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St. Mary’s Springs @ Omro
April 11, 2024

Both the Omro and St. Mary’s school administrators should be very proud of their varsity baseball programs, both the players and coaches, for their display of positive sportsmanship during a recent contest. Nate Piper & Mason Boerner of Omro and Max Bauer & Ben Anderson of St. Mary’s Springs were obvious leaders of their teams, especially in showing respect for opponents as well as helping retrieve bats and foul balls during the contest. They offered many encouraging words to all involved, including some timely positive feedback for myself behind the plate, during high stress moments of the game. All were noticeably appreciative of their coaches, teammates, parents, and umpires. Great job all and best of luck the rest of the season!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Sportsmanship Plus - Baseball

Appleton North @ Oshkosh West
April 9, 2024

The 2024 WIAA baseball season has started with many acts of positive Sportsmanship. Evan Johnson and Ryan Williamson led the Oshkosh West team by assisting opponents with bat retrieval, lots of hustle to and from their positions, and offering a kind hand of congratulations on a game well played. Matthew Hietpas, Brandon Schopf, and William Hoerner of Appleton North also added multiple acts of Sportsmanship by hustling to retrieve foul balls, purposely avoiding player to player contact in areas away from the active play, and to chase down a few Oshkosh players’ bats. We as umpires noticed these and many other positive acts of sportsmanship throughout the contest and very much appreciated them, thank you to both teams. Keep up the awesome work and have a great 2024 season!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

New Richmond @ West Salem
Jan. 25, 2024

New Richmond’s Abraham Monson displayed excellent sportsmanship during the game. He was very encouraging to his teammates and would not get down on himself or teammates when the game was not going his way. Additionally, during two-shot free throws, Abraham came up to me after I made a foul call against his team and told me how much he appreciated me and my partners being here to allow him to play the game he loves. We were able to engage in a little small talk before the game was live again. His sportsmanship and kindness is a first class act example of positivity in youth sports, and is the reason why I officiate, for kids like him. He is an outstanding young man and a great role model for the New Richmond boys basketball program.

Reporting Official:  Cade Murray

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Brown Deer @ South Milwaukee
Jan. 23, 2024

I was impressed by the sportsmanship shown by the coaches and players of Brown Deer. Neither complained nor argued a call. The coach was positive with his players and the players helpful in getting the ball when it went out of bounds or when a player needed help up from a fall. The coach thanked the crew for our efforts and for refereeing.

Reporting Official: Amy Siesennop

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Basketball

Marion @ Lakeland
Jan. 15, 2024

In a game well in hand, Hakken Berklund of Lakeland made an incredible play at the rim resulting in a dunk over a Marion player. In many games, this type of play leads to taunting and excessive celebration. The entire gym rose to their feet, bench erupted in celebration, and players on the court watched in awe at the display of athleticism. Hakken immediately avoided any further contact and made no effort to celebrate his tremendous play over another player. As an official, I wanted to recognize what I felt was an exceptional display of sportsmanship by Hakken.

Reporting Official:  Benjamin Hecke


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