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Sportsmanship PLUS - Softball

Martin Luther @ Catholic Central
May 14, 2021

This was a well played game with multiple lead changes that went 10 innings. There were nothing but positive comments by both teams and coaches. Earlier in the game, Catholic Central was reduced to eight players due to injuries. In the bottom of the 10th inning with a one run lead and two outs, Martin Luther Coach Rodriguez intentionally chose to pitch to the Catholic Central batter, even though they could have chose to walk the batter and take the automatic out for Catholic Central only having eight players. Coach Rodriguez let the girls decide the outcome of the game and did not allow them to be punished for having bad luck in injuries. Before the game we were given snacks and water by Coach Kirst from Catholic Central and thanked by his players for our work.

Reporting Official:  Ben Ligocki

Sportsmanship Plus - Softball

Gibraltar @ Crivitz
May 15, 2021

The two schools played a doubleheader and both teams played hard and had fun! The coaches from both teams continued to coach and encourage the players throughout the game. I would like to recognize the catchers for both teams #12 for Gibraltar and # 10 for Crivitz. Number 10 for Crivitz came up and hit a home run. Number 12 from Gibraltar was laughing with her after and congratulated her when she reached home plate. Good job girls and coaches!

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

Sportsmanship PLUS - Softball

Hortonville @ Kimberly
May 14, 2021

The communities of Hortonville and Kimberly should be extremely proud of their softball programs. Coaches Pethke and Hermus both were outstanding in leading their teams throughout the entire contest. The game lasted 13 innings and both coaches kept positive encouragement and teaching the student athletes for this three and half hour game. Playing softball and having fun while respecting opponents. I would like to recognize several players for their hard work and leadership. Way to go Coaches and athletes! Hortonville numbers 4, 5, and 6. Kimberly numbers 4, 12, and 22.

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

Sportsmanship Plus - Softball

St. Mary Central @ Mishicot
May 13, 2021

The girls from both schools were very respectful to each other during the entire game. The game was very one-sided, but both schools showed mutual respect. We would like to thank retiring AD at Mishicot,Terri Risch. She wanted us to work extra innings for the JV kids. She came out and thanked us personally for doing the extra work. Treating us with respect and going the extra mile was very much appreciated by Ron and I. Have a great retirement Terri!

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

Sportsmanship PLUS - Baseball

Seymour @ Menasha
May 6, 2021

Thank you to both Seymour and Menasha for your hustle and sportsmanship throughout the contest at Koslo Park. Jason VanDenlangdenberg of Seymour and Bryce Duszak of Menasha, thank you for your hustle, keeping the game moving between innings, and excellent sportsmanship with your opponents and umpires. I enjoyed my conversation with both of you. All of us involved in a baseball game appreciate sportsmanship, thank you to these two young men for keeping sportsmanship as a core value. Have a great rest of the season!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Sportsmanship PLUS - Girls Soccer

Lakeland Tournament
May 8, 2021

I want to compliment all the coaches, players and fans of the Lakeland Union, Hayward, Medford and Marquette (MI) Girls Soccer teams for the exceptional attitude and behavior at the Lakeland Invitational Soccer Tournament. It was a perfect day for soccer and the entire officiating crew commented on the positive atmosphere of every game throughout the day. Over the course of four games, all that was heard was cheering for players, positive coaching instruction with good, clean soccer being played on the field. On behalf of the entire officiating crew, thank you for enabling an enjoyable experience. I also want to thank the concession organizers who offered water and sustenance at every break in the games. It is very much appreciated. The excellent sportsmanship and care demonstrated throughout the day goes a longs ways to encouraging future participation by the officiating crew in these all day events!

Reporting Official:  Robert Hom

Sportsmanship Plus - Track & Field

Northwestern Dennis Simpson Invitational
April 30, 2021

At the 38th Annual Dennis Simpson Invitational Track and Field Meet, an example of good sportsmanship was displayed by Northwestern’s Bennett Nelson. After a heated race, Superior’s Jake Casper fell at the finish line. Bennett graciously offered his hand to pick Jake up and offered a congratulatory comment which I heard and witnessed. This Invitational was filled with good Sportsmanship. Job well done, Moose Lake, Ashland, Northwestern, Drummond, Unity, and South Shore/Washburn.

Reporting Official:  Michael Jahn

Sportsmanship Plus - Softball

Pulaski @ Ashwaubenon
May 4, 2021

The communities of Pulaski and Ashwaubenon both have proud traditions in the sport of softball and Coach Vertz and Van Laanen continue to build positive experiences for their student athletes. The leadership was very evident in this contest with the players for both teams being very respectful to opponents and umpires during the entire game. Many positive comments were noted by both teams. I would like to acknowledge the catchers for both teams #11 Kubiak for Pulaski and #10 Olson for Ashwaubenon. Both are very talented players and were very respectful with my calls and always greeted me with a thank you after putting a new ball in play after a foul. The catches made this game flow nicely with thgeir work and leadership. Both communities should be proud of their softball student athletes.

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

Sportsmanship Plus - Softball

Pulaski Tournament
May 1, 2021

I have worked for Pulaski Athletic Director Janel Batten for many years when she was a coach and she always treated me very fair and respectful. I umpired the Pulaski Tournament, and three days later Janel sent me a card thanking me for working the tournament. She made my day by reaching out and doing a little extra by sending a note. In a world where everything is moving at warp speed, it is wonderful to see people take a minute to write a note and show appreciation for your time and effort. Thank you Janel for being a great leader!

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

Sportsmanship Plus - Baseball

Amherst @ Shiocton
May 4, 2021

I would like to recognize the players and coaches from Shiocton and Amherst for their great sportsmanship. Coach Backman and Coach Held the positive manner in which you coached your players was noticed. I would also like to thank Ben Wilcox from Shiocton for his hustle and the positive words that he used to encourage his teammates. It was a privilege to be able to part of a great high school contest. Enjoy the remainder of the season.

Reporting Official:  Phil Punzel


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