High Point, N.C. – With the completion of the fall season conference championships, Conference Carolinas is pleased to announce the Fall Individual Messick Sportsmanship Award winners for 2017. These teams are recognized as having demonstrated the best sportsmanship in their respective sport, as voted upon by member coaches and student-athletes. Belmont Abbey College and Southern Wesleyan University swept all five honors for the fall between themselves, bringing them closer to the 2017-18 Messick Sportsmanship Award.
The sportsmanship awards are presented annually to the member institution judged to have exhibited the highest degree of sportsmanship and respect among its players, coaches, and fans during their regular playing season. The winning institution is recognized 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 the Conference Carolinas Messick Sportsmanship Awards are determined. A student-athlete and coach from each school vote separately upon 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 rankings of each school's conference-sponsored sports are then used to determine the institution which has displayed the best sportsmanship across all sports throughout the year, and that institution is named the winner of the Messick Sportsmanship Award.
The individual team sportsmanship awards are now in their eighth 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 Fall Individual Messick Sportsmanship Award recipients for 2017:
Women’s Cross Country - Southern Wesleyan University
Men’s Cross Country - Belmont Abbey College
Women’s Volleyball - Southern Wesleyan University
Men’s Soccer - Belmont Abbey College
Women's Soccer - Belmont Abbey College
Conference Carolinas is an NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 11 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, and Southern Wesleyan University. Emmanuel College is currently completing the NCAA Membership Process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.