Sports Report PLUS
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The games had defensive gems, timely hitting and great pitching, making them a pleasure to part of.
Monona Grove's Coach Barry Witkowski and Sauk Prairie Coach Shane Been are true gentleman, exemplifying sportsmanship throughout the game. At the conclusion of the contest, we returned the game balls to the Monona Grove third base dugout, as the two teams assembled for the exchange of handshakes. Both Coaches intercepted us as we headed towards the first base exit to extend to us their appreciation for our officiating. We have never experienced in our forty plus years of officiating and umpiring the events that followed. The teams just completing shaking their opponent's hand, now came to us. We were surrounded by thirty players, many standing three and four deep, wanting to shake our hands to thank us for working their game. It was nice to be recognized but the moment was more about how the players  howing their fans 'who they were', the type of softball team the school has. They reflected the sportsmanship of the program and what their Coach taught them. They showed a maturity that they learned through sports that reflected onto the schools as well. The school, adminstrators, teachers and parents should be so very proud of what their teams. It was more than a softball game, it was a lesson that was learned outside of the classroom.     
      
Reporting Official:  Lee Roberts

Posted in: Softball
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Menominee Indian at Tigerton
May 11, 2015


We were impressed with the conduct of the coaches and the players from both teams. There were multiple occasions throughout the game where players from both teams complimented each other on great hits or good defensive plays. I saw the Tigerton coach high five the catcher from Menominee Indian after she hit a home run. Both teams played hard, and their effort and conduct exemplifies all that high school sports is meant to be. Hats off to both teams and both coaches!

Reporting Official:  Brian Johnson

Posted in: Softball
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Mosinee at Weyauwega-Fremont
May 5, 2015


The game was intense and competitive. Both teams demonstrated great sportsmanship. Both players and coaches were positive with each other when great plays were made or a mistake happened. Coaches did a great job communicating with their players when they were up to bat, out in the field, and between innings. Both teams represented their schools and their communities in a positive manner.

Reporting Official:  Matt Peterson

Posted in: Softball
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Oshkosh North at Appleton West
May 5, 2015


The student athletes in both programs showed a tremendous amount of sportsmanship.  After a hard slide at second base, both Chris Huettner of Appleton West and Brandon Schroeder of Oshkosh North checked on each other to make sure they were both alright. Ben Leib of Oshkosh North also showed a tremendous amount of hustle throughout the game and always had positive words to share with his teammates.  Coach Gassner and Coach Schafer thank you for your leadership.

Reporting Official:  Phil Punzel

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Oshkosh North at Appleton West
May 5, 2015


The student athletes in both programs showed a tremendous amount of sportsmanship.  After a hard slide at second base, both Chris Huettner of Appleton West and Brandon Schroeder of Oshkosh North checked on each other to make sure they were both alright. Ben Leib of Oshkosh North also showed a tremendous amount of hustle throughout the game and always had positive words to share with his teammates.  Coach Gassner and Coach Schafer thank you for your leadership.

Reporting Official:  Phil Punzel

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Neenah vs. Oshkosh West
April 30, 2015


Justin Reed of Neenah and Ben Kohl of Oshkosh West both deserve to be recognized for their outstanding acts of sportsmanship throughout the game.  I had a chance to speak briefly with Mr. Reed every inning as he was the catcher.  He was a very well-spoken and respectful young man of both officials and coaches. I also observed him helping opponents by picking up their bats and making a speedy effort to retrieve foul balls from coaches and on-deck batters.  We both observed Mr. Kohl hustling on and off the field, as well as lending a hand to opposing players more than once. We felt Justin and Ben were incredibly deserving of recognition for positive sportsmanship.  Keep up the great work men!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Oconto at Gibraltar
May 4, 2015


Both schools exhibited great sportsmanship throughout the contest. Both catchers, Connor Brennan of Gibraltar, and Harrison Hintz of Oconto, were great kids to umpire for. Both players introduced themselves to me prior to their pitchers warm-up throws. More than once during the game I heard these players congratulate the batter for a nice hit or play in the field. I also would like to compliment both schools on they way they handled an injured player for Oconto. The Gibraltar staff assisted in multiple ways. To top it off, on the way out a couple of fans thanked me for umpiring today. It was a great day!

