Abundant Life Christian at Hustisford
Feb. 13, 2014
From the pleasant ticket vendors at the front door to Athletic Director Glen Falkenthal, who provides top-notch game management, this high school event was excellent. The parents and fans were respectful throughout the contest, and they kept the focus on the players where it belonged. Both teams still displayed sportsmanship throughout the game by helping players up and offering inspiring words to them. Both Coach Bob Camosy and Coach Jake Falkenthal stayed focused on their players and coached their teams in a respectful manner. When they asked questions they did so politely and they accepted the responses given in the same fashion. The official scorekeeper, Pam Smith, and timer, Cliff Falkenthal did a masterful job of alerting my partner Bruce Kaufmann and me of game management issues as they presented themselves. It is nice to witness true sportsmanship in high school athletics! Kudos to all the people that were involved in this event! This is what high school sports is all about!
Reporting Official: Shawn Madeiros
Barron at Northwestern
Feb. 11, 2014
It was an excellent officiating experience. Both teams were exceptionally coached (Molly Fletcher-Northwestern, Jim Bartlett-Barron) in the fundamentals and techniques of basketball to provide the fans and officials a fine display of a well-played basketball game and a positive classroom experience. If one of the girls had fallen during the game both teams would help them up and play on and the fans were continually cheering in a positive manner. It was exciting to see the coaches coaching from the sidelines and letting the officials do the job we are intended to do. It was not necessarily a close game, but you could not tell it because of the intensity and desire to play the game of basketball as it is intended and have fun doing it. After the game, both teams were gracious enough to thank us for officiating their ball game and we were happy to thank them for providing us one of the most memorable experiences we have had in the basketball classroom.
Reporting Official: Patrick Colgrove
Chippewa Falls at Rice Lake
Jan. 24, 2014
There was a girl on the Rice Lake team who recently had brain surgery and is unable to play the rest of the season. Players from the Chippewa team made a presentation of cards and small gifts to her prior to the beginning of the game to recognize her as a fellow athlete. This is one of the best displays of sportsmanship I have ever seen!
Reporting Official: Tyler Moy
Jan. 24, 2014
I was an official for this event. Prairie du Chien was on floor exercise with only one gymnast. LaCrosse Central/Logan gymnasts stood on the side of the floor mat to give support to the Prairie du Chien gymnast. Wow! Well done LaCrosse Central/Logan gymnasts.
Reporting Official: Patricia Abraham
DeForest at Monroe
Jan. 9, 2014
We had a very positive experience officiating the game. Dave Hirsbrunner (Monroe AD) greeted us at the door and took great care of us. Both head coaches, Sam Mathiason (Monroe) and Doug Pickarts (DeForest), were extremely professional, polite and modeled terrific sportsmanship throughout the entire contest. Even more impressive was how polite and respectful all the players were from both squads. Players were continually helping us track down loose balls, helping each other up after hustle plays, and routinely thanking us when we administered the ball on throw-ins. It was a privilege to be a part of such a positive athletic experience between two very classy programs.
Reporting Official: Doug Stampfli
Southwestern at Iowa-Grant
Dec. 12, 2013
Iowa-Grant basketball coach Craig Jenkins introduced himself to Bill and I prior to the game. He told us that he was emphasizing sportsmanship with his team. He mentioned that he wanted his players to exhibit solid sportsmanship throughout the contest. Coach Jenkins (and the team) were true to his word. Every time we handed the ball to a girl on an in-bound play, the player thanked us. Throughout the game, Coach Jenkins communicated to us that we were doing a great job. He even apologized once for simply saying "traveling" on a play where I did actually call the violation. He said he just got a bit enthused. In all honesty, I have never seen a coach display consistent, positive sportsmanship throughout a contest as Coach Jenkins did. I was very impressed and it was a pleasure to work this game.
Reporting Official: Alan Stoltz
Menomonie at Tomah
Jan. 3, 2014
My partner and I were cordially greeted by the event manager Karen Bettenhauser immediately upon our arrival. My partner and I discussed the positive role models that Menomonie Coach Sean Hoolihan and the Tomah Coach Mark Von Haden are for their student-athletes. Throughout the game, all that we heard were words of encouragement to their respective players. It seemed as though both teams were having fun while at the same time staying focused with the competion of the game. Congratulations to both schools for their positive sportsmanship that will give the students a good life experience.
Reporting Official: Wayne Hannes
Oshkosh West at Seymour Duals
Dec. 7, 2013
In the championship match between Oshkosh West and Bonduel, West led by five points with one match remaining. The Bonduel wrestler had the West wrestler on his back as the second period came to a close. The official raised his hand to signal a fall just as the buzzer sounded and the towel-tapper hit him. He awarded a three-point near fall, and the match would continue. Another official, observing the match at the scoring table, conferred with the ref and the time-keeper, and they determined that the fall had occurred. The Bonduel bench and fans erupted with joy. The West coaches and wrestlers quietly accepted the decision, which cost them the championship, with dignity, like gentlemen. There was no anger or indignation whatsoever.
