Sports Report PLUS
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West Bend West vs. Whitefish Bay @ Germantown
July 18, 2016


From the time we were assigned the game, there was great communication from the Germantown Athletic Department. We were well aware of what was happening on this day. The game was a very well played. Both teams showed the intensity of tournament baseball, focused throughout the game, and making great plays to give for an entertaining event.  Both coaching staffs and teams showed great sportsmanship to their opponent, as well as the umpiring crew. On behalf of the umpire crew, including Curt Vanderstelt and Keith Bonde, it was a pleasure to work this game. The kids and coaches showed what it means to be involved in high school athletics.

Reporting Official: Steve Walsh

Posted in: Baseball (Summer)
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West Bend West @ Oconomowoc
May 11, 2016

Congratulations to both teams for excellent sportsmanship displayed by players, coaches, and fans during the doubleheader. Coaches, as well as players would compliment each other when a player made a great play in the field. Coaches coached the entire game and were never disrespectful towards officials or players. My partner and I discussed the quality of sportsmanship displayed by both schools on our trip back home. It was a pleasure to umpire both games. Thank You.

Reporting Official:  John Butschlick

Posted in: Softball
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Peshigo @ Shawano
May 26, 2016


This was a fun game to work--the fans, players, and coaches were all enthusiastic.  Everyone involved conducted themselves in such a positive manner--great job to everybody.  Special mention to Ms. Schreiber, Shawano AD, for her leadership and communication for the suspended game.  Good job!

Reporting Official:  Ty Stoneburner

Posted in: Softball
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Columbus @ Menasha
May 24, 2016


Both teams and their coaches executed a concise game with a positive atmosphere.  Good job to both teams.

Reporting Official:  Ty Stoneburner

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Manitowoc Regional
May 23, 2016


Specifically, the entire Manitowoc Regional Division 1 Meet was a total class act and truly of above and beyond. AD Dave Steavpack, coaches Jacque Bartow and Rick Ducat, Clerks of Course Randy Albright, Len Nikolai, et al, displayed a seasoned professionalism second to none!  The entire staff (visiting schools; field judges; event helpers; umpires; athletic trainer; PTTiming; and, et al) of this regional meet are to be recognized for their dedication and diligence to the athletes performing. Many of these athletes will go on to higher level academic/sports involvement - they can look back on this experience as a positive step in their process. Thank you, too, WIAA officials Dave Nickels and Jerry Feldhausen for your input -- it was truly a team effort!

Reporting Official: Valentine Zibung

Posted in: Track & Field
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Sparta Regional
May 23, 2016


I was the meet referee for the Sparta Division 1 Regional last night. After the completion of the Boys 4x200 relay, I was at the high jump observing the event when the La Crosse Central coach, Chad Wilkinson approached me. He said that his boys 4x200 team had placed fourth. He then stated that the umpires at the first hand off had missed seeing his boys handoff outside the zone. He wanted to turn his team in for a DQ. This was one of the most outstanding displays of sportsmanship by a coach in all of my officiating days dating back to 1974. I have know Chad for at least the last 10 years and he has always displayed good sportsmanship but this was definitely the best.

Reporting Official:  Andre Casabonne


Posted in: Track & Field
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Freedom @ Waupaca
May 12, 2016


The Freedom and Waupaca baseball players and coaches displayed great sportsmanship throughout the game. Walker Smith and Shane Olsen of Waupaca, as well as Tanner Brockman and Kyle Elias of Freedom were young men noticed showing positive sportsmanship during the game. I was especially impressed with Walker Smith, who asked for time to make sure the Freedom catcher’s shoe was tied properly before entering the batter’s box. The coaching staff and parents of both programs were encouraging their players on the field. Your acts of positive sportsmanship did not go unnoticed. Best of luck to both teams in the playoffs.

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Appleton North @ Hortonville
May 5, 2016

Thank you to both Hortonville and Appleton North for your hustle and sportsmanship throughout the mid-season contest. Zak Kosloske and Tyler Hafeman of Hortonville, as well as Mitch Eady of Appleton North, thank you for your hustle and sportsmanship with your opponents.  Also thanks to Sam Schuldes of Hortonville for your help with warming up the pitchers when called upon. All of us involved in a baseball game appreciate sportsmanship, thank you to these four young men for “going the extra mile” to make the game exciting, while keeping sportsmanship as a core value. 

Reporting Official: Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Rosholt @ Tigerton
May 12, 2016


This was an absolutely delightful game to work. Both teams played hard and played well. All of the coaches and players were excellent to work with and showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the game. There were a few close plays during the game and there was never even a hint of questioning the calls. The players hustled on and off the field at the start and end of every inning. Of particular note, after the game and the handshakes, many of the players from both teams and all of the coaches thanked the officials for working the game. I do want to point out the pitcher from Rosholt in particular. After team handshakes she stopped by the officials and said, "Thanks for coming out tonight." A game like this is how high school softball should be played all the time!

Reporting Official:  Lance Bagstad

Posted in: Softball
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Prentice @ Rib Lake
May 2, 2016


We had a great time doing this game. Both head coaches, players, and fans did an outstanding job of concentrating on a close game, and not being distracted by anything else going on. The game was evenly played and both coaches did an outstanding job of keeping their players' focus on the game and improving their play. A good time was had by all.

