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Donoho among seven athletics programs in Calhoun County to be recognized by state for no fines or ejections during 2020-21 school year

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Donoho enjoyed one of the most historically successful seasons in its history this school year and showed you can win doing things the right way.

The Falcons will be one of seven Calhoun County schools and 131 statewide who will be recognized by the AHSAA for zero fines or ejections during the 2020-21 school year.

It was the first time in Steve Gendron’s four years as athletics director at Donoho the Falcons have been so recognized.

“We are fortunate that we have a lot of good kids on our campus,” Gendron said. “I’m not sure how you really define what ‘good’ is, but they’re respectable, hard-working kids who listen. A lot of times success off the field translates to success on the field.

“You know, at some point you’re not going to be playing sports anymore. Kudos to the kids and kudos to the coaches for driving home that you may be a good athlete but you need to be a good human being as well.”

The other schools in Calhoun County who played it clean this past school year are Faith Christian, Jacksonville Christian, Piedmont, Pleasant Valley, Saks and Wellborn.

Nearby, Cleburne County, Munford and Ranburne also made the list. All 131 schools will be recognized at the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon in Montgomery July 23.

The report of fines and ejections will be released later this summer.

Donoho had four of its teams come home with red state runner-up trophies this year – volleyball, girls soccer, girls tennis and baseball. Gendron had a Coach of the Year type season directing the baseball team into the state championship series for the first time in school history.

“All of the teams that made it to the postseason or a state event … is icing on the cake,” Gendron said. “Obviously you wish they would have four blue (championship) maps instead of the red, but at the end of the day we all competed for a state championship and that’s all you can ask for.”

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