Reporting Official: Michael Breitzman
Wauwatosa West at Kimberly
Oct. 25, 2013
Players from both teams were helping one another off the turf following each play. They even offered words of praise and encouragement to their opponents after a good play. It was a "please" and "thank you" night from the players and coaches of both teams. The coaches were respectful and the Kimberly athletic director Ryan McGinnis had eveything in place and running well. As we were walking off the field, a Kimberly player (No. 15) came running after us. He said, "Thank you," to each and every official and shook our hands. That was completely unexpected ... and things only got better. As we left our locker room after dressing, we bumped into some players and coaches from Wauwatosa West. They thanked us, and shook our hands. And this was from the losing team! Our officiating crew knows for a fact that Kimberly and Wauwatosa West received straight A's for the Level 1 playoff game.
Reporting Official: Dave Grey
udson at Chippewa Falls
Oct. 17, 2013
From the minute we arrived in Chippewa Falls, their game management and ball boys were ready to go. Hudson and Chippewa Falls respected each other, the officials and their own teammates. There was no complaining from either team they just played a hard game of soccer that ended in a 1-0 final. After the game both coaches came up, as well as the students to let us know how much they appreciated us officiating. Fun night, great soccer and this makes me want to continue to officiate soccer for years to come! Hats off to both programs!
Reporting Official: Rob Weise
Hillsboro at Brookwood
Oct. 11, 2013
In spite of the highly tense atmosphere present in this game, players, coaches and spectators from both schools displayed outstanding sportsmanship throughout the contest. Both sidelines were very vocal in support of their teams. They expressed themselves in a positive manner with no negative comments directed towards the officials or the opposing team.
The staff at Brookwood was also very accomodating and friendly during our time there. The communities of both schools should be proud of their football teams.
Reporting Official: Paul Dolan
Adams-Friendship at Westfield
Oct. 10, 2013
We would like to commend the players, coaches, event manager, spectators and communities on their csportsmanship. During play, Adams-Friendship Coach Gretchen Pease was escorting a ill player of hers out of the gym when the player collapse on the floor outside of the playing area. This is when Westfield Coach Tamitha Janke's team was serving and she decided to get our attention for a time out due to her concern for the player. Event Manager Sam Rugg was immediately on the scene with medical assistance. Within a short amount of time the event manager, coaches and officials agreed to have the players go to their respective locker rooms due to the severe nature of the ill player. It was truly a team effort with everyone involved with this situation in demonstrating life skills for the student athletes that will learn from this extension of the class room experience. My partner and I were reflecting back on our experience after the match and both of us agreed that high school sports are really something to be proud to be a part of.
Reporting Official: Wayne Hannes
Milton at Monona Grove
Oct. 13, 2013
The sportsmanship by players and coaches alike was outstanding. It was a very competitive game that went down to the last seconds. At the coin toss, the captains were told by us that it was not against the rules to help your opponent off the ground after any play. They took our words to heart. Even with the game being closely contested, the players and coaches did not forget the importance of good sportsmanship. It's apparent that the coaches are leading by example and are teaching values that will do well for the players in their lives. I would also like to add that from the time we arrived onsite, we had a great experience with game management who was very thorough and had every I dotted and T crossed. This was the type of game that makes us to look forward to Friday nights.
Reporting Official: Randy Koehn
Benton/Scales Mount at North Crawford
Oct. 11, 2013
Both teams were very respectful not only to us but to each other. Helping each other up off the field, giving each other high fives and saying nice tackle or nice run. We couldn't help but smile when we would hear the kids talking to each other. After the final whistle the kids from both sides made a point to come and shake our hand and say nice job I would like to thank coach Brandon Munson from North Crawford and coach Matt Wiederholt from Benton/Scales Mound for a couple of well-disciplined teams! Thanks especially goes to the kids who were out there to do their job and have some fun.
Reporting Official: Steve McCauley
New Berlin Invitational
Sept. 28, 2013
New Berlin Coach Szatkowski demonstrated extraordinary efforts to maintain the integrity of his staff, players, and fans. The most evident example was during the championship match. One of the New Berlin fans bellowed a comment about questionable ball handling from the stands behind the teams' benches. Coach turned around at the end of the rally and clearly reminded the fans that the officials on the court will determine what is or is not legal. I feel Coach's awareness and conscious reactions to promote good sportsmanship should be noted.
Reporting Official: Ron Kolash
Little Chute at Winneconne
Sept. 27, 2013
The game was intense, to say the least. Emotions were high on the field, but the players handled it well. As we were leaving the officials' locker room we were passed in the halls by a lone Winneconne player, now in street clothes after his shower. He stopped when he saw us and walked over to me and said, "Thank you for reffing our game. You did a good job!" He then shook all our hands. Wow! What a nice young man.
Reporting Official: Dave Grey
Port Edwards at Tri-County
Sept. 26, 2013
What the pleasure of working the CWC 10 volleyball match between Tri County and Port Edwards. It was exactly how Hs sports should be. Players played hard coaches coached and the fans supported their teams in a positive manner. Following the match many players shook our hands an thanked us for working. Both coaches thanked us and I even had a few parents compliment us as we were leaving the gym. Hats off to Coach Jessica Rettler of Tri Country and Coach Lisa Miller of Prot Edwards and their teams and fans.
