Tre Frederick said he’d much rather be known as a good person than a good athlete.
“You don’t know how long you can be an athlete, but you can always be a good person,” he said.
The West Johnston High graduate received that recognition for his off-the-field efforts Wednesday, when the Durham Sports Club named him as its Russell E. Blunt Sportsmanship Award winner.
The club honors one athlete from the region for exemplifying the character of Blunt, a national high school hall of fame member.
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Frederick was the Greater Neuse River 4A’s sportsmanship winner the past two years and he was the 2014-15 North Carolina S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Student of the Year
“I don’t know how they pick the sportsmanship award,” he said. “I just try to treat everyone with respect and I make it a point to shake the hand of everyone on the other team, especially the coaches. If there is trash talking on the field, I just smile and don’t say anything.”
Jimmy Williams, the West Johnston football coach and athletics director, said that in his 25-year coaching career Frederick was the best leader.
“His attitude was contagious,” Williams said. “He had an impact on the entire school.”
A 5-foot-10, 170-pound slotback, Frederick signed with Randolph-Macon College.
Blunt’s track teams won 17 state titles, including one when he was 88 years old.
“The bigger thing was that every one of his athletes that I have spoken with considered him to be a second father,” said Charlie Adams, the former executive director of the N.C. High School Athletics Association. “He had a tremendous impact on a lot of boys and girls.”
Heart course: The National Federation of State High School Associations has developed a course for coaches on sudden cardiac arrest.
There is no fee to take the 15-minute course through the NFHS Learning Center at https://nfhslearn.com/courses.
The course educates coaches, students, parents and others about sudden cardiac arrest, how to recognize its warning signs and symptoms, and the appropriate course of action to be taken if a player collapses during physical activity.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States for student-athletes during exercise. Caused by a structural or electrical problem associated with the heart, sudden cardiac arrest happens when the heart unexpectedly stops beating and pumping blood.
The federation also offers a free concussion course.
All-Star switch: The N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star boys’ and girls’ soccer games will be July 21 at McPherson Stadium at the Bryan Park Soccer Complex in Browns Summit.
The game had been at UNC Greensboro in past, but that field is not available because of renovations.
Players of the year: The 2015 News & Observer high school athletes of the year will be announced Sunday, along with the scholar-athletes of the year and the athletes of the year in each individual sport.
The academic accomplishments of the athletes are stunning. Three of the 27 athletes have overall GPA above 5.0 on a 4.0 scale with extra credit for advanced courses. Eleven others have GPAs above 4.0. Eight more are above 3.7.
Totaled, 22 of the 27 athletes, chosen primarily for their athletic accomplishments, carried a GPA above 3.7.