HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey has claimed three Messick Awards for the fall sports season, the Conference Carolinas office announced today. The men's and women's soccer programs and the men's cross country team were honored for having demonstrated the best sportsmanship in their respective sport, as voted upon by member coaches and student-athletes. Southern Wesleyan took the other two awards, earning them in women's volleyball and women's cross country.
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 eighth 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 Fall Individual Messick Sportsmanship Award recipients for 2017:
Women's Cross Country - Southern Wesleyan University
Men's Cross Country - Belmont Abbey College
Women's Volleyball - Southern Wesleyan University
Men's Soccer - Belmont Abbey College
Women's Soccer - Belmont Abbey College