Reporting Official:  Steve Gustafson


Posted in: Softball
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Denmark @ Little Chute
May 2, 2016


I wanted to take the time to recognize the sportsmanship that was displayed by these two baseball teams.  Both Coach Birling and Coach Miller modeled good sportsmanship through the entire contest.  Leighton Myers from Little Chute and Pete Mears, from Denmark, your postitive comments directed towards your teammates and competitors were noticed.

Reporting Official:  Phil Punzel

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Pardeeville vs. Lourdes Academy
April 26, 2016


Both schools’ administrators should be proud of their varsity baseball programs, both the players and coaches, for their display of positive sportsmanship during a recent contest. Riley Balzer of Pardeeville and Nathan Ruegsegger of Lourdes were obvious leaders of their teams, especially in showing respect for opponents, as well as helping retrieve bats and foul balls around the plate. They offered a kind word to the umpires and were noticeably appreciative of their coaches. Best of luck the rest of the season to both teams!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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West De Pere @ Menasha
April 28, 2016


I wanted to take the time to say thanks to Coach Carlson and Coach Rukamp for what the two of you do for high school athletics. Your positive attitude was evident during the entire game. I would also like to acknowledge two players: Kyle Kosobuchi from West DePere and Jake Zwerg from Menasha. These young men displayed tremendous sportsmanship throughout the entire game.  Their hustle and positive words of encouragement that were directed to their teammates were noticed.

Reporting Official: Phil Punzel


Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Oostburg @ Kiel
April 22, 2016


The whole Kiel team, including players and coaches, showed great sportsmanship during a game in which they lead until the end before losing a close game.  Not one player or coach complained about any calls, but what impressed me was the fact these kids were having fun and they all had great attitudes, although I could see it hurt to looe that game. It was a joy working this game.  

Reporting Official: Steve Kiel

Posted in: Softball
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Seymour @ Xavier
April 21, 2016 

In an exciting baseball game, many acts of positive sportsmanship were observed. For both programs, hustle and respect appear to be central values taught in the classroom and on the field.  Seymour players Trent LaCombe, Sam Blank, and Jerad Anderson were true leaders on the field. Xavier players Chase Hunter and Pierce Blohowiak showed numerous positive acts of sportsmanship throughout the contest.  Have a great rest of your season to both teams and keep up the great work.

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Appleton East @ Kimberly
April 19, 2016


I want to thank Coach Reed and Coach McKinnis for the work that you do with high school students. The Appleton East and Kimberly baseball players displayed great sportsmanship throughout the contest. Steve Jacobsen from Kimberly and Sean Miller from Appleton East, your leadership on the field and in the dugout was outstanding.  Have a great rest of the season.  

Reporting Official:  Phil Punzel

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Green Bay East/West @ New London
April 14, 2016


Wewere impressed with both the Green Bay East/West and the New London varsity baseball programs Thursday night and wanted to alert the WIAA management of what we observed.  Trent Bauer and Sam Fonder of Green Bay East/West along with Ethan Wood and Remington Steele of New London were clearly leaders of their teams.  Not only did they exhibit excellent sportsmanship, they congratulated opponents and assisted umpires in all aspects of the game.  Both Green Bay East/West and New London school and community leadership should be proud of these young men, their coaches, and parents for their excellent display of positive sportsmanship at an education based athletic event.  Best of luck the rest of the season to both teams!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Union Grove @ Delavan-Darien
April 14, 2016


From our arrival to the last pitch in the 9th inning, this was an exemplary display of sportsmanship by everyone involved. A.D. Guy Otte met us upon our arrival to make sure we were all set. All players and coaches from both teams were wonderful. We never heard anything but very positive comments form the fans. Players were very polite. I certainly hope to see both of the teams again soon!!! Congrats Delavan-Darien and Union Grove, you have a lot to be proud of!

Reporting Official:  Chris Nicholson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Omro @ Laconia
April 12, 2016


I want to take a moment to recognize the great sportsmanship that was shown by the Lomira and Omro varsity baseball teams. Coach Goetz and Coach Smit truly understand the importance of high school athletics. The way that both coaches motivated their teams was outstanding. I would also like to recognize the catchers from both teams. Number 23 Mr. Arps from Omro and number 8 Mr. Gosse from Laconia. Your hustle and words of encouragement directed towards your teammates was noticed.

Reporting Official: Phil Punzel

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Green Bay Preble @ Pulaski
April 7, 2016


I had the pleasure of working a fantastic game. It's refreshing to work with coaches and kids that demonstrate what high school athletics is all about. The game ended 5-4; so there were reasons for excitement. As always, coaches’ opinions on ball/strike calls can differ from the umpires, but these coaches handled both of us with respect at all times. Not surprisingly that is how the girls treated us and each other. Everything said was followed by thank you or please. Opposing batters would regularly hand the catcher her mask and the catcher in turn would pick up the bat and give it back to the batter after a foul ball. The members of these communities should be very proud of their softball programs. These kids are not only learning how to play ball very well, they are learning how young adults should treat each other.

Reporting Official:  Gary Hagberg

Posted in: Softball
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Richland Center @ River Valley
Feb. 11, 2016


Our crew had the pleasure of officiating this game. Tim, the River Valley game manager, greeted us when we arrived on site and provided outstanding hospitality the entire evening.  Dennis and Denny (scorekeeper and timer) did a great job of communicating with us throughout the game. The River Valley Pep Band helped create an electric high school atmosphere only to be matched by AD Eric Briehl and his daughter, who sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem together prior to the tip. We thank everyone for all their extra efforts! We would also like to commend head coaches Brent Johnson (River Valley) and Steve Board (Richland Center) for their professionalism, respect, and positive sportsmanship throughout the contest. It was no surprise that the players from both sides competed extremely hard while showing respect for their opponents, the officials, and the game at all times. We thank both of these teams for a very positive experience and for modeling the best of what sportsmanship should look like in high school athletics today.

