WPIAL Announces 25th Annual Sportsmanship Award Winners

Friday, October 8, 2021

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) is proud to announce the recipients of its annual Sportsmanship Award, with five schools collecting the honors in its 25th year of existence. Derry, Hampton, Laurel, Moon, and Upper St. Clair all were named winners for the 2020-21 academic year.

Four of the five schools have previously received the WPIAL Sportsmanship Award, with Upper St. Clair becoming the 67th different school to earn the honor. This is Hampton’s sixth accolade, Derry’s fifth, and the second for Laurel and Moon.

LINK: WPIAL School Sportsmanship Award History

Hampton has captured all six of its WPIAL Sportsmanship Awards in a 13-year span, collecting them in 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2017-18, and 2019-20. Derry’s previous four awards were netted in 1996-97, 1999-00, 2000-01, and 2001-02. Laurel was also one of the 2000-01 recipients, while Moon earned its first in 2013-14.

In 1997, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and 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.

The selection process was based on the fall, winter, and spring seasons of the 2020-21 school year. Schools were eligible to be nominated through either a self-assessment, by another school, or by an officials’ chapter. The WPIAL Sportsmanship Award Committee then met 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. The quintet will be recognized during the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit, which will be held at the Heinz History Center and Sports Museum on Nov. 17.

Hampton’s sixth award pulls it into a tie with West Allegheny for third all-time. North Hills and South Fayette both own the most WPIAL Sportsmanship Awards with seven apiece.

The five recipients are the most since the 2015-16 academic year when New Brighton, Peters Township, Trinity, Waynesburg Central, and West Greene all garnered the accolades. Hampton and Seneca Valley were the 2019-20 winners of the award.

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