Sports Report PLUS
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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

Posted in: Wrestling
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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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Kaukauna @ Germantown
Oct. 17, 2017


I would like to recognize the outstanding sportsmanship by Kaukauna's captian, Ben Brochtrup. It was evident that his teammates respect him and what he brings to the team as they responded to his leadership throughout the match. When he did have questions about a call or play, he was always respectful and professional in the manner that he interacted with officials. Great to see a young man of his character out on the court!

Reporting Official:  Patrick Mott

Posted in: Volleyball (Boys)
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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

Posted in: Football
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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

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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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

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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

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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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Luxemburg-Casco @ Wrightstown
Oct. 6, 2017

This game exhibited everything that is good with high school athletics. The coaches and players were all very sportsmanlike in their behavior throughout the entire game.  This was a big game for both teams and all involved played a hard fought contest. Players from both teams would extend a hand to their opponent to help them up after being tackled. The coaches from both teams were excellent also.  These teams provided a great impression of their school communities.

Reporting Official:  Al Wenig

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Bloomer @ Hayward/Lac Courte de Reilles
Oct. 6, 2017


The rain did not dampen the excitement and hard work the communities put into enjoying the game and teaching fine sportsmanship. Our crew was impressed with the actions of the coaches. They were organized, and the players were disciplined.  The coaches were respectful to their players, peers and officials.  Coaches made the most of the teachable moments and changing players’ behavior. This was seen several times by both sidelines, but none more important than Coach O’Brien addressing an issue of one of his players immediately.  Also, coaches politely made comments recognizing the positive acts of the officiating crew, as well as indicating issues they may have with plays. The players were spirited and treated the opposing team with respect. Players helped opposing players off the turf and positively acknowledged the efforts of the other team. There was no jawing back and forth among players, and there was never a negative comment said about the other team.  The backs found the umpire and gave the ball to the official immediately so he could keep it dry.  If the backs didn’t, two Hplayers would always pick up the ball and hand it to the umpire. Congratulations Coach O’Brien and Coach Post for the hard work coaching and the fine job of 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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Darlington @ Cambridge
Sept. 22, 2017

My crew would like to commend the sportsmanship displayed by both schools during this hard fought contest on Friday. The coaches and players displayed exemplary sportsmanship throughout the contest. This was truly an honor to officiate this contest. Thank you for the opportunity! Also to be commended was the hospitality that Mr. Mr. Klingbeil and his staff at Cambridge High School provided us throughout the evening. Best of luck to both Cambridge and Darlington High Schools the rest of the season!

Reporting Official:  Chris Nicholson


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Wayland Academy @ Columbus
Sept. 18, 2017


Columbus showed excellent sportmanship in a game that was controlled by Wayland Academy.  No contesting of any call. The team was very good sports during each of the goals scored against them and just played to their ability.  They are to be commended.

Reporting Official:  Steven Melendez

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Chippewa Falls Invitational
Sept. 16, 2017

I was standing next to a group of girls from the Superior High School swim team.  hey were cheering on their teammates, and when they finished and noticed that a swimmer in another lane had no one cheering for her. All of the ladies moved over to that swimmer's lane and cheered in support of her finishing the race. Throughout the day, I noticed that the Superior swim team to other lanes to help swimmers that had no one to cheer for them. It was not only great to see these girls support their teammates, but also supporting girls swimming.  Congrats Superior!

Reporting Official:  Eric Olson

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Prairie Farm @ Mercer/Butternut
Sept. 19, 2017

Both teams’ coaches did a remarkable job of educating their players on the game of football and positive behavior. Not once did we hear a negative comment by players, coaches or spectators. Coaches did a remarkable job keeping their players motivated. What we saw was an experienced coaching staff continuing a fine tradition of proper sportsmanship behavior, while another team’s coaching staff is beginning an outstanding custom of positive actions when it comes to establishing a program of football, teamwork and sportsmanship. Players and community supporters enjoyed the game and taught one another the etiquette of proper sportsmanship. Players on each side helped the opposing team off the turf and congratulated each other on fine plays. Players asked officials good questions and accepted the answers and rulings of game action.  Also, the communities of each team were loud and positive. It is amazing how small communities enthusiastically support their student-athletes and teach them the fine tradition of proper sportsmanship.  