Reporting Officlal:  Chad Hodgson

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Melrose-Mindoro @ Cochrane-Fountain City
Feb. 4, 2016


We had the privilege of officiating this game, and It was one of the best basketball games and atmospheres we have had in awhile. The game itself was great, an 82-75 win for C-FC.  But what really stood out was the outstanding coaching jobs by both coaches, Randy Knecht and Joey Arneson. They spent the entire game coaching their athletes and remaining positive throughout a fast-paced, close game. Furthermore, the home crowd at C-FC and the visiting crowd from M-M was fantastic.  It was a playoff atmosphere, and both crowds were not only supportive of their own teams, but the opposing teams as well.  In fact, the home student section of C-FC was standing up and cheering a M-M freshman that kept hitting 3-pointers from longer and longer distance, even though the score was getting closer and closer.  It was a great setting for a competitive basketball game, and both schools' teams, coaches, and fans should be commended.

Reporting Offiicial:  Aaron Mertig

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Milwaukee Hamilton @ Milwaukee School of Languages
Feb. 10, 2016


Coaches Switzer and Huven did nothing but encourage their players throughout the entire contest. The players would retrieve out of bound balls and hand it to us. There were actual smiles out on the court. A MSOL player scored her 1000th career point. The game was stopped, an award presented and ALL players clapped for her in acknowledgment. Mr. Carter and I agreed that this was the most pleasant game we had officiated this year. The young ladies and coaches showed the fans that you can be competitive yet show respect for the other team and officials. Thank you players and coaches.

Reporting Official:  Dale Laabs

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Dodgeland @ Fall River
Feb. 4, 2016


From the moment we walked in the door at Fall River high school last night we had nothing but a great experience. Starting with Ronda greeting us and showing us to the dressing room. The dressing room at Fall River gets better and better every time I go to the school. The coaches for both teams were very easy to work with. They asked questions and we answered them to the best of our ability and had little conflict. The table staff was knowledgeable, seasoned and very easy to work with. I think Fall River has one of the best bands in the land. The students were respectful and very supportive of the players on both teams. The adult fans cheered for their respective schools showing great school spirit. The atmosphere was just about perfect for a game. When we went to the dressing room at halftime the JV officials the door was locked so we could not get in. Brian the AD did not hesitate to get us in the room as quick as possible even though he was working with the half time game for the younger students. After the game we were thanked for working the game. We let them know it was our pleasure to work here and thank you for having us. The staff includes and I hope I don't forget anyone but if I do I will say I am sorry in advance. Ronda, Mike, Diane, Brent, Scott, Jim, Diane, Michael and of coarse Brian. Again, thank you for a great experience. We would return any time.

Reporting Official:  James Byrd


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Tomahawk @ Medford
Jan. 26, 2016


Due to an injury early in the second period, the Tomahawk goaltender was unable to continue. The Tomahawk coach elected to finish the game with six skaters rather than dress a different goaltender. Both teams continued to play hard, maintain their focus on the game, and played disciplined hockey. The game could probably have gone into running time but did not due to the effort of the Tomahawk players and the fact that Medford chose to exercise restraint. The Medford players elected to move the puck in the attacking zone and set up players who don't score often.

Reporting Official:  William Wendorf

Posted in: Hockey (Boys)
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Bangor @ Luther
Feb. 1, 2016

Jordan Laufenberg, Bangor head coach, and Brad Schafer, Luther head coach, along with their athletes displayed outstanding athleticism, character and sportsmanship throughout the contest.  The high standard and positive attitude displayed by the coaches and athletes on every possession permeates a positive atmosphere across the entire gym.  It was a pleasure working with these two schools.  

Reporting Official: Charlie Ihle

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Iowa-Grant @ Southwestern
Jan. 28, 2016


Our crew had the privilege to officiate this terrific overtime game between. Both teams competed extremely hard yet displayed good sportsmanship and respect for their opponents and the game at all times. We would like to thank Head Coaches Clint Nemitz (Southwestern) and Toby Tripalin (Iowa-Grant) for their professionalism and respectful communication with our crew throughout the contest. To all of the Southwestern and Iowa-Grant players, we sincerely thank you for being first-class student-athletes and for modeling the best of what high school athletics are all about. Lastly, a special thanks to Tom Koeller (Southwestern AD) and his event staff for their hospitality and for going out of their way to create such a positive experience for officials. It was a great night!

Reporting Official:  Doug Stampfli

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Abbotsford @ Chequamegon
Jan. 15, 2016


We had the opportunity to be part of a special game. In a time where bad sportsmanship seems to be much more prevalent, we had the "Perfect Night."  The Pep Band from Chequamegon was outstanding. The players came out all night playing the game hard, but sportsmanship was very much in focus. There was never any negative actions or comments toward the other team.  The coaches coached hard, but always supporting good sportsmanship. The fans spent the entire night cheeringfor their team.  The game went back and forth, not being decided until the final tw0 seconds.  It was an awesome game and atmosphere to be part of.  Chequamegon and Abbotsford High Schools should be proud of the representatives!

