76 High Schools set to be recognized at AHSAA’s Sportsmanship Luncheon

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (ahsaa.com) – The Alabama High School Athletic Association will recognize 76 member schools Friday at the eighth annual Star Sportsmanship Luncheon held in conjunction with the AHSAA’s 20th annual Summer Conference and All-Star Week.

The noon luncheon at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center will recognize the member high schools that were fine and ejection free in the 2015-16 school year just completed.

“We are very proud of the effort our member schools place on good sportsmanship practices,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Being ejection and fine free is a reachable goal as these schools have shown us.”

Of the schools 76 schools accomplishing this goal, 23 were from Class 1A, 19 from Class 2A, 10 from Class 3A, 7 from Class 4A, 12 from Class 5A, 4 from Class 6A, one from Class 7A. District 3 had the most schools – 12. District 2 had 11, District 1, District 5 and District 7 had 10 each, District 6 had nine, District 8 had eight and District 4, the smallest district by number of schools, had six.

Among the total were four that reached this goal for the first time since the Star Sportsmanship program developed by AHSAA partner Learning Through Sports was introduced to the member schools in 2007-08. Each school received a sportsmanship banner to hang in their schools. Congratulations to those four schools: Colbert County, Cornerstone, Houston Academy and Northview. Both Houston Academy and Northview are from the city of Dothan in District 2.

While the number shows a decrease from 2014-15, 105 of our member schools had just one fine or ejection during the school year. Of that total, 26 were cited for a coach failing to take a rules test, 19 for a single administrative infraction, one for failing to report a playoff score and 59 schools that had just one ejection all year.

Since its inception in 2007-08, fines and ejections have seen a significant reduction for our member schools and 352 schools have been fine and eject free at least once and with as grand total of 943 fine and ejection-free years. Of the 76 in 2015-16, these schools have totaled 276 of those years – an average of 3.6 years per school over the nine-year period.  The breakdown for the 2015-16 recipients included 14 that have been fine and ejection free for two years, 22 for three years, 17 for four years, six for five years, eight for six years, two for seven years and one — Covenant Christian of Tuscumbia in District 7 was fine and ejection free for the eighth time in nine years.

Those with six years being fine and ejection-free are Alabama School for the Deaf, Boaz, Florala, Horseshoe Bend, Hubbertville, Maplesville, T.R. Miller of Brewton and Booker T. Washington Magnet School in Montgomery. Among those with five years is W.S. Neal of East Brewton. W.S. Neal and T.R. Miller are two of the state’s fiercest rivals on the field and they are prime examples of how rivalries can be intense and spirited and played with excellent sportsmanship.

Alabama School for the Blind in Talladega and Linden have accomplished this feat seven times.

Ten schools currently have been fine free for the past four years, and one of them, Florala, has been fine free  for five consecutive years. That is no fine or ejection for the Covington County school since the 2010-11 school year.

Alabama Media Group (al.com) will present $1,000 checks to eight of the honored schools, one from each district, as a show of support for the AHSAA sportsmanship efforts: Clarke County; Houston Academy; Maplesville; Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee; Oakman; Saks; Lexington; and Brewer.

Since 2008, the contributions by al.com have reached $72,000.

Dale County High School band director Sherri Miller, who received the NFHS National “Heart of the Arts” Award along with her 60-member band at the 97th NFHS Summer Meeting in Reno last month, was the featured speaker at the luncheon.

The complete list of schools that were fine and ejection free are listed.

Alabama School for the Blind 1A
Alabama School for the Deaf 1A
Autaugaville High School 1A
Billingsley High School 1A
Brantley High School 1A
Coosa Christian High School 1A
Cornerstone Christian School 1A
Covenant Christian School 1A
Florala High School 1A
Fruitdale High School 1A
Gaylesville High School 1A
Hubbard, R.A. High School 1A
Hubbertville High School 1A
Jefferson Christian Academy 1A
Linden High School 1A
Lynn High School 1A
Maplesville High School 1A
McKenzie High School 1A
Notasulga High School 1A
Pickens County High School 1A
Saint Luke’s Episcopal High School 1A
Skyline High School 1A
Waterloo High School 1A
Addison High School 2A
Altamont School 2A
Choctaw County High School 2A
Cleveland High School 2A
Flomaton High School 2A
Goshen High School 2A
Horseshoe Bend High School 2A
Houston Academy 2A
Ider High School 2A
Isabella High School 2A
Leroy High School 2A
Lexington High School 2A
Oakman High School 2A
Phil Campbell High School 2A
Red Bay High School 2A
Reeltown High School 2A
Victory Christian School 2A
Woodland High School 2A
Zion Chapel High School 2A
Abbeville High School 3A
Barbour County High School 3A
Colbert County High School 3A
Geneva High School 3A
Greensboro Public High School 3A
Indian Springs High School 3A
Miller, T.R. High School 3A
Saks High School 3A
Walter Wellborn High School 3A
Winston County High School 3A
Bibb County High School 4A
Clarke County High School 4A
Monroe County High School 4A
Neal, W.S. High School 4A
Oneonta High School 4A
Trinity Presbyterian School 4A
Washington, B.T. Magnet High School 4A
Arab High School 5A
Beauregard High School 5A
Boaz High School 5A
Carver-B’ham High School 5A
Douglas High School 5A
Mortimer Jordan High School 5A
Ramsay High School 5A
Rehobeth High School 5A
Tallassee High School 5A
Washington, B.T. High School 5A
Wenonah High School 5A
Willliamson High School 5A
Brewer High School 6A
Jackson-Olin High School 6A
Northview High School 6A
Oxford High School 6A
Lee-Montgomery High School 7A



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