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Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Marion @ Manawa
Dec. 16, 2021

From our arrival at the site to when we left after the game concluded, the overall atmosphere was outstanding. The fans cheered on there teams, the coaches coached their teams and both players and coaches from each respective team were easy to work with and treated the officials with kindness and respect. Both teams also demonstrated excellent sportsmanship toward each other and contributed to making it an overall positive experience.

Reporting Official: Justin Haupt

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Sun Prairie @ Janesville Parker
Dec. 16, 2021

We enjoyed a tremendous game, beginning with our communication with AD Clayton Kreger prior, then our welcome by his game management and Big 8 Commissioner Chris Nicholson, who came to check in with us prior to the game, our night was great.The game was outstanding, very close to the end! Players played, coaches coached, and we officiated. Players were very competitive but 'friendly' to each other throughout. Coaches were 'perfect.' They worked with us and asked questions as needed. This was one of my favorite officiating games in years! As a fellow teacher and coach. it was exactly the way high school sports should be and usually are here in Wisconsin.

Reporting Official: Tom Young

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Stevens Point @ Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln
Dec. 13, 2021

The game was between two schools that were anticipated to very competitive and it was a very full gym. During the game the fans were excellent with cheering for their school while the coaches and players treated the officials, as well as the opposing team, with respect. I want to thank both schools for showing amazing sportsmanship during a highly contested basketball game.

Reporting Official:  Franklin Searer

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Winter @ Phillips
Dec. 7, 2021

Hats off to Phillips boys head coach Amy Ring and Winter head coach Jason Ufferman. In a basketball game, sometimes you finish a game and understand why you enjoy reffing the game. This happened with our crew during this game. Both teams played hard, showed great sportsmanship and enjoyed playing the game. The score was lopsided one way, but both teams played hard and encouraged each other to continue to play hard. I feel this starts at the homes of these young athletes, but knowing high school sports, it comes from the way they are coached. Congrats to both coaching staffs, communities and school districts for showing us all what the true meaning of high school sports are all about.

Reporting Official:  Woodrow Keeble

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Kiel @ Two Rivers
Dec. 14, 2021

I'd like to applaud Coach Slickman of Two Rivers and Coach Vandermeuse of Kiel for how they conducted themselves in our game last night. Our crew took a young official for his first varsity game and the coaches couldn't have been more respectful throughout the contest. Thank you gentleman for making this young official's first varsity game an enjoyable experience.

Reporting Official:  Mark Jandrin

Sportsmanship Plus - Wrestling

Kenosha Christian Life @ Nicolet
Dec. 4, 2021

“Thank you for being a referee", I have been a wrestling official for eight years now, and I can say this is the first time I had every athlete shake my hand and sincerely thank me. Alex Yang, Kenosha Christian Life, was the first. Not only did he thank me, but he thanked his opponents before the match for competing with him and he also thanked them for the competition after the match. I refereed four of Alex's matches and I believe he was 1-3. He didn't get upset after a loss. He got up and patted the opponent on the back and said thanks for the match. After his only match on my mat, he acted with the same class in victory.

Reporting Official:  Jeff Langkamp

Fall Tournament Sportsmanship Awards Selected

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2021 fall State Tournaments.

WIAA Conducts 11th Sportsmanship Summit

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – More than 420 students and administrators representing 83 teams from 76 member high schools attended the 2021 WIAA/Rural Mutual Insurance Sportsmanship Summit held Wednesday at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point.

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Wabeno/Laona @ Crivitz
Nov. 27, 2021

It was an extreme pleasure working the first game of the inaugural Thanksgiving boys basketball tournament at the Crivitz High School. Were greeted by the athletic director Jeff Dorschner. He immediately showed us to our locker room. Inside the locker room there were a plethora of healthy snacks and sports drinks for us to consume throughout the night. During the game, both coaches were outstanding in leading their teams to a hotly contested game, Both sides showed great sportsmanship.It was an enjoyable night for all involved.

Reporting Official:  Patrick Tschimperle

Sportsmanship - Boys Basketball

Johnson Creek @ Cambria-Friesland
Nov. 29, 2021

We experienced a phenomenal example of sportsmanship from players, coaches, and fans from both Cambria-Friesland and Johnson Creek. If all schools, coaches, and players displayed this high of quality of sportsmanship there would never be a shortage of officials. I never heard a negative comment from either coach or the players. The coaches never rode their players and focused on teaching them when they made a mistake. I never heard a derogatory remark from the fans, either. Both teams played hard and when the game was over my partners and I walked away realizing we had experienced a night of good ball and better sportsmanship that we know rarely comes our way. Thank you to Cambria-Friesland and Johnson Creek for creating such a positive atmosphere. A thank you should also go out to the Johnson Creek pep band for their positive attitude and to one young lady who asked if I had a request and then made sure the band played that song.

Reporting Official:  Paul White


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