Two local schools’ athletic programs were ejection-free during the 2011-2012 school year.
West Lincoln and Lincoln Charter were recognized by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for their sportsmanship. The NCHSAA had 390 member schools last year; 127 made the ejection-free list.
“The high school athletic association places a high priority on it and we do as well,” West Lincoln athletic director Wayne Navey said. “It’s important for everybody to display good sportsmanship and we’ve been fortunate that our coaches do a good job with it. I think it says something about our whole community. Mom and Dad are a big part of this too when they stress it to their kids.”
Lincoln Charter athletic director Daniel Schmitz echoed those sentiments.
“It shows how our coaches work to keep our kids focused on playing the game and not getting too involved with the other team,” he said. “It’s an emphasis that we’ve made with our coaches.”
Jones Senior in Trenton and Gray Stone Day in Misenheimer both had their fifth consecutive ejection-free year.
“We want to be like that,” Schmitz said. “We want to be a leader in our county and in our community on the athletic field.”