Sports Report PLUS
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Oneida Nation @ Lena
Sept. 4, 2018


This was a good, close game between two talented teams. They played hard and the sportsmanship displayed was outstanding. The fans from both schools were respectful and displayed excellent sportsmanship throughout the game. I was even thank by one of the parents on the way out for working the match.

Reporting Official: Michael Lyons

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Fort Atkinson @ Lake Mills
Sept. 13, 2018


The night was hot, muggy with a lot of mosquitoes but that did not deter the exhibition of a lot of good sportsmanship by both teams.The game was physical but when there was a hard tackle and the players went down, the opposing players were there to help up their opponents.The game resulted in a 5 to 5 tie and was memorable not only for the exceptional play but because both teams were respectable and polite to each other and the officials.

Reporting Official:  Thomas Vergeront

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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D.C. Everest @ Wausau West
Sept. 14, 2018


Each sideline was very professional in their behavior and actions. Players from both teams showed great sportmanship in helping each other after plays and complimenting each other after plays. Wausau West personnel greeted us and showed us to our dressing areas and treated us with beverages before, during and after the game. Kudos to both teams for a well-played game!

Reporting Official:  Patrick Tschimperle

Posted in: Football
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Hayward/La Courte Oreilles @ Spooner
Sept. 7, 2018


I am a firm believer in accentuating the positive. I would like to commend both Spooner and Hayward/Lac Courte Oreilles student-athletes, coaches, students, parents, and community members for their exceptional exhibition of sportsmanship during Friday's football contest. All parties involved displayed what an extension of the classroom should look like by displaying positivity through out the contest. Both communities should be proud of the sportsmanship they displayed.

Reporting Official:  Nate McNaughton

Posted in: Football
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Mosinee @ Ashland
Sept. 7, 2018


Our officiating crew is indeed honored to write a sportsmanship letter on behalf of the Ashland Oredockers and the Mosinee Indians during their Week 4 Football Contest. Thank you to Ashland High School and Athletic Director Brian Miller for their ability to make the transition to a new location easy and with a dose of fine hospitality.   We acknowledge the outstanding sportsmanship exhibited by both football programs.  Coach Larson and Coach Martens have done a fine job with their football programs in demanding outstanding sportsmanship. Coaches did what they do best, coach and allowed the officials to do their job. They asked questions politely and accepted the answers provided.  The sportsmanship and positive behavior exhibited by the coaching staff bled into the actions of the players. Players were respectful to each other, helped each other off the turf, and communicated effectively with officials.  We were so grateful that the receivers and backs provided the ball to the umpire quickly so as to keep the game moving at a consistent pace.  Also, the language was kept clean and comments exchanged with the opposition positive.  Also, the chain gang during the contest was impressive and took pride with their responsibilities. Last, the wing officials would like to thank the ball boys of each team. Dylan of Mosinee and Logan of Ashland did a fantastic job in being attentive and fulfilling their duties in a prompt manner. Hats off to Coach Larson and Coach Martens and their staff for teaching the most important element of sports, Sportsmanship!

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

Posted in: Football
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Amery @ Rice Lake
Sept. 8, 2018


Andy Otto (#13) displayed impresseive leadership after one of his teammates was issued a caution during the match. Andy identified the issue at hand and talked his teammate through it, remaining positive during his discussion, and not blaming anyone else for the issue. Andy will continue to be a positive influence on his teammates at Amery and on the game of soccer. Thank you, Andy!

Reporting Official:  Tom Rosenow

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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Seymour @ Xavier
Sept. 7, 2018

Seymour and Xavier high schools should be proud of their football programs.  Coaches Molle and Hinkens are great leaders of their teams. Both teams displayed outstanding sportsmanship, teamwork and effort during their recent game. Both coaches were positive with players and officials during the entire contest. Players from both schools were observed numerous times during the game helping up opponents and making positive comments or gestures to opponents.  I would like to commend numbers 20, 21, 52, and 65 from Xavier and numbers 4, 8, and 24 for Seymour for being outstanding leaders on the field. The football programs at Seymour and Xavier are positive assets for developing our youth.

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

Posted in: Football
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Wauwatosa West at Kenosha Klash Tournament
Sept. 2, 2018


I had the pleasure to center Wauwatosa West twice for the Kenosha Klash Tournament. I want to stress how respectful the players were to officials and other players. When there is a need to communicate with officials, they do so in a very respectful and calm manner, as does their coach. I praise the Wauwatosa West administration for finding a coach who instilled a culture they felt best represents their school and community. That is a culture of competitiveness that does not supersede sportsmanship, respect and civility.

