Eight high schools that attended Friday’s 10th annual Media Group as recipients of a $1,000 al.com Sportsmanship Grant. Al.com, in support of good sportsmanship, has provided $88,000 over the last 10 years – proving one scholarship to a fine and ejection-free school each from all eight of the AHSAA’s districts.
The recipients this year were: Choctaw County (District 1); Dothan (District 2); Trinity Presbyterian (District 3); Central Coosa (District 4); Jackson-Olin (District 5); Ragland (District 6); Covenant Christian (District 7); and Fyffe (District 8). The schools were selected from the 75 that completed the 2017-18 school fine and ejection free.
Former major leaguer Todd Jones was the guest speaker at the Sportsmanship Luncheon. Jones, who spent 15 years pitching in the majors, was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association will recognize 121 member schools Friday at the eighth annual Star Sportsmanship Luncheon held in conjunction with the AHSAA’s 19th 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 2014-15 school year just completed. The number was represented a 21 percent increase from 2013-14 for schools reaching that sportsmanship goal.
Of the schools 121 schools accomplishing this goal, 32 were from Class 1A, 19 from Class 2A, 23 from Class 3A, 17 from Class 4A, 15 from Class 5A, 11 from Class 6A, and for the first time, four were Class 7A schools.
Among the total were 18 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.
Since its inception, fines and ejections have seen a significant reduction for our member schools and 348 schools have been fine and eject free at least once. The breakdown for the 2014-15 recipients included 25 that have been fine and ejection free for two years, 28 for three years, 25 for four years, 15 for five years, nine for six years and one for seven years.
Covenant Christian of Tuscumbia in District 7 was fine and ejection free from 2007-08 thru 2012-13 but had one fine in 2013-14 to break that streak. Principal Bill Deegan’s school rebounded in 2014-15 to reach the goal for an unprecedented seventh year.
“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.”
The nine schools with six years of being fine and ejection free include West Point (5A), DAR (4A), Geraldine (3A), Asbury (2A), Calhoun (2A), and 1A schools Alabama School for the Blind, Hubbertville, Linden and Westminster of Oak Mountain. Four of the schools are from District 8.
Alabama Media Group (al.com) will present $1,000 checks to eight of the honored schools as a show of support for the AHSAA sportsmanship efforts. Since 2008, the contributions by al.com have reached $64,000.
Faith Academy boys basketball coach John Price and his recently graduated student manager Austin Miller are the featured speakers at this year’s luncheon, which will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
The complete list of schools that were fine and ejection free are listed.
2015 Fine & Ejection Free Schools
Alabama School for the Blind
Alabama School for the Deaf
Decatur Heritage Christian
Talladega County Central
Westminster School-Oak Mountain
Ala. School/Math & Science
Smith DAR, Kate D.
Washington, B.T. Magnet
Saint John Paul II Catholic