Sportsmanship - Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association



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Sportsmanship PLUS - Softball

Racine Lutheran vs. Racine Horlick & Nicolet
April 23, 2022

I would like to acknowledge and thank Becky Demuth and her entire softball team and staff. My partner became ill at the game and couldn’t return to the duties of an umpire. Two Racine Lutheran gentlemen spectators stayed with him throughout, to insure his safety and comfort. The trainer also kept an eye on him. When the game was complete, Becky Demuth and entire team shook his hand wished him well and thanked him. A true class act by the Racine Lutheran family. Thank you also to the two gentlemen that not only watched over my partner.

Reporting Official:  Tom Wendt

Sportsmanship PLUS - Girls Soccer

Wausau East @ Rhinelander
April 19, 2022

I have been officiating soccer for over 30 years and have experienced a lot of soccer matches, and I must say it was a pleasure to officiate this match. From the start at the captains’ and coaches’ meeting, to the final minutes of the game our officiating crew experienced a hard fought match that was refreshing to us. When a foul occurred we saw good sportsmanship take place from both teams as they would say "I'm sorry" and even helping them up as they were respectful to each other. Both coaching staffs were very positive as they gave instructions and encouragement to their team.

At the end of the match both teams shook hands with each other and us they had a good spirit as they departed the match. This is what high school athletics is all about! Looking forward to more matches like this one!

Reporting Official:  Rob Weise

Sportsmanship PLUS - Baseball

Marinette @ Fox Valley Lutheran
April 19, 2022

It is wonderful to see student athletes exhibit positive acts of sportsmanship before, during, and after a varsity baseball doubleheader. Fox Valley Lutheran’s Lincoln Thede & Eli Retzlaff, as well as Marinette’s Landon Cerwin, exemplify what it means to be great sportsman and leaders of a team. Gary and I wanted to congratulate these three young men for this much appreciated display of showmanship and positive attitude. Thank you to Coach Kramer and Coach Maedke for your positive leadership on and off the field, it was noticed by many.

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Sportsmanship Plus - Baseball

Oak Creek @ Racine Horlick
April 5, 2022

Sportsmanship and Safety, go hand in hand. What your about to read, proves it, in a big way. On a bitter cold and windy afternoon Racine Horlick’s Tanner Isaacson hits a ground ball deep in hole between first and second. The Oak Creek second baseman cuts the ball off, headed for right field, and from his knees, throws to the first baseman Ryan Santi. The throw is somewhat up the first base line, and Santi stretches far up the line and keeps his foot on the base. He makes a great catch of the thrown ball in time to get Isaacson out. As this is happening, Isaacson has a full head of steam running to and beyond first base. To avoid a serious collision, Isaacson puts both his hands on Santi's back, but did not maliciously contact him. In fact, Isaacson side steps into foul territory, sort of, and that move avoided the possibility of potentially serious injury to himself and Ryan. The net result of the collision, was Santi being moved further down the first base line and Isaacson holding onto Santi to avoid further impact. The Horlick first base Coach, Drew Tague, along with Isaacson, immediately helped Santi to his feet. Everyone involved was apologetic and instantaneously checking with each other for any injuryl. Both head coaches, Scott Holler of Oak Creek and Tyler Funk of Racine Horlick,  deserve thanks for teaching their players the proper way to handle this situation. This was textbook!

Reporting Official:  Ronald Zielinski

Sportsmanship PLUS - Girls Soccer

Somerset @ Baldwin-Woodville
April 5, 2022

Both the Baldwin-Woodville and Somerset girls’ varsity and JV soccer teams deserve a shoutout for awesome sportsmanship during their games on April 5. With both games played in a steady and chilly rain, the girls were upbeat and positive the entire time and it was evident they were still having fun, not complaining about the conditions, and playing for love of the game. It was truly inspiring to watch these girls compete. Bravo to both schools!

Reporting Official:  Matt Miles

WIAA Winter Team Tournament Sportsmanship Awards Selected

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has chosen the recipients of the team sportsmanship awards for the 2022 winter State Tournaments.

Sportsmanship PLUS - Baseball

Omro @ Ripon
March 29, 2022

On a very cold and blustery opening day in Ripon, the WIAA baseball season was in full swing with many acts of positive Sportsmanship. Donny Sohm and Nate Piper led the Omro team by assisting opponents with bat retrieval and offering a kind hand of congratulations on a game well played. Max Belling and Brett Bock of Ripon also added multiple acts of sportsmanship by helping retrieve foul balls and to chase down rogue, blowing helmets. We as umpires noticed these and many other positive acts of sportsmanship throughout the contest and very much appreciated them, thank you to both teams. Keep up the awesome work and have a great 2022 season!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Alma/Pepin @ Augusta
Jan. 27, 2022

I worked the JV game for these two teams and was impressed by the good sportsmanship displayed by both teams. Players played the game with respect for the opposition and officials and coaches coached their players not the officials. Both teams had quality players making for a good JV game. Working the game was enjoyable, good players, good coaches, good fans!

Reporting Official:  Brent Dickinsen

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Menominee Indian @ Iola-Scandinavia
Jan. 21, 2022

The players from the Menominee Indian displayed great sportsmanship throughout the entire game. The were a few plays where a foul was called and the players went to the floor and the Menominee players were there to help the Iola players get up. The Menominee Indian players were very polite when talking to the officials. Even after they lost the game, they came up to us and thanked us for officiating the game. This to me is great leadership by the coach and parents.

Reporting Official:  Adrian Vanden Acker

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Sheboygan South @ Manitowoc Lincoln
Jan. 25, 2022

Our crew was treated exceptionally well from the administration, game management, coaching staff and table crew last night at Manitowoc Lincoln. Athletic Director Dave Steavpack had his staff go above and beyond for the officials and communicated with us very well. Thank you for the hospitality, we look forward to coming back! These little things go a long way, we appreciate it.

Reporting Official:  Casey Pivonka


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