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Dunnellon High honored for sportsmanship
By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published June 2, 2000
Dunnellon High School is among eight middle and senior high schools to be recognized as overall winners in the 2000 Florida High School Activities Association's Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Awards program.
The program was implemented in 1991 to honor schools that exhibit exemplary sportsmanship during the regular season and state playoffs. Each year, the award is presented to the school in each classification whose total athletic program best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship by its coaches, athletes and spectators.
Member schools, officials associations and the news media may nominate schools for the award, which is named for FHSAA Commissioner Emeritus Fred E. Rozelle, who served as the FHSAA's chief executive officer from 1980 through 1991. The program is sponsored by the Florida Citrus Growers.
Also selected as overall winners were Palm Beach Gardens, Belleview, LaBelle, All Saints' Academy, Coral Springs Christian, Bayonet Point Middle School and Gulf Middle School.
The FHSAA received 140 nominees in six classifications. Dunnellon was selected as the overall winner in Class 4A over Fort Pierce Westwood, Lake Gibson (Lakeland), Lemon Bay (Englewood), Navarre and Springstead.
Bayonet Point Middle and Gulf Middle of New Port Richey were co-winners of the Middle School/Junior High School Division.
The winners will be honored at the 2000 FHSAA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at the Wyndham Westshore Hotel in Tampa.
Tickets to the banquet are $25 and must be ordered in advance by contacting FHSAA assistant director of athletics Gary Pigott at (352) 372-9551, ext. 260, by June 8. Tickets will not be available at the door.
The Florida High School Activities Association is the governing body for interscholastic athletic competition in Florida. It has a membership of 615 middle, junior and senior high schools.
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