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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00
The East Aurora High School varsity football team and Head Coach Kurt Becker have been recognized for exemplary sportsmanship by the Illinois High School Association.
The Tomcats recently received the “Sport A Winning Attitude” Award from the IHSA. The Tomcats were nominated by an official who was a referee in the game on Sept. 13 against Bartlett High School.
“I wanted the IHSA to know what a great job Coach Becker is doing in the maturation process of the impressionable young men under his tutelage,” referee Stephen Fako wrote. “Despite the adversity the players were experiencing, they kept their composure and played to the best of their ability. Even after a loss, they came to the officials and thanked us.”
The Tomcats celebrated last Friday as they broke a 44-game losing streak with a 25-22 victory over Elgin.
In his nomination, Fako, a two-time IHSA state final official, praised Becker’s calm approach and the example he sets for his players.
“Coach Becker is building a family atmosphere within our football program,” said East Aurora High School Athletic Director Dennis Renner. “Every Tomcat athletic team focuses on building attitudes that emphasize teamwork, family and pride. Coach Becker and the football team are excellent representatives of those values. Even though this season has been tough on the players, their positive attitudes, respectful demeanors and never-quit mentality are an outstanding example of their commitment to improvement.
The next home game will be a Homecoming matchup against Neuqua Valley on Friday, Oct. 11 in Roy E. Davis Stadium at the high school.
The “Sport A Winning Attitude” award is part of the IHSA’s “Do What’s Right!” sportsmanship program. Officials, coaches and administrators can recognize acts of sportsmanship that often go overlooked.
—News Bulletin news sources
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:27