Reporting Official:  Rob Frenchick

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Shiocton High School

This report is not for one specific event, but for a number of events throughout the past years. If there is ever a wrestling team and coaching staff that should be recognized for practicing and displaying good sportsmanship,it is the team from Shiocton High School. I have had the opportunity to work at tournament events and duels with this team over the past years. The constant thing that I have experienced every time is the way the wrestlers and coaches handle themselves. There is nothing but good manners and respect shown by this team and coaches. The wrestlers report to the mat to wrestle hard but clean. they have a never quit attitude and are a pleasure to see as they work the skills that they have learned. Win or lose they treat their opponents with great respect as well. All of the coaches are a pleasure to work for as well. I have never heard a disrespectful comment made to or about an official from them. If there would be a question about a match, which is very seldom, the coaches will approach in a very respectful manner and discuss the situation with the official and then return to their chair. As I stated earlier this team of wrestlers and coaching staff have displayed for years. The exemplary good sportsmanship that the Shiocton wrestling team has followed should be recognized and they should be commended for what they do every time they are on the mat.

Reporting Official:  Guy Vander Wyst 

Posted in: Wrestling
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Reedsville @ Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah
Jan. 21, 2016


Prior to the start of the contest when the general statement is normally read about sportsmanship by the PA announcer, a player from the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah team read a personal statement on sportsmanship for all in attendance and how positive cheering helps the athletes better than anything else that sometimes comes out in sporting events. There were some very meaningful words and the everyone there took them to heart. It became the most comfortable environment I have worked as a result and the positive energy never left the building.  It was a great game (3 point difference) and I believe all in attendance had a great time. All because one young lady took a little extra time to remind us all that basketball is a game and it is meant to be fun.

Reporting Official:  Eric Vant Hul


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Lakeland @ Mosinee
Jan. 14, 2016


The Lakeland hockey players and coaches were very well disciplined and showed self control during the hockey game. They were down by three goals and still played hard and clean. After the game the players and coaches from Lakeland made sure to acknowledge and thank all three officials. The players were very respectful and courteous.

Reporting Official:  Brock Kuklinski

Posted in: Hockey (Boys)
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Cedarburg @ Onalaska
Jan. 16, 2016


It was a very good game with great intensity and sportsmanship. The sportsmanship displayed by both schools coaching staffs and players certainly met the standard the WIAA has set. The respect between the player towards each other and the officials was outstanding. Both coaching staffs were very professional. This truly was a model game for the WIAA standard.  

Reporting Official:  Jeff Hanzlik

Posted in: Hockey (Boys)
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Boscobel @ Riverdale
Dec. 18, 2015


We would like to recognize and commend the Boscobel varsity girls’ basketball team (and their head coach, Jason Hill) for displaying one of the best acts of positive sportsmanship we have witnessed all season. Partway through the second half of the game, a Riverdale player unfortunately got injured causing a several minute delay while receiving medical attention on the court.  Although trailing by a large margin in a big “rivalry” game between two bordering communities, all five of the Boscobel players waited, then went out of their way to the Riverdale bench to wish the injured player well before we put the ball back in play. The genuine concern and respect they showed toward their opponent reminded us what’s most important about interscholastic competition and left a lasting impression on our crew.  Thank you, ladies, for your positive example that regardless what the scoreboard says, we can always choose to be a champion of character!

Reporting Official Doug Stampfli

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Iowa-Grant @ Cuba City
Dec. 17, 2015


Our crew had wonderful experience while officiating a varsity boys’ basketball contest on between host Cuba City and Iowa-Grant. We want to thank Jeff Pustina (Cuba City AD) and his staff for their generous hospitality and assistance.  A special thanks to Rod for providing us escorts to and from the court and to Mike & Bob for doing such an outstanding job with the book and clock. We also want to commend and thank Head Coach Jerry Petitgoue (Cuba City), Head Coach Toby Tripalin (Iowa-Grant), their coaching staffs, and especially all of their players.  It was a thrill to be a part of a game in which both teams competed so incredibly hard but with honor, integrity, and respect for their opponents. We were extremely impressed and again, we thank both programs for their many acts of good sportsmanship and the opportunity to officiate such a terrific contest.  Great Job!!

Reporting Official:  Doug Stampfli

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Rio @ Central Wisconsin Christian Jan. 12, 2016 The hospitality from the moment we walked through the front door was outstanding. Everyone was wil...
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Riverdale at Southwestern
Dec. 15, 2015


Athletic Director Tom Koeller greeted our crew upon arrival and offered exceptional hospitality on behalf of Southwestern throughout the entire game.  During the contest, Southwestern’s table crew of Tom and Cindy had excellent communication with our crew and helped make our job of officiating easier. Head Coaches Rachel Evanoff (Southwestern) and Scott Mau (Riverdale) both demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship qualities that were reflected in the players of their respective teams. Throughout the game there were numerous examples of players exhibiting positive sportsmanship to the other team and towards us as officials. As a crew we discussed after the game that this was one of the most positive high school games we have had the opportunity to be a part of and wanted to acknowledge all who helped make that a great environment.

Reporting Official:  Chad Hodgson

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Dodgeville at River Valley
Dec. 10, 2015


River Valley AD Eric Briehl, his event staff, and his table crew (Jane & Denny) were outstanding to work with and helped us feel comfortable right away. Head Coaches Luke Thatcher (River Valley) and Matt McGraw (Dodgeville) were both extremely positive and professional throughout the entire contest while modeling good sportsmanship for their players. The captains and players from both teams did an awesome job of playing extremely hard while still showing respect for their opponents at all times. Congratulations to both schools on a great game of HS basketball and most of all, thank you for the opportunity to be a part of it!  