Reporting Official:  Mark Jandrin

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Ashland at Rice Lake
May 2, 2015


After the final out of the first game of a doubleheader, the assistant coach of Ashland, Michael Miller, came running out of the dugout towards me (plate umpire) to say a positive word to me about the game, and then shook my hand. Never in 45 years of officiating have I had the losing coach (3-0 loss) do a positive thing like that! Head Coach Chris Kempf of Ashland has always showed a lot of class and respect for his baseball team towards the officials. After the second game, both Ashland coaches shook our hands. Keep up the good work! Job well done!

Reporting Official:  Steve Sevals

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Cambria-Firesland at Pardeeville
April 28,2015


This was one of the best high school softball games I have been involved in, and serves as a model as to what high schools sports should be. Hats off to athletic director Phil Kamrath and his staff, the families of the school district, his booster club, and the businesses in the Pardeeville community, what a great job on the facilities that you have provided to the student athletes of the Pardeeville school district! We want to thank both Cambria-Friesland and Pardeeville softball programs for a fine display of good sportsmanship. From the time we took the field for our pre-game duties, both coaching staffs and teams were very cooperative, from the pre-game conference until the last out of the game, both teams were very well behaved and continually encouraged their player throughout the game and coached the entire game. We had a couple of close plays, and neither team questioned a call. They accepted the call made, kept a positive outlook and kept the encouraging comments to their players. Both schools, communities should be very proud of these two programs.

Reporting Official: Tom Maenpaa

Posted in: Softball
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Mercer vs. Chequamegon
April 27 2015


At the conclusion of the varsity co-ed track meet, I was part of an experience that exemplified the ultimate respect for an official and certainly was a first for me. The entire Mercer High School co-ed track and field team lined up and each individual personally thanked me for officiating today.  Coach Bob Schenk has every reason to be proud of his athletes for all of the usual reasons.  He may now add another. Thank you and all of you are welcome.

Reporting Official:  Mike Smolarek

Posted in: Track & Field
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Oshkosh Lourdes at Green Lake
April 28, 2015

Both teams showed respect for everyone involved in the game. Nathan Ruegsegger of Lourdes Academy and Gus James of Green Lake were examples of exemplary student athletes who were well-coached and respected others by using tremendous sportsmanship in all aspects of the game.  We as umpires wanted to share this with the WIAA and alert their school districts of what fine young men they are fostering for the future. Thank you to both coaching staffs for their dedication to the game, sportsmanship, and making the field an extension of the classroom.  Keep up the wonderful work men!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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St. Lawrence Seminary at Mishicot
April 27, 2015

Mishicot High School's coaches, players and fans at this game exhibited respect for the rules, opponent and the officials. Both teams accepted the decisions of the officials and abided by the decisions made.  Obviously, the players for Mishicot have learned the appropriate lessons from coach Zach Sand and his assistants, since they all displayed exceptional sportsmanship. All personnel concerned were very positive without any attempts at ridiculing nor intimidations, they did show respect for the game and all others involved in the event.  It was truly a pleasure to work this game and witness young people abide by the WIAA rules.  

Reporting Official:  Pete Holm

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Manitowoc Lutheran at Brillion
April 23, 2015


It is wonderful to see student athletes exhibit positive acts of sportsmanship before, during, and after a varsity baseball game. Manitowoc Lutheran’s Kyle Staudt and Jacob Clappes, as well as Brillion’s Jacob Mathiebe and Alex Cooney, exemplify what it means to be a great sportsman and leaders of a team.  We wanted to congratulate these four young men for this much appreciated display of sportsmanhip and positive attitude. Thank you to Coach Shimek and Coach Uhlhorn for your positive leadership on and off the field, it was noticed by fans and umpires. Enjoy the rest of the season and best of luck!