Reporting Official:  Matthew Tuttle

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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Germantown vs. Sheboygan North
Sept. 1, 2018


Germantown and Sheboygan North were in the championship match of the Germantown Tournament.  The girls fought very hard, and the score was tight throughout in all three sets. Everyone was polite, played hard and showed great sportsmanship at the conclusion of the match. The players from Sheboygan North came over to us and shook our hands and told us that we did a great job. I thought that was exceptional following such a close loss and how hard they played.

Reporting Official:  Donna Wilson

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Germantown vs. Sheboygan North
Sept. 1, 2018


Germantown and Sheboygan North were in the championship match of the Germantown Tournament.  The girls fought very hard, and the score was tight throughout in all three sets. Everyone was polite, played hard and showed great sportsmanship at the conclusion of the match. The players from Sheboygan North came over to us and shook our hands and told us that we did a great job. I thought that was exceptional following such a close loss and how hard they played.

Reporting Official:  Donna Wilson

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Germantown vs. Sheboygan North
Sept. 1, 2018


Germantown and Sheboygan North were in the championship match of the Germantown Tournament.  The girls fought very hard, and the score was tight throughout in all three sets. Everyone was polite, played hard and showed great sportsmanship at the conclusion of the match. The players from Sheboygan North came over to us and shook our hands and told us that we did a great job. I thought that was exceptional following such a close loss and how hard they played.

Reporting Official:  Donna Wilson

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Abbotsford @ Marathon
Aug. 31, 2018


Our officiating crew would like to acknowledge the outstanding sportsmanship displayed by the Marathon  Abbotsford head coaches, their staff, and entire sidelines during their contest. We experienced a spirited contest between two talented and hardworking teams, and the officials would like to applaud the actions of both head coaches. The coaches did an exceptional job of modeling positive sportsmanship. Coaches were upbeat with their commands, kept their players motivated and working hard, and were positive and encouraging with their comments and actions. Their coaching styles and their modeling of proper behavior allowed the players to be positive and attentive to the rules, exhibit good sportsmanship, and listen to the suggestions of the officials.  We appreciate the optimistic actions of both school’s football programs.   We were honored to officiate the class acts of Head Coach Ryan Winkler and Head Coach Jacob Knapmiller and their staffs.  We wish them continued success in their ability to teach the most important role of sports, Sportsmanship!

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

Posted in: Football
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Winter/Birchwood @ Prairie Farm
Aug. 31, 2018


I would like to recognize the coaches, players and fans for both schools in showing good sportsmanship throughout the game. The players helped each other to get up after each play, and the coaches showed nothing but respect to all officials. Thanks for letting us be part of this well-played game.

Reporting Official:  Patrick Plumer

Posted in: Football
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Fox Valley Lutheran @ Luxemburg-Casco
Aug. 24, 2018


The schools of Luxemburg Casco and Fox Valley Lutheran should be proud of their players as they displayed excellent sportsmanship throughout the game. Players were observed helping up opponents and tapping opponents on the helmet after a great play. In addition, both teams were respectful to opponents. A special shout out to Luxemburg-Casco Athletic Director Jenny Bandow. She greeted us at the school, provided the crew with towels, gave us water, and provided us with some food after the game. Thank you Jenny for your wonderful hospitality!  


Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

Posted in: Football
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Brown Deer @ Sheboygan Falls
Aug. 17, 2018


All the players and coaches were very respectful to other players and officials. It is this type of sportsmanship that makes it enjoyable to officiate high school sports, but is something that we don’t always see. All the kids played hard from start to finish, and they will see success because of the hard work.  

Reporting Official:  Steve Kiel

Posted in: Football
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Antigo @ Berlin
Aug. 17, 2018


What a great start to the 2018 high school football season! We had the privilege working this game and would like to give both programs a “shout out” for their sportsmanship and positive teaching approach. It began with the professionalism of Athletic Director Joe Brandl who met us with a reserved parking space and then escorted us to our dressing facilities where he had provided a pregame snack and Gatorade for us. Upon entering the field we met with coaches from both teams who were outstanding in their positive and instructive approach. Joe Stellmacher (Berlin) and Tom Schofield (Antigo) and their staffs are both excellent examples of what it means to make high school sports an extension of the class room. Both teams were well-coached and disciplined. Both teams played hard and respectful. Both coaching staffs were professional and engaged, encouraging their athletes and allowing us to do our jobs to the best of our ability. It is when coaches coach, officials manage their environment and players compete that sport is at its best. In high school sports every team has the opportunity to learn the value of hard work, persistence, team work, how to compete, how to deal with success and even more importantly how to deal with adversity. It is not the mistakes or adversity in life that defines us but how we respond. These young men from both of these programs have coaches and staffs that will teach them those lessons which wills serve them well after their football playing ends. It was a privilege to be a part of this high school sports experience and a great way to begin the season.

