Four in a row: Sussex Central’s DIAA sportsmanship banner continues to grow

GEORGETOWN – Banner accolades for being good sports continue to grow at Sussex Central High School.

Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Executive Director Tommie Neubauer last Monday night saluted Sussex Central’s school-wide prowess in sportsmanship, which now stands at four consecutive years as one of 22 DIAA state champions for 2017.

Sussex Central High School has earned a fourth consecutive Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Sportsmanship Award. The updated banner was presented at the Oct. 23 Indian River School District board of education meeting. From left: SCHS sportsmanship committee chairman Artie Uhlich, DIAA Executive Director Tommie Neubauer, IRSD school board president Charles Bireley, IRSD superintendent Mark Steele, SCHS principal Dr. Bradley Layfield and SCHS athletic director Shawn Tidwell.

The updated banner was showcased during the Oct. 23 Indian River School District board of education meeting.

“Sussex Central has won their fourth award and that in itself is a great achievement because every year the committee that reviews the application wants the school to set the bar a little bit higher,” said Mr. Neubauer. “It is not a competition against other schools. It is a competition against a set of 10 standards.”

DIAA offers a statewide competition in sportsmanship. It’s voluntary as member schools compete against standards that measure the school community’s commitment to the educational nature of interscholastic athletics.

Member schools submit a portfolio that is judged by the DIAA Sportsmanship Committee to determine if each school has successfully met the standards.

“Sussex Central was very honored once again this year for the fourth year in a row to have received the DIAA state championship in sportsmanship,” said Sussex Central Principal Dr. Bradley Layfield, who noted the commitment from SCHS athletic director Shawn Tidwell and sportsmanship committee chair Artie Uhlich.

“It’s a great honor and it’s something that shows it’s not just walking the walk but it’s talking the talk together and making sure that is a philosophy for the whole school, not just a few people,” said Mr. Neubauer. “It doesn’t say you’re perfect. But what it says is if you have a problem you know how to handle it.”

Several other Sussex County schools were state sportsmanship winners. Sussex Tech High School won the honor for the 11th time, Woodbridge Middle School earned it for a ninth time and Woodbridge High School claimed its sixth award.

Two dozen DIAA member schools applied for the award for the 2016-17 year. Twenty-two were judged as winners.

In the 21-year history of the sportsmanship award, 34 different member schools have earned this award at least once.

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