Reporting Official: Andy Kolff
Goodman/Pembine at Three Lakes
Sept. 26, 2013
As officials for this volleyball match, we would like to commend each team on their excellent play and determination on every rally. They showed great sportsmanship even when the set was close. The student fans from each school cheered for their teams and had the gym rocking. It was just a great fan atmosphere and volleyball play made it a great match for everyone. Parents came out smiling either way. It was alot of fun!
Reporting Official: Diane Ashbeck
Marinette at Luxemburg-Casco
Sept. 20, 2013
We were very impressed with how the coaches and players handled themselves. The players played a very hard and intense game. Throughout the entire game we never experienced anything but great sportsmanship from the players towards each other. The side judges also talked about the wonderful experience they had from the coaches. All of the officials were treated with great respect. If there was any questions we were always approached in a very positive manner and were able to discuss these questions respectfully, quickly and moved on with the game. You can see how the players reflect the good sportsmanship by the way that the coaches handle themselves. One can see that the players are being taught much more than just football. The parents and the schools should be very proud of their coaches and players. I would also like to say thank you the AD from Luxemberg-Casco. As officials we were treated extremely well from the time we arrived until we left the school. What a fantastic job she did making sure that anything we needed was taken care of.
Reporting Official: Guy Vander Wyst
Madison La Follette at Sun Prairie
Sept. 20, 2013
Last Friday night’s football game was a fantastic environment to be in. I cannot tell you how pleased we were with the Madison La Follette and Sun Prairie coaching staffs, players and fans throughout the entire game. Everyone was polite; the players just went out and did their business. We had very little communication going back and forth between the players on the field. The coaching staff for both teams where positive and very respectful to the officials. After the game, players from both teams came by and shook the official’s hands and thanked us.Madison La Follette Coach Mike Harris told me that we did a good joband hoped that we enjoyed the game as well. He and Coach Brian Kaminski of Sun Prairie should be very proud of their programs. This was a lot of fun to be part of.
Reporting Official: Dick McMillen
Bowler at Gresham
Sept. 17, 2013
Between the first and second set, I was waiting on the ladder for the second set to start. A gentleman from Gresham came up to the stand and addressed me and thanked me for taking the time to be away from my family and traveling to Gresham so they were allowed to play the game. He then reached up his hand and shook mine. The crowd was also very respectful and just enjoyed the young ladies playing the sport regardless of a call or the out come.
Reporting Official: Terry Stake
Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learning
Sept.. 13, 2013
The level of sportsmanship on both sides of the ball was excellent through out the game. Ozaukee coach Jim Lippe and Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learning coach Jeff Geil should be complimented on the behavior of their players. We were particularly impressed by the Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learning players continuing to compliment the opposing players throughout the game. They said things like, "good pass" on one that resulted in a touchdown that started the running clock in the third quarter. It was a pleasure for us to work a game that displayed sportsmanship at its best.
Reporting Official: Chuck Heidner
Regis at Colby
Sept. 13, 2013
Our football crew wants to take the time to congratulate both teams on the great sportsmanship that was shown during the entire contest. The game was highly contested, but the coaches and student athletes showed they were there to play football at a high level and let the outcome talk for itself. Our crew was taken care of from the moment we arrived in Colby to the time we left. Our game manager was very professional and willing to help out with anything. I just wanted again to say thanks to both schools for running quality programs at the high school level. Running programs that show high quality of sportsmanship and character is a education in itself.
Reporting Official: Tollef Weinke
Richland Center at Prairie du Chien
Sept. 5, 2013
Not only was Prairie du Chien humble in their efforts of making each player, spectator and referee feel welcome, but they portrayed exceptional teamwork, hustle and sportsmanship. It was clear to every spectator that this team came to win! As an experienced referee, I also recognize Richland Center for their wonderful sportsmanship as well. Both teams had great communication, understanding and respect toward each other and referees. Have fun, great season!
Reporting Official: Danielle Kolman
Peshtigo Triangular (JV)
Sept. 3, 2013
Amanda Majewski (#5) of Peshtigo displayed outstanding sportsmanship. She encouraged her teammates continuously throughout the first match between Peshtigo and Menominee (MI). She also informed Menominee (MI) players when they performed exceptionally well. This continued during the match between Peshtigo and Marinette. One of the highlights to this superb demonstration of sportsmanship was when she was near the end line on an attack from Marinette. Three players converged on the ball and completely blocked my partner and myself from being able to establish if the ball was in or out. I called my partner over, and he said he was blocked and could not determine the location of the ball when it hit the floor. I was ready to make the call of a replay, when Amanda Majewski came to the stand and stated that the ball was in. I called the ball in, and her teammates agreed that she made the right call.
