Following a season in which it showed significant improvement, the Greenwich High School boys basketball team was recognized for the sportsmanship it displayed on the court.
Greenwich was presented with the Harold A. Swaffield Sportsmanship Award at an awards banquet on Tuesday at Testo’s Restaurant in Bridgeport.
The Cardinals were chosen to receive the award by a board of approved officials, who evaluated every game the officiated. Greenwich, which was the only FCIAC team selected to receive the honor, graded out as being the best in Fairfield County, in terms of sportsmanship.
The Swaffield Award goes to the team that displays a consistent level of sportsmanship throughout the season.
Cardinals coach Chris Lovermi and seniors Oliver Milledge, Gavin Muir and Billy Nail, all of whom served as captains during the 2018-2019 season, were presented with a trophy.
“We are grateful to receive such a special award,” Lovermi said. “It’s an honor and a privilege.”
Lovermi saw stellar sportsmanship from his squad throughout a season that saw Greenwich register a record of 12-8 and qualify for the CIAC Class LL Tournament.
“It’s a great thing for the players, coaches and athletic department,” Lovermi said. “Sportsmanship is something we really talk about a lot. A lot of credit goes to the senior leadership we received. Even at times when it was a bit of a challenge, we hung in and did that. We had a good year, tripling our win total from last season. To get this award is very nice.”