Big Dipper History

Sportsmanship Award

Jim Becker Sportsmanship Award
The 42nd edition of the Rich South Big Dipper Tournament will include a committee that will honor teams and athletes with Sportsmanship awards.
In following with the IHSA's "Sport a Winning Attitude" program, the Big Dipper will award both team sportsmanship awards.
The team award, "The Jim Becker Sportsmanship Award," is named after the former Crete-Monee athletic director who had a great impact on coaches and athletes in regard to sportsmanship before dying of brain cancer in July 1994.
Some of the criteria the Sportsmanship committee will use includes:
1. Teams and coaches treat their opponents, game officials, and scorer's table with respect during games.
2. Team representatives display exemplary behavior during games, traveling to games and any time in attendance at the Big Dipper.
3. Team representatives consistently project a strong image of their school and community at all times
4. Team representatives work hard toward their goals, while at all times doing their best to "Sport a Winning Attitude."


Jim Becker Sportsmanship Award Winners
2019    Hope Academy
2018    Rich Central 
2017    Johnson College Prep
2016    Gary Bowman Academy
2015    Chicago King
2014    Marquette Catholic (Ind.)
2013    Perspectives
2012    Chicago King
2011    Rich Central
2010    Joliet Central
2009    Rich East
2008    Tinley Park
2007    Marian Catholic
2006    Seton Academy
2005    Seton Academy
2004    Crete-Monee
2003    Peoria Woodruff
2002    Hinsdale South
2001    Hales Franciscan
2000    Dulles (Texas)
1999    Rich Central
1998    Hales Franciscan
1997    Hillcrest
1996    Rich South
1995    Eisenhower
1994    St. Laurence