*AHSAA Press Release*
The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) will honor 100 high schools that were fine and ejection free in 2013-14 at the seventh annual STAR Sportsmanship Luncheon Friday.
The 100 schools include 16 schools that were fine and ejection free for the first time in the seven-year tracking history of the program, bringing the total to 330 – 80 percent of the total membership – that have met that goal at least once during that span and have earned STAR Sportsmanship banners.
“Emphasizing sportsmanship must be an ongoing, daily focus,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We are very proud of how dedicated our schools are to promoting sportsmanship and the best of what educational athletics has to offer.”
Class 1A had the most schools with 28, but 2A had 20 schools, 3A had 17, 4A had 15, 5A had 17, and 6A, with the largest number of sports offered and students participating, had three.
Each district had at least eight schools fine and ejection free with District 8 totaling 19, District 6 with 16 and District 3 with 15.
Paint Rock Valley was fine and ejection free for the sixth time in since the AHSAA began tracking the data. Paint Rock Valley currently has a five-year streak of no fine or ejection.
Covenant Christian School and Paint Rock Valley are the only two schools in the state with six banner years.
Sixteen schools were fine and ejection free for the fifth time in the seven-year period. Of those 16, four – New Brockton, St. Bernard Prep, Tharptown and Woodville – have not had a fine since the 2009-10 school year, putting together four straight years without a single infraction.
This is the seventh year that Learning Through Sports CEO Brian Shulman, the developer of the AHSAA’s landmark STAR Sportsmanship Program, has sponsored the Sportsmanship Luncheon held annually during the AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Sports Week.
Media partner, the Alabama Media Group (AL.com), has awarded eight ejection and fine free schools – one from each district – a $1,000 grant each year since 2008.
The group will announce the 2013-14 recipients at Friday’s luncheon – bringing the total to 56 schools and $56,000 awarded.
High Schools with No Fines or Ejections, 2013-14
Alabama School for the Blind (Talladega); Alabama School for the Deaf (Talladega); Cedar Bluff; Donoho (Anniston); Florala; Fruitdale; Gaylesville; Geneva County (Hartford); Hackleburg; Hubbertville; Jacksonville Christian; A.L. Johnson (Thomaston); Keith (Orrville); Linden; Lynn (Arley); Maplesville; Marion County (Guin); Notasulga; Paint Rock Valley; Pickens County (Reform); Pleasant Home; Red Level; Sacred Heart Catholic (Anniston); Saint Bernard Prep (Cullman); J.F. Shields (Beatrice); Tharptown; Verbena; Westminster of Oak Mountain; Woodville.
Asbury; Calhoun (Letohatchee); Choctaw County (Butler); Cold Springs (Bremen); Flomaton; Fyffe; R.C. Hatch (Uniontown); Horseshoe Bend; Houston County (Columbia); Isabella; Lanett; Leroy; Mobile Christian; New Brockton; Reeltown; Tanner; Victory Christian (Pell City); Walter Wellborn (Anniston); West End (Walnut Grove).
Cordova; Cottage Hill Christian (Mobile); Geraldine; Gordo; Greensboro; Hanceville; Mars Hill Bible; T.R. Miller (Brewton); New Hope; Opp; Sylvania; Tarrant; Vinemont; Westminster Christian (Huntsville); White Plains.
Ashford; Bibb County (Centreville); Calera; Carbon Hill; Cleburne County (Heflin); Douglas; East Lawrence; Elmore County (Eclectic); Greene County (Eutaw); Haleyville; Handley (Roanoke); Hillcrest (Evergreen); Loveless Academy Magnet (Montgomery); Sardis; DAR, Kate D. Smith School (Grant); Tallassee; Booker T. Washington Magnet (Montgomery); Wilcox-Central (Camden).
Boaz; Briarwood Christian; Center Point; Etowah (Attalla); Hayden; John Carroll Catholic (Birmingham); Mortimer Jordan (Morris); Pleasant Grove; Russell County (Seale); Selma; Shelby County (Columbiana); Springville; Valley; Booker T. Washington (Tuskegee); West Point; Williamson (Mobile).
Jackson-Olin (Birmingham); Oxford; Shades Valley (Irondale).