MARYSVILLE, Kan. – The Kansas State High School Activities Association has named the administration and student body at Marysville High School the winners of the 2017 Spirit of Sport Award.
The award recognizes the values in high school sports that go beyond winning and losing. Marysville was selected from eight nominations made by schools across the state.
Marysville was nominated by Sabetha High School Principal Sheri Harmer. The two schools, located 50 miles apart, played each other in the Class 3A Football State Championship Game with Sabetha winning 7-6. On the trip home from the game in Hutchinson, the mother, sister and uncle of two of Sabetha’s players died in a car accident.
One week after the accident, the two schools played each other in basketball. Marysville declared the game a “blue out” night and sold shirts reading “We support Sabetha” and “Faith – Family – Together” to raise money for the memorial. A collection was also taken at the door for the family and the Marysville players and cheerleaders had gifts for the Sabetha players and cheer squad.
Harmer says the most touching moment of the night came when a moment of silence was followed by the Marysville band playing the Sabetha fight song. She adds that “Marysville reached out with many acts of kindness and wrapped their arms around our school in support of the Ukele family and Sabetha community.”
As the state honoree, Marysville will be presented with a plaque by the KSHSAA and will be submitted for consideration for a national award.