Reporting Official:  Stephan Sanders

Posted in: Football
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Antigo @ Berlin
Aug. 17, 2018


What a great start to the 2018 high school football season! We had the privilege working this game and would like to give both programs a “shout out” for their sportsmanship and positive teaching approach. It began with the professionalism of Athletic Director Joe Brandl who met us with a reserved parking space and then escorted us to our dressing facilities where he had provided a pregame snack and Gatorade for us. Upon entering the field we met with coaches from both teams who were outstanding in their positive and instructive approach. Joe Stellmacher (Berlin) and Tom Schofield (Antigo) and their staffs are both excellent examples of what it means to make high school sports an extension of the class room. Both teams were well-coached and disciplined. Both teams played hard and respectful. Both coaching staffs were professional and engaged, encouraging their athletes and allowing us to do our jobs to the best of our ability. It is when coaches coach, officials manage their environment and players compete that sport is at its best. In high school sports every team has the opportunity to learn the value of hard work, persistence, team work, how to compete, how to deal with success and even more importantly how to deal with adversity. It is not the mistakes or adversity in life that defines us but how we respond. These young men from both of these programs have coaches and staffs that will teach them those lessons which wills serve them well after their football playing ends. It was a privilege to be a part of this high school sports experience and a great way to begin the season.

Reporting Official:  Stephen Sanders

Posted in: Football
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Prescott @ Rhinelander
Friday, Aug. 17, 2018


Our officiating crew would like to applaud the coaches, players and spectators of the Prescott Cardinals for their fine display of sportsmanship during their Week 1 football contest. We experienced a well-coached and discipline team. The coaching staff provided positive words of encouragement to their players and communicated with the officiating crew in a constructive manner. The players focused on playing hard, listened to officials, and kept their words and actions on the field positive. It was so encouraging not to hear inappropriate language that is becoming so commonplace. Also, the fans were spirited and kept their words helpful and encouraging. The sportsmanship displayed by the community is what high school sports is all about: learning, growing, and having fun.  Our linesman summed it up in one word “respect.” We congratulate Coach Haglund for establishing an environment of positive sportsmanship.  We were honored to officiate their game and wish them the best of success.

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland


Posted in: Football
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Mount Horeb @ Sauk Prairie
May 14, 2018


Prior to and during the soccer game, other activities were occurring including lacrosse practice, tennis practice, and track practice. There were well over 100 Sauk Prairie high school students, athletes, and coaches in the area in addition to the 100 or so soccer athletes, coaches, spectators, and officials. During the National Anthem, I looked around to see every person, not just those involved with the soccer game, standing in silence and facing the flag including the tennis, track, and lacrosse athletes as well as students walking by in the parking lot. It was an amazing display of respect, patriotism, and sportsmanship for the entire school. The parents and educators should be very proud of these students.

Reporting Official:  Jason Cram

Posted in: Soccer (Girls)
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Spring Valley @ Glenwood City
May 18, 2018


I would like to recognize good sportsmanship by both teams, but after the game, Spring Valley really set the bar high for sportsmanship and a touch of class when they gave both of us umpires a thank you card, thanking us for giving our time and calling a good and fair game. I can't say enough. The card presented and signed by all players and Coaches Cipriano and Christopherson was much appreciated and a class act. You are representing your community well and really set the bar high for sportsmanship by using a thank you card.

Reporting Official:  Patrick Plumer

Posted in: Softball
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Fond du Lac @ Kimberly
May 17, 2018


Just a note of gratitude for the fine sportsmanship that was displayed by the team members of your varsity baseball programs.  Both teams demonstrated positive sportsmanship throughout the entire contest. The acts of leadership Julian Murillo of Fond du Lac and John Nett of Kimberly displayed during the contest were noticed.  Thanks for the opportunity to be part of this contest.

Reporting Official:  Phil Punzel

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Fox Valley Lutheran @ Freedom
May 15, 2018


Isaac Gerhardt of FVL and both Noah Taege and Jack Williams of Freedom were the clear “example setters” for their teams during this contest.  Each of them showed lots of hustle, excellent sportsmanship while interacting with opponents, coaches and umpires, and they spent a little extra time helping me after numerous plays by retrieving a bat or a foul ball.  Both the communities of Freedom and Appleton should be proud to have student athletes who act in this manner.  We as umpires appreciate the positive atmosphere they create on the field.  Thank you to all involved and best of luck in the playoffs!

