High Point, N.C. – With the completion of the spring season, Conference Carolinas is pleased to announce the Spring Team Sportsmanship Award winners for 2016-2017. These teams were recognized to have demonstrated the best sportsmanship in their Conference Carolinas sport, as voted by member coaches and student-athletes from all member institutions. Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, King University, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, Pfeiffer University, and Southern Wesleyan University earned honors, bringing their institutions closer to the overall 2016-2017 Mesick Sportsmanship Award.
The sportsmanship awards are presented annually to the member institution judged to have exhibited the highest degree of sportsmanship among its players, coaches, and fans during their regular playing season. A Conference Carolinas institution will be awarded for its overall commitment to providing a quality-playing environment for home and visiting fans, players, and staff members.
Conference Carolinas athletics directors implemented the process by which Conference Carolinas sportsmanship awards are determined. A student-athlete and coach work together to judge the sportsmanship of all conference competitors. Each institution then submits those votes to the conference office, where averages are calculated to decide the winner for each conference-sponsored sport. The school with the best average, across all conference sports, will receive the Messick Sportsmanship award at the end of the academic year.
The individual team sportsmanship awards are now in its seventh year, reflecting Conference Carolinas’ commitment to exhibiting and recognizing sportsmanship throughout the conference. As an NCAA Division II member, Conference Carolinas prides itself on creating a positive game environment through sportsmanship to ensure a positive experience for student-athletes and fans alike.
The 2016-2017 spring sportsmanship team award recipients:
Baseball – King University
Softball – Converse College
Men's Golf – University of Mount Olive
Women's Golf – Barton College
Men's Lacrosse – Belmont Abbey College
Women's Lacrosse – Limestone College
Men's Tennis – North Greenville University
Women's Tennis – Converse College
Men's Outdoor Track & Field – Southern Wesleyan University
Women's Outdoor Track & Field – Southern Wesleyan University
Men's Volleyball – Pfeiffer University