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Hamilton @ Madison West
Oct. 20, 2017


From the time the ball was kicked off until the end of the game there were countless acts of good sportsmanship. Our crew was extremely impressed with the professionalism of both coaching staffs to include all assistant coaches. There were numerous tough decisions to make in this game and the coaches were questioning things in a professional manner but never with a negative tone or negative demeanor. Football officials always appreciate this kind of classy behavior and we just appreciated this type of effort and extension of the classroom behavior in a post-season contest. Great job and huge kudos to both Madison West and Hamilton football programs for a job well done. 

Reporting Official: Brian Kinney

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Soccer

Northland Lutheran @ Arcadia
Oct. 21, 2017


I want to thank both teams that I had the privilege to officiate this afternoon. The coaches, players and fans showed excellent sportsmanship before, during and after the match.  Bruce Schweisthal started things off by welcoming the officials to the field and provided information about the field and introduced the clock operator. During the game, both the head coach for Arcadia, Luis Cruz, and the head coach for Northland Lutheran, Bryce Zimmerman, treated the officials respectfully. The crowds for both teams cheered for their team and showed an ample amount of respect for their opponents. The players from the teams played hard but fairly and helped members of both teams off of the turf. Following the match, the players and coaches thanked us for officiating the game. Both teams should be commended for the school culture of sportsmanship that their behavior demonstrated today.  

Reporting Official:  Nick Hable

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Elcho/White Lake @ Crandon
Oct. 13, 2017

Our crew would like to recognize the outstanding sportsmanship of the Elcho/White Lake Wolverines coaching staff and players. What an honor it was to officiate this team. The crew was impressed with the coaching staff and players’ upbeat attitude and sportsmanship. The coaches were supportive of the game and of the officials with the positive energy they exhibited. Though the game was not going in their favor, the coaches motivated players to stay strong and have fun. The words and actions of the coaches kept the players resilient during the contest.  The coaches’ words were positive and kept the game exciting for their players. They were also positive and supportive of the officials, asking good questions and honoring the answers provided. After a multiple foul play and after the signals were provided to the fans and after correcting a timing error towards the end of the game, Coach Kizirian commented on how the cheers were for the officials. Though this may not be actually the case, his laughter and positive attitude made the contest an enjoyable event to officiate. The coaches’ behavior drained into the players of the Wolverine football Team. Not once did the officials hear a negative comment by the players among players on the team or to the opposing team. They helped players of both sides off the turf, found officials to give the ball to, and communicated well with their coaches and officials, which kept the game running smoothly.  At halftime and on the ride home, the officials discussed the leadership of Wolverine quarterback. He was respectful, took responsibility, positively motivated his players, and kept smiling and having fun. Our crew commented how his actions were the most enjoyable to view thus far this year.  This style of behavior on the field is modeled and taught by the coaches who lead by example. The officiating crew would like to congratulate the efforts of the Elcho/White Lake coaching staff.  Success isn’t always shown by wins and losses. If this type of behavior was consistent throughout the 2017 football season, the Wolverines had a very successful season.

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Rib Lake/Prentice @ Chequamegon
Oct. 13, 2017


This game totally exemplifies what WIAA sports are truly meant to be. Teams were helping each other off piles and acknowledging good plays. They spoke positive to each other., and we were proud to be involved. The Chequamegon coaching staff was as dedicated to the game and their team as I've ever witnessed. Please forget the win-loss records and try to see what's really important. Leading young men when it's the hardest. It's easy to be on board when you win. These young men learned a ton in my humble opinion. Thanks to both teams for an awesome experience.

Reporting Official: Rich Hohl

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Soccer

Monroe @ Monona Grove
Oct. 10, 2017


Monona Grove's record put them at the top of their division and Monroe's record put them at the bottom of their division. With of these factors, the Monroe players were respectful of the other team. They often stopped to help up a Monona Grove player who slipped in the mud. The Monroe players were respectful of the officiating crew. I don't once recall a Monroe player arguing a call not in their favor. The Monroe players were having fun and playing a solid game of soccer in adverse conditions. All of the Monroe players thanked the officiating crew and some of the Monona Grove players after the game. It was an honor to officiate the game and an honor to work with a group of athletes who displayed excellent sportsmanship and who represented their school and the WIAA in an exceptional manner.

Reporting Official:  Jason Cram

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