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Rice Lake @ Baldwin-Woodville
Oct. 25, 2018

Rice Lake showed excellent sportsmanship in the face of a competitive game. Each time Rice Lake approached the officiating crew to ask a question, they did so politely and in a way that was trying to understand how or why a decision was being made (or not being made). I believe their tone and professionalism is a result of strong team culture created by their head coach. In the past several years, the boys head coach for Rice Lake has been polite and shown strong understanding of what youth athletics are about. He has been an excellent role model to his players and has never taken an inappropriate tone with an officiating crew I have been on. This sportsmanship "Plus" is many years coming. He has been great to work with in the past, and his influence on the players shows during games. It's high time some unsolicited feedback comes in for coaches doing a great job in youth sports.

Reporting Official:  David Nett

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Soccer

Onalaska @ New Richmond
Oct. 16, 2018


Onalaska played hard but safely and addressed the officiating crew politely throughout the game. At the end of the game, the Onalaska coach came up to me silent while I was finishing the paper work. When I finished and was ready to hand him his copy of the game report, I looked up to find a stern face that I thought might criticize our performance as an officiating crew. Instead, he looked me in the eye and said it was the best officiated game his team had experienced all year as he shook my hand. This kind of sportsmanship, right after a tough loss, is the type of leadership more schools need in youth athletics. He is able to see past a disappointment, and find the positive. The culture of his team is a byproduct of such an excellent role model and his kids are learning more than just soccer when they play for him.

Official Reporting:  David Nett


Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Blair-Taylor @ Highland
Oct. 19, 2018

Both schools demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and professionalism.  ittle things such as helping an opponent up after a play, picking grass from an opponent's helmet, a player from Blair-Taylor, #50, came up to me early in the 2nd quarter, shook my hand thanking me for officiating. This not only demonstrated class on his part but from both schools.  This is certainly a reflection of the leadership of both teams.  

Reporting Official:  Curt Ladwig

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

New Holstein @ Amherst
Oct. 19, 2018


I would like to commend both teams’ players, coaches and fans for the most excellent display of sportsmanship I have ever seen. The coaches coached, the players played their hearts out and the fans cheered. There was no questioning our calls, and we were left to officiate a great game. Some of the fans from New Holstein thanked us for coming and doing a great job officiating the playoff contest. It felt great to hear that because you don't here that very often. The AD and staff at Amherst High School were great!! I wish every game could be like this and maybe there would be more people becoming officials.

Reporting Official:  Scott Ter Maat

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Volleyball

Wisconsin Dells @ McFarland
Oct. 18, 2018


My partner and I would like to take the time to congratulate both McFarland and Wisconsin Dells for their demonstration of positive sportsmanship. Athletic Director Paul Ackley was on site when we arrived and greeted us and reviewed the schedule of events for the evening. We observed Paul using a proactive approach by the way he talked with the spectators prior to the match in regards to remaining off the floor during live balls for their safety. Both teams’ coaches (Fortune and Janke) and their assistants focused on coaching their players during the match and all we heard were words of postive encouragement to their players. We also want to recognize the players from both teams that thanked us at the end of the night for officiating as we exited the gym. Both communities can take pride as well with the spectators focusing on cheering on the players when they did something well on the floor. It felt great to experience a positive extension of the classroom during tonight's volleyball match. 

Reporting Official:  Wayne Hammes

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