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Hayward/La Courte Oreilles
Oct. 12, 2018

This letter is to again acknowledge the outstanding sportsmanship displayed by Hayward and Bloomer. The freezing temperatures did not chill the excitement and the hard work the communities put forth into enjoying the game and teaching fine sportsmanship. On the two-plus hour ride home on Friday, the crew analyzed the game, the actions of the officiating crew, and the actions of the coaches and players. The officiating crew was impressed with the actions of the coaches, players and fans. The coaches were very organized, communicated positively and modeled the proper behavior that teaches what sports is about, which is having fun, being competitive, learning leadership, and solving problems. The coaches’ actions drained into the sportsmanship behavior of the players and the fans. When asked to provide an adjective to describe the actions of each head coach, the wing officials came up with the word class. It is the coach’s class that makes officiating enjoyable, knowing that we need to provide the same positive actions as officials. Well done coaches on teaching future generations on how to act in competitive sports and various personal and career situations! Congratulations Coach O’Brien and Coach Post for the fine job of coaching and the outstanding work you do in educating our youth on the importance of positive sportsmanship.  We wish both of your teams the best of success!

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

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East Troy @ Jefferson & East Troy vs. Edgerton
Oct. 5, 2018 & Sept. 29, 2018


The head coach of East Troy, Jeff, was always respectful and if he had a question, he asked it, processed it and nodded his head and moved on. His focus was entirely on coaching his kids during two tightly contested events. The players istened to the referees and exhibited good sportsmanship throughout both games. Additionally, the Jefferson coach, staff and players were respectful, did not yell and talked with all officials with positive tones. We look forward to working these team's games again in the future.

Reporting Official:  Todd Peterson

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Blair-Taylor @ Whitehall
Sept. 28, 2018


Our crew thought the entire evening was enjoyable from start to finish. Whitehall's AD met us, had snacks at half, and a sandwich and drink following. The fans supported their respective teams, leaving the officiating to the crew. Multiple times players assisted teammates and opponents, displaying good sportsmanship to players and officials. Coaches coached the game and had good communication with officials. Participants from both schools represented their communities well.

Reporting Official:  Brent Dickinsen

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Owen-Withee vs. Abbotsford
Sept. 28, 2018

The Owen-Withee coaching staff/fans/players were the absolute definition of class and sportsmanship. Our crew has been given many honors, very few compare to being assigned these type games. Abbotsford was also a great example. Both communities should be very  proud of how their football teams are operating. I can’t say enough in regards to coach Laube, he should run clinics on coaching and sportsmanship. Please pat these staffs, Knapmiller and Laube on the back. This is why we love WIAA sports!!! Thank you for the experience.

Reporting Official: Rich Hohl

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Green Bay West @ New London
Sept. 28, 2018


Both teams played hard and by the rules, showing respect for their opponents. Often in games of this nature it's easy to lose focus and get frustrated but these teams displayed none of this. The coaching staffs of both teams continued to be positive and tend to business which on the surface would seem to be the norm. I would like to single out one player in particular, Green Bay West's #28, who while they were behind in the first quarter while we were lining up for the free kick approached me and said, "Thank you for reffing our game tonight and for keeping the players on both sides safe.  Please tell the other officials I said that.” To me this displays a great deal of character and speaks to the quality of coaching these athletes are receiving.

Reporting Official:  Dave Zoch

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