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Northland Pines @ Rhinelander
Sept. 26, 2019

I wanted to compliment both teams on a well-contested conference rematch. There was no trash talking, little grumbling about calls, no challenges/tackles intended to intimidate opponents...just soccer. One particular occurrence stood out during the final five minutes of play, with the score 0-0 and both teams pressing very hard to get the potential game winning score. Pines striker #10 Liam Oas was fed a through ball and was attempting to break on goal; defended by Rhinelander #4 Hugh Wiese and #2 Harrison Shiners. The Rhinelander keeper #1 Gavin Osterman came off his line to defend as well, the keeper secured the loose ball as the four players collided and fell to the ground. These situations - late in the game - can be fraught with emotion, intensity and reaction. Instead I witnessed players checking in with each other to make sure they were "OK"; complimenting each other with a "good play" and helping each other get back on their feet and getting "on" with the game at hand. It was so refreshing to see that. Best of luck to both teams in the remaining season.

Reporting Official:  Rob Hom

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Stratford @ Rib Lake/Prentice
Sept. 20, 2019

Our crew wanted to acknowledge both Rib Lake/Prentice and Stratford High School’s football teams, coaching staffs and event staff for the sportsmanship displayed. Players from both schools played hard on every down, and when the play was over, reach down to help each other up. No matter the score, each player and coach continued to show a regard and willingness to create a competitive environment for all the student athletes which is the truest definition of sportsmanship. We were amazed at the end of the game at what we saw on the field. Both schools, by their actions, made us excited to be a part of that game. We want to say thank you to both Teams for their outstanding leadership and showing all the fans in attendance what great athletes they are!

Reporting Official:  Scott Belanger

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Tomah @ Sparta
Sept. 13, 2019

The 114th rivalry football game between Sparta and Tomah exhibited exceptional leadership by Coach Dow (Sparta) and Coach Plueger( Tomah). The community and students filled the stands and end zones. Great sportsmanship was exhibited by players, coaches, fans, sideline staff and ball boys. Players were assisting the opponent after tackles, compliments exchanged with great runs/catches and few flags. The atmosphere was dynamic with positive cheering by students and fans. It was a football games that encouraged our first-year official with its quality of play, coaches, fans and excitement. The game, host school , coaches, players and fans were excellent examples on how academics, athletics, armed forces and community create a positive experience for all.

Reporting Official:  Daniel Braund

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Wausau East @ Rhinelander
Sept. 13, 2019

Congratulations to Rhinelander’s Coach Kraemer for his exceptional efforts of coaching sportsmanship with his staff and players. His coaching strategy keeps his players motivated and positive. The wing official stated Rhinelander exhibited the most class he has experienced with words and actions. The lines judge stated the coaching staff was respectful and appreciated the efforts of the officials regarding explanations. The team of coaches kept their players motivated and well instructed on the game and how to interact with the opposing team. Last, we experienced a team of coaches who kept their players and themselves inside the box at the snap and throughout the play. We never had to remind them like we normally do every Friday night. The players did an fantastic job on the field. They kept their words positive and helped players of both teams of the turf. The backs found and gave the umpire the ball immediately so he could ensure the ball was kept dry during a very rainy evening. The captains asked good questions and communicated effectively with each other and officials. The fans were great! We didn’t hear any negative comments, and this could be attributed to an announcer that was positive for both teams, educational on sportsmanship, entertaining and humorous. The fans provided positive cheers for their team during great plays as well as sub-par plays. The parents’ and fans’ actions teach students how to properly behave in society when the game is meant for entertainment and to teach many life lessons. The community of Rhinelander should be proud of the actions of their coaches, players, and fans as we enjoy the great game of football.

Reporting Official: Shawn Umland

Sportsmanship Plus - Girl Volleyball

Webster @ Luck
Sept. 6, 2019

There was great sportsmanship displayed by both coaches, teams and fans. Each set was very competitive. On one occasion as one of the sets was nearing the end, a player from Luck hit the ball and it landed out of bounds, but before the ball landed a player from Webster was in the net. The Webster  team was already celebrating what they thought was their point. When the captain came to me, I clarified that one of her teammates was in the net before the ball landed out of bounds. Her response was very respectful even though the call went against them and even though it was a very important point in the set.  On another occasion, there was some confusion about the libero replacement. A player from Luck also displayed great poise and confidence and asked for clarification of when the libero could come back in. What a great night!

Reporting Official:  David Smith

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