Reporting Official: James Kostura
Tomah at La Crosse Central
Sept. 6, 2013
The sportsmanship shown by La Crosse Central and Tomah was outstanding. On a hot night and a lopsided game, it would have been easy for talking and tempers to flare but it never occurred. There were very few penalties outside of some false starts and offsides. In every case this is a compliment to the head coaches and the assistants. Everyone was respectful to their opponents and to the officials. The game management staff was superb. The behavior and manners of the two squads made our jobs very easy. Thank you Coach Servais and Coach Plueger.
Reporting Official: Thomas Steward
New Holstein at Plymouth
Aug. 29, 2013
I had the pleasure of being the center official at this boys' soccer match. There wasn't a questioning remark from any player or coach in what was a hard fought, but well played match on an extremely hot afternoon. Players helped each other up and/or put the ball into touch for an injury. Even the fans from both towns were extremely positive. My congratulations to both programs for playing the game in the right spirit inspite of the extremely uncomfortable conditions.
Columbus at Waterloo
Sept. 6, 2013
As soon as we arrived, Waterloo Athletic Director Brad Donner greeted us and directed us to our locker room facility. Mr. Donner was sure we were taken care of in a very professional manner. His staff was wonderful. I can not remember the last time I officiated a game that was played as sportsmanlike and courteously as this game. Not one time did we have any issues with players, coaching staffs or fans. This was a true pleasure to officiate this game. Both coaches, Paul Scheel from Waterloo and Scott from Columbus deserve to be commended for their teams on and off the field! Bravo to both schools for a pleasant officiating experience!
Reporting Official: Chris Nicholson
Benton/Scales Mound at Highland
Sept. 6, 2013
From the opening kickoff, Highland and Benton-Scales Mound players and coaches were nothing but football and sportsmanship. Both sides would help each other up off the field, get the ball back to one of the officials to keep the game rolling and when they had a question we were addressed with a sir followed by please and thank you. Very respectful players and coaches. The coaches, Matt Wiederholt for Benton-Scales Mound, and Shaun Reuter for Highland were great to work with. What a pleasure to work a game like this.
Reporting Official: Steve McCauley
Cambria-Friesland at Dodgeland
Aug. 30, 2013
The hospitality, friendship and the great display of good sportsmanship was outstanding. On arrival we were greeted with a wonderful smile and a "glad you guy's are here," and were then given all of the directions that we needed for the evening. The officials room had towels, washcloths, and snack bars all in baskets and water which was in an ice cooler. A wonderful touch. Meeting with the coaches for the pre-game conference was a professional, pleasant and friendly experience. You could just feel that the game was going to be well-played. The coaches and players showed great sportsmanship throughout the game. The coaches would give encouragement and respectful directions to the players during the game.The athletes played with good football intensity and good football respect towards each other. They would help their opponents up after plays, and one could hear encouragement throughout the game. As officials we felt that this was a very enjoyable game to work because of the positive and respectful manners shown towards us throughout the night. Both schools, parents, and communities should be proud of the display of good sportsmanship from the players and coaches this evening. They should also be proud of the positive lessons that the coaches are teaching their athletes as these lessons do reflect through the players actions. It was a great night for football.
Reporting Official: Guy Vander Wyst
St. Paul Academy, MN at New Richmond JV
Aug. 30, 2013
Both teams showed a great deal of sportsmanship toward each other. A New Richmond player made contact with a St. Paul Academy player. Both were going for the ball. Both fell down, but the New Richmond player help pick up the SPA player. Both players continue to play on. This was a show of sportsmanship. After the game both teams shook our hands and I praised the New Richmond player.
Reporting Official: Carl Bjornstal
Oshkosh North vs. Shawano
Aug. 31, 2013
The Shawano player accidently stepped on the Oshkosh North player's hand while he retained possession of the ball. Dan Boivin of Shawano had a clear path toward an open area where he could have taken a shot on goal, but he played the ball across a touchline and immediately called for the Oshkosh coach to tend to his player. At the time Shawano was down by three goals, but Dan eschewed the scoring opportunity, demonstrating his sense of fair play and provided a positive example of good sportsmanship. Dan should be commended for his actions.
Reporting Official: Roman Kehl
Union Grove vs. Racine Lutheran
Aug. 27, 2013
On a hot day, one of the Racine Lutheran players went down with cramps in his calves. Seeing this occur, two of the Union Grove players immediately took his legs and started helping him stretch his calves to help relieve the cramping. They were behind in the game, but they did not think twice to help their opponent.
Racine Horlick at Mukwonago
Aug. 23, 2013
The players, coaches and fans for Mukwonago and Racine Horlick would all receive "100s" for Friday non-conference football game at Mukwonago against Racine Horlick. Players on both side were gentlemen the entire evening, helping one another up after the play had ended and saying nice things to each other following a good tackle or long run. The coaches on both sidelines were in control and the fans cheered -- all positive cheers and nothing negative.
