Mustangs boys basketball exhibits sportsmanship, character and ethics

DANSVILLE — The Dansville Mustangs Boys Basketball Program has received the 44th Annual Thomas Emmanuel Sportsmanship Award (TESA) for the 2018-2019 season.

The award is presented to one school district out of each of the seven leagues officiated by the Rochester District IAABO Board 60 Officials.

The Dansville Mustangs were chosen as the winners out of all the Livingston County school districts. The "TESA" is based upon principles of character and integrity so generously demonstrated by Mr. Thomas Emmanuel. Accordingly, the Award is designed to go to the high school basketball team which best exemplifies "the highest degree of sportsmanship, character and ethics among its coaches, players and spectators." 

Dansville has earned this award three of the last four years in Livingston County (the Mustangs won it in 2015-16, 2016-17, and this year, 2018-19). A tip of the hat to coach Dave Moodie for instilling this "sportsmanship mentality" into his players and the fans. 

"We try to emphasize representing our last name, our school district and our community," Moodie said. "We can not always control the outcome of the game, but we can control our character. Take ownership in having pride!"

Moodie received the TESA Award following the Section V, Class B2 championship game between Wellsville and Wayland-Cohocton at the Blue Cross Arena.

Helping set the sportsmanship example this year were senior captains Carter Davis, Dylan Race and Jacob Failla.