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Wausaukee @ Three Lakes
Oct. 14, 2021

Our crew would like to showcase two football programs for their outstanding sportsmanship . The fans enjoyed the actions of their team as coaches and players expressed themselves in a positive manner. We have acknowledged Three Lakes in the past, and this proves the tradition of sportsmanship coach Maney expects of his staff and players. Also, we have seen Wausaukee twice this season, and both times, Coach Russ’ players and sidelines were exceptional with their actions. Both coaches are passionate and positive with words and tactics when teaching/coaching the game of football. Their positive actions spread to the players as they played hard, respected officials and opponents, and appreciated the opportunity to play high school sports. Not once did the crew hear a derogatory remark from players as they helped each other off the turf and congratulated each other on fine play.  It was a great game to officiate, and it was an honor to be a part of this football contest. We would like to acknowledge the fans, announcer, score clock operator, and chain crew for their positive spirit and competence. Also, we would like to recognize Athletic Director Charlie Volk for his outstanding communication and professionalism. The communities of Three Lakes and Wausaukee should be proud of their schools and the positive behavior exhibited. Congratulations and our hats off to each school’s football program!

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Waukesha West @ Waukesha South
Oct. 8, 2021

In a big rivalry game - Waukesha West @ Waukesha South - the head coach for Waukesha South [Darnell Wiltz] showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the entire game. He never raised his voice, yelled or screamed at any point during the game. When he did have a question, he simply asked it and when given the answer [sometimes an answer he may not have agreed with] he said thank you and went back to coaching. It should also be reported that Waukesha South player #23 [CJ Johnson] showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the entire game. He was always encouraging his teammates, and players from Waukesha West, on good plays. He was a true team leader during the entire game. I thanked #23 towards the end of the game for his outstanding sportsmanship like behavior, and also mentioned it to his Head Coach, Darnell Wiltz. Thank you to Waukesha South Head Coach Darnell Wiltz and #23 CJ Johnson.

Reporting Official:  Pat Miles

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Lourdes @ Deerfield
Oct. 7, 2021

The overall sportsmanship involved in this contest with both teams was phenomenal. Our crew observed multiple players from both teams celebrating good plays with each other. Players on both teams were helping each other up off of the turf during the game and communicating with each other in a pro-social manner throughout the entirety of the contest. The coaches from both teams were very respectful towards our sideline officials and asked clarifying questions as needed in specific situations while accepting the outcome of our rulings as officials. We as officials thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this contest largely because of the level of sportsmanship we observed, thank you for your efforts as coaches and players setting the example of good sportsmanship in the WIAA.

Reporting Official:  Jonathan Wild

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Volleyball

Tomah @La Crosse Logan
Oct. 7, 2021

This was a wonderful match to referee. The sportsmanship started before the warm-ups even began. It was Senior Night for Logan and they had a nice ceremony for their seniors. As each senior from Logan was announced the coaches and players from Tomah clapped for each of them. The sportsmanship continued during the match. Of course, throughout any match, there are times when players and coaches will react to a call. Whenever that happened the players or coaches would quickly react or ask a question and once anything was explained, they all moved on and continued to play hard. The match was hard-fought and went all five sets with many momentum changes throughout. After the match was over the sportsmanship between the teams and coaches was outstanding and that was also directed toward the officials with several thank-yous from players, the coaches, and the Logan Athletic Director. These are the types of volleyball matches and the type of atmosphere that make being an official fun to be a part of the game. Outstanding job by both teams!

Reporting Official:  Lance Bagstad

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