VINTON–William Byrd High School has earned the prestigious “Stay in the Game” award from the Virginia High School League (VHSL). They were the only Roanoke County school to receive the award and one of only seven teams in the 4A West Region.
William Byrd Athletic Director Jason Taylor says that the award is self-explanatory. “We had zero ejections for the entire 2015-2016 season. This includes coaches and players.”
“This is an award that we should be very proud to receive and strive to get every year,” said Taylor. “It represents the entire William Byrd Athletics Program.”
Taylor thanked each of the coaches at Byrd for “your hard work and dedication to our student athletes. Please thank your athletes and remind them to show great sportsmanship at each and every game.”
Taylor says that showing good sportsmanship is in the best interests of teams, because all have a better chance of winning if they keep players on the court and field.
At William Byrd, if you are ejected from a game, you must sit out the following game as well.
The VHSL says the “Stay in the Game” award is “given to the few high schools each year that manage to have a perfect sportsmanship and professionalism record.”
Statistics are recorded at each sporting event and reported to the VHSL.