WCHA Second Team selection and was named to the 2014-15 WCHA All-Rookie Team.
A Fort Dodge, Iowa native, Porter claimed CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team honors as a senior. Porter played in 22 games on the offensive line including 12 starts, during his two seasons with the Maverick football team. As a senior, Porter helped the Mavericks set an MSU single-season record with 4,036 rush yards, to go along with 33 touchdowns. Porter started in all three of Minnesota State’s NCAA Tournament games during the 2017 season. He was named to the NSIC All-Academic Team, received the NSIC Myles Brand Award and also garnered D2CCA All-Super Region Second Team honors. Porter is majoring in finance and owns a 3.84 GPA.
The 2017-18 WCHA Rookie of the Year, Jaremko, was also named to the 2017-18 WCHA All-Rookie Team and led all freshman in scoring (15-24–39) and 11-20–31 totals in 28 league games was tops amongst all first-year players. The four-time WCHA Rookie of the Week award recipient ranked second in the country in scoring and his 39 points on the season rank as the most -ever by a Minnesota State freshman player for the program’s NCAA DI-era, surpassing the previous high of 37 points established by David Backes in 2003-04. Jaremko was named WCHA Rookie of the Month on three occasions during the course of 2017-18 (November, December and February) and had three points in a game three times (1-2–3 vs Bemidji State Nov. 11; 1-2–3 vs BGSU Nov. 17; 2-1–3 vs Ferris State Feb. 16). Jaremko also played in all 40 games in his freshman season.
Nominations and selection for both awards were based on votes cast by Minnesota State head coaches and staff members.
Male Athletics Medal of Honor
|Mike Sandle||Track & Field|
Don Buchanan Award
|Isaiah Pitchford||Track & Field|
Male Top Newcomer Award
|Sydne Davis||Track & Field|