Reporting Official:  Doug Stampfli

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Mosinee at Tomahawk
Dec. 3, 2015


The players were respectful of each other and helped one another on a couple of occasions.  One situation in particular, two players went down and lost their sticks. They got up together, and the Mosinee player picked up both sticks and handed the Tomahawk player his stick. Something you don't normally see. The event that prompted this report was a questionable goal that admitted to kicking in. As soon as I stopped play and thought about what happened, I looked at the player, and he immediately said, "I kind of kicked that one in."  I was impressed that even though both teams have new coaches, that these coaches had control of the players throughout the game.  I was impressed with both teams control and sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Bryan Schroder

Posted in: Hockey (Boys)
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Highland at Ithaca
Oct. 30, 2015


I would like to compliment the Highland Coach Mike Aide and the enthusiasm and attendance of both schools fans attending this Level 2 playoff game.  Highland had middle schoolers on sidelines each with specific duties. All knew their responsibilities during timeouts and breaks in the game. All were game/field assistants and demonstated extremely excellent manners using thank you, excuse me, and being very polite and timely in exercising their assigned duties. Fans on both sides filled the seats and lined the sidelines. It was a memorable event to work as officials.    

Reporting Official:  Dan Braun

Posted in: Football
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Port Washington at Plymouth
Oct. 15, 2015


As the 500 freestyle was ending, there was one swimmer from Port Washington that had more that two lengths of the pool remaining, and the entire Plymouth team came to the sides of the pool and cheered her on as she swam the last two lengths. This was a very genuine jester and was spontaneous.  It is always nice to see the good sportsmanship coming from an entire team.

Reporting Official:  Stephen Good

Posted in: Swimming & Diving
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Argyle at Juda
Oct. 13, 2015


When my partner and I arrived. we were met by Juda athletic director Curt Brown. Curt made sure we had everything we needed. From the time we had our coaches and captains meeting, through warm-ups and the actual match, both teams displayed great sportsmanship. The players from both teams were supportive of each other even when mistakes were made. Juda's coach, Scott Anderson and Argyle's coach, Jennifer Butler were teaching and showing how to be good sports and trying to get the best from their players, even if play was not was not going in their teams favor. This is the very reason we love to officiate.

Reporting Official:  David Jass
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Germantown at Port Washington
Oct. 9, 2015


I am writing on behalf of our entire football crew to compliment and reinforce the positive influence both coaches and staffs are having on the respective Port Washington and Germantown football programs. It was our pleasure to officiate the game between these two schools which resulted in a very competitive, entertaining and overall well-played game. Coaches John Bunyon (Port Washington) and Jake Davis (Germantown consistently reinforced effort and positive messaging to their respective athletes. But just as importantly, they must be teaching and focusing on sportsmanship and respect amongst their players because both teams reflected these values by helping opponents when appropriate, address officials respectfully and just their overall positive attitudes throughout the game. Football is an emotional game and flare ups occur but they were handled with respect and maturity. When our umpire was injured on a play, both teams players sincerely inquired about his condition.
The true pleasure in being a part of high school sports is when one can witness the growth and maturity of young people as they work towards a common goal. This experience reflected some of the best of what high school sports can be. I would also like to compliment Port Washington Athletic Director Thad Gabrielse for his communication, organization and assistance. His enthusiasm and energy is contagious and is a positive reflection of one who truly enjoys what he does.

Reporting Official:  Stephen Sanders
Posted in: Football
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Freedom at Luxemburg-Casco
Oct. 9, 2015


During a closely contested varsity football contest, coach Dillon Maney and his staff conducted themselves in the utmost professional manner.  Disagreements with calls were rationally discussed with the officials and Coach Maney went out of his way to lead his charges in a positive manner.  Coach Maney's leadership, tact, and poise in a highly intense game environment should be celebrated and rewarded.

Reporting Official:  Jon Czech
Posted in: Football
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Madison West at Janesville Craig
Oct. 8, 2015

Excellent sportsmanship on both sides of the ball and from the bench areas. Captains helping other players up after a tackle or foul. Dissent was minimal and constructive feedback was given to coaches and players.

Reporting Official:  Brendon Shoemaker
Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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Merrill at Ashland
Oct. 2, 2015


We want to acknowledge the outstanding sportsmanship shown by coach Bill Blake and his players on the Ashland Oredockers Football team. This is the second game we officiated for Coach Blake this season. Our crew recognized the efforts of his players in exhibiting outstanding sportsmanship.  His players were attentive to the orders of the officials, respectful, team spirited and good sports to the opposing team. Ashland’s defensive player #52 would consistently keep his players positive and would get the ball for the umpire when the backs would just drop.  He would be positive with his words and made sure the words were the same from his teammates. We congratulate Coach Blake on teaching the positive outcomes sports can create.

