The Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award, named for two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, is presented each year to a male and female student who has been outstanding in their efforts to promote sportsmanship in their school and community. The award is given to one male and one female student-athlete.
This year’s winners of the award were Zoe Chappelle and Will Coffield!
Zoe Chappelle – Zoe is a true runner. She has devoted her high school career to improving herself and leading by example. She is a 4-time State Qualifier, 2-Time All Ohio, and 4-time Academic All Ohio. She was named Cross Country Team MVP 3 times. Her hard work, dedication, and academic prowess has earned her a scholarship at the University of Dayton.
Charlotte Gabbard – According to Girls Basketball Coach Tom Benjamin, Charlotte “was deemed to be Team Mom by the players. She helped bring our team together and bonded with our younger players. She was selfless in her efforts and she simply made us better.” Charlotte is also an outstanding student with a 4.2 GPA! She will always be a Panther, but will become and Eagle next year at Morehead State University.
Hope Deckman – Hope contributed as a member of the Girls Lacrosse Team, but she has been very involved in activities during her time at SHS including being a member of Panther Athletic Council, the Blue Crew, among other school activities. Hope has a unique ability to lead with always keeping a positive attitude. She is also an outstanding student, ranking near the top of her class.
Lexie Ramby- Lexie is a 4-time District Qualifier on the Girls Golf team. She has also appeared on the All-GWOC team 4 times, including two as 1st Team All GWOC. Lexie is committed to continue her academic and athletic career at West Liberty University.
Ellie Tischler – Ellie was a Team Captain of the Lady Panther Soccer team, as well as a member of the Panther Athletic Council. Ellie was 1st Team All GWOC this year. Coach Detmer says “Ellie would run through a wall if the coaches asked her to. She made dramatic improvements in her 4 years. She is a special player who got every ounce of her ability.”
Will Coffield – Will was a team captain on the Wrestling team who went 22-2 during is Senior year which was cut short due to a knee injury. Coach Boulton described Will as “a team leader that exemplifies this award.” He went on to say “Will displays the highest levels of sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity at all times.” Will was also a Panther Athletic Council rep and a leader of the Blue Crew.
Alex Bindemann- Alex was a 2-year Captain on the Cross Country Team. Coach Adams described Alex as a true leader who looked out for all of the athletes on his team. Even in times of personal struggle, Alex would help others reach their goals. That is the definition of integrity.
Noah Moser- Noah was a Senior leader on the basketball team who led by example. Noah was also a member of the Panther Athletic Council. After averaging 15.0 points per game (3rd in GWOC), Noah was named 1st Team All GWOC.
Toby Symonds- Toby was a 4-year Varsity player on the bowling team. He earned the Team Panther award for positive attitude in 2019. In 2020, he was Team Co-MVP and GWOC Special Mention. He always displayed exceptional sportsmanship to his team and opponents. He would always set the example for his teammates by greeting opposing GWOC teams and coaches, and wishing their team good luck. Toby plans to bowl at Wright State University next year.
Brandon Thomas- Brandon Thomas was a captain on the football team. As a wide receiver, Brandon caught 22 passes for 196 yards and 1 TD. However, his impact was made more on his leadership and selflessness. Brandon was an outstanding blocker that opened many opportunities for his teammates to break open for big yardage. He would always put his team first. Brandon will be continuing his career at the University of Indianapolis.