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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Umland
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
Fort Atkinson at Milton
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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