2015-16 SPORTMANSHIP AWARD WINNER AND TEAM

Sportsmanship Award No award means more to me than this one. Its why we all play sports. To make friends and memories. While there will always be those who believe in negativity or talking down to others. There will ALWAYS  be parents and kids who will represent all the good things in athletics…THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WE REMEMBER MOST! SPORTSMANS GIGI GILLIAN BLACK   MANASQUAN HIGH SCHOOL

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The word sportsmanship is a word that many are NOT much interested today. Parents screaming negative thoughts from the stands are common place. Players sitting on the bench and not cheering or supporting their teammates have become acceptable. Making faces, talking back to coaches and being disrespectful to opponents and officials are all common place these days. But make no mistake, there are still kids who love being part of something. There are still kids who it doesn’t have to be about them. There are still kids who understand that good sportsmanship is about….not just cheering but being a role model for all to see…not just teammates and friends. This is why this year 2015-16 HOOP GROUP SPORTMANSHIP AWARD is the easiest decision in all the years we have given out the award…

GILLIAN BLACK IS THIS YEARS HOOP GROUP SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNER. BLACK FAMILT

YOU SHOULD READ THIS TWO BLOGS ABOUT GILLIAN BACK FIRST…

http://nothingbutskills.com/gillian-black-is-smiling/       

http://nothingbutskills.com/gillian-miss-under-appreciated-black/

Please don’t talk to me about SPORTSMANSHIP when things are going your kid’s way…just don’t do it. It is easy for your child to be a good teammate and that sweet kid when things are going well. It’s easy  for your child to smile at opponents and coaches when all is going your way. But real SPORTMANSHIP is when a kid is part of something and there is no selfish reason to do so. This is why Gillian Black is different than any kid I have seen in all my years of covering the shore. I watch the Manasquan pre game introductions and there is Gillian Black jumping up and down, then twirling while slapping hands with her teammates. If she was not part of this pre game ritual I believe the Manasquan team would be very worried. Because Gillian Black is what makes Manasquan a team. It’s her unselfishness and love for her teammates that allows her teammates feed off.  Why somebody who tore her ACL and lost her entire senior year could be this so lost in her teammates is beyond me. But Gillian Black is no ordinary young lady. She seemed to be everywhere this season, watching her on the bench with a clip board was a sight, but watching her cheer for her teammates was priceless… because kids no longer do such things if they are not part of the action on the court. This not the coach telling her players to cheer…she wants to cheer…see the difference.

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Before games Gillian Black sits with her teammates and jokes and smiles. It pure joy watching her entertain and keep her teammates loose before games. It’s even more amazing a young lady who knows she will not play will show up BEFORE THE GAME and display such love and respect for her teammates. But what Gillian Black may not know is that everyone respects her just as much back. I am not talking about just her teammates. No player in the shore gets the attention of other players like Gillian Black.  She hugs and smiles at opponents, she has respect for them. If somebody has a video of the Manasquan vs St. Rose game please post it. Because after Manasquan won checkout Gillian Black and how almost every St. Rose gave her a BIG SMILE ATFER… See we still have kids who get it…. it’s not war but competition. She doesn’t have rivals, she has respect…SHE UNDERSTANDS WHY WE ALL PLAY untitled BLACK SHOT

I don’t want to rehash Gillian Black’s career, I know the road she had taken. I saw the AAU situation and I saw the deal her first two years of high school. Let me say this, I don’t many kids that could’ve survived those times and still be such a positive and respectful kid. There is no anger of resentfulness that surrounds this kid….it’s why she is special. There are kids still who are drama free who EVERYONE LOVES, COACHES, FANS AND OPPONENTS 11295614_1627183457500790_650048790993961815_n[1]

I think it’s great the last time we saw Gillian Black on the court was winning a TOC title. It would have been great to see her on the court this year. Not because of basketball, but because she was so easy to root for. She was that great teammate, that opponents all loved being around her. We love her because she is rare. A kid who really understands that it’s about everyone. I think Gillian Black’s family are proud of her and basketball is the least reason why. There proud of her because she is the kid we all wish our kids could be….THAT’S WHY THE 2O15-16 HOOP GROUP SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD GOES TO A PLAYER WHO NEVER PLAYED A GAME….AND THAT’S A FIRST FOLKS!                                                                                                                                                                                   

THE 2015-16 ALL SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM

All Sportsmanship Team

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THE 2015-16 ALL SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM

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TINA LEBRON-ST. JOHN VIANNEY-SR

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MOLLY WEISS-MARLBORO H.S-JR

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KAITLYN BORGSHI- DONAVAN CATHOLIC

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HAYLEY MOORE-RBC-JR

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ELELLYN STOLL- ST. ROSE- JR

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