Eau Claire Memorial at Hudson
May 21, 2013
My father and I saw some great sportsmanship and class today at our Regional Softball game. We were informed by the Hudson Coach that one of his player's parents had passed away. He asked if we could do a moment of silence for her and the for the people in Oklahoma. We could not agreed more. After that time frame, one of the players from Eau Claire Memorial presented a signed ball to the coach to give to the player that needed some extra support. The ball was signed by all players and coaches from Eau Claire Memorial. My hat goes off to both team's players and coaches for a wonderful experience. The game was also a lot of fun. But, the respect I have for coaches and players in that game to bring real life experiences into high school sports like that was great to be apart of.
Reporting Official: Chuck Morning IV
Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran at Gibraltar
May 17, 2013
Both teams and coaching staffs displayed great sportsmanship. Many times during the game the players exhibited good sportsmanship as well. For example, when runners from Gibraltar were about the score the N.E.W .Lutheran catcher would tell them there would be no play on them. Prior to an at-bat, I had an N.E.W. Lutheran player thank me for umpiring, and he also told the Gibraltar catcher "good game." Gibraltar also conducted a nice senior ceremony prior to the game. It was an all-around enjoyable game to be a part of.
Reporting Official: Mark Jandrin
De Pere vs. Green Bay East
May 14, 2013
Throughout the game, both coaching staffs (led by Tom Zimdars from GB East and Steve Austin from DePere) demonstrated excellent sportsmanship. They were polite, respectful of the officials and to their opponent, and they positively reinforce good plays and good effort from their players. It was a pleaure officiating a game which was competitive, exciting, well-coached and well-played, and where good sportsmanship was exhibited by both teams.
Reporting Official: Gary Grant
Heritage Christian at Milwaukee Bradley Tech
May 3, 2013
I wanted to share the outstanding impression that the girls’ varsity soccer teams from Milwaukee Bradley Tech and Heritage Christian School had on me. They gave terrific effort and had positive attitudes throughout, despite playing conditions being cold and rainy. Both teams epitomized sportsmanship, fairness, and concern for their fellow competitors, as well as their teammates. After nearly every foul in the match, the person who committed the foul made sure to check on their opponent and ask if they were OK or apologize. Sometimes there was no foul and just a collision and they’d still check on each other. It was a pleasure to serve the game for these young ladies based on nothing more than their demonstrated positive effort, attitude, and concern for their opponents and teammates alike.
Reporting Official: Javier Ibarra
Fox Valley Lutheran at Winneconne
May 9, 2013
I would like to commend the efforts of the Winneconne coach Dan Snyder and the Fox Valley Lutheran coach Joel Kramer and their coaching staffs for their efforts of raking the field and drying the baseballs during a rainy evening. Everybody worked hard to get this game completed. Also, I would like to mention the great sportsmanship of both teams involved under difficult playing conditions in a back and forth game. Nobody complained about the poor and tough conditions that evening. The pitchers and catchers were excellent to work with for the mound conditions and the damp baseballs. It's nice to see when everybody works together a job can be completed nicely. Thanks again for all the hard work put forward by both teams involved.
Reporting Official: Corey Scheffler
Jefferson at Palmyra-Eagle
May 9, 2013
The game was played through some rain. It cleared up some, but never really stopping totally. The field held up well, and their was a lot of help by everyone involved to keep the balls, bats, and bases as dry as possible; so we all persevered and got through the game. It was a competitive contest by two very stong teams with good, positive sportsmanship. Both teams should be commended on the circumstances of the conditions and not complaining once about them. Through joint cooperation, we were able to complete the contest. There were no mention of any negative comments by anyone. Coaches, players and even fans were just grateful to get the game in.
Reporting Official: Daniel Smith
Poynette/Portage at Lake Mills
May 7, 2013
The game was a example of great sportsmanship from both schools. Although the score was 10-0 in favor of Lake Mills, Poynette/Portage continued to play very hard to the last whistle. When there was a foul, the player committing the foul was often there to help up the opposing player. Lake Mills substituted early after getting a five-goal lead and provided bench players the opportunity to play and get goals or assisting. Lake Mills did not make Poynette/Portage feel second class and the coach and players from Lake Mills often made positive comments to Poynette/Portage when their goalkeeper made good saves or when the defense or attacking players from Poynette/Portage made good plays. It was a pleasure to be the center referee for this game. Job well done by both teams.
Reporting Official: Thomas Vergeront
Menasha at Appleton West
May 9, 2013
I wanted to recognize three student-athletes for excellent sportsmanship in a recent baseball contest. Dominic Hillesheim and Andrew Schiessl of Menasha, and Nathan Disch of Appleton West. These young men were leaders of their team and exhibited outstanding sportsmanship throughout the contest. Your positive acts did not go without notice!
Reporting Official: Brent Thompson
Appleton North at Menasha
April 26, 2013
I want to extend compliments and praise to the Menasha baseball program. Every player was respectful, polite and generous. Certainly, that comes directly from head coach and the rest of the coaching staff. I want to give a special shout out to Menasha’s catcher, who was a pleasure to work tbecause of his interaction.I would gladly work with Menasha any day of the week!
Reporting Official: Kevin Griswold
Wausau East at D.C. Everest
April 30, 2013
Our crew had the privilege to officiate this great soccer match. I have to say I was very impressed with both teams and their sportsmanship towards each other. When fouls were committed on either team they were helping them up. They were very respectful of each other, their coaches and the officials. These games make it a pleasure to officiate high school sports!
