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Manawa @ Pittsville
Jan. 16, 2020

I commend Manawa and Pittsville for the atmosphere they created during their wrestling match. The night started like most others, but it was soon apparent that this was going to be a special night. Well before the contest started, the fans started filing in to show their support for the Pittsville coaches who were going to be honored that night in their final home dual after coaching for over 60+ combined years. Coaches Dan Hahn and Rick Winters of Pittsville have been great stewards of the sport for a very long time. The night started by acknowledging the support of the parents, then honoring the seniors, and finally, the recognition of the retiring coaches. All of this was before the contest ended in a tie. Through the entire contest, Coach Brad Johnson of Manawa, along with the Pittsville coaches, encouraged their wrestlers and never directed a negative comment towards me. All of the athletes on both teams fought hard and never showed displeasure with any call or the match result. It was a great night to be an official and accolades to both teams!

Reporting Official:  Russ Lobner

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Little Chute @ Freedom
Jan. 16, 2020

I want to give a shout out to Freedom Activities Director Linda Olson. She was very gracious in greeting all of us and showing us where are locker room would be for the night’s game. Her coaches on both the varsity level, (Mike Vanderloop,) and junior varsity level were outstanding in coaching their players. The same could be said for their opponents, Little Chute coaches Shane Knudtson and Brian Garvey. The behaviors of both teams did not go unnoticed. Good Luck to both teams the rest of the season.

Reporting Official:  Patrick Tschimperle

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Wausau West @ Chippewa Falls
Jan. 10, 2020

There are many things that make a great basketball game and amazing things happened that need to be shared and affirmed. It starts with game management and hospitality. Our game management staff was spot on–feeding us after the game, asking us how students are behaving and taking care of our needs to make us feel really important. Then the band–wow! The band at Chippewa Falls is incredible. Kudo's to the leaders of that group and the students who participate. A huge shout out goes to the student section.Often times we hear negative comments from student sections and we take great pride in showcasing when students show pride and respect themselves, their school, their community and their opponents. Hats off to their administration, students, coaching staff and fans for creating a great atmosphere on a Friday night. Makes it all worthwhile to see that kind of climate and culture.

Reporting Official:  Brian Kenney

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Turner @ Racine St. Catherine’s
Jan. 3, 2020
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I just want to thank coach Ken Watkins, from Turner, for his outstanding sportsmanship during our game. There was a play where there was a scramble in the lane, and he asked for a timeout, which I could not grant because I could not see who had possession of the ball. After hearing some comments from the bench area, I addressed the bench a little bit and said I could not see the ball. Coach Watkins was quick to tell me he did not question the call. A few seconds later I told him I knew he wasn’t complaining and he patted me on the back and told me he thought we were doing a good job. He also told my partners on multiple times that he thought we were doing a good job. I know we all appreciated his sincerity and definitely thank him for coaching his players and letting us do the best job we can.

Reporting Official:  Peter Kissinger

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Barneveld Tournament
Dec. 27, 2019

Barneveld High School held a holiday tournament again this year and the event was outstanding! Barneveld Athletic Director Randy Gabel greeted us at the door and made sure we were well taken care of. His table staff was outstanding as well. It was a two-day event and all the teams demonstrated excellent sportsmanship toward their opponents and officials. A great experience for everyone involved.

Reporting Official Dennis Baumann

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