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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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