65 Alabama High Schools earn Sportsmanship honor for the 2021-22 school year

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Alabama School for the Blind ‘s Coach Troy Haynes, Coach Josh Haynes and Coach Jennifer Hammock (Alabama School for the Blind)

At its annual Star Sportsmanship luncheon, the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA)  recognized 65 high schools that were ejection and fine-free during the 2021-22 school year.

They Do It Right

“Our coaches and kids do a great job. They understand that they’re representing themselves and representing the families. They just do it right,” Alan Nunn, Principal and Athletic Director at the Alabama School for the Blind told The Bama Buzz after the ceremony which was held in Montgomery.

The Alabama School for the Blind (ASB) in Talladega and Covenant Christian High School in Tuscumbia have earned the Sportsmanship School distinction 13 times in 15 years. Class 1A Covenant’s boys claimed the school’s first state basketball title in 2022. ASB also has the AHSAA’s longest current streak at 10 years in a row without a coach or player ejection. 

Sportsmanship Grants

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AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon, July 22, 2022. (Bham Now)

Along with recognizing schools earning the Sportsmanship honor, Andrews Sports Medicine awards $1,000 Sportsmanship grants to eight schools in eight districts throughout the state in a show of support for the AHSAA’s sportsmanship initiatives. 

This year’s winners include:

  • District 1: J.U. Blacksher High School in Monroe County
  • District 2: Kinston High School in Coffee County
  • District 3: Greene County High School, Eutaw, Alabama 
  • District 4: Reeltown High School in Tallapoosa County
  • District 5: Corner High School in Dora, Alabama
  • District 6: Alabama School for the Blind in Talladega
  • District 7: Gordo High School in Pickens County
  • District 8: Douglas High School in Marshall County

Since the inception of the Sportsmanship School grants in 2008, $112,000 has been awarded overall among 103 different high schools.

The Numbers

In total, the AHSAA has seen 400 of its member high schools reach the Sportsmanship Status of no fines or ejections 1,555 times since the star of the program 15 years ago. 

Among this year’s high schools that reached this special distinction, 14 schools won a combined 15 state crowns, plus 7 schools finished runner-up. 

Here is the complete list of 2021-2022 Sportsmanship Schools

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Alabama School for the Blind student Andre Garrett runs with the help of Coach Troy Haynes in the 50 meter dash. (Alabama School for the Blind)
  • Addison High School
  • Alabama School for the Blind
  • Alabama School for the Deaf
  • Alabama School of Math and Science
  • Andalusia High School
  • Asbury High School
  • Asheville High School
  • Athens Bible School
  • Autaugaville High School
  • Barbour County High School
  • Belgreen High School
  • B.T. Washington Magnet High School
  • Cedar Bluff High School
  • Central High School
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Fayette County High School takes the field in September 2021. The school is one of three teams to win 700 football games in Alabama. Photo via FCHS Facebook page
  • Cherokee High School
  • Clarke County High School
  • Cold Springs High School
  • Corner High School
  • Covenant Christian School
  • Dora High School
  • Douglas High School
  • Fayette High School
  • Florala High School
  • Gaston High School
  •  Gordo High School
  • Greene High School
  • Greensboro High School
  • Hale High School
  • Headland High School
  • Hokes Bluff High School
  • Horseshoe Bend High School
  • J.U. Blacksher High School
  • Jacksonville Christian Academy
  • Jacksonville High School
  • Kinston High School
  • LAMP High School
  • Lee High School – Huntsville
  • Linden High School
  • Loachapoka High School
  • Maplesville High School
  • Marbury High School
  • McIntosh High School
  • Meek High School, 
  • Muscle Shoals High School
  • New Century Technology High School
  • Oneonta High School
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Montgomery-Carver High School celebrating a victory at the 2021 Regional Finals. (AHSAA/Facebook)
  • Priceville High School
  • Providence Christian School
  • R.C. Hatch High School
  • Ragland High School
  • Reeltown High School
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School
  • Skyline High School
  • Slocomb High School
  • Spring Garden High School
  • Sweet Water High School
  • Trinity Presbyterian School
  • Vigor High School
  • Vinemont High School
  • Waterloo High School
  • Wenonah High School
  • Westminster School at Oak Mountain 
  • Zion Chapel High School

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