Reporting Official: Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Marshfield at Stevens Point
April 21, 2015


I wanted to write and tell you what a great night of soccer we experienced tonight. The weather was cold, around 32 degrees and snowing, but both schools played very hard and showed respect to each other and to their opponents. It was a competitive game, but both coaches handled their teams well. We also wanted to commend SPASH as they had a wonderful pre-game honoring each player on their team and the teacher next to them that has meant the most to them in their education! That was awesome! Great idea from Mark and Don Piehl!! We were very happy to be part of this great night in high school sports!

Reporting Official:  Rob Weise

Posted in: Soccer (Girls)
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West De Pere at Menasha
April 16, 2015

We want to recognize three young men who showed excellent sportsmanship in a recent varsity baseball game. Jacob Buboltz and Kyle Kosobucki of West De Pere and Dom Seifert of Menasha were these outstanding student athletes. While both teams showed top notch hustle and love of the game, these three young men were leaders. Each of them helped opponents retrieve bats, catcher’s gear and helmets, as well as having a positive word or two for a nice play or hit. Each showed leadership and integrity as they played in a hard fought early season game. Both communities should be proud of these young men as they set a great example for their teammates, parents, coaches, and fans.  We wish the best to both these teams as the season progresses.

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Manitowoc Lincoln at Wrightstown
April 13, 2015


Thank you to both Manitowoc Lincoln and Wrightstown for displaying great sportsmanship throughout this early season baseball contest. Lincoln’s Brett Bertsche and Trevor Feest along with Wrightstown’s Tyler Theunis and Logan Zastrow impressed us with their willingness to congratulate opponents, hustle in and out of the dugout, and assist in picking up loose equipment on the field.  Their integrity and leadership are qualities both School Districts should celebrate.  Thank you to Coach Steinbecker and Coach Zastrow for your great leadership of your student athletes, it shows on the field.

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

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Oostburg Invitiational - Kenosha Christian Life
April 10, 2015


This meet was one of the first outdoor meets for many of the teams involved, and all of the teams were very respectful of their opponents and the officials.  I would like to especially recognize the coaching staff from Kenosha Christian Life, who assisted athletes from other schools in showing them where and how to set their blocks prior to the start of several races.  This moved the meet along very well.

Reporting Official:  Glen Rauwerdink

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Loyal at Colby
April 14, 2015


I want to commend the varsity baseball teams from Loyal and Colby, respectfully. Both teams played hard and well. All players were more than willing to help keep the game moving at a crisp pace by hustling in and out, and I received many "thank yous" or "here I can grab that bat" from players during the game. Great job to both teams and it is a direct reflection on both coaching staffs.

Reporting Official:  Brent Aschenbrenner

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Green Bay Southwest at Ashwaubenon
April 14, 2015


To the school Leaders at Ashwaubenon and Green Bay Southwest High Schools, this is just a quick note to recognize the sportmanship your players and coaching staffs of the varsity baseball programs showed today. To Will Ark of Ashwaubenon and Dustin Armstrong of Green Bay Southwest, your hustle, positive attitude, and words of encouragement that you shared with your teammates were recognized. Hats off to both programs as they displayed what high school athletics are all about.

Reporting Official:  Phil Punzel


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Lake Mills at Lakeside Lutheran
April 14, 2015


This was the battle of bragging rights in Lake Mills. Both Lakeside Lutheran and Lake Mills played hard for the full 90 minutes. The ending score was tied 1-1. Although both wanted to win, the players were respectful of each other and the officiating crew. When players went down on the ground together, they helped each other out. Fans and teammates were cheering in a positive manner throughout the match. I did not hear or witness one negative action or comment by any player or by any of the coaches. This was a great match to watch for the fans, a great match played by the players, great and positive coaching and a great example of how rivals can act.

