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