Sports Report PLUS
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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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