Sports Report PLUS
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Clintonville at Winneconne
Sept. 26, 2014


On many occasions as either team was knocked down, it got back up. The nice thing to see was that when a player was knocked down during a play, that player was often helped up by his opponent.  These young men (on both teams) showed style and class. They had been skilled in good sportsmanship and this is what sports are all about ... learning good sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Dave Grey

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Sheboygan Falls at New Holstein
Sept. 26, 2014


My crew had the pleasure of working this game and would like to commend both teams on their play. It was one of the cleanest game we have ever been involved with over our years of officiating with a total of one penalty called the entire game. Both teams played hard, showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the game to their opponents and to my crew, and to their own teammates. Both coaching staffs were excellent to work with, both before the game and during the game. I honestly have no idea how these teams are doing record wise this year but on this night, both teams were winners. 

Reporting Official:  Bob Fletcher

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Spooner at Ladysmith
Sept. 26, 2014


The officiating crew wishes to report outstanding sportsmanship that was displayed by the schools, coaches, fans, and players. We were treated well by the athletic director, and he went out of his way to accommodate us. Second, the coaches did a great job of being in the coaches’ box and maintaining control of the behavior and conduct of their players. Plus, the coaches never had a derogatory comment about the officials or their players; they stayed very positive with their words and actions.  Third, the fans cheered for their team and never strayed from that objective, and fourth, players illustrated true sportsmanship by providing each other with words of encouragement and helping opponents off the ground after a tackle. Though the game was spirited, players took the responsibility to keep their own teammates from straying from the goal of outstanding sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umlan


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Tomah at La Crosse Logan
Sept. 19, 2014

I would like to recognize La Crosse Logan senior football player Evan Verota for what is fantastic about high school football in Wisconsin. Evan is captain that reflects many qualities that the NFHS and the WIAA has in mind for a leader, as well as a player. Not only did Evan play a decent game Friday, both ways, but he lead his school in being a captain. He was the main spokesman for Logan on penalty decisions, but he also led by example on how to play the game. Early in the game, both schools were flagged for taunting, and when Logan was penalized for taunting, he reminded the player that it is not the way they (Logan) plays the game.  After this incident, there no more taunting calls made by my crew. This young man truly deserves to be recognized for the type of leadership and playing the game as it should be.

Reporting Official:  Gary Hanan


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Fort Atkinson at Milton
Sept. 2014


Our crew would like to recognize and compliment the players, coaches and fans, from both Milton and Fort Atkinson, for their display of sportsmanship during their football game. It was a pleasure to officiate a game where the focus was on the participants and the way they played the game. Players and coaches were respectful of each other and the officials.  A rivalry game should be contested like this one, being close throughout and the outcome was not decided until the final play. Again, thanks to the players, coached and fans for making it such an enjoyable experience.

Reporting Official:  Daryl Schultz

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Green Bay Southwest at Ashwaubenon Sept. 16 2014 Vladimir Toropov (#23) of Green Bay Southwest demonstrated some of this year's best sporting beha...
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Mukwonago at Arrowhead
Sept. 19, 2015


On almost every play, opponents would be trying their best to impose their will on each play, and yet, when the whistle sounded, they would help each other off the ground and tell their opponent what a good job he had done. It was controlled aggression during the play and true sportsmanship once the play ended. And it was easy to see where the sportsmanship was learned, because the coaching staffs for both sidelines were under control and respectful the entire game. No one had to preach good sportsmanship because these football teams lived "good sportsmanship." The facilities and facilities coordinators also handled the officiating crew with style and class.

Reporting Official:  Dave Grey

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Bloomer at Barron
Sept. 18, 2014


The players, coaches, and fans from both Barron and Bloomer are to be commended on what was one of the most enjoyable nights of volleyball in which my officiating partner and I have been involved. The level of play was outstanding, the coaches were positive and supportive of their players, and the student sections provided a festive, tournament-like atmosphere. Students from both schools wore patriotic clothing rather than school colors which created a sense of "we're here together" rather than the usual "us versus them." It was an intense match between storied rivals and it brought out the best in everyone.  

Reporting Official:  Carlo Kumpula

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Wabeno/Laona at Crivitz
Aug. 26, 2014


I was impressed by the sportsmanship and leadership of #3 Ceanne Harrison on the Wabeno/Laona team. Even after seven hours of matches, Ceanne Harrison definitely proved that she is a leader and has a strong desire to encourage her teammates. Her encouragement to teammates after they did not complete their attack, or when they couldn't set or bump were from the heart, and not from something she had to do. Her passion for the game was displayed during all of the matches that were played.  I enjoyed officiating the matches late in the day knowing that she would be on the court and watching Ceanne's flawless exhibition of leadership and sportsmanship.  Coach Michelle Boor  and the High Schools of Laona/Wabeno can be proud of her accomplishments.

