Cornersville duo wins sportsmanship awards

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cornersville athletic director Spencer Mitchell, along with mens basketball coach Adrian Wilson were presented with the A. F. Bridges Athletic District 6 sportsmanship awards at the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's (TSSAA) regional meting at Hunters Lane High School on Nov. 6.

The nominations for the Bridges Award were made by the Citizenship/Sportsmanship Committees in each athletic district and finalized by the State Selection Committee.

According to the TSSAA, "the awards are given to member schools that have made an effort to remind their athletic family that there is a particular code of conduct, a particular level of expected behavior, and a way to act that is proper if one wishes to be part of an athletic contest, regardless of how they participate."

The seven categories for the awards in the nine athletic districts were School System Administrator of the Year, Principle of the Year, Athletic Director of the Year, Female Coach of the Year, Male Coach of the Year, Official of the Year, and Contributor of the Year.

The awards are named the A. F. Bridges Award in honor of the TSSAA's first executive secretary.

"This says a lot about us in Cornersville and what we are about," said Mitchell. "It also says a lot about what this community does, what our coaches do, what Bob Edens does, and what our Booster Club does. Having both Adrian and I win it in the same year is special."

Wilson, in his third year of coaching both the middle school and high school mens basketball teams said, "This award is a reflection of the teams that I have had on the floor. My kids represent myself, this school, and their families. They reflect me and I reflect them."

Wilson added, "I am a role model to these kids, whether I want to be or not. I have to have high character and high morals. This means more to me than any accomplishments on the floor. To have a team thought of in this way is special."

Wilson went on to say, "My peers are the ones who voted me in and I respect that. Reading about what Mr. Bridges was all about makes this a huge honor."

Cornersville was the recipient of the A. F. Bridges State Award of Excellence in 2004.

Marshall County High School won the same award in 2002.

Forrest was finalists for the award in 2001 and 2002.