Reporting Official:  Thomas Vergeront

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Niagara at Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas
April 14, 2015


An exceptional athlete, who presented the definition of leadership and displayed superior sportsmanship is Niagara's #15, Casey Spigarell. She displayed fairness, self-control, courage and persistence with a positive attitude and continuous encouragement to not only her pitcher and her team, but to the ladies on Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas softball team. Leadership qualities are natural for her. From the time of the pre-game meeting until they left the field after the game, Miss Spigarelli continuously motivated her team. My partner, Shannon Rysewyk, also noticed her display of sportsmanship on the bases. It was a pleasure to call balls and strikes from behind the plate with a catcher who was genuinely concerned when a wild pitch bounced off the front of the plate and deflected into me. Miss Spigarelli mentioned that she was sorry that she did not stop the ball. Coach Duane Blgec, the Niagara softball team, Niagara high school and the city of Niagara can be proud to have an athlete with the maturity and presentation of sportsmanship that was on display.

Reporting Official:  Jim Kostura

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Denmark vs. Manitowoc Lutheran
March 31, 2015


The opportunity to report sportsmanship is always a welcome feeling, but when you can report two teams on the same night and at the same time is super. I have already explained to both head coaches Mike Vakski (Denmark) and Matt Menges (Manitowoc Lutheran) that it is always good to report super behavior by players, coaches and fans.  The sportsmanship displayed by both teams was exemplary.  Both teams complemented each other and other team members on any and all good plays. There were never any plays that displayed excessive celebratory exhibitions, but they did always show respect for all concerned.  

Reporting Official:  Peter L. Holm

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Antigo Sectional
Feb. 26, 2015

I passed gymnasts from all teams, along with the crowd, clapping for a routine that was performed well. The gymnasts from Mosinee, Chequamegon and Medford, however, were calling out names of opposing gymnasts and cheering them on during their routines or they would call out to a team passing by and wish them good luck.  It was fun to see everyone supporting each other as individual gymnasts and friends rather than opposing teams. I never heard a negative comment all day, which made the gymnastic meet that much more enjoyable to officiate.

Reporting Official:  Kris Ostermann

Posted in: Gymnastics
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LaFarge at Cashton
Feb. 27, 2015


Congratulations to the communities of Cashton and LaFarge on the sportsmanship that your players, coaches and spectators demonstrated. The players played, the coaches coached and the spectators cheered for the good plays on the floor. All we heard from both schools was positive comments throughout the night. My partner and I concluded that these schools must have been fostering good sportsmanship to their respective teams for a long time now by the way they both conduct themselves. Once again, congratulations to both schools for their good sportsmanship that does not go without notice.

Reporting Official:  Wayne Hannes

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Bruce at Prentice
Feb. 12, 2015


Prentice girls basketball team was celebrating Senior Night. As senior players were introduced, non-seniors presented them with congratulations and a bag of candy. After that, to her surprise, the three seniors for Prentice presented the lone Bruce senior with a congratulations and a bag of candy, even though she was a visiting competitor. She was announced over the PA system. I thought this was an excellent display of sportsmanship by Prentice.

Reporting Official:  Ben Meyer

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Amery at Baldwin-Woodville
Feb. 17, 2015

The pinnacle of sportsmanship during this emotional night was displayed by the Amery players. With Amery trailing 10-1, these five players and their goalie respectfully backed away from a "hat trick celebration," honoring this emotional event of the Baldwin player who scored the hat trick and recently lost his sister. Quite possibly these players were demonstrating maturity taught to them by their families and coaches. Either way, under the circumstances, this was one of the greatest displays of positive sportsmanship I have seen in 27 years of officiating high school hockey. It should also be noted that the entire Amery team exhibited such sportsmanship at this time, as well as during the post-game handshake. Additionally, the Amery coaches (Tim Henningsgard and Matt Humpal) should be commended for upholding such high sportsmanship; they sincerely understood what this game and hat trick meant to the Baldwin player. This was a season-ending loss for Amery, but I do believe that they came away with a valuable life victory of what the WIAA perpetuates in good sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Rick DuBois

Posted in: Hockey (Boys)
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Phillips at Chequamegon
Feb. 13, 2015

The atmosphere was electric and the game was intense, but absolutely the way it is supposed to be intense:  competitive, fun and full of great sportsmanship. The game was an absolute pleasure to referee from all respects, and that goes back to the coaching of the kids and the environment that the coaches work in. Congratulations to both schools for doing it the right way.

