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West Allis Hale Tournament
Sept. 9, 2017

My officiating partner and I have had the privilege of officiating for Morgan Hunt of Racine Park for four years at the West Allis Hale Blandino Tournament. She is a captain and is ALWAYS pleasant and has a kind word for both her team mates and opposing players. Questions asked politely. A hand shake and smile after the match for the officials is gracious and well-meant. A true pleasure to officiate.

Reporting Official:  Dale Laabs


Sportsmanship Plus - Swimming & Diving

Platteville @ Lodi
Sept. 8, 2017


During my captain's meeting, I gave my usual chat about captains being the leaders that the team members will look to in terms of sportmanship. The Platteville captain proactively spoke up, and said "Sportsmanship is really important to our team.  Our swimmers will wait at the end of the lane until the last swimmer finishes the race. Is that important to your team also?"  The Lodi captain agreed.  What was remarkable about this conversation is that the captain had a clear idea of what good sportsmanship was, could articulate it clearly as an action, and basically invited the other team to come on board and also demonstrate the same behavior. I have never had a captain's meeting that has included an athlete's definition of sportmanship and invitation to join in. It was a refreshing and extraordinary discussion that showed the captain's and team's ownership of the sportsmanship demonstrated at the meet.

Reporting Official:  Pat Coyne

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Oshkosh West @ Kimberly
Sept. 8, 2017


The Kimberly athletic department did a great job hosting this football game. I went to observe my crew.  Athletic secretary Marcia Van Hout and Athletic Director Ryan McGinnis did an outstanding job making me and my crew welcome for the game. Coach Ken Levine from Oshkosh West communicated respectfully with my crew the entire night and his sideline was very clean. He asked multiplerule related questions in a positive manner.  Coach Jones and his staff at Kimberly worked hard with their players as well. I informed him of several close rule issues and he thanked me for following up with rule clarification. Both the Kimberly and Oshkosh West teams have excellent leadership from their respective coaches.

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Volleyball

Bonduel @ Wittenberg-Birnamwood
Sept. 12, 2017


 want to commend the players and coaches for their hard work and sportsmanship during the pre-game, the warm-ups and throughout the match. I also want to commend both schools for their fans.  Fans were positive during the entire match and there was not one instance where I heard a negative comment from the stands.  I want to specifically point out the student section from Wittenberg-Birnamwood­. They were outstanding!  They were constantly cheering for their team, getting excited over great plays, and never engaged in negative cheers or jeers toward the opponents.  A shout-out to the coaches, students, players and staff on a job well done by both schools.

Reporting Official:  Lance Bagstad

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Soccer

Janesville Parker @ Whitewater
Sept. 11, 2017Sept. 11, 2017


This game was a great example of High School sportsmanship. This was played on the 16th anniversary of 9/11, and to begin with there was a great tribute given by John Chenoweth, the Whitewater coach. The game was a hard fought game and although there were some hard fouls, the offending player often was there to help up their opponent off of the ground. None of the players disputed any calls or talked back to the officials. The fans from both teams cheered positively and we did not hear any complaints about calls or boos. As an officiating crew that referees 20-plus games per season, we were in agreement that this game ranked at the top for positive sportsmanship. What a pleasure it was to officiate this game.

Reporting Official:  Thomas Vergeront

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