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STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2015 fall State Championships. 

The winners of the State Team Tournament Sportsmanship Awards are Darlington in football,  Altoona in girls volleyball, Kenosha Indian Trail in boys volleyball, Rice Lake in boys soccer and Neenah in girls team tennis.

Darlington was selected for its sportsmanship following the program’s second straight runner-up finish in the State football finals. It is the second time the school has been recognized for its sportsmanship, both coming in football. The Redbirds were chosen as co-winners of the award in 1997. They advanced to the State Division 6 final this season in Division 6 and fell 39-20 to champion St. Mary’s Springs. Receiving honorable mention were Amherst, Bangor, Kimberly, Lodi, Notre Dame, Pepin/Alma and Spencer/Columbus Catholic.

Altoona earned its second sportsmanship recognition overall with its positive support for the Railroaders at the State Girls Volleyball Tournament. They advanced to State for the third time before dropping a 30-28, 25-13, 25-17 decision to East Troy in the semifinals. Their other Sportsmanship Award was awarded in girls tennis in 2001. Honorable mention for the award went to Clayton, Living Word Lutheran, Notre Dame and Regis.

Kenosha Indian Trail displayed positive school spirit in its first-ever appearance in the State Boys Volleyball Tournament to earn its first Sportsmanship Award in any sport. The Hawks lost 25-17, 25-11, 25-20 in the quarterfinals to Kettle Moraine, which advanced to the final and finished as State runner-up. Honorable mention for the award was given to Marquette and Middleton. 

Rice Lake is the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award in boys soccer. It marks the second time the school  has been bestowed the honor and the first time for boys soccer. The program’s support was positive and significant in both its semifinal and final match-ups. The Warriors advanced to the Division 3 final with a 1-0 overtime victory over Notre Dame in the semifinals, and they finished runner-up following a 1-0 loss to champion Mount Horeb in the title game. Their first honor came in boys hockey in 2009. Arrowhead, Barron, Grafton, Kimberly, Madison West, Marquette, Racine St. Catherine’s, River Falls, Sturgeon Bay and University School received honorable mention for the award. 

Neenah is the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award in girls team tennis, which marks the eighth time the Rockets have received the award, and it’s the second time in girls tennis. They also were recognized in girls tennis  in 2000; boys tennis in 2002 and 2006; boys basketball in 1969, 1975 and 1988; and girls soccer in 2001. They won their first State Girls Team Tennis Championship in school history by defeating Brookfield East 4-3 in the Division 1 title match. Altoona, Edgewood and Waunakee each received honorable mention recognition.

The WIAA/Rural Insurance Sportsmanship Award is presented to one school program and community–or communities in the case of cooperative programs–in each of the State team tournaments that exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship. Award winners are determined by the conduct and sportsmanship displayed by athletes, coaches, cheer and support groups, mascots, bands and spectators. Additional consideration is given for the effort of school administrators and chaperones to insure support for their teams are positive and that the highest ideals of sportsmanship are upheld. 

Award winners receive a trophy and banner in recognition of the honor. Schools receiving honorable mention are acknowledged with a certificate of recognition. The selection process includes contributions and evaluations from contest officials, tournament management, police and security personnel, crowd control and ushers, WIAA staff members, and area hotels and restaurants on occasion. 

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Written by WIAA Communications

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