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Sportsmanship Plus - Softball

Shawano @ Bay Port
March 28, 2023

Both teams, coaches and players, showed exceptional sportsmanship. I did not hear any negative words towards any officials or players. No complaining about any close plays or balls and strikes. If all teams showed this type of sportsmanship there would be more people wanting to umpire.

Reporting Official:  Steve Kiel

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

De Pere vs. Marquette
March 11, 2022

This report is for good sportsmanship for the entire Marquette University HS staff. In an important game (sectional final) where the score was far from their favor and their season ended, the coaching staff and bench were respectful from start to finish. Coach Casey and his staff were respectful with any questions they had during the game no matter if a call went against their team or against the other team. As our crew left the floor, all the Marquette coaches thanked us for working the game.

Reporting Official:  Dan Milliren

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Milwaukee Vincent @ Watertown
Feb. 28, 2023

Thank you to the entire staffs of Watertown High School and Milwaukee Vincent High School for the hospitality and professionalism during the first round regional boys basketball game. This was one of the finest experiences our crew received this year. The game was competitive and energetic. The players and coaches displayed good sportsmanship which is a reflection of the leadership of head coaches from both teams. I have been a WIAA basketball official for 37 years and now have the opportunity and enjoyment of officiating varsity basketball games with my son. Our crew rarely experiences poor treatment or bad sportsmanship. This is my first “thank you” to the administrations and coaches this year. I just wanted to reach out and thank you all.

Reporting Official:  Joseph Pintarro

Sportsmanship Plus-Boys Hockey

D.C. Everest @ Eau Claire North
Feb. 14, 2023

In a WIAA regional game, the Eau Claire North hockey team demonstrated excellent sportsmanship at the start, during and the end of the contest. The coaching staff displayed good control over their players, asked questions in a professional manner and directed their student athletes in accordance with rules of good sportsmanship. Their on ice captains displayed qualities of good leadership, and worked with the officials when asked to keep the game flow and maintain a good educational based environment. It was a playoff game that both teams should be proud to be a part of.

Reporting Official:  Scott Swid

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Northland Pines @ Medford
Feb. 10, 2023

The environment was electric as the stands were full of supporters, and the pep band was entertaining the crowd. Both coaches should be commended for their great show of sportsmanship and passionate coaching for the entire game. The game was close all the way and the players were playing hard from the tip off until the final buzzer. All of the players from both teams displayed a high level of sportsmanship at all times. The fans from both sides were supportive of their teams and cheered with great vigor throughout the game. All three of us officials were grateful to have the opportunity to officiate at that game. That was a picture of what high school basketball should be all about. Please extend our comments to the high schools, coaches, players and the fans for a great night of high school basketball.

Reporting Official:  Jim Trzinski

Winter State Tournament Sportsmanship Awards Announced

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has chosen the recipients of the team Sportsmanship Awards for the 2023 winter State Tournaments.


Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Ashland @ Lakeland
Feb. 21, 2023

Every year near the end of the season we see many Parent Nights or Senior Nights. But at this game we saw a really neat Senior Night. After pre-game warm-ups, Lakeland introduced the sSeniors and their parents and presented carnations. But before they started with the Lakeland seniors, the PA announcer called out the Ashland seniors and presented them with carnations to take home to their parents. Then they called out the Lakeland seniors and their parents. This was such a neat way to include the visiting team at the end of the season. Well done T-Birds!

Reporting Official:  Rob Frenchick

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Milwaukee Excellence @ Kenosha Indian Trail
Feb. 9, 2023

After the varsity game, a player from Milwaukee Excellence Charter School and a parent from the stands, cleaned up their bench including the towels, water cups, etc., before exciting the court. This was after being defeated in the game. The entire group of student-athletes and coaches were respectful, good sports, and a pleasure to host. Additionally, I had a parent from my school approach me after the contest to praise how hard Milwaukee Excellence Charter School worked on the court, how they never gave up, and how they were a good opponent. Thank you Coach Joseph and your entire staff and players!

Reporting Administrator:  Nick Myers

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Notre Dame @ Bay Port
Jan. 30, 2023

Coach Dennis Gladwell of Bay Port handled himself very well on the court. Talking with us officials very professionally but passionately as a coach should. After the game, Coach Gladwell made sure to thank us for our work tonight but also all we do as officials. It was a great conversation and a positive reminder of why we do the things we do for youth sports! We really appreciate the kind words.

Reporting Official:  Jeryn Daggs

Sportsmanship Plus - Wrestling

West Salem vs. De Pere
Jan. 28, 2023

The Panthers are extremely fortunate to have Josh Brewer as their coach, mentor and role model. He sets an example that all coaches in wrestling should follow. Wrestling is a very technical sport, featuring an unlimited amount of situations and holds. Shortly into their match with De Pere, I began listening to him coach. In every situation, Brewer would give his wrestlers the precise information that would lead to positive outcomes. In my 35 years of officiating, I have never seen a coach interpret every situation so quickly and completely. This is what led to this sportsmanship review. Because of his complete concentration on his wrestlers, Josh didn't waste time telling me how to do my job. Josh's focus was on helping his kids improve during 'live fire.' At the age of 66, I no longer have children that wrestle. I do however hope that my 1-year-old grandson will have the good fortune to have a coach like Josh Brewer in his future, helping to develop the important life skills that you take from interscholastic sports.

Reporting Official:  Scot Fure


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