June 16, 2020
GCPS Students and Families,
Earlier today I received this letter from Ron Bittinger, Supervisor of Officials. Please join me in congratulating the Northern Garrett High School basketball team, the students, families, fans, assistant coaches, and Head Coach Brian Schilpp. This honor is well deserved and we, in Garrett County Public Schools, are so proud of you!
Barbara Baker, Superintendent
WestMAC Basketball Coaches, Athletic Directors and Administrators,
Sadly, the 2019-2020 basketball season came to an abrupt end due to the COVID-19 precautions. Despite the season coming to an unexpected end, we still had some tremendous games and memorable performances from our student-athletes. Hopefully, our health professionals can give us viable solutions to permit the 2020-2021 to take place without interruption and allow our student-athletes to return to the athletic playing fields and courts.
Although we had to cut the basketball season a little short, we were able to complete all of the qualifications for the new AlleGarr Officials Association (AOA)/WestMAC Team Academic and Team Sportsmanship awards. These awards were made possible by generous donations from First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union and Document Solutions, Inc. First Peoples sponsored the Team Sportsmanship Award for $1,000, while Document Solutions sponsored the Team Academic Award for $500.
The Team Academic Award was based on each team’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) among the players on the varsity team. Coaches, AD’s, and administrators followed an application process that was submitted to AOA. The team with the highest overall GPA was declared the recipient of the $500 Team Academic Award sponsored by Document Solutions, Inc. The recipient of the inaugural 2019-2020 AOA/Document Solutions/WestMAC Team Academic Award was the Mountain Ridge High School Lady Miners, coached by Valery Broadwater. A $500 check has already been sent to Mountain Ridge High School to be deposited into the Lady Miners team account.
The Team Sportsmanship Award was based on data collected by AOA game officials from each contest that involved a member school of the WestMAC conference. Data was collected on player, coaching staff, and spectator sportsmanship. While all WestMAC teams have taken measures to improve sportsmanship, the Northern Garrett Huskies (boys) coached by Brian Schilpp, showed tremendous sportsmanship during the entire season and are the recipients of the inaugural 2019-2020 AOA/First Peoples/WestMAC Team Sportsmanship Award. A $1,000 check is being prepared by First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union to be deposited into the Northern Garrett High School Athletics account for the boys’ basketball team.
Congratulations to the Mountain Ridge High School Lady Miners and the Northern Garrett Huskies!
Thank you to our generous sponsors, First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union and Document Solutions, Inc. We will be contacting the recipients for an official photo and check presentation soon.
Let’s hope we can get back on the court for the upcoming 2020-2021 basketball season.
AlleGarr Officials Association
Ron Bittinger, Supervisor of Officials
Vinnie Posey, Rules Interpreter
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