ACA Sportsmanship Award Winner (Week 2)

Plainville & Phillipsburg on the field last Friday night. (by Conor Nicholl)
Sep 17, 2019

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ACA Sportsmanship Award (Week 2): Plainville Student Council (Coach Grant Stephenson & administrators)

Kpreps is excited to announce a new award for the 2019 season – the weekly Sportsmanship Award.  We have teamed up with 'A Class Athlete' (ACA) to recognize those individuals or groups that demonstrate sportsmanship and high character during the heat of action.  This award is open to students or student-athletes who goes above and beyond to demonstrate an act of kindness or sportsmanship.

We are pleased to announce that this week’s winner is the Student Council and administrators of Plainville High School.

Last Friday, the Plainville student council, head football coach Grant Stephenson and Cardinal administration set up and held a sno cone fundraiser for an 11-year-old Phillipsburg girl who has recently ended up in a coma because of a brain aneurism. Plainville, which defeated Phillipsburg, 21-14, had great support for the fundraiser at the Cardinal football complex.

Stephenson has used the sno cone machine in the past. After talking with Plainville athletic director Chris Drees, the Cardinals elected to again incorporate the machine and give all donations to the family. The student council opened the sno cone machine at 6 p.m. Student Council vice president Elizabeth Brown was pleased with the customers, and said she “did not think it was going to be this big.”

Student Council president Bre Mesecher, who performed with the cheer squad during the contest, helped spread the word on social media. The public address announced the fundraiser several times during the game. Phillipsburg coach J.B. Covington labeled Plainville “a great community” for the support.

“Just the thought of them doing that for her and her family is tremendous,” Covington said. “…It’s been tough at our school, a lot of kids know her.”

Each week during the season, we will choose an individual or group as recipient of this award.  Winners will receive the Sportsmanship Excellence Award Certificate, and the unique ACA helmet sticker as part of our Kpreps Helmet Stickers feature. At the end of the season, we will choose one overall winner, for the annual Kpreps-ACA Sportsmanship Award. 

Please help us by emailing your nomination stories, pictures, or videos to and You can also send to Kpreps via social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc). Please include the name of the person(s) involved and a description of the act or event that you are nominating. Nominations for the award will be accepted through Tuesday of each week, with the winners announced thereafter. We will list the weekly winners here, at, and also on  The overall winner will be announced after the State Championship games.

ABOUT A Class Athlete:

A Class Athlete was started in 2016 to encourage young athletes in all sports, to play hard, play to win, but also to play with class and dignity.  Originally targeting youth sports, ACA quickly expanded to include middle school and high school sports, and beyond (coaches, cheerleaders, fans – everyone!).  In recent years, participation in youth sports has continued to decline, and the #1 reason according to the kids:  'It's not fun anymore.'  ACA is determined to bring the fun and the kids back!

Participating in sports is very beneficial in many areas.  It helps build confidence and self-esteem, teaches respect, teamwork, and leadership skills, and improves communication and cooperation – all qualities needed to be successful in life.  It is said that participation in sports reveals a persons’ character.  But ACA believes, when sportsmanship is emphasized, it is a very important aspect in building a young person's character and integrity.

For more information, please visit


A Class Athlete Sportsmanship Award (2019 Season)

Week 1 – Landon O’Hare, Lincoln High School

Week 2 – Plainville High School & Student Council


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