Reporting Official:  John Danner

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Ladysmith at Tomahawk
Feb. 10, 2015

We want to recognize the Ladysmith boys varsity basketball team. We experienced something last night that I have not seen all season. The boys on this team were the most considerate, courteous and positive players we have seen. They handed every ball to an official; they helped their opponents up; they said thank you every chance they have; and on top of all that, they played hard. I can tell you the coaching staff of Ladysmith is teaching the players will be so valuable in life. Thank you for making this game a great experience for all of us.

Reporting Official:  Michael Murphy

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Milwaukee Morse-Marshall at Milwaukee South
Feb. 2, 2015


By a quirk of scheduling, I officiated the Milwaukee Morse-Marshall girl's varsity team three times in a week. They were the visitor on all occasions.Stephanie Woodson, #5, was a joy to officiate. All three games this young lady had a positive attitude. She had a genuine smile throughout all the contests. She would chase out of bounds for balls and hand it to the official. There was never a negative reaction to a foul that had been called on her. She was pleasant to the opponents and all officials. She exemplifies what high school sports can be. To sum it up, this young lady was polite, positive, cheerful and a hustler on the court.

Reporting Official:  Dale Laabs

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Oostburg at Ozaukee
Jan. 30, 2015

This was a hard fought, well-contested game. Both teams and their respective coaches were great to work with. Cory Cummings, host supervisor, did a great job with his responsibilities for the night. Well done to everyone involved!

Reporting Official:  Ty Stoneburner

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Nicolet at Hartford
Jan. 27, 2015


I would like to recognize the great sportsmanship exhibited by players, coaches, staff and fans at the varsity boys basketball game. Hartford has a tradition of making one of their games each year “Retro Night,” where they play the Varsity game in the “friendly confines” of their old gym instead of the normal fieldhouse venue. The home team sporting the old uniforms and warm-ups, and the fans really get engaged in the game. The pregame warm-ups were complete with ‘80s and ‘90s era music.  The mood was so festive that I even observed one of the visiting coaches and players dancing prior to the game. I had a feeling it was going to be a good night of basketball. Both teams battled and played aggressive defense. Nearly every whistle was met with a player bouncing or handing the ball to an official, and any question asked of us by a player was polite and cordial. As the game neared the end, with the score tied, the fans for both schools got louder and louder. So loud, that I couldn’t hear a coach calling a timeout 20 feet away from me (good thing my partner saw him signaling it and granted it). The game ended in truly climatic fashion, with Hartford hitting a shot at the buzzer for a two-point victory.  I would like to commend both schools on the positive attitudes and great examples of sportsmanship demonstrated.

Reporting Official:  Bruce Kaufmann

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Amherst at Bonduel
Jan. 27, 2015


This game featured the top two teams in the conference. We could feel the energy in the gym when we walked in.  Both teams played hard throughout the game and were very respectful throughout the game.  The coaches were great. Coach Copp of Bonduel and Coach Groholski of Amherst were great to work with.  Both asked questions when they had them and were very respectful. Their coaching style and behavior were displayed by their staff, their players and the crowd. This was a great game to work.  A great example of high school athletics!

