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Owen-Withee vs. Abbotsford
Sept. 28, 2018

The Owen-Withee coaching staff/fans/players were the absolute definition of class and sportsmanship. Our crew has been given many honors, very few compare to being assigned these type games. Abbotsford was also a great example. Both communities should be very  proud of how their football teams are operating. I can’t say enough in regards to coach Laube, he should run clinics on coaching and sportsmanship. Please pat these staffs, Knapmiller and Laube on the back. This is why we love WIAA sports!!! Thank you for the experience.

Reporting Official: Rich Hohl

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Green Bay West @ New London
Sept. 28, 2018

Both teams played hard and by the rules, showing respect for their opponents. Often in games of this nature it's easy to lose focus and get frustrated but these teams displayed none of this. The coaching staffs of both teams continued to be positive and tend to business which on the surface would seem to be the norm. I would like to single out one player in particular, Green Bay West's #28, who while they were behind in the first quarter while we were lining up for the free kick approached me and said, "Thank you for reffing our game tonight and for keeping the players on both sides safe.  Please tell the other officials I said that.” To me this displays a great deal of character and speaks to the quality of coaching these athletes are receiving.

Reporting Official:  Dave Zoch

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Suring @ Three Lakes/Phelps
Sept. 28, 2018

We wish to acknowledge the best sideline we have experienced so far this year. Our hats off to Coach Tyler Maney for the exceptional efforts of coaching sportsmanship with his staff and players.  His coaching strategy keeps his players motivated and positive. First, Coach Maney did an excellent job helping the officials with some timing issues at the beginning of the contest and during the game.  He went up to the Suring coach to inform him that the timing will be corrected and apologized.  Second, Coach Maney and his staff did a great job keeping words positive and accepting the explanations of officials. He created the time to provide teachable moments for his players and recognized the positive acts of officials. It is evident that Mr. Maney’s attitude and actions rub off on his staff and players as they were respectful towards each other and the opponent. Our crew saw the hands of the Three Lakes players extended to help the opponents off the turf. Third, the players provided the football to an official immediately to keep the flow of the game, asked good questions, and respectfully listened to the officials as we work towards preventative officiating. Last, we saw a group of coaches who kept their players and themselves inside the box at the snap and throughout the play.  We never had to remind them like we normally have to do every Friday night. The fans were exceptional!  Not once did we hear a negative comment. They did what positive fans do, cheer on their team during great plays, as well as subpar plays. The parents’ and fans’ actions teach students how to properly behave in society when the game is meant for entertainment and to teach the many lessons of life. Our crew officiated a hard hitting game that saw players from both teams acting as young adults should in a spirited contest. The communities of Three Lake and Phelps should be proud of the actions of their coaches, players, and fans as we enjoy the great game of football.

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

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Luther @ Viroqua
Sept. 13, 2018

Both teams played and competed with the utmost respect for each other. Both coaches were exceptional to work for and were positive with the officials and the players throughout the match. I also want to acknowledge the student fans from Viroqua. They positively cheered throughout the contest. They were loud and into the match and there was never a time where they were involved in derogatory cheering against the opponent. The administration, parents, and coaches should be very proud of the product they are putting on the court.  Not only great athletes, but great kids.

Reporting Official:  Lance Bagstad