State High Schools Recognized at AHSAA Sportsmanship Banquet

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

MONTGOMERY, AL -- A total of 124 high schools will be recognized Friday at the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s (AHSAA) sixth annual Sportsmanship Banquet set for noon at the Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center.

The schools were fine and ejection free during the 2012-13 school year. The number is 30 more than 2011-12. One school, Covenant Christian of Florence, has been fine and ejection free all six years since the AHSAA began tracking this data, and has had no fine or ejection since becoming an AHSAA member school nine years ago.

Three schools, Clements, Colbert Heights and Paint Rock Valley, met that goal for the fifth time in 2012-13.

Twenty-seven schools were fine and ejection free for the first time, bringing the total to 314 to reach the goal at least once.

“We are very proud of our schools’ efforts in promoting good sportsmanship,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We must continue to emphasize good sportsmanship in all that we do, and this special recognition is one way to show our appreciation.”

The banquet is a highlight of the 17th annual Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week. The Sports Week is an event of the AHSAA and hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).

Eight schools, one from each district, will be selected to receive a $1,000 grant by AHSAA contributing partner The media partner has recognized 48 fine and ejection free schools, eight each year since 2008, and has contributed $48,000 to the schools as a show of support for the AHSAA’s sportsmanship effort since implementing the STAR Sportsmanship initiative developed by Birmingham company Learning Through Sports. Learning Through Sports presents each school a banner to hang in the school recognizing their sportsmanship efforts.

The complete list of schools to be honored at the Sportsmanship Luncheon Friday includes:

(6 Years)
Covenant Christian, Florence (1A).
(5 Years)
Clements (2A); Colbert Heights (2A); Paint Rock Valley (1A).
(4 Years)
Addison (1A); Akron (1A); Alabama School/Math & Science (3A); Alabama School/Blind (1A); Alexandria (4A); Asbury (2A); DAR (4A); East Lawrence (4A); Fayetteville (1A); Geraldine (3A); Good Hope (3A); Hamilton (3A); Holly Pond (3A); Hubbertville (2A); Keith (1A); Lexington (2A); Mars Hill Bible (3A); McIntosh (1A); Mobile Christian (2A); Northside (3A); Sacred Heart Catholic (1A); Saint Bernard Prep (1A); Spring Garden (1A); Vina (1A); West Point (5A); Westminster School at Oak Mountain (1A); Winfield (3A).
(3 Years)
Alabama School for the Deaf (1A); Belgreen (1A); Beulah (4A); Center Point (5A); Cherokee (2A); Chilton County (5A); Clarke County (3A); Decatur Heritage (1A); Donoho School (1A); Escambia County (4A); Florala (1A); Hackleburg (1A); Horseshoe Bend (2A); Indian Springs (3A); Jacksonville Christian Academy (1A); Kinston (1A); Lanett (2A); Loachapoka (1A); Maplesville (1A); Marion County (1A); T.R. Miller (3A); Munford (4A); New Brockton (2A); Plainview (3A); Pope John Paul II Catholic (4A); Ranburne (2A); Rogers (4A); Sipsey Valley (3A); Springville (4A); Sunshine (1A); Tanner (2A); Tharptown (1A); Booker T. Washington Magnet (4A); Whitesburg Christian (1A); Woodville (1A).

(2 Years)
Ariton (2A); Beauregard (4A); J.U. Blackshear (1A); Brindlee Mountain (3A); Central-Hayneville (2A); Cold Springs (2A); Fort Payne (5A); Glencoe (3A); Greene County (3A); Greenville (5A); Guntersville (4A); Hillcrest-Evergreen (4A); Homewood (5A); Isabella (2A); Jefferson Christian (1A); John Essex (1A); Marengo (1A); Pickens County (1A); Pike County (3A); Pleasant Home (1A); Providence Christian (2A); Randolph County (2A); Red Bay (2A); Red Level (1A); Sand Rock (2A); Sardis (4A); Thomasville (4A); Vestavia Hills (6A); West End (2A); White Plains (3A); Woodland (2A).
(First Year),
Arab (5A); Austin (6A); Berry (1A); Brewbaker Tech (4A); Central-Florence (4A); Cherokee County (4A); Collinsville (1A); Dothan (6A); Fruitdale (1A); Georgiana (1A); Holtville (4A); Jemison (4A); Lauderdale County (3A); Lynn (1A); Madison Academy (3A); Montgomery Catholic (3A); Pell City (6A); Prattville Christian (2A); Prattville (6A); St. Clair County (4A); Samson (2A); Section (2A); Shades Mountain Christian (1A); Shoals Christian (1A), Florence; Southeastern (1A); Tallassee (4A); Zion Chapel (2A).

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