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Spring Tournament Sportsmanship Award Recipients Announced

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

Sportsmanship PLUS - Softball

Green Bay East/West @ Xavier
May 7, 2022

My partner and I were met by a young lady who was event management when we pulled in the parking lot, she was welcoming and friendly. We spoke to all coaches prior to the game, and they were fun and easy to talk to. Throughout two competitive games, everyone involved was polite and friendly to both of us, and more importantly, to each other. Both catchers routinely picked up bats for their opponents. Head coaches and their assistants continuously complemented kids for good defensive plays. It was refreshing to work for these teams. I've been doing this for a very long time, I promise you that almost without exception student athletes will treat officials and their opponent the way their coaches do. These kids are learning a lot more than softball when they spend time with adults like this. Well done.

Reporting Official:  Gary Hagberg

Sportsmanship PLUS - Softball

Hillsboro @ New Lisbon
May 5, 2022

New Lisbon has a very young team, they make a few mistakes as we all do, but they are growing from theses experiences. Central to that growth is their head coach, Ricki Lowe. I have the opportunity to work a good number of varsity contests and observe and interact with head coaches. Coach Lowe exemplifies the best attributes the WIAA, a district, an athletic director, parents and student-athletes could desire. Her positive encouragement, tireless support, and game knowledge clearly has her young ladies respect and support. Educational based extracurricular activities can evoke a wide range of emotions. Coach Lowe is a wonderful example of all the best things these opportunities present.

Reporting Official:  Jeff Taylor

Sportsmanship PLUS - Softball

Wilmot @ Union Grove
April 26, 2022

First thing that happened as we entered the field was two Union Grove players approached us with two brown paper bags  as a thank you for umpiring their game! These bags included a pack of gum, a pack of sunflower seeds,a granola bar, a thank you card, a card explaining their S.A.L.T. organization which stands for Student Athletic Leadership Team, AND best of all was a hand warmer which was definitely needed on this cold blustery day! We very much appreciated this act of kindness. Also, coaches, players and fans were respectful and watched a well-played game. Situations like these make all our hard work seem appreciated.

Reporting Official:  Jon Kradecki

Sportsmanship PLUS - Baseball

New Holstein @ Brillion
April 28, 2022

Here are four young men who appreciate and share positive sportsmanship with others: Hunter Boldt & Noah Hausler of New Holstein and Baily Ganz & Austin Hoyer of Brillion. Thank you for supporting players from the other team by picking up their bats, offering them a kind word, and showing hustle after foul balls when it isn’t asked of you. Your kind gestures were noticed by the umpires and were greatly appreciated. Brillion and New Holstein school district administrators should be proud of their respectful student athletes. Keep up the great work and have a fun season!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Sportsmanship PLUS - Softball

Elkhorn @ Waterford
April 29, 2022

Another kind gesture by the home team! Waterford  gave us both an “Official’s Goody Bag!”  It was part of their Sports Officiating and Coaching class. The bag had a bottle of water, granola bar, chips, rice krispee bar, and a nice thank you note. Again, so nice to feel appreciated for all our hard work and training! The game was good, exciting and well played! Both teams were polite hard working young ladies and the coaches and fans enjoyed a good game. Heartfelt thanks from the two officials!

Reporting Official:  Jon Kradecki

Sportsmanship PLUS - Softball

Racine Lutheran vs. Racine Horlick & Nicolet
April 23, 2022

I would like to acknowledge and thank Becky Demuth and her entire softball team and staff. My partner became ill at the game and couldn’t return to the duties of an umpire. Two Racine Lutheran gentlemen spectators stayed with him throughout, to insure his safety and comfort. The trainer also kept an eye on him. When the game was complete, Becky Demuth and entire team shook his hand wished him well and thanked him. A true class act by the Racine Lutheran family. Thank you also to the two gentlemen that not only watched over my partner.

Reporting Official:  Tom Wendt

Sportsmanship PLUS - Girls Soccer

Wausau East @ Rhinelander
April 19, 2022

I have been officiating soccer for over 30 years and have experienced a lot of soccer matches, and I must say it was a pleasure to officiate this match. From the start at the captains’ and coaches’ meeting, to the final minutes of the game our officiating crew experienced a hard fought match that was refreshing to us. When a foul occurred we saw good sportsmanship take place from both teams as they would say "I'm sorry" and even helping them up as they were respectful to each other. Both coaching staffs were very positive as they gave instructions and encouragement to their team.

At the end of the match both teams shook hands with each other and us they had a good spirit as they departed the match. This is what high school athletics is all about! Looking forward to more matches like this one!

Reporting Official:  Rob Weise

Sportsmanship PLUS - Baseball

Marinette @ Fox Valley Lutheran
April 19, 2022

It is wonderful to see student athletes exhibit positive acts of sportsmanship before, during, and after a varsity baseball doubleheader. Fox Valley Lutheran’s Lincoln Thede & Eli Retzlaff, as well as Marinette’s Landon Cerwin, exemplify what it means to be great sportsman and leaders of a team. Gary and I wanted to congratulate these three young men for this much appreciated display of showmanship and positive attitude. Thank you to Coach Kramer and Coach Maedke for your positive leadership on and off the field, it was noticed by many.

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Sportsmanship Plus - Baseball

Oak Creek @ Racine Horlick
April 5, 2022

Sportsmanship and Safety, go hand in hand. What your about to read, proves it, in a big way. On a bitter cold and windy afternoon Racine Horlick’s Tanner Isaacson hits a ground ball deep in hole between first and second. The Oak Creek second baseman cuts the ball off, headed for right field, and from his knees, throws to the first baseman Ryan Santi. The throw is somewhat up the first base line, and Santi stretches far up the line and keeps his foot on the base. He makes a great catch of the thrown ball in time to get Isaacson out. As this is happening, Isaacson has a full head of steam running to and beyond first base. To avoid a serious collision, Isaacson puts both his hands on Santi's back, but did not maliciously contact him. In fact, Isaacson side steps into foul territory, sort of, and that move avoided the possibility of potentially serious injury to himself and Ryan. The net result of the collision, was Santi being moved further down the first base line and Isaacson holding onto Santi to avoid further impact. The Horlick first base Coach, Drew Tague, along with Isaacson, immediately helped Santi to his feet. Everyone involved was apologetic and instantaneously checking with each other for any injuryl. Both head coaches, Scott Holler of Oak Creek and Tyler Funk of Racine Horlick,  deserve thanks for teaching their players the proper way to handle this situation. This was textbook!

Reporting Official:  Ronald Zielinski


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