PREP SPORTS: Cullman High School earns AHSAA Sportsmanship School recognition

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Ninety-nine Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) member schools were recognized as AHSAA Sportsmanship Schools for the 2018-2019 school year Wednesday morning, and both Cullman High School and St. Bernard Prep School were on the list. The schools were recognized for being ejection-free and receiving no more than one non-sportsmanship school fine during the completed school year and will be honored at the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon during the 2019 AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week.

CHS Principal Kim Hall is very proud of the administrators, coaches and students who worked toward this accomplishment throughout the year and wants to maintain an environment that rewards sportsmanship.

“Our athletic administrative staff and coaches work hard to establish an environment where good sportsmanship is a priority. We are proud of this award,” Hall said. “It is a testament to the character, work ethic, dedication and commitment of our coaches and student athletes.”

“We are extremely pleased to recognize 99 high schools for this noted accomplishment,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Our total fines were down 4.1% in 2018-19 over the previous year, and we thank all our schools for their commitment to teaching good sportsmanship and upholding the regulations and by-laws created by our member schools.”

Savarese is proud of the strides schools across the state took over the past year and wants to see that trend continue for years to come.

“We are also encouraged by the large percentage of student-athletes and coaches who are competing in our sports’ programs who never receive an ejection,” Savarese said. “Our goal, however, is always for each school to be fine and ejection free. It is imperative that each of us, our schools, coaches and administrators continue to emphasize daily the importance of good sportsmanship to our students, parents and communities.”

The 12th annual luncheon will be held at noon Friday, July 19, at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

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