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McKenzie High School recognized for sportsmanship

A tradition of sportsmanship continues at McKenzie High School as the Tigers were just recognized for another year with no ejections and no fines.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association recognized McKenzie for its accomplishments at the Sportsmanship Luncheon held on Friday, July 20.

Tony Norris is the head coach of the varsity football team, boys and girls basketball teams and serves as the school’s athletic director. He said that he is proud of the school’s athletes.

“This is the 10th year that the AHSAA has given the sportsmanship award and we’ve gotten it five times,” he said. “They give you a banner to hang the first time. After that, you put the year you win the award on the same banner.”

Norris is in his 10th year at McKenzie. He coached the Tigers’ baseball team last year, but has decided to coach boys and girls basketball instead. Gabe Gunter was hired as the school’s new baseball coach.

“It’s a challenge to make it a full year without having any ejections or fines,” Norris concluded. “The kids do a good job of conducting themselves in the correct manner during competition. It’s a reflection of the school and this community. It’s safe to say I’m proud of all our athletes.”