Hen­der­son, Stet­son re­ceive sports­man­ship awards

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Hen­der­son High School and Stet­son Mid­dle School have been named the recipients of the 2015-16 Penn­syl­va­nia In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (PIAA) Sports­man­ship Award by mem­bers of the Ches-Mont League.

This marks the sev­enth time in the past eight years that Hen­der­son has re­ceived this award. Stet­son Mid­dle School was also pre­sented with the award six years ago.

The Ches-Mont League was cre­ated in 1950 and con­sists of 14 high schools and 15 mid­dle schools in Ch­ester and Delaware coun­ties. High schools stu­dents com­pete in var­sity sports in the PIAA’s District One at the AAAA, AAA, and AA lev­els.

All head coaches in the league are given one vote at the con­clu­sion of their sea­son, and use the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria when eval­u­at­ing mem­ber schools for the award:

Spirit: De­gree and qual­ity of gen­uine spirit shown by op­pos­ing team per­son­nel and spec­ta­tors;

At­ti­tude: Main­tained proper at­ti­tude and self-con­trol be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter the con­test;

Ar­rival: Man­ner of wel­come, pro­fes­sional and in­for­ma­tive;

Con­duct: Con­duct of op­pos­ing play­ers and coaches be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter the con­test;

Fa­cil­ity: Care given to the fa­cil­ity and equip­ment by vis­it­ing team be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter the con­test;

Ac­com­mo­da­tions: Home team pro­vides an ap­pro­pri­ate and clean fa­cil­ity be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter the con­test.

“Credit for Stet­son’s Sports­man­ship Award goes to our Ath­letic Di­rec­tor, Mr. Cor­co­ran, who sets an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple for our tal­ented coaches and stu­dents of how com­pet­i­tive play, cou­pled with sports­man­ship, earns the re­spect of other schools,” said Chas Cog­nato, prin­ci­pal of Stet­son Mid­dle School.

“I am very proud of this honor, which was earned by all of Hen­der­son High School’s coaches, stu­dent ath­letes, main­te­nance per­son­nel, and par­ents of stu­dents who con­duct them­selves in the finest man­ner, al­ways ap­pro­pri­ately, and who help main­tain our first-class fa­cil­ity for all Ches-Mont League mem­bers to en­joy,” said Ken Mc­Cormick, Hen­der­son High School ath­letic di­rec­tor. “Re­ceiv­ing this award is all the more pres­ti­gious be­cause the win­ner is cho­sen by our com­peti­tors. Th­ese are in­di­vid­u­als whom we com­pete against on ath­letic fields, courts, tracks, and in pools. All coaches in the league have done a great job and have my sin­cere thanks and con­grat­u­la­tions on a suc­cess­ful year in sports.”

The PIAA’s Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Robert Lom­bardi, pre­sented rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both schools with each award Sept. 14.

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