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland
Posted in: Football
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New Richmond Golf Regional
Oct. 1, 2015


I wanted to recognize Kayla Raboin of Superior on her sportsmanship during the golf regional yesterday. Kayla turned in her card showing she shot a 91, which would have been good enough to qualify for sectionals easily and would have been fifth overall.  About 45 minutes or so later, she came back to me and tournament manager Jim Saliny about a possible inaccurate score card. On hole 10, she hit her tee shot left of fairway and possibly off a tree. After looking for a significant time, she could not find her ball.  She said another assistant coach said she could drop near the spot and hit. This was incorrect as the rules state she needs to go back to the tee box and re-hit.  She did not do this and as a result, she becomes disqualified. Obviously, this was very difficult for her. I wanted acknowledge that she showed tremendous integrity in reporting the rules violation. No one would have known about the rules violation as she was playing with just one other girl. She easily could have said nothing and qualified for sectionals.  She was a very stand up athlete and we commended her for her honesty and integrity. I just wanted you to know that we were definitely impressed with her as a person.

Reporting Official: Casey Eckardt


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Ladysmith Invitational
Oct. 1, 2015


Once again I officiated a where Chetek-Weyerhaeuser teammates (about a dozen boys and girls) that gathered at the back of the finish chute and cheered on any and all runners as they finished the course. The whooping and cheering was loud and sincere and consistent with other contests where they have participated. No, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser did not win either varsity contest, but you would never know it by the loud and exuberant cheering going on. This team is consistently showing up at each meet and demonstrating GREAT Sportsmanship, win, lose, or draw so to speak. It’s obvious to me that the coach has instilled this quality into the athletes from this school system and they are loving it! Congratulations to the student-athletes, the coaching staff and the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser school system. Their administration, school, parents and community should be proud.

Reporting Official Dick Nerbun

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Big Foot at Edgerton
Oct. 1, 2015


It was an exciting match from start to finish and both teams played with a lot of intensity. Players, played hard, helped each other up, kept their composure throughout the contest, and really responded well with the official's calls. The coaching staffs of both schools held the highest standard possible of sportsmanship and this was reflected in the way their student-athletes played the game. If a coach had a question, needed clarification or had a concern, they always handled themselves with professionalism. Both teams have represented their schools, parents and communities well. Our crew was proud to be a part of this game.

Reporting Official:  Ananda Sathsivam

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Holmen at La Crosse Logan
Sept. 25, 2015


I would like to congratulate both teams on their constant displays of good sportsmanship through out a very intense and hard fought game Friday night. Both teams were well prepared and demonstrated their positive character right from the beginning of the game, Both teams played each play hard up to the whistle. Once the play was over, players from both teams regularly help players from the other team up and acknowledged them when they made a good play.  A game as emotionally charged as this one was could have very easily gotten the best of the players, but it did not. They stayed focused on their tasks and went about their play in a manner both schools and communities should be proud of.  Thank you to the players for their outstanding sportsmanship.  I am feel fortunate I was able to be a part of this game.

Reporting Official:  Rich Hanson

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Xavier at Fox Valley Lutheran
Sept. 25, 2015


Players were being knocked down all night and yet got back up...and many times they were assisted up by their opponents. It was great to see that type of sportsmanship from both teams. In a rivalry game, these young men still exhibited kindness, compassion and good sportsmanship when the play ended. We were told before the game by the Xavier coach, that this was a "friendly rivalry," and he was corrected in his assessment. There were some "big hits" in the game, but afterwards there were helping hands extended by the opponents and words of encouragement back and forth between players.

Reporting Official:  Dave Grey

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Sun Prairie at Madison West
Sept. 24, 2015

In a very hard fought game, both teams exemplified what should be the standard of sportsmanship in high school sports today.  All players on the field took the extra step to check with their opponent after challenges regardless if their was  foul or not.  There were handshakes and pats on the back after shots or particularly successful plays.  Players were respectful to us as a crew and asked legitimate questions during game instead of just yelling out, and was followed by "thank you."
This was easily the most pleasant atmosphere to a competitive high school game I have experienced in my 15 years as a high school official.

Reporting Official:  Brian McKay

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Oneida Nation at Gibraltar
Sept. 18, 2015


Both teams demonstrated excellent sportsmanship throughout - helping each other up, pats on the back, avoiding unnecessary contact, etc. We also had many friendly conversations with players from both sides throughout the game, during down times, time outs, before kickoffs, etc. We may have even recruited at least one of them to be an official!  After the game, coaches and players from both sides complimented us and, more importantly, thanked us for officiating the game. Many players from both teams approached us on the field to do so right after the game, and many more did the same later as we were leaving the school. Such respect, and friendliness, reminded all of us about why we do what we do - and why we love doing it so much.

Reporting Official:  Doug Day

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D.C. Everest vs. Merril
Sept. 19, 2015

It was an exciting match from start to finish and both teams played with a lot of intensity. There were some tremendous saves and great hustle by both teams.  Even when each team would lose a longer rally of play, they both were able to smile at the end of the play. No one displayed any type of frustration or any kind of bad sportsmanship behavior. The captains for each team are excellent leaders and support their team members. I truly believe that this is a reflection of their coaches. Both coaches are excellent leaders and always display great professionalism.  It was an awesome game to officiate!

Reporting Official: Deb Gleason


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Abbotsford at Owen-Withee
Sept. 18, 2015

What we witnessed both during the game and more importantly postgame was amazing. Both head coaches made post-game speeches to the teams gathered at midfield. Owen-Withee has a player in their program battling life's issues. One team won a game and one team lost a game. That's irrelevant in the grand picture. These teams were exhibit A of what WIAA sports are meant to be. Be very proud Abbotsford and Owen-Withee. I'm proud to say I witnessed great men, coaches AND players. Coaches Knapmiller and Laube. Thank you so much for the experience of a career.