Reporting Official: Brett Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Wrightstown @ Oconto Falls
May 8, 2018

My partner and I were treated to an exceptional display of sportsmanship by both teams. Coach Chuck Verbeten from Wrightstown and Coach Cory Albrecht from Oconto Falls have teams that are competitive, but also display excellent sportsmanship. Please and thank you were the normal words of conversation between the catchers and batters. Both coaches should be proud of their team’s high standards that were proudly displayed. One lady presented the most leadership on the field during both games of the doubleheader. Bridget Froehlke of Wrightstown stood out among both teams as a true leader. She was the spark of enthusiasm for Wrightstown. Her positive comments to all of the players on both teams were commendable. Wrightstown’s AD Bob Caelwaerts and Principal Scott Thompson should be proud of this student leader. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this exceptional presentation of sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  James Kostura

Posted in: Softball
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Niagara @ Crivitz
May 10, 2018


We were presented with excellent sportsmanship displayed by both coaches. The coaches for Crivitz and Niagara need to be acknowledged. They not only encouraged their players on their teams to play a better game, but when the other team performed outstanding, they would let the other team’s player know that they were impressed with the player’s actions. Never a discouraging word. Both coaches exhibited the pinnacle of what a coach should be. I know why Crivitz and Niagara school systems selected these coaches. I understand why these coaches have longevity at these schools. I want to thank Crivitz Coach Arlin Grandaw and Niagara Coach Duane Blagec for an exciting and pleasant afternoon of softball.

Reporting Official:  James Kostura

Posted in: Softball
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West De Pere @ Seymour 
May 8, 2018


Many acts of positive sportsmanship were observed.  West DePere players Kaden Kosobucki and Cory Timm showed excellent sportsmanship during their plate appearances. Seymour players Owen Geurts and Trent Blake showed numerous positive acts of sportsmanship throughout the contest.  Phil and I wanted to congratulate these young men, their coaches, and their parents for their excellent display of positive sportsmanship at an education based athletic event. Best of luck to both teams in the playoffs and keep up the great work.

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Whitewater @ Turner
May 9, 2018


We want to commend Coach Peters from Turner and Coach Sdano from Whitewater on an excellent ball game. Their players, fans and coaching staffs were wonderful. This was the true meaning of sportsmanship! Congratulations to both schools involved. They have a lot to be very proud of!

Reporting Official:  Chris Nicholson

Posted in: Softball
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Mosinee @ Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln
May 4, 2018


My partner and I would like to take the time to congratulate both Wisconsin Rapids and Mosinee for their demonstration of positve sportsmanship. Athletic Director John Frizzell was on site when we arrived and greeted us with a smile and a warm welcome. Both team coaches (Holberg and Felch) and their assistants focused on coaching their players during the game and all we heard was postive encouragement and reinforcement from them. Coach Holberg requested one appealable play in a professional manner and when he heard the results of our final decision he accepted it and moved on. We also want to recognize the players from both teams that thanked us everytime we dusted off the plate or bases and thanked us at the end of the night for officiating as we exited the field. The community of Wisconsin Rapids can take pride as well with the spectators cheering on the players and letting the officials officiate all night long. All in all, it was a great game to be apart of and the positive life lessons these players are learning will help them be good citizens as well.

Reporting Official:  Wayne Hannes

Posted in: Softball
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Xavier @ New London
April 26, 2018


This was a great softball game that came down to the very end. Although the softball was great, the sportsmanship by the players, coaches, and fans was even better. The players picked up the bats for each other, they complimented each other, they even joked with each other on the bases from time-to-time. The coaches were also excellent. One thing to note is how encouraging the coaches were to there players throughout the game. Lastly, we had several fans compliment us on the way out of the venue and even had a lady yell to us as we were leaving and ran up to us so that she could comment on how positive we were with the players throughout the game.  We commend these two schools for promoting positive sportsmanship with their players, their coaches, and their fans. Job well done!!

Reporting Official:  Lance Bagstad

Posted in: Softball
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Appleton East @ Neenah
May 3, 2018


I wanted to take the time to recognize the players and coaches of your varsity baseball programs.  Coach Piepenbrink of Neenah and Coach Reed of Appleton East are fine examples of coaches that teach. Throughout the entire contest they encouraged their players by instructing them on how to get better. Jack Carlson the catcher from Neenah and Jack Habeck the pitcher from Appleton East showed grit and determination throughout the entire contest. The manner in which they encouraged their teammates with their positive words and hustle were noticed.

