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Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Hurley @ Ashland
Aug. 27, 2021

Our officiating crew would like to extend its gratitude for the fine sportsmanship displayed by the Ashland Oredockers and the Hurley North Stars during the Week 2 contest in Ashland. First, we wish to say thank you for the outstanding communication and hospitality received from the staff. We were provided escorts, refreshments, and accommodations that allowed to us prepare for and review after the game. Both teams’ coaching staff did a tremendous job of modeling positive sportsmanship. They kept their sidelines clean, coached in a positive manner, and assisted the officiating crew with preventative officiating and correcting potential player issues. The officiating crew appreciated the communication with the coaching staff and head coaches. The wing officials commented how the coaches were always confidently coaching, requesting for perfection even when plays ended on a positive note. The coaches’ reverence for officials modeled the behavior expected from the players. It is evident both coaches are well respected by their players as they listened well, played hard, and exhibited positive sportsmanship. The players managed their actions, listened to officials and were respectful. Both teams possessed great players who showed positive leadership and aided the crew with preventative officiating and correcting player infractions.Both teams played hard and showed respect for one another. We were grateful for the backs handing the umpire the ball so the pace of play could run consistent and smooth. The fans were loud and proudly cheered in an encouraging manner. No discouraging comments were heard, so it is clear the school districts and their coaches take pride in how their communities are viewed and the importance of demonstrating the proper competitive spirit. Again, we would like to acknowledge the clock operator, chain crew and announcer. They are so crucial to the success of a contest, and they are one of the best we see every year. We appreciate these competent people who help make the officiating crew’s job easier and enjoyable. We tip our caps off to Coach Larson and Coach Erickson 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 Ashland High School for their outstanding hospitality and congratulate both schools for their efforts in teaching and demonstrating positive sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Menomonie @ Holmen
Aug. 27, 2021

Due to weather concerns, the game was moved to earlier in the evening. School officials observed lightning when teams were warming up, and delayed for 30 minutes. The Holmen AD worked with both teams to allow for an additional warm up period of 10 minutes and shortened the halftime to 10 minutes in an effort to start and complete the game. This was great collaboration by both teams and should be commended for their cooperation. Game was completed and a lightning show started about five minutes after the game was completed. The delayed start time didn’t affect the enthusiasm and excitement of the players and coaches. The Menomonie team with 70+ players on the sidelines stayed beyond the restricted area yet at the same time exhibited constant encouragement and enthusiasm for their teammates on the field. Coach Sinz and assistants also showed respect for the game of football, rules and developing individuals for future roles in our society. Coach Kowalski and his sideline were very respectful and showed the same excitement for the game and nurturing young athletics.. We would also like to commend the ball boys, Bruce of Menomonie, and Adam of Holmen who were an integral asset in carrying out their mission of dry balls, timely exchange, keeping a steady flow to the game and also enthusiasm for the players on the field. This game set an example for parents, fans, and the WIAA that all involved should be proud. This event was rewarding and a pleasure to officiate.

Reporting Official:  Daniel Braund

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Kenosha Bradford @ Muskego
Aug. 26, 2021

The Kenosha Bradford athletic trainers and personnel were constantly checking on me and my crew on a very hot and humid evening. They ran out to each one of us with water during every time out and break in the action. I also want to commend the coaching staff as well, for being outstanding role models and leaders of their team. At the end of the game, the coaches made it a point to thank us as we left the field, even though they were not victorious that evening. My whole crew talked about how nice it was to be treated so well after the game in the locker room.

Reporting Official: Keith Nault

Spring Team Sportsmanship Award Winners Selected

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

Alternate Fall 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 2020-21 alternate fall season State Tournaments.

Sportsmanship Plus - Softball

Kewaunee @ Sturgeon Bay
May 18, 2021

Coach Benesh and Coach Bortolini did a great job leading their teams during both games of a doubleheader. They were encouraging and teaching their student athletes through both games of the doubleheader. I would like to recognize Liz and Jenna Rohr from Kewaunee for leading their team. Both athletes reminded me of their grandmother, Shelly, who I worked with for many years in healthcare. Both girls demonstrated kindness and greatfulness during the game much like their grandmother did at work. Nice to see positive qualities being passed down through generations in Kewaunee.

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

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


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