Vik­ings hon­ored with 2016 Sports­man­ship Award

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — The Bay­side Con­fer­ence awarded the 2016 Sports­man­ship Award to Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester with the school re­ceiv­ing high marks for its fa­cil­i­ties and the way its ath­letes in­ter­acted with other schools.

The school re­ceived the 2016 ban­ner dur­ing the fall sports sea­son in recog­ni­tion for the 2015-2016 sea­son.

“This is a com­mu­nity award,” said Cam­bridge-SD Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Dan Do­bronz. “We have great kids par­tic­i­pat­ing. Our op­er­a­tions staff is out­stand­ing at keep­ing the fa­cil­i­ties in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. We have great coaches, great teach­ers and great vol­un­teers work­ing with the kids.”

Cam­bridge-SD Prin­ci­pal Dave Bromwell said the award is an

honor as big as a state cham­pi­onship ban­ner. He cred­ited Do­bronz, DCPS Pro­jects/En­ergy Man­ager and Ath­let­ics Su­per­vi­sor Sam Slacum and the op­er­a­tions staff for build­ing a strong foun­da­tion.

“Six years ago, through Dan’s lead­er­ship, we be­gan build­ing our own sports­man­ship on how our kids are to act, whether it is on the field, on the mat, on the tennis courts or off the field,” Bromwell said. “To re­ceive this award is a tes­ta­ment to Dan’s lead­er­ship as an ath­letic di­rec­tor, Sam’s lead­er­ship as an ath­letic su­per­vi­sor and our com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether. Our kids are also do­ing bet­ter in the class­room too. It is huge.”

Cri­te­ria for the Sports­man­ship Award also in­cludes ex­pe­ri­ence at the school’s fa­cil­i­ties. Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester hosts many con­fer­ence events, in­clud­ing the cross coun­try, wrestling and track cham­pi­onships, as well as the se­nior foot­ball and bas­ket­ball all star games and the District 8 tennis Cham­pi­onship.

“All of the Bay­side head coaches re­ceive sur­veys to rate the ex­pe­ri­ence when they go to each school,” Sla- cum said. “In our in­stance, we get a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back and com­ments from other schools about our fa­cil­i­ties and our venue.

“Other schools have given us high marks for track, cross countr y, foot­ball, wrestling events,” he said. “We do a good job host­ing a lot of re­gional and Bay­side con­tests. The booster club is a big part in that as well by the way they or­ga­nize and work each event.”

In April 2016, the main­te­nance staff at Cam­bridge-SD re­ceived the Sil­ver Ham­mer Award for in­no­va­tive fa­cil­ity up­keep from Mary­land Comptroller Peter Fran­chot. Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester is a shin­ing ex­am­ple for ex­cep­tional school main­te­nance, Fran­chot said dur­ing his visit to the school last April.

“I would just like to take a mo­ment and rec­og­nize all the in­di­vid­u­als who have en­sured that Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester is in tip­top shape,” Fran­chot said. “I’m par­tic­u­larly grate­ful to Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester and the su­perb main­te­nance team here for their dili­gent work in keep­ing this school in great shape. Their ef­forts are well rec­og­nized and doc­u­mented by the rat­ing that this school re­ceived dur­ing its most re­cent state in­spec­tion.

“This award that we give to­day is one of the most im­por­tant in the en­tire state of Mary­land,” he said. “This award is a unique recog­ni­tion given by state govern­ment.”

Bromwell said he was hon­ored the comptroller awarded the Sil­ver Ham­mer award to the school.

“The comptroller award is one of the big­gest things that we take our county’s tax dol­lars, and we put it to use through hard work and ef­fort in tak­ing care of our own stuff,” he said. “Our main­te­nance depart­ment is a great team. Our booster club also de­serves a lot of credit for their sup­port of our ath­letic pro­grams.

“Dorch­ester County doesn’t have a lot of fund­ing but we take care of what we have, and do the best we can with what we have,” he said. “That goes back to the be­gin­ning of this school. We had a pe­riod where we con­tracted out the main­te­nance and up­keep of the fa­cil­i­ties, and lost that lus­ter we once had. Coaches could not get the grass cut on fields when we con­tracted to out­side par­ties.

“Now we do it in house, and our fa­cil­i­ties have been brought into ex­cel­lent con­di­tion be­cause we have a great op­er­a­tions staff,” he said. “We take care of what we got.”

Slacum said the re­cent awards are a tes­ta­ment to Bromwell’s lead­er­ship at the top.

“Dave is the cap­tain of the ship and de­serves a lot of credit,” he said. “It also is a col­lec­tive ef­fort by ev­ery­one. The ad­min­is­tra­tion of the school, the coaches, play­ers, ath­letic boost­ers, op­er­a­tions staff, cen­tral of­fice all are a part this suc­cess story.” Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester con­tin­ues with fa­cil­ity im­prove­ment pro­jects. Last year, the school built a new press box for Vik­ing Sta­dium and added WiFi to the press box. In De­cem­ber, the bas­ket­ball teams chris­tened a new, 94foot wood bas­ket­ball floor. The school also is build­ing a new on-cam­pus soft­ball field.

PHOTO BY DAN DO­BRONZ

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School ath­letes hold the 2015-2016 Bay­side Con­fer­ence Sports­man­ship Award ban­ner.

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Tajh Molock, left, con­grat­u­lates Kent County’s Mar­c­quan Greene af­ter the Tro­jans de­feated the Vik­ings 28-22 to win the 1A East Re­gion Cham­pi­onship Fri­day, Nov. 18, 2016.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester run­ning back Tre’ Lake con­grat­u­lates Wi­comico High play­ers af­ter the Vik­ings’ 61-24 win on Sept. 2, 2016.

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