Reporting Official:  Phil Punzel

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Colfax @ Boyceville
May 1, 2018


We would like to recognize both teams for good sportsmanship, not just one player but all players, Colfax and Coach Dickerson’s showed great team play during the game, and Boyceville also showed nothing but respect to all. Have a great rest of the year teams.

Reporting Official:  Pat Plumer

Posted in: Softball
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Hartford @ Slinger
April 30, 2018


A huge crowd was on hand, and the fans exhibited outstanding sportsmanship cheering their team on with no complaints about the officiating. We certainly enjoy working for both AD's (Slinger - Mike Daniels and Hartford - Scott Helms). Both teams and coaches were very professional throughout the game. (Slinger - Kam Koplitz and Hartford - Eric Vanden Acker). The Orioles led 2-0 before  We were definitely impressed with the high level of competition and excellent behavior of both teams. Well done!

Reporting Official:  Owen Kaul

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Platteville Invitational
May 1, 2018


This meet was to be a triangular but two more teams were added as everyone is looking for meets to get their runners experience, having so many meets canceled this spring.  Athletic Director Mike Foley and Coach Rob Serres met me and welcomed me, as well as thanked me for coming to be the starter for this event. It was great to see the athletic director help run the meet. It was a nice day with temps in the 70s. All of the athletes displayed great sportsmanship, cheering for one another, helping each other with the starting blocks, congratulating the winning athlete, and enjoying the competing against each other. All of the coaches, athletes and event workers had a great event. What was really nice was the number of athletes from Platteville and the other schools who came up to thank me for starting their race. All of the teams (Richland Center, Dodgeville/Mineral Point, Southwestern, Potosi, and Platteville) should be proud of these teams for their display of great sportsmanship. Keep up the good work and good luck in your remaining meets.

Reporting Official:  Tracy Krueger

Posted in: Track & Field
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Cashton @ Westby
April 27, 2018


My partner and I would like to recognize Cashton High School catcher Taylor Costello for the sportsmanship she displayed during tthis game. The Cashton coach used a first-time pitcher against Westby. Taylor was very supportive of her efforts, calming her and encouraging her with every pitch.  Taylor became the “field general” during the game, and even though her team was on the losing end, Taylor kept a positive and upbeat attitude at all times. For this reason we would like to recognize Taylor for her outstanding sportsmanship.  

Reporting Official:  Curt Ladwig

Posted in: Softball
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Ashwaubenon @ Green Bay Preble
April 26, 2018


I wanted to take a moment to recognize the great sportsmanship displayed by your varsity baseball teams. First, the energy before the game was fantastic. Coach Krueger and Coach Conord displayed professionalism during the entire contest. Both coaches are truly teachers of the game of baseball.  Josh Nicklaus of Green Bay Preble and Will Adair of Ashwaubenon were two players that demonstrated great sportmanship throughout the entire contest.Both players hustled during the entire game, they encouraged their teammates, and after the contest greeted the opposing team with respect. Thanks for letting us be a part of this great contest.

Reporting Official:  Phil Punzel

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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New London @ Xavier
April 12, 2018


We wanted to express our appreciation to both the New London and Xavier varsity baseball programs for a well-played game early in the season.  For both programs, respect was noticeably one of the central values being taught in the classroom, at practice, and on game day.  New London players Kyle Wolf and Dylan Moeller were true leaders on the field. Xavier players Phil Lorge and Pierce Blohowiak showed numerous positive acts of sportsmanship throughout the contest.  I also wanted to emphasize the hustle aspect of both Dylan Moeller of New London and Phil Lorge of St. Francis Xavier. These two catchers really worked hard in their catching roles. I witnessed them picking up numerous bats, offering a kind word to an opponent for a good play, using caution while moving in and around the muddy areas near the backstop, and moving bats for opponents to make sure the area around the plate was safe.  Both the New London and Xavier school and community leadership should be proud of these young men, their coaches, and their parents for their excellent display of positive sportsmanship at an education based athletic event.  Best of luck to both teams this season and keep up the great work!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Summer)
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Packy Paquette Invitational
April 6, 2018


While officiating the meet, we observed outstanding sportsmanship by athletes, coaches, and fans.  One such example of sportsmanship was displayed by Sydney Zweig from Hayward. While a participant herself in several events, she offered to support the blocks of athletes from other schools. She did this on many occasions. Athletes after competing in tightly contested races congratulated each other at the finish line. We observed this throughout the meet. Athletic Director and Meet Manager Ray Kosey and his staff did an outstanding job again of hosting this premier Invitational Meet. The athletes, coaches and fans are to be congratulated for making this invitational meet a true pleasure to be a part of as officials. It is a privilege to be an official for the WIAA. We look forward to the remainder of the track and field season.  

