Sussex Central, Sussex Tech among DIAA state champions in sportsmanship

GEORGETOWN – Make room for another banner year.

In repeat feats, Sussex Central High School and Sussex Technical High School are among the 2016-2017 Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association state champions in sportsmanship.

Sussex Central High School is among the 22 Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association state sportsmanship award recipients for 2016-17. SCHS has now earned the honor four consecutive years.

Sussex Central was a winner for the fourth consecutive year. This is Sussex Tech’s 11tn sportsmanship award.

Other recipients from Sussex County are Woodbridge Middle School, which earned it for the ninth time, and Woodbridge High School, with its sixth award.

Annually, the DIAA offers a statewide competition in sportsmanship. Member schools compete against a set of 10 standards that measure the school community’s commitment to the educational nature of interscholastic athletics.

The process is demanding and involves the total school community.  Member schools submit a portfolio that is judged by the DIAA Sportsmanship Committee to determine if each school has successfully met the standards.

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

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

“All of these schools are led by energetic and innovative Sportsmanship Committees that are constantly looking for new ways to promote sportsmanship”, said DIAA Executive Director Tommie Neubauer.  “They truly embrace the philosophy that sportsmanship is not just something you talk about, but a way of life for all student-athletes and team members that is demonstrated by your behavior and actions.  This belief is an essential component of education based athletics.”

William Penn High School leads the pack, having won 20 times.

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