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

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West Allis Hale Tournament
Sept. 9, 2017

My officiating partner and I have had the privilege of officiating for Morgan Hunt of Racine Park for four years at the West Allis Hale Blandino Tournament. She is a captain and is ALWAYS pleasant and has a kind word for both her team mates and opposing players. Questions asked politely. A hand shake and smile after the match for the officials is gracious and well-meant. A true pleasure to officiate.

Reporting Official:  Dale Laabs


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Platteville @ Lodi
Sept. 8, 2017


During my captain's meeting, I gave my usual chat about captains being the leaders that the team members will look to in terms of sportmanship. The Platteville captain proactively spoke up, and said "Sportsmanship is really important to our team.  Our swimmers will wait at the end of the lane until the last swimmer finishes the race. Is that important to your team also?"  The Lodi captain agreed.  What was remarkable about this conversation is that the captain had a clear idea of what good sportsmanship was, could articulate it clearly as an action, and basically invited the other team to come on board and also demonstrate the same behavior. I have never had a captain's meeting that has included an athlete's definition of sportmanship and invitation to join in. It was a refreshing and extraordinary discussion that showed the captain's and team's ownership of the sportsmanship demonstrated at the meet.

Reporting Official:  Pat Coyne

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Oshkosh West @ Kimberly
Sept. 8, 2017


The Kimberly athletic department did a great job hosting this football game. I went to observe my crew.  Athletic secretary Marcia Van Hout and Athletic Director Ryan McGinnis did an outstanding job making me and my crew welcome for the game. Coach Ken Levine from Oshkosh West communicated respectfully with my crew the entire night and his sideline was very clean. He asked multiplerule related questions in a positive manner.  Coach Jones and his staff at Kimberly worked hard with their players as well. I informed him of several close rule issues and he thanked me for following up with rule clarification. Both the Kimberly and Oshkosh West teams have excellent leadership from their respective coaches.

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

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Bonduel @ Wittenberg-Birnamwood
Sept. 12, 2017


 want to commend the players and coaches for their hard work and sportsmanship during the pre-game, the warm-ups and throughout the match. I also want to commend both schools for their fans.  Fans were positive during the entire match and there was not one instance where I heard a negative comment from the stands.  I want to specifically point out the student section from Wittenberg-Birnamwood¬≠. They were outstanding!  They were constantly cheering for their team, getting excited over great plays, and never engaged in negative cheers or jeers toward the opponents.  A shout-out to the coaches, students, players and staff on a job well done by both schools.

Reporting Official:  Lance Bagstad

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Janesville Parker @ Whitewater
Sept. 11, 2017Sept. 11, 2017


This game was a great example of High School sportsmanship. This was played on the 16th anniversary of 9/11, and to begin with there was a great tribute given by John Chenoweth, the Whitewater coach. The game was a hard fought game and although there were some hard fouls, the offending player often was there to help up their opponent off of the ground. None of the players disputed any calls or talked back to the officials. The fans from both teams cheered positively and we did not hear any complaints about calls or boos. As an officiating crew that referees 20-plus games per season, we were in agreement that this game ranked at the top for positive sportsmanship. What a pleasure it was to officiate this game.

Reporting Official:  Thomas Vergeront

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Greendale @ New Berlin Eisenhower
Sept. 8, 2017

It was a pleasure to work the Friday night game. The staff at Eisenhower was fantastic. When we arrived, we were met by game manager Bill Knapp, and he took us to our locker room, where we were given all the information for the night. He escorted us into our area for halftime where we had refreshments and homemade snacks for us. The play on the field was outstanding, players helping each other up, handshakes, pats on the back, etc... The sidelines had zero issues and that is a reflection of both Coach Kern and Coach Stoltz and I commend both of them for that. After the game Coach Stoltz came up and personally complimented a number of our crew members on his appreciation for what we do. Working events like this is what makes this profession so great! Congratualtions and good luck.