Reporting Official:  Rich Hohl

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Laona/Wabeno at Crandon
Sept. 17, 2015


We would like to compliment both Crandon and Laona-Wabeno teams on what a great volleyball match it was to officiate. The coaches had each team playing hard, and all I could hear was positive coaching. The players were great on the court with their play, fast substitutions and libero switching.  Also, the fans showed great sportsmanship. The match went all five sets and it was sad to see someone having to lose. Once again, both teams should be proud of how they represented their schools at this match even with being rivals.  It was great to officiate it and be a part of the night!

Reporting Official:  Diane Ashbeck

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Hudson at Menomonie
Sept. 11, 2015


These teams have a great rivalry, which can often mean intense games with a lot of emotion.  Both teams played hard, but more importantly, they both showed a lot of respect for each other and to the officials. The players would help opponents up off the ground and when there was an injured player on the ground both teams would intermediately head to their sideline and take a knee. In addition, both coaching staffs were respectful when communicating with the officials and were disciplined when it came to staying out of the 2-yard area.  The Menomonie and Hudson schools and communities should be proud of their teams.  

Reporting Official:  Michael Lindau

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Little Chute at Freedom
Sept. 9, 2015


This football game was a classic "rivalry" game. The final score was in doubt right up the final minutes and the teams blocked, tackled, ran and passed with ferocity. And yet it was a "clean" game.  Only once did we have to remind the players about sportsmanship.  Otherwise the players played to the "whistle" and then stopped.  The players helped their opponents up after the play ended and even had words of encouragement or praise after a particularly hard-fought play. Players, coaches and fans all showed respect the entire evening. Good sportsmanship was the winner Friday at Freedom.

Reporting Official:  Dave Grey

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Spooner Invitational 
Sept. 3, 2015

I nwas deeply impressed by the 10 or so runners, both boys and girls from Chetek-Weyerhauser, that were at the end of the chute shouting encouragement to all the runners finishing the race.  Most impressive were the fact that they not only continued to cheer encouragement for all runners, but in particular they stayed right to the end of the race to encourage a special needs runner with autism from Hayward.  And to see how that cheering picked up the pace of that Hayward autistic runner finishing the race just made your heart melt.  This runner was finishing well behind everyone else and to see the Chetek-Weyerhauser runners cheering him on simply took your breath away.  NEVER before, have I seen such a genuine exhibition of sportsmanship at a cross country event before.  These kids deserve to be recognized for their sincere effort to encourage the best performance from all runners, not just the select few in the top 10.


Reporting Official:  Dick Nerbun
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DeForest at Monona Grove
Aug. 28, 2015


On rainy and messy evening, the mood and overall energy level of this game was amazing in respect to sportsmanship and class.  I was very impressed with the student body and great school spirit displayed from both teams IN THE RAIN! The coaches were professional and displayed amazing sportsmanship along with all sideline personnel/staff. The character and maturity of all the players on the field and the sideline was impressive and those coaches should all be proud of that. Lastly, the attention to detail from Monona Grove athletic personnel was of the highest caliber and we absolutely appreciate that. Great football game, great fans, great coaches and great players makes for a great Friday evening of high school football.  This is what makes officiating fun and exciting.  Nice work Monona Grove and DeForest.

Reporting Official: Brian Kenney

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River Falls vs. Oshkosh West
Aug. 29, 2015


In the annual Sprawl Invitational Volleyball Tournament held at UW-Stout, I witnessed an excellent display of sportsmanship. As the R1, I made a call on a double block situation opposite the bench that went against River Falls (hitting team). Apparently, the spike went off the net and hit the hand of the outside blocker of Oshkosh West. I tried to get the R2 and the line judges as well, but no one saw it. As I was trying to figure things out #2 (Rachel Gardner) from Oshkosh West came up to me and said it hit her teammates hand and then went out of bounds. I was amazed that someone would come forth and provide a truthful answer to help rectify the situation. Of course, this was made possible by her head coach Gillian Pakula. I commend the coach for teaching her team the importance of fair play and good sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Dan Hoffman

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Lakeland at Bloomer
Aug. 28, 2015


It was a pleasure to officiate this non-conference game. It was a great matchup of two very well-coached teams, and the players were extremely receptive to us as officials. The coaching staffs for both teams demonstrated exceptional sportsmanship, even when they did not agree with the call or no call on the field.  The assistant coaches kept themselves and their players out of the two-yard belt which helped to make the sidelines clean and easier to work. The players on both teams hit hard, helped each other up, and there was no showboating. When we talked to the players about some close calls, they listened and took care of the problem. It was a close game all the way through and was one of those games you love to do because of the players attitude and actions. The way we were treated by the coaching staffs, and the geniality of Bloomer's athletic director.  Bloomer and Lakeland Union Schools should be very proud of these young men and the coaching staffs.  Best of luck the rest of the season.

Reporting Official:  Tom Moon

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River Ridge at Benton/Scales Mound, Ill.
Aug. 28, 2015


We were greeted by athletic director Jeff Droessler, who welcomed us and told us where he would be as the weather spotter, and where we should go at halftime. Both coaches Matt Wiederholt of Benton-Scales Mound and Wade Winkers of River Ridge were professional the whole game and always had positive comments for their players.  On a rainy night, both teams showed outstanding sportsmanship, helping each other off the ground when the play was over, acknowledging a good play by their opponent, and never complaining about any calls or the poor weather. On a night that could have been a tough night with the rainy weather and one team dominating the other, both teams were outstanding.  They played hard and have represented their schools, parents and communities well. Our crew was proud to be a part of this game. Great job teams!