Reporting Official:  James Kostura

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Lomira at North Fond du Lac
Sept. 12, 2014


During an injury to the neck/head area, both teams stayed on the field in support of the injured player to include a North Fond du Lac player kneeling at the Lomira's player side. The sportsmanship displayed during this time and throughout the whole game from the players and coaches was incredibly positive and an example that should be set every night for players, coaches, and fans. It was an honor for our crew to work this game and be a part of it for everyone involved and I wanted to pass this on as there are too many times the negative side of sports comes out and not enough showing the quality men and women involved in this game.

Reporting Official:  Patrick Buechel


Posted in: Football
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Platteville at Dodgeville
Sept. 9, 2014

We were greeted immediately by the Dodgeville Athletic Director Scott Tolzman, who reviewed the agenda for the evening in a friendly business manner. The coaches from both teams approached us in the same manner before the match to double check the evening’s agenda with us. My partner and I talked after the match, and it was a combined good sportsmanship effort from both Dodgeville and Platteville’s players, coaches and spectators. All we heard throughout the night was positive encouraging words directed from player to player, coach to player and the spectators to both teams. To top off our night on our way to the scorer’s table the players from the teams came up and thanked us for officiating. On behalf of my partner and me we want to congratulate both schools for all of your good sportsmanship and wanted to let you know it does not go without notice.

Reporting Official:  Wayne Hannes

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Racine Horlick at Kenosha Tremper 
Sept. 9, 2014


Racine Horlick coach Peter Laboda has consistently shown the utmost focus and conviction in instilling proper sportsmanship in his players, taking every moment as a teachable moment even at the cost of winning. It is abundantly clear that Coach Laboda prioritizes education and developing his players into proper and respectable young men. In instances where I have issued verbal warnings to players regarding play that was close to being worthy of a caution, Coach Laboda subs them off the next chance he has, makes certain his players are clear about what I was addressing, and sits them out for long enough it could effect the team's chances to win. No matter who the player is, Coach Laboda is consistent across the board. Lastly, he is always even-tempered, which transfers to his team as they all are very respectful. Coach Laboda not only is having profound effects on his players as growing men and athletes, but also improving the culture of high school soccer as a whole. To my mind, he is a model coach.

Reporting Official:  Matthew Tuttle

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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McFarland at Jefferson
Sept. 2, 2014


This was one of the best examples of sportsmanship in a boy's soccer game that I experienced.  The score was tied for most of the game, with a final winning goal by Jefferson in the last few minutes. Even though it was highly competitive I observed:
- Opponents helping up the other teams player after a hard foul or falling down.
- Opponents giving high fives and pats on the back of the other teams players after a good play or a   good goal.
- Players respecting the free kick distance
- No dissent with calls or complaining about the other team's players.
It was a great game for the players, fans and officials.

Reporting Official:  Thomas Vergeront


Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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Rhinelander at D.C. Everest
Sept. 2, 2014


This was a great soccer game tonight. We noticed that both teams showed respect to each other, teammates, coaches and officials. They were helping each other after fouls and were competitive but careful with how they treated each other.

Reporting Official:  Rob Wiese

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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Algoma at Freedom
Aug. 29, 2014


What a contest! Algoma jumps out to a quick lead in the seventh minute and holds off an undefeated Freedom team until a looping shot from 12 yards escapes the Algoma keeper’s jumping try to knock it down in the 61st minute. The score remained tied until a last second shot slipped under Algoma's keeper and crossed the goal line at 89:59, a fraction of a second before the final whistle. After double checking such a close play with my assistant referee and confirming that the entire ball had crossed the goal line before the whistle, it was mayhem. Here is where the complaints and questions usually abound. Instead, the Algoma coach, Brian Dawson, came out to shake hands and said its our call and it is what it is. His entire team came up to shake hands and thank us for working their game. Not one complaint, not one sneer, nobody faking good gestures. Incredibly classy of their entire coaching staff, team and not to forget their very supportive parents who had come to watch. Hats off to Algoma for representing their school, community and themselves in such bright light.  Our sincerest appreciation.

Reporting Official:  Alan Sprague

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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Cambridge at Belleville
Aug. 26, 2014


Both teams played very well with a lot of energy and team cohesion. The game was exciting and was tied 1-1 until the last :04 of the game when Belleville scored. Sportsmanship was exhibited on both sides, even when players went down, the other player was there to help him up. Cambridge, even though they lost in a heart breaker, came over and congratulated the other team and the official.  This was an exciting game to watch and a pleasure to officiate.

Reporting Official:  Thomas Vergeront

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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Mellen at Northwestern
Aug. 28, 2014


The coaches, athletes and fans were great sports. Very positive. Also, both coaches did an excellent job teaching their athletes during the competition and coaching in a very positive manner.  

Reporting Official:  Laura Hager

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Regis at Stanley-Boyd
Aug. 22, 2014

Our crew was very impressed at the level of sportsmanship exhibited by both Coach Brenner and Coach Koenig during the game last evening. Their positive behavior both to the players and officials is just what the WIAA promotes.  This game was touted by the local media as one of the biggest matchup's of the year.  Even with the extreme importance of this game, the coaches "coached." Each penalty that was reported was accepted without debate. They should be commended by their respective school administrations for actually "living" the level of sportsmanship the WIAA expects!

Reporting Official:  Jon Hehli

Posted in: Football
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