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Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Wabeno/Laona @ Florence
Jan. 26, 2023

We had the pleasure of working this game. I want to point out that the players played hard with no complaining, great manners and super sportsmanship. The coaches were fantastic and positive toward their kids on both teams. I especially wanted to point out the Florence student section that cheered all night long and did it in a positive manner. It was refreshing to see some super sportsmanship for the kids. They are the best bunch we saw all year. The players from Laona/Wabeno were just as polite and also showed outstanding sportsmanship. A job well done. Sportsmanship is definitely pushed in the Northern Lakes Conference.

Reporting Official:  Michael Lyons

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Palmyra-Eagle @ Williams Bay
Jan. 6, 2023

Compliments to Coach Mike Dowden of Williams Bay, and Coach Brad Czeshinski of Palymra-Eagle for the outstanding sportsmanship displayed by both girls varsity basketball teams. Throughout the close four-point game, everyone (players, bench personnel, and coaches) were exemplary in their behavior! Those games are simply fun to officiate! Even a late foul by one of the William's Bay players was simply (and respectfully) acknowledged without any hint of resentment. Everyone simply played hard with no arguments. And kudos to Williams Bay for adding the public address announcement acknowledging the referees! I believe that helps sway the atmosphere in a positive way! You're truly raising next-level leaders!

Reporting Official:  Dan Cypcar

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

D.C. Everest @ Marshfield
Dec. 16, 2022

We had the privilege of officiating a girls' varsity basketball game at Marshfield against DC Everest. Right from the start at the captains' meeting, both teams showed great gratitude towards each other. During the game the players played, the coaches coached and the fans cheered on their teams in very positive manner. When there were calls made, both players and coaches respectfully asked us and thank us for helping coach their players. The calls would prevent them from making the same mistakes in the future. One of the captains from D.C. Everest saw I was talking to one of her team members. At halftime, she came up to me and asked if there was anything she and her team needed to clean up. After halftime, the player in question came up and said sorry for her actions. Later in the game during a dead ball, I told that team captain from D.C. Everest that was great leadership and that it will get her far in life being that type of positive person. It was a great night and this is the reason why our crew loves officiating the game. Hopefully this will get passed along to other schools and will continue to see more of this positive behavior in the future.

Reporting Official:  Matt Guse

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Fox Valley Lutheran @ Wrightstown
Dec. 15, 2022

Fox Valley Lutheran Head Coach Dave Wenzel and his coaching staff, especially his longtime assistant, handle themselves with the utmost class on the sideline, with a wonderful demeanor. The way this coaching staff handles their players, coaches their team, and deals with issues with the officiating crew is first-class and top-notch. We, as officials, told Coach Wenzel and his staff exactly this during the latter part of their game against Wrightstown. Keep up the great work coach, many coaching staffs can learn a thing or two from the way you handle your bench, your players, and your fan base. Thanks for a great experience.

Reporting Official:  Michael Graber

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Goodman/Pembine @ Florence
Dec. 9, 2022

This was a well-played rivalry game between Goodman/Pembine and Florence. The fans from both teams (students) cheered loudly and with good sportsmanship throughout the game. It was a pleasure to ref this game. Coaches were great. Students from both schools enthusiastically supported their school’s players positively. The band from Florence helped create a great atmosphere, and we were pleased that they played both schoos’ fight songs. A fun night for the officials.

Reporting Official:  Michael Lyons

Fall Sportsmanship Award Recipients Announced

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2022 fall State Tournaments.

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Northland Lutheran @ Wisconsin Valley Lutheran
Dec. 6, 2022

We had the privilege of officiating a varsity boys basketball game at Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School. When we arrived, we were greeted at the front door by Seth the athletic director, who most graciously took us to the officials locker room area. He had water already waiting for us in the locker room. Right from the captains’ meeting, the players were very nice and respectful. During the game, the coaches, players and fans all displayed great sportsmanship. The fans cheered for their teams, the coaches coached their players and were very professional to us as officials. The players played hard and when a player happened to fall to the floor, the players from each team went over to help them up. The players spoke very respectfully to the officials when they had a question about a call or a situation. Overall, it was a great experience of high school sportsmanship on all levels, from the coaches, to the players to the fans. I would hope that this message gets passed along to the schools coaches, players and fans on how appreciative we as officials were to the great sportsmanship showed during this game.

Reporting Official:  Jim Trzinski

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Elcho @ Goodman/Pembine
Dec. 5, 2022

This was a well played game with great sportsmanship from both games. The girls and coaches treated us with respect and kindness. After the game, the girls from Goodman/Pembine gave each of us a card thanking us for reffing the game. In our over 40 years of officiating this was the nicest thank you we ever received. We want to make sure that the girls got a proper thank you!

Reporting Official:  Michael Lyons

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Little Chute @ Oconto Falls
Nov. 30, 2022

I just wanted to reach out and say how impressed We were at the level of play and sportsmanship of both teams in this game. the players played hard and focused on the game. The coaches provided positive feedback to the kids and kept their attention on the game. It was a pleasure to work with such great people. It was a job well done!

Reporting Official:  Michael Lyons

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Volleyball

Carmen Northwest @ Milwaukee Washington
Sept. 28, 2022

Players wearing jersey numbers #3 and #12 for Carmen Northwest were chosen to be captains for this contest. They showed leadership in relaying rules from the coach/captain coin-flip meeting, pre-game help with JV games and in working with the JV girls game warm-up and with bench personnel and teammates.

Reporting Official:  Charles Organ


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