Virginia Beach high schools tops for sportsmanship

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Seven Virginia Beach high schools are among 39 that have been recognized statewide as this year’s Claudia Dodson Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity award winners, the Virginia High School League announced Wednesday.

Two of the Beach schools — Ocean Lakes and Princess Anne — won the award for a state record 18th time.

The VHSL’s annual award recognizes member schools that have made sportsmanship a priority and an expectation within the school and community.

There is no limit to how many schools can be recognized — inclusion is based on whether a school meets a criteria that deducts points for student-athlete ejections, coach ejections and/or inappropriate behavior at state championship events. The selection process includes a self-assessment and peer review.

This year First Colonial, Kellam, Ocean Lakes, Landstown, Green Run, Tallwood and Kempsville were recognized.

After Ocean Lakes’ and Princess Anne’s 18 awards, the next highest total belongs to another Virginia Beach school, Cox, and West Point High, both of which have received the distinction 14 times, according to Mike McCall, communications director for Virginia High School League.

First Colonial and Tallwood were selected this year for the 13th time. Landstown collected its 10th honor, with Kempsville at number 9 and Green Run awarded its fourth.

“I consider this to be the Virginia High School League’s most prestigious award,” VHSL Assistant Director Tom Dolan said in a release. “It’s the only award that the entire school is graded on.”

Click here to view the complete list of the statewide Claudia Dodson award winners.

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