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Coaches, athletes recognized for sportsmanship

Three Putnam youth teams honored at Blazer game

PORTLAND - Three teams of youth basketball players from Alder Creek Middle School have been recognized with Putnam Youth Basketball League's 'Positive Team Award.'

The presentations were made at halftime of the Portland Trail Blazer game on March 4, which was National Sportsmanship Day.

The award is given to coaches and teams who demonstrate an 'honoring the game' culture by respecting the rules, officials, opponents, and their teammates throughout the season.

'Honor the Game' is the motto of the Positive Coaching Alliance, an organization based at Stanford University which provides training in 'positive play' for youth sports coaches, parents, players and leaders.

Putnam Youth Basketball began its partnership with the PCA in 2005 and has awarded the 'positive team award' to five teams since that time.

Honored this year were Bob Johns and his seventh and eighth grade boys team, Dusty Moore and his seventh and eighth grade girls team, and Scott Edwards and his eighth grade boys team.

Athletes honored included players from Moore's team: Brianna Barnes, Carly Minor, Haley Moore, Kaitlynn D'auvergue, Mariah Maier, Shayla Laurendeau, Joleen Mosbrucker and Lilly Whitney-Wise;

players from Johns' team - Alexander Johns, Casey Doyle, Christopher Small, Cory Olson, Ian Schnorenberg, Isaac Leineweber, Justin Dittmer and Zach Baldwin;

and players from Edwards' team - Austin Smith, Cameron VanLeuven, Dustin Bolander, Jacob Garrison, Jeremy Thompson, Muhammed Maurice, Nathan Edwards, Quincy Crossen, Ryan Mansfield and Zach Martin.