Reporting Official: Rob Weise
Baldwin-Woodville at New Richmond
April 29, 2013
We witnessed many acts of great sportsmanship throughout the game. Despite being a close game until the final few innings, here are some examples of what was displayed: each catcher would pick up the opponents' bat and hand it back to the player, a Baldwin-Woodville athlete received a serious injury and was immediately attended to by both coaching staffs and provided with appropriate health care by New Richmond training staff. No poor comments were used by opposing players toward each other when cheering or supporting their own teams, and there were numerous brief cordial conversations between the catcher and batter during at-bats. Just as important, the coaches were focused on leading their teams instead of the umpiring, and the players hustled the entire game and never complained about a call. We appreciated working in this enjoyable atmosphere of high school athletics, congratulations to New Richmond and Baldwin-Woodville for making it happen.
Reporting Official: Nic Been
Green Lake at Oakfield
April 29, 2013
I am writing to recognize the fine young men that are representing both teams. To Tyler Holz of Oakfield, thank you for your hustle, positive words, and your help in keeping the baseballs dry during the rain. To Al Mittelstadt of Green Lake, the leadership that you displayed through your positive interaction with your teammates was noticed. To Coach Schepp of Oakfield, I thank you for your help with game management with the weather delay.
Reporting Official: Phil Punzel
Mayville at Watertown
April 27, 2013
We have to thank Watertown Athletic Director Mike Daniels for the great communication since we were rained out the previous Saturday. The players, coaches and fans all enjoyed two well-played games. The players and Watertown coach Patty Jansen and Mayville coach Marvin Youngbeck all showed great sportsmanship all day. It was a pleasure to be able to officiate for these two fine teams.
Reporting Officlal: Andrew Kuhl
Seymour at Oconto Falls
April 26, 2013
I would like to recognize the Oconto Falls and Seymour coaches, players, and fans for their outstanding sportsmanship throughout the game. Lots of positive cheering and not one complaint or dispute over calls throughout the game. Plenty of fun was had by all...especially us as game officials. Congratulations to all and thank you.
Reporting Official: Ted Blohm
Delavan-Darien at Big Foot
April 25, 2013
Both teams hustled for all seven innings of the ballgame. They handled a close play at first with excellent sportsmanship (approached the proper official as required and accepted the decision rendered) and continued playing the game. Both teams played equally hard for the entire seven innings. They are a plus to their schools that they represent.
Reporting Official: Darwin Thompson
Denmark at Seymour
April 23, 2013
We want to share an umpire’s perspective with the communities of Seymour and Denmark regarding how impressed we were with both teams. Thanks to Tanner Umentum and Alex Loberger of Denmark, and Bret Rottier and Keenan Moehring of Seymour for their outstanding sportsmanship and leadership throughout the game. These young men showed to us, and any others observing the contest, how superior sportsmanship and hustle can make for a fun and exciting afternoon of baseball. Thank you men, your acts of positive sportsmanship did not go unnoticed.
Reporting Official: Brent Thompson
Green Bay East at Janesville Craig
April 20, 2013
I would like to commend both Janesville Craig coach Bill McCabe his staff and Green Bay East coach Mike Bootz and his staff on their good sportsmanship shown to each other during a well-contested, hard-fought game. The positive attitude displayed by both teams made an astounding soccer environment for the soccer crew. The players and coaches represented what interscholastic sports about...sportsmanship.
Reporting Official: Anand Sathasivam
Fennimore at Riverdale
April 4, 2013
My partners and I arrived at the field and were cordially greeted by the Riverdale Coach Cheri Stoddard, who went over the schedule of events for the evening. As we conducted our pregame equipment inspections, both Fennimore and Riverdale teams were very helpful with the process by laying out their bats, helmets and equipment for us. During the contest--which was very competitive--all we heard from the coaches, players and fans were words of encouragement. When both teams’ players would request a timeout they would refer to us as “sir” and then would say “thank you.” Fennimore Coach Dan Bender was polite and professional when he approached us with two proper appeals during the game. My partners and I talked at our post-game session and agreed that it was truly an honor to be on the same field with these two teams that demonstrated a fine example of sportsmanship.
Reporting Official: Wayne Hannes
Appleton North at Oshkosh North
April 20, 2013
These two baseball programs exhibited fine sportsmanship. We wish to thank Athletic Director Craig Lieder, Coach Schaefer, and staff for all the work put into getting the field playable. Thanks also to Mike Becker from Oshkosh North and Tyce Wheeler from Appleton North for your help with the bats. In addition, thanks to Drew Eastman from Appleton North and Alex Madden from Oshkosh North for your positive words of encouragement towards your teammates. They were noticed.
Reporting Official: Phil Punzel
Williams Bay at Big Foot
April 6, 2013
I would like to take a minute to recognize both schools on their good sportsmanship, I didn't hear them say one negative word about each other or us during the games. Both teams were always polite when asking why we called something the way we did. Lastly, both of these schools have great coaches that teach their kids good sportsmanship and it showed on the field.
