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 Soccer–King 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.