Conference Carolinas Announces Spring Team Sportsmanship Award Winners

High Point, N.C. – Conference Carolinas announced its 2015-2016 Spring Team Sportsmanship Award winners this morning. Belmont Abbey College claims honors for both Softball and Men’s Volleyball, bringing their total sportsmanship awards for 2015-2016 to five. Barton College is the recipient of the Baseball, Women’s Golf and Women’s Tennis sportsmanship award, with a total of four this year. University of Mount Olive wins their first three awards of the year, in Women’s and Men’s Outdoor Track & Field, and Men’s Golf. Lees-McRae College and Limestone College, receive Women’s Lacrosse and Men’s Lacrosse awards respectively, with their first of the year. King University concludes their year with Men’s Tennis sportsmanship award, finishing with their second of the year.  

These awards, also known as Mini Messicks, are presented annually to the member institutions judged to have exhibited the highest degree of sportsmanship among its players, coaches, and fans during their regular playing season. Each of the conference’s twenty sponsored sports has its own Mini Messick, and the program with the best overall average will receive the Messick Sportsmanship award at the end of the academic year. The award is recognition for that institution’s 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 all Conference Carolinas sportsmanship awards are determined. A student-athlete and coach work together to judge the sportsmanship of all conference competitors, including opposing players, coaches, and fans. Each institution then submits those votes to the conference office, where averages are calculated to decide the winner for each conference-sponsored sport.

The individual team sportsmanship awards are now in their fifth 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.


Mini Messick Winners for Spring 2015-2016

Baseball– Barton College

Men’s Golf  – University of Mount Olive

Women’s Golf– Barton College

Men’s Lacrosse– Limestone College

Women’s Lacrosse– Lees-McRae College

Softball– Belmont Abbey College

Women’s Tennis– Barton College

Men’s Tennis– King University

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field  – University of Mount Olive

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field– University of Mount Olive

Men’s Volleyball– Belmont Abbey College


Mini Messick Winners for Fall and Winter 2015-2016

Women’s Basketball– Belmont Abbey College

Men’s Basketball Belmont Abbey College 

Women’s Indoor Track & Field– Pfeiffer University

Men’s Indoor Track & Field– Belmont Abbey College

Women’s Cross Country– Pfeiffer University

Men’s Cross Country– Barton College

Women’s Volleyball– Converse College

Men’s SoccerKing University

Women’s Soccer– North Greenville University 


Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 12 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, Pfeiffer University, and Southern Wesleyan University. Emmanuel College and Southern Wesleyan University are currently completing the NCAA Membership Process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.