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Isabella named a sportsmanship school

By ZACHARY SEIFTER/ Staff Writer

 

Isabella High School has been named a sportsmanship school by the AHSAA for the 2020-2021 year.

They were one of 131 schools in the state and one of three schools in Chilton County to receive the honor, along with Jemison High School and Maplesville High School.

The honor is given to schools that go the whole year without having a player or coach ejected or fined for their actions during a game.

This is not the first time that Isabella has been named a sportsmanship school. They have received the honor several times before, and being named a sportsmanship school is now an expectation for Isabella.

“We stress doing things the right way,” Isabella Principal Ricky Porter said. “A part of doing things the right way is how you conduct yourself and the sportsmanship that you show. There’s a lot of emphasis put on that.”

That emphasis on doing things the right way and representing the school well is something that is preached every day on the practice fields and courts, according to Porter.

Those lessons taught during practice carried over to the games for the Isabella teams in the 2020-2021 year, and the expectation is for those lessons to continue to show on the field in the future as well.