In 1997, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) launched the program entitled “SPORTSMANSHIP: The Only Piece Missing is You”. The purpose of the program is to promote sportsmanship in the schools and to reward those schools that best demonstrate the elements of good sportsmanship. In 2021-22, the WPIAL recognized winners of its annual Sportsmanship Award for the 26th year.

The selection process is based on the fall, winter, and spring seasons of the academic year. Schools are eligible to be nominated through either a self-assessment, by another school, or by an officials’ chapter. The WPIAL Sportsmanship Award Committee then meet to discuss the nominees, with a maximum of five schools eligible to be honored for their good sportsmanship. Winning schools are bestowed with a “SPORTSMANSHIP: The Only Missing Piece is You” 4×6 banner, a PIAA Board of Directors resolution acknowledging their selection, and a distinctive paperweight with the miniature banner embedded inside. Recipients are also recognized at the annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit.

A total of 29 different WPIAL schools have won multiple Sportsmanship Awards, with Hampton, North Hills, and South Fayette each owning a league-best seven. The other schools who have won two or more are: West Allegheny (6), Derry (5), Peters Township (5), South Park (4), Bethel Park (3), Indiana (3), Seneca Valley (3), Southmoreland (3), Summit Academy (3), Uniontown (3), Ambridge (2), Avonworth (2), Chartiers Valley (2), Connellsville (2), East Allegheny (2), Greensburg Salem (2), Laurel (2), Moon (2), Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (2), Penn-Trafford (2), Quaker Valley (2), Riverview (2), Saint Joseph (2), West Greene (2), Woodland Hills (2), and Yough (2).

A full list of champions by year can be found below.

Year School(s)
2021-2022 Beaver, Hampton, Ligonier Valley, Penn-Trafford, Saint Joseph
2020-2021 Derry, Hampton, Laurel, Moon, Upper St. Clair
2019-2020 Hampton, Seneca Valley
2018-2019 Peters Township, Seneca Valley, West Greene, Winchester Thurston
2017-2018 Hampton, West Allegheny, Yough
2016-2017 Avonworth, Beaver Falls, Greensburg Salem
2015-2016 New Brighton, Peters Township, Trinity, Waynesburg Central, West Greene
2014-2015 Peters Township, Seneca Valley, South Fayette, South Park, West Allegheny
2013-2014 Bethel Park, Moon, Saint Joseph, South Fayette, South Park
2012-2013 Avonworth, Quaker Valley, South Fayette, South Park
2011-2012 Central Valley, Hampton, South Fayette, Summit Academy
2010-2011 Chartiers Valley, Montour, South Fayette
2009-2010 Hampton, Indiana, Yough
2008-2009 Bethel Park, Fox Chapel, Hampton, North Hills, West Allegheny
2007-2008 Bethel Park, Chartiers Valley, Freeport, North Hills, Serra Catholic
2006-2007 Burgettstown, Indiana, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Riverview
2005-2006 North Hills, West Allegheny
2004-2005 Keystone Oaks, North Hills
2003-2004 Hempfield Area, North Hills, South Allegheny, West Allegheny, Western Beaver
2002-2003 Ambridge, Carmichaels, Connellsville, North Hills, Shady Side Academy
2001-2002 Ambridge, Derry, Indiana, Mt. Lebanon, North Hills, West Allegheny
2000-2001 Albert Gallatin, Blackhawk, Derry, Kiski Area, Laurel, South Fayette, Southmoreland, Uniontown
1999-2000 Connellsville, Derry, Ford City, Norwin, Peters Township, South Fayette, Summit Academy, Woodland Hills
1998-1999 Butler, Deer Lakes, East Allegheny, Greensburg Salem, Mt. Pleasant, Neshannock,
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Penn-Trafford, Southmoreland, Summit Academy
1997-1998 Apollo-Ridge, Elizabeth Forward, Franklin Regional, Greater Latrobe, Quaker Valley, Riverview,
Southmoreland, South Park, Uniontown, West Mifflin
1996-1997 Baldwin, Bentworth, Derry, East Allegheny, Knoch, Peters Township, Shenango, South Side,
Uniontown, Woodland Hills