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Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Regis vs. Coleman
Nov. 12, 2021

Our officiating crew would like to extend its gratitude for the fine sportsmanship displayed by Regis and Coleman during the Division 7, Level 4 contest. In such a big game with so much riding on the outcome, we normally don’t experience such a fine display of sportsmanship from coaches and players. Both teams’ coaching staff did a tremendous job of modeling positive sportsmanship. Coaches kept their sidelines clean, coached in a positive manner, and were respectful to officials. The wing officials commented how the coaches were confidently coaching their teams and positively engaging with the officiating crew. The coaches’ reverence for officials modeled the behavior exhibited by players. It is evident both coaches are well-respected as their players listened well, played hard, and exhibited positive sportsmanship.  The player’s conduct during this spirited contest was exceptional. Not once did the officials hear a negative comment; in fact, players complimented each other and assisted the opposing team off the turf. Players’ communication was extraordinary as they respectfully asked questions of officials and said “thank you” for the officials’ response. When coaches set high expectations for themselves, their teams mirrored the positive sportsmanship on the field. The officials summed up the actions of both head coaches and their teams in one word – class!Congratulations to Coach Brenner and Coach Bronson for exhibiting positive sportsmanship that bled to the players, staff, and fans. It is important to teach youth about winning, but it’s even more important to educate our youth about handling adversity, problem solving, executing strategy, and proper sportsmanship. We thank and congratulate both schools for their class and efforts in teaching and demonstrating positive sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

River Falls @ Waunakee
Oct. 30, 2021

This event started exceptional with host school Waunakee and their hospitality. We had special parking spaces for the crew, great locker room facilities, water and snacks as well as a small hot meal at halftime in the press box. The clock operator asked us questions and wanted feedback on his role and the chain crew was exceptional and professional. This is so important to officials to have all these moving pieces in place for a high level football event. The coaching staff and players from home team Waunakee and visiting River Falls were the highest of class in their character and demeanor. Kudo's to the entire Waunakee and River Falls communities and school districts, for fostering first class football programs. Our crew was honored to be a part of such a great environment, and what made it even better was the manner in which both River Falls and Waunakee played that football game. Both programs should be proud of the culture and climate they have created. Well done!

Reporting Official:  Brian Kinney

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Slinger @ Pulaski
Oct. 29, 2021

It has been years since we’ve witnessed this level of sportsmanship. The coaching staffs for these two schools need to be congratulated on this achievement. The players fans atmosphere was exactly what high school sports are meant to be. If you live in either of these cities rest assured your football teams are doing things the right way. Every aspect of our game was class exemplified. Congratulations to all involved. We are officials because of nights like this. Thank you ALL. What a great event we were blessed to be a part of.

Reporting Official Richard Hohl

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Volleyball

Eau Claire North @ Rice Lake
Oct. 14, 2021

The match was very competitive. During play, the floor captain from North came over to talk to me about a back row attack. She was very courteous and respectful as she talked with me. She made eye contact and showed great poise as she talked with me. The coaching staffs from both teams were very respectful as well. I just want to commend both teams. Well done!

Reporting Official:  David Smith

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Wausaukee @ Three Lakes
Oct. 14, 2021

Our crew would like to showcase two football programs for their outstanding sportsmanship . The fans enjoyed the actions of their team as coaches and players expressed themselves in a positive manner. We have acknowledged Three Lakes in the past, and this proves the tradition of sportsmanship coach Maney expects of his staff and players. Also, we have seen Wausaukee twice this season, and both times, Coach Russ’ players and sidelines were exceptional with their actions. Both coaches are passionate and positive with words and tactics when teaching/coaching the game of football. Their positive actions spread to the players as they played hard, respected officials and opponents, and appreciated the opportunity to play high school sports. Not once did the crew hear a derogatory remark from players as they helped each other off the turf and congratulated each other on fine play.  It was a great game to officiate, and it was an honor to be a part of this football contest. We would like to acknowledge the fans, announcer, score clock operator, and chain crew for their positive spirit and competence. Also, we would like to recognize Athletic Director Charlie Volk for his outstanding communication and professionalism. The communities of Three Lakes and Wausaukee should be proud of their schools and the positive behavior exhibited. Congratulations and our hats off to each school’s football program!

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Waukesha West @ Waukesha South
Oct. 8, 2021

In a big rivalry game - Waukesha West @ Waukesha South - the head coach for Waukesha South [Darnell Wiltz] showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the entire game. He never raised his voice, yelled or screamed at any point during the game. When he did have a question, he simply asked it and when given the answer [sometimes an answer he may not have agreed with] he said thank you and went back to coaching. It should also be reported that Waukesha South player #23 [CJ Johnson] showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the entire game. He was always encouraging his teammates, and players from Waukesha West, on good plays. He was a true team leader during the entire game. I thanked #23 towards the end of the game for his outstanding sportsmanship like behavior, and also mentioned it to his Head Coach, Darnell Wiltz. Thank you to Waukesha South Head Coach Darnell Wiltz and #23 CJ Johnson.

Reporting Official:  Pat Miles

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Lourdes @ Deerfield
Oct. 7, 2021

The overall sportsmanship involved in this contest with both teams was phenomenal. Our crew observed multiple players from both teams celebrating good plays with each other. Players on both teams were helping each other up off of the turf during the game and communicating with each other in a pro-social manner throughout the entirety of the contest. The coaches from both teams were very respectful towards our sideline officials and asked clarifying questions as needed in specific situations while accepting the outcome of our rulings as officials. We as officials thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this contest largely because of the level of sportsmanship we observed, thank you for your efforts as coaches and players setting the example of good sportsmanship in the WIAA.

Reporting Official:  Jonathan Wild

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Volleyball

Tomah @La Crosse Logan
Oct. 7, 2021

This was a wonderful match to referee. The sportsmanship started before the warm-ups even began. It was Senior Night for Logan and they had a nice ceremony for their seniors. As each senior from Logan was announced the coaches and players from Tomah clapped for each of them. The sportsmanship continued during the match. Of course, throughout any match, there are times when players and coaches will react to a call. Whenever that happened the players or coaches would quickly react or ask a question and once anything was explained, they all moved on and continued to play hard. The match was hard-fought and went all five sets with many momentum changes throughout. After the match was over the sportsmanship between the teams and coaches was outstanding and that was also directed toward the officials with several thank-yous from players, the coaches, and the Logan Athletic Director. These are the types of volleyball matches and the type of atmosphere that make being an official fun to be a part of the game. Outstanding job by both teams!

Reporting Official:  Lance Bagstad

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Recine Case @ Racine Horlick
Oct. 2, 2021

As officials, we came into this rivalry game not knowing what to expect as the fans were pumped and ready for the game, but in all honesty, it couldn't have gone any better. The players on both sides were patting each other on the helmets for good plays, helping each other up and very respectful of the other team and the officials. We were pleasantly encourarged at the great sportsmanship that was shown by both sides, especially on a crosstown rivalry game.  While the score wasn't very close, both teams continued to show good sportsmanship throughout the entire game and a pleasure to officiate.

Reporting Official:  Mike Edic


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