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Random Lake @ St. Mary Central
April 26, 2019

Thank you to both Random Lake and St. Mary’s Catholic for your hustle and sportsmanship throughout a recent contest. Blake Hall and Tyler Landgraf of Random Lake and Holden Fischer of St. Mary Catholic, thank you for your hustle, warming up the pitcher between innings, picking up bats and helmets, and the positive dialog with both myself and opponents. All of us involved in a baseball game appreciate positive sportsmanship, thank you to these young men and their respective programs for going above and beyond to make the game enjoyable and exciting. Best of luck for the rest of the season!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Soccer

Spooner @ Hayward
April 30, 2019

The soccer press box is being replaced; so the public address system was not working. Both teams decided they would line up together and sing the national anthem. As a veteran of 23 years of military service in the Army and the Wisconsin Army National Guard, along with being an Iraq War veteran, I was so proud of both teams. It gave me "goose bumps" and made my eyes water a little as we all sang the national anthem together before the game. This moment made me extremely proud to be an American, and I was even more proud of the student athletes from Spooner and Hayward. A job well done by some fine young Americans!

Reporting Official:  Jim Richie

Sportsmanship Plus - Softball

Green Bay West vs. Peshtigo JV
April 27, 2019

Today was an excellent display in sportsmanship, encouragement, and teamwork. Both coaches can be proud of their players. Both schools can stand tall knowing their program have exceptional player leadership. In the first game of the doubleheader, I witnessed the encouragement from the Green Bay West catcher, #20 Kenley Knight. The praise and encouragement she gave her team was exciting to watch and hear. She acknowledged the Peshtigo team players when they got a good hit and came up to bat the next time. In the second game, I had the opportunity to be the field umpire. This is where I noticed another outstanding display of sportsmanship. Throughout the game, Peshtigo #24 Emma Gilligan was the spokesman for encouragement on defense. She was the leader on the field. Emma would also congratulate the Green Bay West players when they had a great hit, or great play on defense. These ladies with their positive attitudes and their leadership are the reason I continue to officiate. I want to recognize and commend both of these ladies, Kenley Knight and Emma Gilligan, as they were keeping with the highest standards of WIAA sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Jim Kostura

Sportsmanship Plus - Softball

Weyauwega-Fremont @ Mayville
April 25, 2019

Weyauwega-Fremont Coach Brianne McCoy is an excellent, positive and understanding coach. I wish all coaches were like he, and I thought I needed to let their athletic director know this.

Reporting Official: Raymond Raatz

Sportsmanship Plus - Baseball

Elkhorn @ Waterford
April 23, 2019

Both head coaches were easy to talk with before and during the game. The players hustled on and off the field the entire game. Very polite and cooperative catchers on both teams too, and no "griping" on pitches that could have gone either way, just a couple of "where was that" and an "OK". But the best was at the end, when a staff member from Waterford H.S. gave each of us an "officials goody bag" that had some snacks in it, a bottle of water, and a thank you card for taking the time out of our day to be an umpire at their athletic event. In all the years of umpiring, I've never been given such an item after the game with thanks for being there.

Reporting Official: Steven Kurkowski

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