Reporting Official: Jake Podrasky
March 21, 2013
There were countless acts of good sportsmanship displayed by all three teams involved inj this meet. Many times after events concluded I witnessed athletes from all teams congratuate each other for their effort. This also occured before the start of several of the races. The coaching staff of Tomahawk, and the meet administration was exemplary. It was a pleasure to officiate this indoor invitational. Several athletes thanked me for my participation in this meet.
Reporting Official: Mike Jahn
Lakeland at Rhinelander
Feb. 12, 2013
We want to compliment both Lakeland Union High School and Rhinelander High School for the positive sportsmanship! Both teams played extremely hard; both coaches coached their teams hard; and the fans were involved in the game throughout. In my mind, the atmosphere in the gym is what high school athletics is all about. I would also like to compliment Rhinelander and their Athletic Director Charlie LaHam for the hospitality they showed towards us.
Reporting Official: Scott Winch
Middleton at Onalaska
Jan. 19, 2013
The game was competitive, and the Middleton coaching staff and players were very professional. After the game the team came over and shook all of the officials hands thanking us for working the game. A small gesture like that means a lot to officials. The play was very clean and there was no complaining by any of the players. There was one point in the game where a call was made that the staff did not agree with, but there was no arguing and they didn't make a big deal out of it. After the game the coaches shook hands with all the officials and were very cordial. While standing by the benches the coaches were very much engaged in coaching in a positive manner. This game was certainly an extension of the classroom.
Reporting Official: Jeff Hanzlik
Wrightstown at Reedsville
Feb. 2, 2013
Both team were at the top of the conference, and you could tell from the atmosphere in the gym, it was going to be a good game. Both teams had great energy from the start of the game and both coaches, Coach Ourada for Reedsville and Coach Klister for Wrightstown had their teams ready to play. A great game was played by both teams showing excitiment, tenacity, determination, and most of all sportsmanship by all involved. Both coaches were great to work for and easy to talk to. Great leadership from the coaching staffs and captains for each team.
Reporting Official: Steve Walsh
Wisconsin Dells at Mauston
Jan. 31, 2013
The teams were playing with a conference championship on the lineand the stands were filled. Throughout the first half fans for both schools were cheering their own team in a positive way. Then, at the start of the 4th quarter, Teague Fenwick of Mauston and Tyler Raddatz of Wisconsin Dells arranged for the students of both schools to combine forces for a group cheer in honor of Joel Heesch. Heesch had been sidelined by a health condition the day before and was unable to play in the game. This was the classiest thing I have seen a group of students from rival schools do in all of my years of officiating, watching high school basketball, and teaching. I would like to commend all of the students from both schools on a job well done.
Reporting Official: Nicholas Hable
Racine Horlick (at various meets)
Feb. 2, 2013
I just wanted to take a moment to comment on your boys swimming and diving team for their actions throughout the 2012-13 season. I have had the pleasure of working a handful of their meets and have come away impressed with both the students, as well as the coaches. The entire team, from the coaches all the way down to the swimmers and divers, are always polite, respectful and extremely sportsmanlike. I witnessed your young men cheering on athletes from other teams, just because they wanted to. At a recent meet, I even had one of the young men thank me after explaining why he was disqualified from an event.
Reporting Official: Brian Temke
Notre Dame at Ashwaubenon
Jan. 25, 2013
We just wanted to commend both teams for a shining example of good sportsmanship. The players helped each other up. The coaches respectfully asked questions and we respectfully gave them the answers. The fans cheered loudly for both sides. We arrived and were greeted at the door. We were escorted by Kurt to our room and brought back out to the court to watch the JV game. We were escorted back to the locker room and informed of parents night and also the game being televised that we would not start until 7:30 p.m. They kept us informed as to how much time was left. Ashwaubenon AD Dave Steavpack talked to us and gave us a preview as to what we might see on the floor. During the game, everyone did a fantastic job of keeping the atmosphere loud and enthusiastic. I want to thank everyone from the coaches, players, fans, and administration for making this the kind of game everyone wants to be involved with.
Reporting Official: Rick Roedell
Richland Center at River Valley
Jan. 22, 2013
Great job by both schools, fans and especially the young athletes involved and great sportsmanship at River Valley High School. I wanted to take this opportunity to share the great act of sportsmanship displayed by Johan Peekenbrooke of Richland Center. He was selfless last evening when he agreed to wrestle an exhibition match with one River Valley’s wrestlers that had a cognitive disability. This act was a great highlight for the young wrestler, his family and the fans. Johan’s act of kindness spoke volumes of how caring many teenagers are and set a great example for other teenagers.
Reporting Official: Kirk Layer
Weyauwega-Fremont at Clintonville
Jan. 15, 2013
This was a great game to officiate and to be a part of. At the pre-game captains’ meeting, we reviewed the importance of sportsmanship. The captains and their teammates demonstrated good sportsmanship at the highest level. Both teams played hard, hustled after the basketball and hustled on and off the basketball court. Players played and coaches coached the way basketball was meant to be at the high school level. Also, the job done by school personnel before, during, and after the game was great.