Reporting Official:  Michael Jahn

Posted in: Track & Field
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Madison West @ Mount Horeb
April 10, 2018


This was a soccer game with great sportsmanship on both sides. Although there were hard challenges and tackles from both teams there was superior sportsmanship shown by both teams. Often on a  foul if the opponent was put on the ground, the offender was there to help her up. A wonderful game for players to have participated in, for fans to watch and for us as referees to have officiated in. A cold but perfect match and night.

Reporting Official: Thomas Vergeront

Posted in: Soccer (Girls)
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Manawa @ Wild Rose
March 27, 2018


Although the first game of the season was not a classic competition, it did exemplify how coaches and athletes should handle a situation where the score is not particularly close. The team leading was not rubbing it in, the girls were respectful to their opponent. The coach ahead on the scoreboard did his best to control the situation by have his girls go station to station, and he substituted freely. What I found most outstanding was that the team trailing continued to work with their kids. They kept coaching, which enables the kids to get something out of game that didn't go their way. People could learn a lot watching the sportsmanship that was on display with these two teams. I'll certainly work better games this season, but I may not work with a better group of coaches and young ladies.  

Reporting Official:  Gary Hagberg

Posted in: Softball
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Muskego @ Divine Savior Holy Angels
Feb. 24, 2018


I submit this report of excellent sportsmanship on the part of two outstanding coaches and staff, and the supporters of both schools, DSHA and Muskego. Both coaches displayed respect and class in a tough game. After the game was over and we were heading out, the DSHA head coach and his staff were waiting outside the locker room and wanted to compliment us and expressed their opinion on the job we did. They were quite positive and respectful. By the way, this was the coaching staff of the losing team.  After that, the head coach escorted us out of the building. I have been doing this for 47 years and it was right up there with the best display of sportsmanship and class I have experienced.  Props to both schools and their coaching staffs. They get it! Their respective schools are fortunate to have them leading their young athletes.

Reporting Official: Steven Nelson

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Florence @ Crandon
Feb. 9, 2018


This game was a pleasure to work. The teams were extremely well-coached and the sportsmanship displayed by both teams was outstanding. We were treated like royalty by the home school district. The coaches from both teams were positive with their players and in their interactions with us. The players displayed outstanding sportsmanship at all times.

Reporting Official:  Michael Lyons

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Stoughton Co-op @ Sun Prairie Co-op
Feb. 6, 2018


At the beginning of a late-season conference game, the Sun Prairie Co-op team held their Senior Night recognition ceremony on the ice. Both teams were lined up on their respective blue lines. While the Sun Prairie announcer read off the first Sun Prairie senior, she proceeded to center ice and received a flower. Then the announcer read off the name of a Stoughton senior, where she proceeded to join the Sun Prairie senior at center ice. This continued back and forth until both teams’ seniors were at center ice, where they received a round of applause from all the fans. This was a great display of sportsmanship before an important game and in front of a lot of fans!  The Sun Prairie co-op girls team needs to be commended for this act of kindness and good sportsmanship!

Reporting Official:  Dave Ferwerda

Posted in: Hockey (Girls)
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Eau Claire North @ Rice Lake
Feb. 9, 2018


I want to commend Todd Marks (head coach, the staff and players for outstanding sportsmanship.  In a heated playoff type atmosphere Marks exemplified behaviors of how a coach and educator should handle himself. The contest was very intense. Marks was great to work with when he had questions about calls during the game. The players were respectful throughout the contest. Oftentimes getting the ball for us on dead balls. The captain of North asked respectful questions at appropriate times during the game. I appreciate Coach Marks’ leadership and character.

Reporting Official:  Brian Trettin


Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Freedom @ Wrightstown
Feb. 8, 2018


