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AHS recognized for sportsmanship

Andalusia High School student-athletes and coaches shown in the top row from L to R: AHS girls tennis coach Daniel Bulger, AHS ahtletic director and boys basketball coach Richard Robertson, Dilan Manring, Jackson Moore, Christopher Smith, AHS principal Dr. Daniel Shakespeare, AHS baseball coach Jonathan Rasberry, AHS football coach Brian Seymore and AHS golf coach Marshall Locke. Fourth row from L to R: AHS softball coach Marcus Taylor, AHS boys tennis coach Perry Dillard, AHS girls basketball coach Bennie Shellhouse, Alex Evans, Ethan Jones, AHS volleyball coach Angie Grimes and assisant coach Teresa Herring. Third row from L to R: Corinthian Sims, J.D. Dooley, John Starr, Josh Atkinson, Megan Pugh and A.C. Riley. Bottom row from L to R: Tyler Raines, Aubrey Boyington, Lauren Beasley and Ellie Pollock. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia High School has been awarded the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Star Sportsmanship award after going through the 2009-10 school year without a fine or ejection.

It was one of 125 schools in the state to achieve the milestone.

Through the AHSAA and Learning Through Sports, member schools can receive the STAR Sportsmanship award for building character-driven athletes in their respective sports.

“The main reason why we have this sportsmanship award is that we’re having school,” AHS athletic director Richard Robertson said. “That’s what Andalusia High School’s tradition stands for — sportsmanship, discipline and the way you conduct yourself.”

This is is the third year in a row AHS has been awarded the sportsmanship honor. In addition, the high school is one of 16 in the state receiving the award three years in a row.

The sportsmanship award applies to all sports at AHS, including: football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis and golf.

This summer, all of the schools were honored at a luncheon, sponsored by AHSAA corporate partner al.com and hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. The luncheon was held at the Von Braun Center at the 2010 All-Star Sports Week in Huntsville.

Other schools in Covington County with no fines or ejections for the 2009-10 school year were Straughn and Red Level.