Reporting Official:  Steve Walsh

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Edgar at Marathon
Jan. 27, 2015


We would like to comment on the hospitality that we received at Marathon High School. Jack Culhane takes care of the officials in Marathon from greeting us when we arrive, to half time and making sure we have what we need in the locker room. In addition to the great hospitality I would also like to comment on the sportsmanship exhibited by both the Edgar and Marathon girls. Both teams played hard right to the end and the coaches continued to work with their student athletes. Another nice touch was the Marathon girls team signing the National Anthem prior to the start of the game. Marathon is always a great atmosphere for high school athletics, and both Edgar and Marathon Schools should be extremely proud of their girls basketball teams!

Reporting Official:  Scott Winch

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Hillsboro at Wonewoc-Center
Jan. 16, 2015


In a rivalry game, both the players and coaches were on their best behavior. The game was close throughout, but there was never any chippiness on the part of either team. Rather, the play was intense; the effort was incredible; and the cleanliness in which they played was commendable. Neither Coach Meylor from Wonewoc-Center or Coach Hildreth from Hillsboro ever raised their voices at us. If they disagreed with a call, they would simply ask for an explanation and play on. After the game, Coach Meylor, whose team came up on the short end of the score, even went out of his way to commend the officiating, stating "I didn't even know you were here," which is the best compliment either my partner or I have ever received. A great game between two very competitive schools with great players and coaches.

Reporting Official:  Paul Timm


Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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West Salem at La Crosse
December 13, 2015


Players on both teams exhibited great sportsmanship during the entire game. It was hard fought and fairly physical yet very clean with nothing physical after the whistle. I believe this is a direct result of the coaching staffs on both teams as they were both extremely respectful and professional toward the officials, even when calls did not go their way. Players on the bench noticed this and followed suit on the ice. This game sticks out in my head as one of the most fun to be a part of in recent memory. A huge thank you to both head coaches and staffs for their respect and sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Jason Lassens

Posted in: Hockey (Boys)
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Granton at Pittsville
Dec. 9, 2014


I officiated a Pittsville boys varsity game.  From the moment I walked in the door the experience was positive.  The site manager greeted me and showed me to the locker room and was very cordial.  During the game both coaches were very respectful and positive. I did not hear a negative comment from either coach or any fan the entire game. At halftime, the contest manager provided a bottle of water and bag of popcorn in the referee room. Towards the end of the game Pittsville put a member of the team in who was an obvious fan favorite. The other players on the Pittsville team did everything they could to get this young man an opportunity to score. With each shot attempt the the crowd cheered loudly for this player and was extremely encouraging. The bench personnel were on the edge of their seats trying to encourage their fellow teammate.  Although he did not end up scoring all members of Pittsville's team, coaching staff and fans cheered loudly and positively.  After the game Pittsville's head coaches thanked me for reffing and told me "good job."  Overall, it was an awesome environment and great sportsmanship was displayed throughout.

Reporting Official Josh Thomas


Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Darlington at Iowa-Grant
Dec. 16, 2014


Coach Craig Jenkins of Iowa-Grant displayed exemplary sportsmanship during the game. This is the second my partner and I have officiated Iowa-Grant since Mr. Jenkins took over as coach. Both times, Coach Jenkins was very cordial and complimented his players and officials throughout each contest.  Even after his team lost yesterday, he thanked us as we were leaving the floor.  Prior to the games, he made it a point to tell us that he expected good behavior from his players and all of them follow his lead. Not one player questioned a call or displayed any type of negative body language. If all coaches were like Coach Jenkins, the entire atmosphere of high school sports would be ideal.

Reporting Official:  Alan Stoltz


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Kohler at Random Lake
Dec. 16, 2014


I would like to recognize coach Joe Stroede and the Random Lake boy's basketball team for their great showcase of sportsmanship the last two games that I officiated for them. They lost their non-conference game and won a conference game, but you would not have been able to tell by the coaching staff or the players as they exhibited great sportsmanship to the opposing team and to the officiating crew. Kids were very polite on the court to the opposing team even in defeat and acted the same way when they were winning.  After complimenting coach Stroede and his team on their great showing of sportsmanship, he told me that "they strive to show great sportsmanship and appreciated my comments."  Well coach Stroede, you have hit the top when it comes to showing great sportsmanship on the court and I only hope other officials and teams will get to see first hand what you have done for your basketball program and the town of Random Lake.  The school, parents and community should be proud of what you have done for the basketball program.