Reporting Official:  Michael Arendt

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Kaukauna @ Marshfield
Sept. 8, 2017


I feel the need to submit what we thought was the model for WIAA high school sports sportsmanship. What a great experience our crew had. The players coaches and fans were the model for what makes the game so enjoyable. We want both communities involved here to know without doubt the high level and quality of their respective staffs. Thanks to all involved including the Marshfield AD and our caretakers for the night. What a super experience.

Reporting Official:  Rich Hohl

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Kaukauna @ Marshfield
Sept. 8, 2017


I feel the need to submit what we thought was the model for WIAA high school sports sportsmanship. What a great experience our crew had. The players coaches and fans were the model for what makes the game so enjoyable. We want both communities involved here to know without doubt the high level and quality of their respective staffs. Thanks to all involved including the Marshfield AD and our caretakers for the night. What a super experience.

Reporting Official:  Rich Hohl

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Kettle Moraine Lutheran @ Berlin
Sept. 1, 2017


Berlin High School made us feel very welcome as Joe Brandl, the athletic director, greeted our crew, showed us to the locker room, provided towels for the crew to shower, and a candy bar for energy.  Thank you Berlin Athletic Department for your wonderful hospitality!  Kettle Moraine Lutheran Coach David Kren worked hard to lead his players throughout the game. KML players kept a good positive attitude throughout the contest, and Coach Kren stayed positive in leading his team the entire game.  Berlin Coach Joe Stellmacher led his team in a positive manner as well. The Berlin sideline was clean, and he was very respectful during interactions with the officials the entire night. Great job coaches in leading by acts of good sportsmanship the young athletes in your respective communities.

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

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Cedar Grove-Belgium @ Mishicot
Sept. 1, 2017


The Mishicot athletic director,Terri Risch, met us at the door, showed us our locker room, gave us water, and escorted us to the field. Excellent job for treating us well to start! The game was well-played with only four total penalties. A Mishicot player had a significant injury and Coach Schreurs from Cedar Grove-Belgium came over and checked to see if he was OK.  Excellent leadership on his part by demonstrating concern about an opponent to his team. Coach Fix from Mishicot also did a great job communicating with the officials and his team during the game. His sideline was clean the whole game. Nice work coaches on leading your teams by acts of outstanding sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

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Spencer/Columbus Catholic @ Stanley-Boyd
Sept. 1, 2017


I wanted to share with you an unbelievable game that epitomizes what a WIAA football Friday night experience should be like. The picturesque fall evening was the perfect scene in which both teams student athlete’s displayed great sportsmanship and athletic ability, coaching staffs from both sides were respectful and intense, and both teams fans cheered respectively and in support of their team. Both head coaches, Mr. Koenig from Stanley-Boyd, and Mr. Gorst from Spencer/Columbus should be very proud of how their players, coaches and fans demonstrated their actions in a positive experience for everyone in attendance. As a crew we talked about after the game what a privilege it was to be a part of a game that really embodies the true spirit of high hchool sports. Games and experiences like this one makes our crew appreciative of the opportunity we have to be a part of these contests every week. Here’s to a great rest of the season!

Reporting Official: Andrew Ligman

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Spooner Invitational 
Aug. 31, 2017

I witnessed an amazing sportsmanship moment when the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser CC team members once again greeted and cheered every single runner coming across the finish line for both varsity and middle school runners. The smiles, high fives, pats on the back and cheering was so feverish that when the boys race was finishing, I witnessed the swelling of runners at the back of the finish chute swell to include five schools and just shy of 40 athletes join in the celebration. All because Chetek-Weyerhaeuser athletes had started on their own. It was an electrifying moment to witness not only for me and my partner, but for all the fans as well. These athletes from Chetek-Weyerhaeuser have consistently demonstrated this sportsmanship over the past several years and continue again this year demonstrating this is for real. A trait instilled from within the coaching philosophy and administration as well and certainly worthy of recognition in our northwest region if not the state.

Barron Invitational
Sept. 19, 2017


Once more the athletes from the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser high school were greeting runners at the finish line with hoots and hollers that roared above the crowd. I have been shooting videos of these athletes to document their spirit and enthusiasm at each meet, and never fail, its always there.  And if you watch and listen closely you can feel the impact on the crowd and other fellow athletes at the venue. What a great group of athletes demonstrating the true aspect of sportsmanship for themselves and athletes from all around them.  It makes no difference whether or not the runners are in the top or bottom 10. The cheering is the same. Its loud!  Its enthusiastic!  Its magnetic!  Its great!

