Local student to receive sportsmanship award

Maddie Blake, a student at Bedford High School, has been selected to receive the John E. Burke Sportsmanship Award. This award is presented annually by the New Hampshire Basketball Officials Association, a chapter of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, to a high school senior boy and girl who exemplify the principles of sportsmanship, integrity and dependability on and off the basketball court. Candidates for the award are nominated during the season by IAABO officials throughout the state. Nominations are validated by coaches and others knowledgeable about the background of the nominees. Award recipients are selected by a vote of the members of the state executive committee.

Maddie will receive an award for her personal display, and a rotating award including her name as the 2016/17 recipient will be displayed at BHS until next year’s candidate is selected.