BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the end of the season, Conference Carolinas announced their sportsmanship award winners, and the King University baseball team was awarded with the Conference Carolinas Sportsmanship Award.
The Tornado finished eighth in the Conference Carolinas standings, finishing with a league mark of 9-18 while going 17-29 overall. Bubba Ruiz was selected Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year and second team all-conference while the Tornado had eight players earn academic all-conference honors.
The sportsmanship awards are presented annually to the member institution judged to have exhibited the highest degree of sportsmanship among its players, coaches, and fans during their regular playing season. A Conference Carolinas institution will be awarded for its overall commitment to providing a quality-playing environment for home and visiting fans, players, and staff members.
Conference Carolinas athletics directors implemented the process by which Conference Carolinas sportsmanship awards are determined. A student-athlete and coach work together to judge the sportsmanship of all conference competitors. Each institution then submits those votes to the conference office, where averages are calculated to decide the winner for each conference-sponsored sport. The school with the best average, across all conference sports, will receive the Messick Sportsmanship award at the end of the academic year.
The individual team sportsmanship awards are now in its seventh year, reflecting Conference Carolinas' commitment to exhibiting and recognizing sportsmanship throughout the conference. As an NCAA Division II member, Conference Carolinas prides itself on creating a positive game environment through sportsmanship to ensure a positive experience for student-athletes and fans alike.