NCHSAA Lists Student Services Sportsmanship Award Winners For 2005-2006


CHAPEL HILL-- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced today the winners of its 11th annual NCHSAA Student Services Sportsmanship Awards.



East Bladen High School and Hendersonville High School share the honor among 1-A schools for the 2005-06 academic year, while West Bladen was the overall winner in 2-A and Triton earned the award for 3-A schools. All of these will be recognized in acknowledgement of the sportsmanship initiatives in place at their schools.



To be eligible for the Student Services Sportsmanship Awards, schools had to meet three criteria. First of all, the school could have no players or coaches ejected from any athletic contest during the course of the 2005-2006 academic year. The school also had to receive an overall positive rating from the game officials and booking agents who actually work with the school’s athletic program. Finally, the school must submit an outline or written action plan of how it attempts to promote sportsmanship and positive behavior at its events, and those plans are evaluated by a special committee.



Mark Dreibelbis, assistant executive director of the NCHSAA and director of the Association’s Student Services Division, noted that a total of 165 schools, close to half of the NCHSAA membership of 361 during 2005-2006, went ejection free during the year. That was just four short of the all-time record of 169 from 2004-05. The number is up from 157 in 2003-04 and 149 schools in 2002-03.



The trend has generally been steadily upward since the inception of the program. There were 114 ejection-free schools during the 2001-2002 year and 92 schools were ejection free in both 2000-01 and 1999-2000. A total of 82 schools were ejection-free in 1998-99, and 75 schools went without an ejection during the 1997-98 year. The guidelines record ejections for unsportsmanlike acts such as fighting, taunting, profanity, obscene gestures or disrespectfully addressing or contacting officials.



“We are certainly pleased to recognize these schools for their positive programming,” said Dreibelbis. “It is part of our continuing commitment to provide opportunities and recognize schools which are promoting the kind of behavior we want to see as part of a wholesome athletic environment.”



Several other schools continued long streaks without a single player or coach ejected. Among 1-A schools, Highlands completed its 12th year without an ejection, while the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton finished 10 years and Midway nine. Nantahala has had eight straight years ejection free.



In the 2-A classification, Southwest Onslow is working on a string of seven consecutive years. Mitchell and Northwest Halifax each have had six straight unblemished years.



At the 3-A level, Mooresville has been without an ejection for six straight years while North Gaston and Shelby Crest have enjoyed five consecutive ejection-free years.



Among 4-A schools, Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds completed six consecutive ejection-free years.



All schools with no ejections for the year will receive a certificate of recognition. Those schools include:



Region 1 (14 schools):

Bear Grass

Columbia

Creswell

Currituck

Gates County

Hertford

Holmes, John A.

Manteo

Mattamuskeet

Ocracoke

Perquimans

Plymouth

Southside

Williamston



Region 2 (22 schools):

Croatan

Dixon

East Duplin

Eastern Wayne

Goldsboro

Greene Central

Havelock

Hoggard, John T.

Jones

James Kenan

Kinston

Lejeune

Midway

North Duplin

North Lenoir

Pamlico County

Pender

Richlands

South Brunswick

South Lenoir

Southwest Onslow

Swansboro



Region 3 (25 schools):

Athens Drive

Bunn

Cedar Ridge

Durham School of the Arts

East Chapel Hill

East Wake

Enloe, W.G.

Franklinton

Garner Senior

Jordan. Charles E.

Middle Creek

Millbrook

North Edgecombe

North Johnston

Northampton-East

Northern Vance

Northwest Halifax

Orange

Raleigh Charter

Riverside

Smithfield-Selma

Southern Durham

SouthWest Edgecombe

Wakefield

Warren County



Region 4(14 schools):

Britt, Jack

East Bladen

East Columbus

Fairmont

North Moore

Overhills

Red Springs

South Columbus

Southern Lee

Triton

West Bladen

West Columbus

West Montgomery

Whiteville



Region 5 (27 schools):

Atkins

Bartlett Yancey

Carver

Central Davidson

East Forsyth

Eastern Guilford

Glenn, Robert B,

Graham

Grimsley

Jordan-Matthews

Lexington

J.M. Morehead

North Stokes

Northeast Guilford

Northwood

Page

Parkland

Ragsdale

Randleman

Reagan, Ronald

R.J. Reynolds

South Stokes

Southwest Guilford

Thomasville

West Davidson

Western Guilford

Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy



Region 6 (20 schools):

Ashbrook

Butler, David

Cherryville

Concord

Crest

East Gaston

Forest Hills

Forestview

Garinger

Hopewell

Lincoln Charter

Lincolnton

Myers Park

North Gaston

North Stanly

Northwest Cabarrus

Providence

Robinson, Jay

Vance, Zebulon

West Rowan



Region 7 (25 schools):

Alleghany

Avery County

Davie

East Burke

East Surry

East Wilkes

Elkin

Freedom

Hibriten

Hickory

Lake Norman

Maiden

Mooresville

Mount Airy

Newton-Conover

North Carolina School for the Deaf

North Wilkes

South Caldwell

South Iredell

Statesville

Watauga

West Caldwell

West Iredell

West Wilkes

Wilkes Central



Region 8 (18 schools):

Asheville

B lue Ridge

Enka

Hayesville

Hendersonville

Highlands

Hiwassee Dam

McDowell

Mitchell

Nantahala

North Buncombe

North Henderson

Pisgah

Polk County

Reynolds, A.C.

Swain County

West Henderson