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AHSAA fine report

Calhoun County high schools assessed $8,400 in AHSAA fines during the 2017-18 academic year; Ohatchee to be recognized for none

By East Alabama Sports Today

Calhoun County high schools were assessed a cumulative total of $8,400 in athletics-related fines during the 2017-18 academic year, according to a statewide report released Monday by the Alabama High School Athletics Association.

County high schools were fined 40 times during the season, largely for unsportsmanlike conduct ejections of players (23) and coaches (2), but also for coaches missing rules clinics. Most of the fines were assessed in soccer (14), while there were six each in football and basketball and five in baseball.

Weaver incurred the most incidents of fines – seven – while Saks was assessed the most money – $1,300 for six instances.

Oxford ($100), Saks ($50), Weaver (2-$100) and White Plains Middle (2-$175) incurred additional fines for incidents on the middle school/junior high level.

Ohatchee was the only school in Calhoun County to go through the year ejection- or fine-free. The Indians will be among 75 high schools recognized at next week’s AHSAA Summer Conference Sportsmanship Banquet for no fines, ejections or no more than one school audit fine dealing with non-sportsmanship items.

“It is a testament to the programs and the expectations we have for each player and coach that are in these programs,” Ohatchee football coach and athletics director Scott Martin said. “We have had fines before but we have worked extremely hard to educate our players and coaches as to what image we want to portray on and off the playing fields. I am very proud of our Ohatchee Athletics family.”

“We focus on maintaining a professional atmosphere – sportsmanship, mentorship and living by example,” Ohatchee principal Bobby Tittle added. “This shows in the actions of our student-athletes as well. Our coaches work tirelessly to instill this in all our students.”

Interestingly, Jacksonville Christian was cited for football coach Tommy Miller failing to attend the football rules clinic and fined $250, but the Thunder elected not to field a football team in 2017 and Miller declared that intention before the Aug. 30 date of the fine.

Here is the county high school list, with number of incidents and fine totals

Alexandria 2-$350
Anniston 4-$1150
Donoho 4-$550
Faith Christian 1-$300
Jacksonville 3-$900
JCA 1-$250
Ohatchee 0
Oxford 4-$800
Piedmont 3-$300
Pleasant Valley 2-$200
Sacred Heart 1-$100
Saks 6-$1300
Weaver 7-$1250
Wellborn 2-$400
White Plains 2-$550

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