By ERIC BALMER
Success of Georgetown sports is quite common, and integrity goes right along with the Tiger’s winning ways. It’s one thing to win, but to be victorious in a way that is respectful of the opponent shows favorable character. This has held true for two players of GC’s tennis team, who have been awarded the Mid-South Conference Champion of Character award. The recognition of Bartlett and Hart was based on the five core values of the Mid-South conference: respect, integrity, servant leadership, responsibility and sportsmanship.
Chris Bartlett and Haley Hart received the conference award for the Men’s and Women’s team, respectively. Last Thursday, a league banquet was held to honor those who had received awards. Several other Georgetown players received conference awards, including Hart, who was awarded first-team all-conference. Other women tennis players who had honorable mentions were Jacqueline Otis and Kelly Swanson. Several girls were named on the All-Academic team, including Hart, Natalie Hill, Emily Krick and Shelby Eden.
On the Men’s side, an All-MSC was earned by Gustavo Echeverria. Bartlett and Ryne Least were also recognized for the All-Academic team.
A senior with a 3.5 GPA, and one of the top Women tennis players, Hart definitely exemplifies the core values. She exercises servant leadership through her dedication to organizations to the Big Brother/Big Sister program. Her coach believes she is well-deserving of this award because of her positive attitude and dedication.
“Haley brings a positive attitude and energetic approach to every minute of life fueled by her strong faith in Christ. She is very deserving of this honor and it was so awesome to see her get it,” Coach Cunningham said (georgetowncollegathletics.com).
Chris, who is currently a sophomore, has a 3.94 GPA and is a leader of the men’s tennis team. He is also involved in charitable organizations that include North American Food Drive, an organization that feeds up to 2,000 families a year through canned good donations. Coach Cunningham speaks very highly of Chris, saying that he has “genuine concern” for others.