Lady Jacket Samantha Guerrero earns Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award

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Lady Jacket Samantha Guerrero earns Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award

Howard Payne senior tennis player Samantha Guerrero has been named the women’s winner of the 2013-14 American Southwest Conference Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award, the conference office announced on Monday after a vote of the league’s athletic directors.

Guerrero made school history being Howard Payne’s first student-athlete to receive the ASC Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award.

“Sam is very deserving of this award. She displays the attitude and actions you expect from a player,” said HPU head tennis coach Sally Brown. “She is always competitive and also very respectful of her opponent on the court. She has impacted our program in a big way.”

Guerrero, a Reagan County High School graduate, led HPU with 10 overall wins in singles play and had a team-best 6-3 mark against conference opponents. On campus, she was a member of the HPU cheer team (two years), a student intramural director (two years) and a member of Delta Chi Rho sorority (four years).

In the fall of 2013, she worked at the Boys and Girls Club teaching three weekly dance/cheer classes to girls ranging in age from 7-18.

During the 2013 season, she was an honorable mention All-West Division and made second-team All-West Division in 2012.

With a 3.24 grade-point average, she is a three-time Academic All-Conference honoree.

“We are very proud of Samantha and her accomplishments at Howard Payne University,” said HPU athletic director Mike Jones. “She is an outstanding young lady and very deserving of this honor.”

Zakk Revelle of Sul Ross, the men’s ASC winner this year, and Guerrero will represent the ASC on the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Award ballot. The NCAA will announce the Student-Athlete Sportsmanship awards in July.

The ASC Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award honors a male and female student-athlete who best displays the attributes of sportsmanship, leadership, citizenship and academic integrity in their athletic, academic and life pursuits.

To become a nominee on the conference-wide ballot, a student-athlete must win the ASC Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year award in their respective sport. This is the 15th year the ASC has presented its Sportsmanship Award and ninth time the award is being presented after being renamed in honor of the Conference’s first commissioner, Fred Jacoby.