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Three high schools earn sportsmanship status

Good sportsmanship earns ‘ejection-free’ status for three high schools

For three high schools in Gaston County Schools, their commitment to outstanding sportsmanship has resulted in a special recognition from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).

Stuart W. Cramer High School, Forestview High School, and Highland School of Technology earned the “ejection free” school status for the 2019-2020 year.  The status indicates that no student-athlete or coach was ejected from a sport for the year.

“We are pleased to recognize the coaches and student-athletes for their positive attitude on the field and on the court,” said Gaston County Schools athletic director Chad Duncan.  “More important than winning is exhibiting good sportsmanship and good behavior.  This is what we want to see all of the time at our athletic events.”

Here’s a look at what our schools had to say about their “ejection free” status for 2019-2020:   

Stuart W. Cramer High School
Athletic director Mike Patton: “As an athletic director, it feels good when your athletes and coaches are competing at a high level and doing it with good sportsmanship.  We are proud of this recognition for Stuart W. Cramer.”

Forestview High School
Athletic director Alan Stewart:  “Our coaches set a good example and have high expectations for our student-athletes.  We have stressed sportsmanship with our coaches, and they have passed it down to their athletes.”

Highland School of Technology
Principal James Montgomery:  “We are proud of our student-athletes and coaches for being recognized as an ejection-free school.  We strive to demonstrate sportsmanship at all times, and this recognition validates the efforts of our coaches and players.”

Gaston County Schools has had at least one high school to be recognized as “ejection-free” each year since the NCHSAA began tracking coach and student conduct in 1997.

Schools across the state with no ejections for the 2019-2020 year received a certificate of recognition at the recent NCHSAA regional meetings.  Unsportsmanlike acts such as fighting, taunting, profanity, obscene gestures, or disrespectfully addressing or contacting officials are reasons for an ejection, according to the NCHSAA.