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Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Wausaukee @ Green Bay West
Nov. 30, 2017

I just wanted to say how wonderful it was to see the sportsmanship and effort of the two teams in this game. It was a tight and enjoyable game to be a part of. The girls played hard and the coaches stayed focused on their teams. The end of the game was especially great with the fans cheering and making the gym loud right to the end. There was NO negative sportsmanship. Well done!

Reporting Official:  Michael Lyons

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Fall River @ Palmyra-Eagle
Nov. 28, 2017

The athletic director, Andy Pickett, greeted the officials at the gym. He provided support during the game by addressing the opposing fan's unsportsmanship behavior. The coach for Palmyra-Eagle also showed great sportsmanship by being positive with his players and not complaining about calls that could have been called either way. The fans for Palmyra-Eagle did not yell at the officials, and displayed a positive attitude.

Reporting Official:  Amy Siesennop

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Young Coggs @ Milwaukee Marshall
Nov. 28, 2017

Jontae Peterson of Young Coggs displayed a calming present for his team. He kept talking to teammates to stay calm and focus when the game was not going their way. He led by example when calls were called against him. He asked questions respectfully. He talked to his teammates that appeared upset and kept them focused on the task at hand. Peterson displayed great sportsmanship throughout the game such as handing the ball to officials when applicable and not arguing calls that went against his team.For those aforementioned reasons, I feel he needs to be recognized for displaying excellent sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Barney Hall

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Oneida Nation @ St. Thomas Aquinas
Nov. 28, 2017

The sportsmanship and hard work displayed by both teams was incredible. The two teams played hard and fair and displayed what sportsmanship is all about. I especially applauded St. Thomas Aquinas. They played with just six players and never gave up as they battled right to the end. Both coaches were positive all night long and worked to improve their teams.

Reporting Official:  Michel Lyons

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Madison Country Day School @ Argyle
Nov. 21, 2017

We witnessed some of the best sportsmanship we have seen. Both coaches Kurt Ritschard (Argyle) and Tyson Rudd (Madison Country Day School) were busy coaching their teams and when we made calls, they were more concerned about coaching the girls and correcting the errors committed. As the game proceeded, Coach Rudd spent a lot of time being extremely positive with his team and working on the positive aspects of their play. He was also very complimentary of the opponents play. At one point he wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  After the game both teams made it a point to thank us for working their game and gave us each a high five or fist bump as they walked by. It was nice to see the players from both teams in good spirits and friendly after a contest.

Reporting Official: Kevin Runde

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Volleyball

Kaukauna @ Germantown
Oct. 17, 2017

I would like to recognize the outstanding sportsmanship by Kaukauna's captian, Ben Brochtrup. It was evident that his teammates respect him and what he brings to the team as they responded to his leadership throughout the match. When he did have questions about a call or play, he was always respectful and professional in the manner that he interacted with officials. Great to see a young man of his character out on the court!

Reporting Official:  Patrick Mott

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Hamilton @ Madison West
Oct. 20, 2017

From the time the ball was kicked off until the end of the game there were countless acts of good sportsmanship. Our crew was extremely impressed with the professionalism of both coaching staffs to include all assistant coaches. There were numerous tough decisions to make in this game and the coaches were questioning things in a professional manner but never with a negative tone or negative demeanor. Football officials always appreciate this kind of classy behavior and we just appreciated this type of effort and extension of the classroom behavior in a post-season contest. Great job and huge kudos to both Madison West and Hamilton football programs for a job well done. 

Reporting Official: Brian Kinney

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Soccer

Northland Lutheran @ Arcadia
Oct. 21, 2017

I want to thank both teams that I had the privilege to officiate this afternoon. The coaches, players and fans showed excellent sportsmanship before, during and after the match.  Bruce Schweisthal started things off by welcoming the officials to the field and provided information about the field and introduced the clock operator. During the game, both the head coach for Arcadia, Luis Cruz, and the head coach for Northland Lutheran, Bryce Zimmerman, treated the officials respectfully. The crowds for both teams cheered for their team and showed an ample amount of respect for their opponents. The players from the teams played hard but fairly and helped members of both teams off of the turf. Following the match, the players and coaches thanked us for officiating the game. Both teams should be commended for the school culture of sportsmanship that their behavior demonstrated today.  

Reporting Official:  Nick Hable

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Elcho/White Lake @ Crandon
Oct. 13, 2017

Our crew would like to recognize the outstanding sportsmanship of the Elcho/White Lake Wolverines coaching staff and players. What an honor it was to officiate this team. The crew was impressed with the coaching staff and players’ upbeat attitude and sportsmanship. The coaches were supportive of the game and of the officials with the positive energy they exhibited. Though the game was not going in their favor, the coaches motivated players to stay strong and have fun. The words and actions of the coaches kept the players resilient during the contest.  The coaches’ words were positive and kept the game exciting for their players. They were also positive and supportive of the officials, asking good questions and honoring the answers provided. After a multiple foul play and after the signals were provided to the fans and after correcting a timing error towards the end of the game, Coach Kizirian commented on how the cheers were for the officials. Though this may not be actually the case, his laughter and positive attitude made the contest an enjoyable event to officiate. The coaches’ behavior drained into the players of the Wolverine football Team. Not once did the officials hear a negative comment by the players among players on the team or to the opposing team. They helped players of both sides off the turf, found officials to give the ball to, and communicated well with their coaches and officials, which kept the game running smoothly.  At halftime and on the ride home, the officials discussed the leadership of Wolverine quarterback. He was respectful, took responsibility, positively motivated his players, and kept smiling and having fun. Our crew commented how his actions were the most enjoyable to view thus far this year.  This style of behavior on the field is modeled and taught by the coaches who lead by example. The officiating crew would like to congratulate the efforts of the Elcho/White Lake coaching staff.  Success isn’t always shown by wins and losses. If this type of behavior was consistent throughout the 2017 football season, the Wolverines had a very successful season.

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Rib Lake/Prentice @ Chequamegon
Oct. 13, 2017

This game totally exemplifies what WIAA sports are truly meant to be. Teams were helping each other off piles and acknowledging good plays. They spoke positive to each other., and we were proud to be involved. The Chequamegon coaching staff was as dedicated to the game and their team as I've ever witnessed. Please forget the win-loss records and try to see what's really important. Leading young men when it's the hardest. It's easy to be on board when you win. These young men learned a ton in my humble opinion. Thanks to both teams for an awesome experience.

Reporting Official: Rich Hohl


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