The Susquehannock girls' and Bermudian Springs boys' basketball programs have been named winners of this year's Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Awards in a vote of the York Chapter of the PIAA Basketball Officials.
At the conclusion of each season, York area basketball officials vote to recognize a boys' and girls' program after observing the season-long conduct of York-Adams players, fans, faculty, students, managers, coaches and cheerleaders from junior high to varsity. Each winning school receives a traveling trophy in recognition of their accomplishments.
Both of this year's winning programs have rich traditions of sportsmanship. This marks the seventh time in the awards' 14-year history that the Susquehannock girls have been honored and the sixth time that Bermudian's boys have been recognized.
Gretchen Wolf Swartz was a York County basketball official from 1981 to 1995. Following her death from leukemia in 1997, her fellow officials created the memorial team awards and a scholarship fund in her honor.
In May, members of the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Fund's board of directors will award two $7,500 scholarships — one to a senior from each winning program — and two new $2,500 scholarships — to the senior runner-up from each program. Applicants can be players, team managers or cheerleaders, but they must be seniors.
This year's scholarship awards reflect a significant increase over last year's two $5,000 scholarships, which went to a pair of Susquehannock players: Leah Deter on the girls' side and Tim Frey on the boys' side.
The first scholarships — both in the amount of $1,000 — were awarded in 2001. More than $50,000 in scholarship dollars have since been awarded.