Reporting Official:  Bob Heinz

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Valders at Mishicot
Dec. 9, 2014


Regardless of the final score, both teams played and both coaches coached with a high level of intensity and sportsmanship. It was a good game to work. We always appreciate working with teams and coaches that keep a positive perspective on the interscholastic contest.

Reporting Official:  Ty Stoneburner

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Chequamegon at Tomahawk
Dec. 9, 2014


The players, coaches, and fans were above and beyond the best I have had in many, many years.  The game was well coached, well played, and above all showed the sportsmanship of two very good schools. The players, coaches, and fans showed great respect towards my partner and I all night long, which was a fresh breath of air.  I would like to wish these two schools nothing but the best with the rest of their seasons and let you know there are many positive things going on within your athletic programs and it was on showcase on this night and noticed by the officials.

Reporting Official:  Michael Igl

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Superior at Rice Lake
Dec. 4, 2014


The Rice Lake and Superior boys swimmming & diving teams are to be commended for their excellent response to a computer failure which caused us as officials to create "old school" scoring forms. The sportsmanship was superb, and the teams were enthusiastic throughout the competition. There was a genuine feeling of camaraderie during the whole event. What a great meet even through the computer problems. It was the kind of enthusiasm and energy that made the meet fun to officiate. Great job: both Superior and Rice Lake! Kudos coaches, swimmers, scoring table and fans!

Reporting Official:  Mary Randall

Posted in: Swimming & Diving
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Rosholt at Wild Rose
Oct. 14, 2014


My partner and I had the privilege of working the CWC 10 championship match between Wild Rose and Rosholt.  It was a very well played close match. The crowd was excited with every point. During the fourth set, Wild Rose spiked a ball that I called out. The Wild Rose crowd and coaches thought the ball had been touched. I checked with both line judges and my partner. With each "no touch" response, the crowd was more excited. As I finished asking the second line judge if she had seen a touch, #10 Amber Bianco approached the stand and admitted touching the ball.  This athlete could have remained silent and given her team a point as a result of my missing the touch, but chose to tell me. With the match and conference title on the line this was the greatest display of sportsmanship I have ever seen in all my years of officiating, coaching or playing.  Hats off to Amber and her coach Angie Richter for teaching the right thing to do.  When I complimented Coach Richter after the match, she informed me that it was not the first time but the third time one of her players had done that this season. Wild Rose went on to win their first championship in 26 years, but the real winners in this match were myself and my partner for having the honor of working for these fine athletes and coaches.

Reporting Official:  Andy Kolff

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Reedsville at Roncalli
Oct. 16, 2014


My partner and I were so fortunate to witness an exemplary act of sportsmanship by a school.  Prior to the volleyball match, the host school, Roncalli, celebrated senior night. They also honored the seniors of their opponents, in this case Reedsville, by announcing each senior player from Reedsville and giving a carnation, as well as extending some hugs. It was quite touching to see such an act of kindness that teaches young adults more than just the bump, set and spike.  It was an honor to officiate the match as both teams continued to demonstrate sportsmanship throughout the evening.

Reporting Official:  Mary Firkus

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Markesan at Lourdes Academy
Oct. 10, 2014


I wanted to take a moment and thank the young men from both Markesan and Oshkosh Lourdes varsity football programs for their excellent sportsmanship in a recent game at Titan Stadium.  Cody Kuphal of Markesan and Zach Weiher of Oshkosh Lourdes, thank you for playing heads-up football, helping opponents from the ground, and handing the football to the nearest officials. I greatly appreciate your leadership and the example you set as a positive role model for younger players, including my three boys.  These are behaviors I feel the WIAA strives for when they promote positive sportsmanship in their member school student athletes.  Finally, thank you to the Lourdes game management, especially Reed Tyriver and Kenneth Koester, for making our crew feel welcome.  Much appreciated by all involved.

