The Westchester County chapter of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) will honor the Mount Vernon boys basketball team and head coach and athletic director Bob Cimmino with the 11th annual Dennis T. Hurlie Sportsmanship Award.
The two-time defending Class AA state and seven-time defending Section 1 champs will be feted with a halftime ceremony during next Friday’s Class AA semifinal between Mahopac and New Rochelle at the County Center. Mount Vernon, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, will play No. 2 North Rockland at 6:45 that same night.
Here’s part of the IAABO’s release that explains the purpose of the award:
This award goes to a high school boys varsity basketball team and head coach in Westchester County that has demonstrated hard work, fair play, cohesiveness, team spirit and sportsmanship. It is with great pleasure that Mount Vernon High School and head coach Bob Cimmino be selected for this prestigious award.
In 2002, the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Westchester County Board 52 decided to create a sportsmanship award in honor of Dennis Hurlie, who is a former president of the board, a dedicated member for over 37 years and a very familiar sight here at Westchester County Center while officiating Section 1 tournament games for boys basketball. He exemplified the ideals of the association by promoting the respect for the game, maintaining the highest standards of basketball officiating and, most importantly, encouraging the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.