Smoky Valley earns sportsmanship honor

By Steve Sell
March 30, 2017

The Kansas State High School Activities Association has announced its state basketball sportsmanship winners and Smoky Valley made the cut.

The Vikings received a certificate while competing in the Class 4A Division II Tournament in Emporia.

Outstanding sportsmanship is acknowledged each year by presenting sportsmanship certificates, plaques and medals. All 128 high school teams participating in KSHSAA State Basketball Tournaments may qualify for an award. A rating system is used allowing schools to compete against a standard of excellence, rather than competing against one another.

Schools whose teams did not advance to the semifinal rounds were eligible to receive a certificate if they met the qualifying standards of sportsmanship. Schools participating all three days of the tournament were eligible to receive a plaque for their school and medals for cheerleaders.

A special sportsmanship committee appointed by the KSHSAA evaluated and rated the cheerleaders, school cheering section, adult and non-high school followers, team and coach of each school.