Reporting Official:  Tracy Krueger

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Ripon at Kiel 
Aug. 28, 2015


Our crew would like to acknowledge the outstanding job that Athletic Director Pat Geigel and his team do at Kiel High School. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel like we were an integral part of this high school experience. He was waiting for us with a reserved parking spot in close proximity to the school. He escorted us to our dressing area where he had a table with chairs set up so we could have our pregame discussion. He made sure he knew when we wanted to be on the field and insured he was available to escort us to the field. He introduced us to the clock operator on the field prior to our meeting coaches so we could insure good communications and signals with the press box. He made a point of being present and escorted us to and from the locker room at Halftime and furnished us with refreshments. At the end of the game, he again escorted us to the locker room and provided each crew member with hamburgers, popcorn and water for our enjoyment. He handled most of this personally on a rainy, drizzily night where he could have kept himself out of the elements and delegated much of these responsibilities to others. This type of treatment went a long way in making our entire crew feel that we were a significant part of this high school sporting event and that our presence and efforts on behalf of the coaches and athletes was appreciated. A little appreciation goes a long way in reinforcing the value of someone's efforts. Thanks to Pat and his stand as well as all of the athletic directors who's countless hours on behalf of their coaches, student athletes and we officials often go unnoticed. Thanks for the opportunity to share.

Reporting Official:  Stephen Sanders

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Appleton North at Hortonville
Aug. 28, 2015


Young men were getting knocked down on every play. And they got up. But they did not say anything in disgust about getting knocked down. They simply got up, kicked off the mud and went on with game. No angry words were uttered from either team. These young men went on about the business of football without complaining or losing their tempers. They were gentlemen and good sports. Even late in the game when the winner was decided, and second teams were in, it was business as usual without complaint. And when the game was winding down, helping hands were offered to opponents to help them up off the ground. Words of encouragement were offered with those helping hands. Friday night's rain could wash away the good footing, but it could not wash away good sportsmanship from the players.

Reporting Official:  Dave Grey

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Sevastopol at Wayland Academy
Aug. 29, 2015


Both team showed exemplary sportsmanship during their football game. Throughout the game, opposing players helped each other up, addressed the officials politely and worked hard from the opening kickoff until the final play. One play stood out. A Wayland player (#80) was legally blocked to the ground on a touchdown play.  After the play ended, #80 sought out his opponent and congratulated him on a great block. Phil Tallman, Justin Skiba, and their staffs should be quite proud of their student-athletes, as well as how they, as coaches, represent their schools.

Reporting Official Rich Fronheiser

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Burlington at Racine Case
Aug. 21, 2015


During the game, the sportsmanship was fantastic. Both teams helped each other the ground, and not one word was said across the lines, there was not one complaint from the coaching staffs of either team. It was a pleasure to work for these teams and we look forward to working these teams again.

Reporting Official:  Scott Kessler


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Boyceville at Flambeau
Aug. 21, 2015


We were very impressed with the way Flambeau and Boyceville entered into the first contest of the year. All the student-athletes played and hit hard, helped each other up, kept their composure throughout the contest, and really responded well with the official's directions in both penalty and non-penalty situations. The coaching staffs of both schools (Flambeau head coach Todd Roehl and Boyceville hea coach Brian Roemhild) held the highest standard possible of sportsmanship and this was reflected in the way their student-athletes played the game. If a coach had a question, needed clarification or had a concern, they always handled themselves with grace and professionalism. This was one of the best opening night games in regard to teams ready to play that we have seen in a while. Great sportsmanship and hard hitting football was prime in Tony, WI in week 1. A game like this is what makes football officiating a fun avocation.

Reporting Official:  Ken Pearson

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Living Word Lutheran at Three Lakes
Aug. 22, 2015

We were very impressed with sportsmanship displayed by both teams during the contest. They were well-coached and managed. The coaches role modeled the positive behavior that allowed both teams to learn and grow. They provided positive words of encouragement and coached the game.  If they had questions of the officials they respectfully asked the wing officials and said thank you afterwards.  The coaches managed their sidelines by respecting the team box and making sure they were behind the restricted area when play started.  The players followed the positive behaviors of their coaches.  With language getting worse on the field and penalties being assessed for it, the crew did not hear one foul word by either team. Players played hard and hit hard. They assisted their own and the opponents up after being tackled. This type of sportsmanship allows officials to focus on the game and not the behaviors that could lead to negative situations. Along with the coaches and players, the officiating crew applauds Three Lakes High School.  The game manager treated the crew in an outstanding manner.  The chain gang did an outstanding job and is one of the best this crew has ever experienced.  We look forward to officiating at Three Lakes in the future. The crew is grateful for how organized and well coached each team was.  It is only through dedication and positive expectations that the proper sportsmanship illustrated is displayed on a consistent basis by all involved in the game.  

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

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Seymour at West De Pere
Aug. 21, 2015

It was "smash mouth" football at its  best.  Both teams pounding the ball with strong running games.  And yet for being "smash mouth," it was a game in which the players and coaches never let things get out of hand.  From the time the ball was snapped on each play until the whistle sounded, players on both sides gave the game their all.  And after the whistled sounded, they helped each other up - friend and foe alike.  The word "gentleman" describes every player who stepped on that field. Each players gave it "his all" on every play and then handed out "good sportsmanship." when the play ended.

Reporting Official:  Dave Grey

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