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Wausau East vs. Wausau West
May 4, 2019

From the coaches, to the players to the spectators, the sportsmanship was outstanding as they showed respect to each other and the officials working the contest. If a girl was fouled they helped each other up and even apologized to each other. This is the kind of soccer match that is a pleasure to experience and work. Keep up the good work coaches and girls at Wausau East and Wausau West.

Reporting Official:  Rob Weise

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Soccer

Eau Claire North @ Chippewa Falls
April 30, 2019

On a cold and rainy day, I had forgotten my gloves in my duffle bag and planned to simply suffer through the game. Part way through the first half, #25 for Eau Claire North (I’m sorry I didn’t get her name) noticed me trying to keep my hands warm. She said she had some gloves, but I said I’d be fine and finished the half. At halftime, #25 took the time to dig out the gloves from her bag, and as we were about to go on the field for the second half, she came over to me and gave me the gloves to wear. I thanked her and was able to keep my hands warmer in the second half. It was such a sweet gesture and so kind of her to think about others, despite her being in the heat of competition. The world could use more people like this.

Reporting Official:  Ryan Gutsch

Sportsmanship Plus - Baseball

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

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