I would like to acknowledge an outstanding representation of what a high school sporting event should be. First, hats off to Athletic Director Bob Caelwaerts and his entire staff for the first rate and professional approach to managing this event. He sent out, in advance, one of the most detailed and thorough game sheets to all involved parties insuring that everyone was aware of their role and respective responsibilities, leaving nothing to chance. Upon our arrival, personnel were available and friendly directing us to our dressing room and insuring we had everything we needed. The same courteous and prompt attention to our needs were available at half time and post-game as well. I would also like to compliment both Mike Froehlke (Wrightstown Coach) and Mike Vander Loop (Freedom Coach) and their staffs. Both were outstanding representatives of what the best in high school mentoring and teaching can and should be. Both coaches were engaged but respectful. Questions were asked and when answered both coaches accepted explanations and went back to focusing their attention on coaching and teaching their athletes. Throughout the entire contest coaches coached, players played and we worked hard to maintain a level of consistency so the athletes were the focus of attention. Additional kudos to Coach Vander Loop for the additional sportsmanship on display when a Wrightstown player achieved a career milestone. When the game was momentarily halted to acknowledge this achievement, Coach Vander Loop had several of his players go and personally congratulate the Wrightown athlete. It was refreshing to see mutual respect and achievement being recognized and celebrated. It is apparent the lessons these athletes from both teams are being taught will hold them in good stead well after the results of these games fade away. Life lessons are the most important values that high school sports can offer and teach. It is a privilege to be associated with high school sports and being a part of games like this only serves to reinforce that circumstance.

Reporting Official:  Stephen Sanders

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Oostburg @ Ozaukee
Feb. 7, 2018


Great sportsmanship from players, coaches and fans in a competitive Big East Tournament semi-final game. Both schools should be proud of themselves. 

Reporting Official:  Dan Merte

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Ironwood, MI @ Hurley
Feb. 2, 2018


We had the privilege to officiate the Hurley vs. Ironwood boys basketball game. This match-up is always a good battle of two really good programs. Not only did the game live up to all expectations, but far exceeded anything in recent history. The week was Snow Week at Hurley with all of the excitement that all of the special activities brings. Then the JV game went into double overtime with lots of loud cheering and encouraging by each team's fans. The varsity game was able to match this and go beyond. The gym was packed with a great pep band, cheerleaders and fans that really supported their teams. All night long the players played really hard, coaches coached and fans were really loud urging their team on. It was back and forth all night. The students, parents and all in attendance cheered for the players from both teams. This truly exemplifies the reason we have athletics.  It was a great show of sportsmanship.  Congratulations go out to both schools, coaches, players and fans!  Well done!!

Reporting Official:  Rob Frenchick

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Amherst vs. Platteville
Jan. 27, 2018


This game was the total package basketball game. Class act coaches and players with a great atmosphere created by youth leading cheers and being positive sources of energy for their teams.  Platteville girls varsity team is to commended for leading cheers to support their boys team. The game went into overtime and it was just an amazing atmosphere. Great fans, great teams and great game!.  

Reporting Official:  Brian Kenney

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Arcadia Invitational
Jan. 20, 2018


Cochrane-Fountain City showed excellent sportsmanship all day. The coaches and wrestlers were very respectful to the officials.  

Reporting Official: Bradyn Korpal

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Gillett @ St. Thomas Aquinas
Jan. 23, 2018


The two teams played hard and displayed excellent sportsmanship. The fans were great. St. Thomas Aquinas had a group of girls that cheered on their team and never said anything bad about their opponents. It was a fun atmosphere to work in.

Reporting Official: Michael Lyons

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Turner @ Clinton
Dec. 28, 2017


My officiating partners and I would like to commend the Clinton boys basketball team and coaching staff for the way that they conducted themselves during this hard fought game. The coaching staff openly asked our officiating group questions regarding calls we had made. They were professional during each and every encounter, accepted our explanations and thanked us every time. The players did likewise. They played hard and were respectful throughout the course of the game. Clinton certainly proved to us that their coaching staff is teaching the right things and leading by example.  Well done!

Reporting Official:  Martin Stewart

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Suring @ Niagara
Dec. 8, 2017


The game was extremely well played. It was obvious that these teams were well-coached. The players were respectful throughout the game, and the coaches coached their team and handled all discussions with the officials in a professional manner. The fans cheered positively for their team. Sportsmanship was definitely observed and well appreciated.

Reporting Official:  Michael Lyons
Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Cedar Grove-Belgium @ Lomira
Dec. 11, 2017


We wanted to take this opportunity to expressway our appreciation to all members of both coaching staffs for their exceptional sportsmanship and high level of professionalism throughout the entirety of the game. Both coaching staffs placed a heavy emphasis on coaching their kids, which is to be commended. If there is a sportsmanship award, it should be given to Lomira and Cedar Grove-Belgium. We look forward to working at these schools in the future.

Reporting Official: Todd Peterson

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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New Holstein @ Roncalli
Dec. 5, 2017


We were greeted by Athletic Director Dave Mueller. He was gracious to us showing us where our changing room was. As the game played on, both teams and coaches were outstanding in their behavior.  Each team treated each other, as well as us officials with great respect. After the game, we were greeted with post-game "nourishment" and thanked for the services we provided. Roncalli provided "winning" hospitality to us officials.

