Special to the Reflector-Chronicle.
Abilene High School cheerleaders Kellsi Bacon, Krista Bacon, Charday Long, Shannon Miller, Shannon Richter, Allison Roth, Dacia Whiteley and Maddie Wildman were recognized with awards following the state tournament.
AHS Principal Ben Smith received the Sportmanship Trophy from the KSHSAA on behalf of the Abilene High School cheering section.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association, through its member schools, defines sportsmanship as those qualities of behavior which are characterized by generosity and genuine concern for others. Further, an awareness is expected of the impact of an individual’s influence on the behavior of others.
The excitement of a basketball game can create concerns for fans, students and officials. Citizenship/Sportsmanship Rule 52 addresses this challenge by stating: “Win with character and lose with dignity.”
Outstanding sportsmanship is acknowledged each year by presenting sportsmanship certificates, plaques and medals. All 112 high school teams participating in KSHSAA State Basketball Tournaments may qualify for an award. A “rating” system is used allowing schools to compete against a “standard of excellence,” rather than competing against one another.
Schools whose teams did not advance to the semifinal rounds were eligible to receive a certificate if they met the qualifying standards of sportsmanship. Schools participating all three days of the tournament were eligible to receive a plaque for their school and medals for cheerleaders.
A special sportsmanship committee appointed by the KSHSAA evaluated and rated the cheerleaders, school cheering section, adult and non-high school followers, team and coach of each school.