Reporting Official: Dick Nerbun

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Edgar @ Tomahawk
Sept. 1, 2017


Our officiating crew would like to acknowledge the outstanding sportsmanship displayed by the Tomahawk head coach John Larsen, his staff, and the players. The coaches did an exceptional job of modeling positive sportsmanship. They were upbeat with their commands, kept their players motivated and working hard, and were positive with their comments and actions. Mr. Larsen did an extraordinary job of keeping his coaches and players out of the restricted area during plays. The modeling of proper behavior by the coaches 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 the entire program.We were honored to officiate the game.

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

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Fond du Lac @ Beaver Dam
Aug. 31, 2017

This was a competitive game with both teams demonstrating tremendous sportsmanship and respect for the game. Players helped their opponent up after a foul and both sides kept their energy properly channeled. The behavior demonstrated by both teams is a testament to the efforts of their coaches and both programs, their schools, and communities should be proud.

Reporting Official:  Willliam Loss

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Pius XI Catholic @ New Berlin West
Aug. 25, 2017


I would like to commend Coach Swabek, his staff, and his players. During the game, which wasn't going in their favor, Coach Swabek and his staff were heard constantly encouraging the players and coaching them up. The players, in turn, were supporting each other through out the game. The team played every down as if the score were 0-0 and played hard the entire game. We are unbiased, but it was internally very nice to see them have some successes in the later parts of the game, all of which was made possible by their consistent dedication to getting better one play at a time.

Reporting Official:  Paul Jakubowski

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Waupun @ New Holstein
Aug. 25, 2017


Coach Matt Rupp and his coaching staff displayed outstanding sportsmanship during their football game Friday vs. Waupun. The sidelines were consistently emphasizing high character and taking the high the road. The players bought into the message that the coaching staff was delivering, and a lot of the credit needs to be given to those players who, even during a difficult game, were able to keep their sportsmanship.  

Reporting Official:  Casey Pivonka

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Slinger @ Whitefish Bay
Aug. 18, 2017


The coaches had their teams well prepared for the game as far as sportsmanship and observing the rules. Coach Jacklin from Slinger and Coach Wolter from Whitefish Bay had their teams equipped properly and maintained outstanding control and management of their respective sidelines. In addition, both coaches were respectful during communication with the officials throughout the game. The coaches listened to our ruling explanations while being respectful. The players from both schools played hard and demonstrated good sportsmanship during play. Players who consistently displayed leadership in terms of sportsmanship were #10 and #88 from Slinger and #10 and #13 from Whitefish Bay. Great job by coaches and players from both teams.

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

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Berlin @ Antigo
Aug. 18, 2017


Our crew experienced an outstanding display of sportsmanship from the two football programs and their communities. What a great way to kick off the 2017 Football Season! The treatment the officials received from start to finish was impeccable. First, we were treated with excellent communication and treatment by Athletic Director, Matt Meronk and his staff. Next, our crew was impressed with the coaching staff of both teams as the players were very well coached. These gentlemen kept sidelines well-managed and exhibited class and respect. Our wing officials acknowledge how well the coaches and players stayed out of the restricted area during plays, probably the best we have ever seen. Both teams’ coaching staff were positive with comments as they motivated their players to excel. If coaches had a question about a call, they remained positive and did what they do best, coach. Our crew hopes the remaining teams it sees this season are as positive and classy as what we experenced this Friday night. The crew appreciated the positive sportsmanship of the players.  The backs and receivers quickly provided footballs to officials after the play to keep the game timely managed, and captains did a fine job of asking questions of officials while stating their appreciation for the explanations given. Outstanding leadership and respect was shown by captains and their teammates as each team helped players of the other team off the turf. The fans were supportive and positive. The loud cheers and support for their players and community were definitely exhibited. Our crew applauds the efforts of the coaches, staff, players, fans, and community for the outstanding sportsmanship shown. We were privileged to serve them. The pride and honor taught to our youth is only possible by the mentors they experience. Congratulations Antigo and Berlin!  

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

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