ACA Sportsmanship Award Winner (Week 5)

Jalen Bush (52) & his Caney Valley Bullpup teammates. (by Sheri Thompson)
Oct 8, 2019

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ACA Sportsmanship Award (Week 5): Caney Valley & Jalen Bush

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 we are recognizing Jalen Bush and the Caney Valley Bullpups.

Sheri Thompson submitted the featured photo of the Caney Valley football team along with Jalen on the sidelines prior to the coin toss of the Bullpups’ last home game against Columbus. Jalen was paralyzed as the result of a car accident on the morning of the Bullpups’ 2018 Homecoming nearly one year ago.

Since the accident, the outpouring of support from Caney and the surrounding communities has been incredible in organizing events such as a Crockpot Chowdown and Silent auction benefit. Jalen also threw out the first pitch of a Bullpups baseball game last spring, and was nominated for the Homecoming King last week.

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.

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A Class Athlete Sportsmanship Award (2019 Season)

Week 1 – Landon O’Hare, Lincoln High School

Week 2 – Plainville High School & Student Council

Week 3 – Kayden Christiansen, Lakin High School

Week 4 – Hunter Engle of Madison and Nate Burdette of Maranatha Christian Academy

Week 5 – Jalen Bush & Caney Valley High School


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