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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

Sportsmanship Plus - Baseball

Roncalli @ Brillion
April 29, 2021

With rain pelting down hard just prior to game time, we weren’t sure if we would be able to begin the contest. However, the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of either Roncalli or Brillion varsity baseball programs. We wanted to express our appreciation to both teams for a well-played game and to game management, for having the field safely ready at game time. Reece Stangel of Roncalli and Karter Trace of Brillion were the clear “example setters” for their teams during this contest. Each of them showed lots of hustle, excellent sportsmanship while interacting with opponents, coaches and umpires, and spent a little extra time helping me after numerous plays by retrieving bats and foul balls. Both the communities of Manitowoc and Brillion should be proud to have student athletes who act in this manner. We as umpires appreciate the positive atmosphere these young men create on the field. Thank you to all involved and best of luck this season!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Winter Sportsmanship Award Recipients Named

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 Winter State Tournaments.

Sportsmanship Plus - Wrestling


Dodgeland Quadrangular
Jan. 14, 2021

This event was amazing. With the troubling times, the teams came together to make this very enjoyable experience for the wrestlers. It started days ahead with the Dodgeland AD reaching out to everyone with expectations and a plethora of information to make sure everyone was safe. The coaches did the best they could to get match-ups for their wrestlers, with minimal concern for team scores It was all about the kids. Kudos to the coaches for that! And lastly, almost every wrestler that competed came up to thank the officials for working the quad. This morning, not to my surprise, we all received an email from the Dodgeland AD for a job well done. Class act all the way around, and all four programs need to be recognized for their sportsmanship and doing the best they could for the wrestlers.

Reporting Official:  Billy Kraus

Fall Tournament Sportsmanship Award Winners 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 fall State Tournaments.


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