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Sportsmanship PLUS - Football

Cornell @ Athens
Aug. 26, 2022

This letter is to recognize the outstanding sportsmanship displayed by the Athens Blue Jays and the Cornell Chiefs. First, it’s a pleasure to work with Athen’s Athletic Director Craig Diedrich. His communication and ability to work with officials is outstanding. Second, Head Coaches Todd Diethelm and Craig Braaten teach positive sportsmanship to their coaching staff and players. Both team’s sidelines were encouraging, great to communicate with, and kept their sidelines clean during the play. This really helps keep officials safe and able to do their job. Questions were asked and the coaches appreciated the explanations given. Third, the players did an amazing job on the field. They worked and communicated well with officials, motivated their own teammates, provided the opposing team with words of praise, and helped each other off the turf. As a crew, we concluded that these athletes were some of the most respectful, positive, and grateful athletes we have encountered over decades of officiating. Plus, they adhered to playing safe football regarding blocks and defenseless players. Last, those typically not in the spotlight did an exceptional job. The chain gang was competent and listened well, the announcer positive, the clock operator spot on, fans positive and constructive, and the athletic trainer from Marshfield Clinic caring during her busy evening. It is contests like these that make the task of officiating rewarding. Our crew tips it cap to the communities of Athens and Cornell and the educational leadership of those schools. It takes time and effort to train our youth on the importance of education, sports, leadership, and exhibiting positive sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

Sportsmanship PLUS - Football

Antigo @ Sturgeon Bay
Aug. 26, 2022

Our crew experienced what Friday night football is all about. We were welcomed by Todd Meikle, the Sturgeon Bay athletic director. He took us into our dressing area and informed us of the schedule of events for the evening. When we walked onto the field, it was in exceptional shape. Kudos to the janitorial staff for having their field in immaculate condition. The game was played by two well-coached teams. The kids played their hearts out. Not to forget but, our crew especially appreciated the water/gatorade served to us at halftime. We even received Snickers candy bars at halftime. It’s the little things that make the difference and we want to let the Sturgeon Bay School/athletic director know that we appreciated how we were treated.

Reporting Official: Patrick Tschimperle

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


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