Reporting Official:  Pat Tschimperle

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Oconto Falls @ Freedom
Dec. 8, 2016


Upon entering the gym, we were welcomed by the host athletic director, Ms Olson.She directed us to our assigned locker room, and told us special events going on that night.  During the game, both coaches and players were very respectful of our crew.  The scoring table personal provided us with water that even had our names on them to identify whose was whose. At the conclusion of the game we were surprised to see some additional "nourishment" in the form of hot dogs and popcorn.  This was greatly appreciated from our crew and want to let the WIAA know of the great hospitatlity of the home team. The Oconto Falls coach thanked us for a good game despite being on the losing end of the game. We would like to thank all of these individuals for making this a enjoyable game to work and wish both teams the best of luck this season.

Reporting Official:  Patrick Tschimperle

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Omro @ Randolph
Dec. 2, 2017


After head coach Tyler Fischer (Randolph) gave a wonderful tribute speech about former Randolph standout Greg Stiemsma's career and accomplishments, both teams gathered together at mid-court in a terrific display of sportsmanship and mutual respect while taking a picture with Steimsma. Coach Fischer and Head Coach Tyler Goss (Omro) were very professional throughout the contest and both teams played hard. A special thanks to Randolph AD Kevin Knudson and his staff for the wonderful hospitality. It was a really fun game to officiate and a great day of basketball between two classy programs!

Reporting Official:  Kirk Wieland
Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Beaver Dam @ DeForest
Nov. 30, 2017


Our crew had the privilege to observe outstanding sportsmanship displayed by both teams during the game. Regardless of score, both teams played incredibly hard, showed great respect for one another, and represented both of their programs with a ton of class. This contest stood out to our crew because of the outstanding character displayed by Head Coach Jerry Schwenn (DeForest), Head Coach Tim Chase (Beaver Dam), and all of their assistants, captains and players. When a player went down, others helped them back up. When the ball went out of bounds, players got it for the officials. Coaches coached, players played, and officials officiated. Thank you all for being first-class role models and for providing us with such a positive officiating experience. We really appreciate it!  

Reporting Official:  Doug Stampfli

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Wausaukee @ Green Bay West
Nov. 30, 2017


I just wanted to say how wonderful it was to see the sportsmanship and effort of the two teams in this game. It was a tight and enjoyable game to be a part of. The girls played hard and the coaches stayed focused on their teams. The end of the game was especially great with the fans cheering and making the gym loud right to the end. There was NO negative sportsmanship. Well done!

Reporting Official:  Michael Lyons

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Fall River @ Palmyra-Eagle
Nov. 28, 2017


The athletic director, Andy Pickett, greeted the officials at the gym. He provided support during the game by addressing the opposing fan's unsportsmanship behavior. The coach for Palmyra-Eagle also showed great sportsmanship by being positive with his players and not complaining about calls that could have been called either way. The fans for Palmyra-Eagle did not yell at the officials, and displayed a positive attitude.

Reporting Official:  Amy Siesennop
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Young Coggs @ Milwaukee Marshall
Nov. 28, 2017


Jontae Peterson of Young Coggs displayed a calming present for his team. He kept talking to teammates to stay calm and focus when the game was not going their way. He led by example when calls were called against him. He asked questions respectfully. He talked to his teammates that appeared upset and kept them focused on the task at hand. Peterson displayed great sportsmanship throughout the game such as handing the ball to officials when applicable and not arguing calls that went against his team.For those aforementioned reasons, I feel he needs to be recognized for displaying excellent sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Barney Hall

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Oneida Nation @ St. Thomas Aquinas
Nov. 28, 2017


The sportsmanship and hard work displayed by both teams was incredible. The two teams played hard and fair and displayed what sportsmanship is all about. I especially applauded St. Thomas Aquinas. They played with just six players and never gave up as they battled right to the end. Both coaches were positive all night long and worked to improve their teams.

Reporting Official:  Michel Lyons

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Madison Country Day School @ Argyle
Nov. 21, 2017


We witnessed some of the best sportsmanship we have seen. Both coaches Kurt Ritschard (Argyle) and Tyson Rudd (Madison Country Day School) were busy coaching their teams and when we made calls, they were more concerned about coaching the girls and correcting the errors committed. As the game proceeded, Coach Rudd spent a lot of time being extremely positive with his team and working on the positive aspects of their play. He was also very complimentary of the opponents play. At one point he wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  After the game both teams made it a point to thank us for working their game and gave us each a high five or fist bump as they walked by. It was nice to see the players from both teams in good spirits and friendly after a contest.

Reporting Official: Kevin Runde
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