Sportsmanship Award Goes To Fremont,Grant Boys, Newaygo,Grant Girls
The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan revealed their 7th annual Top 100 Sportsmanship Award teams for 2016-17 and four area squads (as well as their coaches fans and directors) received the honor this season.
Fremont boys team made the list for the third time since the inception of the award while the Grant boys and girls teams and the Newaygo girls team were recognized for the second time.
After each regular season game, the basketball officials are asked by the MHSAA to provide feedback on the sportsmanship of each school's players, coaches, administrators and fans. To receive the award the coaches association must receive high sportsmanship reports from game officials of the players and coaches in 5 or more games. At the end of the basketball regular season, schools are ranked by the MHSAA and the top 100 boy's teams and top 100 girl's teams are given an award banner the following season to hang in their school's gym.
“The girls were always good sports,” said Lions Coach Nate Thomasma. ”Pretty proud of the fact that they played hard but always showed good sportsmanship to the opposing teams. It also shows a lot of how our administration and community acts during the games.”
“It really is a community award.”
Packer Coach Pete Zerfas posted on social media “Congratulations boys, a 13-8 record is something you can be proud of, being honored from officials and the state basketball association for your character and sportsmanship is something your should be VERY proud of.”