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

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Verona at Sun Prairie
Oct. 10, 2014


Both teams played with intensity. But when the play was over, all players showed that they knew what sportsmanship is all about.  They helped their opponents up, giving them words of praise and encouragement. One particular play stands out in my mind. On a scoring play by Verona, a defensive lineman from Sun Prairie was injured and he was down on the field writhing in pain. A Verona player stood by him and was calling for help from the Verona sideline. This young man was more concerned about the opponent down than he was about his team scoring. The entire offensive unit waited for the injured player to be escorted off the field and they wanted to know if he would be all right before going out to kick the extra point. Both teams had caring, compassionate young men playing Friday night and I was lucky enough to be there to see it. Lest I forget, our officiating crew was handled by the staff at Sun Prairie High School in the most courteous way we have experienced this year.  

Reporting Official: Dave Grey


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Black Hawk at Juda
Oct. 7, 2014


We witnessed two coaches using positive encouragement to their athletes during the match. Both Rachel Wolff, the coach of Black Hawk, and Scott Anderson, the coach of Juda, continually encouraged their athletes to play hard. The sets were close the entire night as one team would gain an advantage and then the other team would work harder and come back. Sometimes the ladies played so hard they would miss the call when the whistle would blow. The coach would explain the call to the athletes. It was a pleasure working the match.

Reporting Official:  David Conway

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Black Hawk at Potosi
Sept. 26, 2014


Both teams played hard and show great respect for each other.  Players from both teams helped each other off of the ground after making tackles. This was done by many players from both teams and from the start of the game till the every end. Both Coaches Cory Milz from Black Hawk and Mark Siegert from Potosi were very professional coaching their teams. Not once during the game did any player come to any official and complain about being held, blocked in the back or being hit late. BThe schools and communities can be very proud of their teams as this was truly what high school sports is all about. Hats off to both teams and keep up the GREAT Sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Tracy Krueger

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North Fond du Lac at Kettle Moraine Lutheran
Sept. 27, 2014


I would like to give accolades to both teams in this game and to their coaching staffs. This was a very well-coached game and the players maintained the best degree of sportsmanship during what was a lopsided game. Regardless of what the score was both teams did an excellent job helping each other up, handing the ball where it needed to go, patting each other on the back, ect.  These schools both showed that they are truly a class act.

Reporting Official:  Josh Deppe


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Stoughton at Oregon
Oct. 3, 2014

We were very proud to work the this game. Both teams showed great sportsmanship and maturity throughout a competitive and closely contested game. A special thanks to the game management and coaches who were very professional and coached in manner that should be consistently used to develop these student athletes.

Reporting Official:  Paul Antonson

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Oconto Falls at Seymour
Oct. 3, 2014


Our crew was welcomed as soon as we got out of the vehicle in the parking lot and escorted to our locker room. Dale Volkman, our contact, and the Mark Zahn, the Seymour AD, made sure we were well informed and taken care of through-out the evening. They made it very clear that if we had any concerns what so ever they wanted to know about it and address them.  We were escorted to the field for pre-game and in our meetings with each head coach, Matt Molle - Seymour, and Jeff Trochil - Oconto Falls, we heard them both emphasize to us that "any issues with any of their players, they wanted to know about it and would take care of it!"  So clearly the tone of sportsmanship was set from the leadership from the get go!  And as you might expect given that tone, we didn't have a single issue with any players throughout the game. It was common for players from both teams to help each other up out of a pile through-out the night. What an enjoyable environment to officiate a high school football game!  Our hosts took good care of us and as we departed the losing head coach personally shook each of our hands and thanked us for working the game! Our crew wants to recognize and appreciate both programs for a job well done!  

Reporting Official: Tim Marquart

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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


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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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