Reporting Official: Matt Peterson
Antigo at D.C. Everest
Jan. 8, 2013
Throughout the game, the displays of sportsmanship were exceptional, but in the third period, Antigo's Zach Fleischman went above and beyond. We had a stoppage for an injured Everest player and Zach helped the trainer out onto the ice to attend to the injury. Upon arriving at the player, he checked with the opposing coach to see if there was anything he could help with and picked up the player's equipment that had been removed and took it to the D.C. Everest player bench. Again. both teams showed great sportsmanship throughout the game. The coaches led by example and the players followed. It was the best display of sportsmanship that I have seen this season.
Reporting Official: Bryan Schroder
Medford at Merrill
Jan. 7, 2013
It is a real pleasure working a game when all the players and coaches showed great sportsmanship. Right from the start of the game in the coaches and captains’ meeting the players and coaches showed great sportsmanship. Greeting each other and wishing each other a good game. The game was a hard fought game, from start to finish. The coaches, were very positive, and this related to the ice with players being positive on the ice. After the game, the players and coaches all greeted each other with good compliments. It is nice to have the players and coaches from both teams come up and thank us for working their game. It is a real pleasure working a game in which both teams and coaches practice true sportsmanship.
Reporting Official: Dan Pudlo
Luther Prep at Lakeside Lutheran
Jan. 11, 2013
I would like to take a moment to commend both Lakeside Lutheran and Luther Prep for the exemplary display of sportsmanship. Both Tim Matthies and his staff and Randy Mensching and his staff set outstanding examples of good sportsmanship to the players, adults and students in attendance. The players played hard and their level of sportsmanship on the floor matched that of the coaching staffs. Further, I'd like to mention that the hospitality provided by athletic director Paul Bauer at Lakeside Lutheran was at the highest level, as always, and we officials appreciate that.
Reporting Official: Rich Fronheiser
Valders at Reedsville
Jan. 11, 2013
From the moment we were welcomed by Reedsville's principal to leaving the building, the players, coaches and fans represented their communities with class. Coach Brooks from Reedsville and Coach Nesper from Valders were absolute gentleman. While there were some tough calls and emotional moments, this game represented for us what high school sports should be.
Reporting Official: Andy Hansen
Grafton at Milwaukee Hamilton
Dec. 19, 2012
We experienced a tremendous amount of good sportsmanship from both teams in the way they played their game. I commend Coach Marcus Switzer of Hamilton and Grafton's Coach Steve Reinhardt for their sportsmanship. Both teams were respectful of each other to the point of helping each other up when they went to the floor. The final score did not matter, because our crew saw something I commend both coaches, teams on how well they handled themselves last night. On behalf of our Crew, it was truly a pleasure to work their game last night Thank you for the opportunity to see sportsmanship in action!
Reporting Official: Rodney Matthews
Arrowhead vs. Cedarburg at Milwaukee Admiral Classic
Dec. 28, 2012
The championship game was well played and the players displayed both sportsmanship and respect for each other and for their team mates. I overheard members of the Milwaukee Admirals Staff commenting that the teams played hard and clean and were respectful. It was a pleasure to work this game.
Reporting Official: James Olson
Reporting Official: Jason Lassen
Cuba City at Mineral Point
Dec. 18, 2012
We worked a contest that displayed great sportsmanship throughout. The players and coaching staff are to be commended on their display of sportsmanship during the game. The coaches from both teams were very respectful when asking a questions about clarifications. The game administrators from Mineral Point are to be commended as well. They were very courteous and were readily available in case they were needed. It was a pleasure to work a game where sportsmanship was held in the highest regard by both of the coaching staffs and their teams.
Reporting Official: Scott Huffman
Amherst at Bonduel
Dec. 13, 2012
From the time that I arrived at the school until I left, it was enjoyable and positive. At the weigh-ins, the athletes and coaches were very respectful, orderly and positive. Throughout the entire meet the coaches, support staff, athletes, and fans all displayed good sportsmanship. The defeated wrestlers often congratulated their opponents on their win. The coaches coached their wrestlers from the bench in a very supportive and positive manner. Both of the head coaches, Chris Rank and Matt Colemer, their assistants and the wrestlers set an example for the fans and the fans cheered their athletes. It's always a pleasure to work an event at this school.
Reporting Official: Kevin Hansen
Sheboygan Lutheran at Sheboygan Christian
Dec. 14, 2012
We would like to commend both schools’ coaches, players and fans on the sportsmanship displayed at their recent contest. The rivalry game was close throughout, which made it more impressive on what we witnessed. The coaches were positive even if the call was not going to go their way. Questions were asked and answered without incident. The players would help each other getting off the floor. Pats on the backto the opposing team were extended after a good play. The fans cheered for their team. Never was there a negative cheer; it was a pleasure to witness this kind of sportsmanship. Both schools should be proud of their coaches, player and fans.
Reporting Official: Russ Mueller
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