High Point, N.C. – With the completion of the winter championships, Conference Carolinas is pleased to announce the Winter Individual Messick Sportsmanship Award winners for 2018-19. These teams are recognized as having demonstrated the best sportsmanship in their respective sport, as voted upon by member coaches and student-athletes. Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, and Emmanuel College earned honors in at least one winter sport, bringing them closer to the 2018-19 Messick Sportsmanship Award.
The sportsmanship awards are presented annually to the member institution judged to have exhibited the highest degree of sportsmanship and respect among its players, coaches, and fans during their regular playing season. The winning institution is recognized for its overall 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 the Conference Carolinas Messick Sportsmanship Awards are determined. A student-athlete and coach from each school vote separately upon the sportsmanship of all conference competitors. Each institution then submits those votes to the conference office, where averages are calculated to decide the winner for each conference-sponsored sport. The rankings of each school's conference-sponsored sports are then used to determine the institution which has displayed the best sportsmanship across all sports throughout the year, and that institution is named the winner of the Messick Sportsmanship Award.
The individual team sportsmanship awards are now in their ninth 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.
The Winter Individual Messick Sportsmanship Award recipients for 2018-19:
Women's Swimming - Barton College
Men's Indoor Track & Field - Barton College
Women's Indoor Track & Field - Belmont Abbey College
Men's Basketball - Emmanuel College
Women's Basketball - Belmont Abbey College