Sports Report PLUS
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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

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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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

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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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

Posted in: Swimming & Diving
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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

Posted in: Swimming & Diving
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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

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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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

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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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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Hilbert Sectional Track & Field Meet
May 25, 2017


I had the distinct privilege to be assigned as a starter at the Hilbert Division 3 Sectional track meet.  Boy, are those guys good!  The meet was one of the very best organized and efficiently run multi-school co-ed meets I have worked in my 40 years of officiating track. They had enough personnel to cover all needs, including 10 umpires, to cover all parts of the track and field events. The two trainers on hand covered every thing quickly and professionally. After the meet was over, a number of coaches and student athletes stopped to compliment us (the officials) on a well-run meet. We made it clear that the credit should go to meet management for a job very well done. Thank you Hilbert fo making this such a positive and pleasant experience.

Reporting Official:  Chuck Heidner

Posted in: Track & Field
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Ripon @ Campbellsport
May 18, 2017


I would like to commend both baseball coaching staffs, teams, players and fans from Campbellsport (Kyle Twohig & Dave Bothe) and Ripon (Dan Jonas & Bill Kinziger) on exemplary behavior, sportsmanship and stellar play. Both catchers Austin Narges & Hunter Merrill) were absolutely tremendous to work behind and always said "thank you" when I gave them a ball to put back in play. Due to impending darkness, I informed both coaches that the 11th would be the last inning, and they both agreed. The behavior of everyone involved is what my partner and I will remember most! Congratulations to both programs for teaching and playing the game the "right way!" It was a privilege to work this contest. Respectfully submitted, 

Reporting Official:  Kirk Kaul

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Kettle Moraine Lutheran @ University School
May 19, 2017


This game was played on a cold, wet and blustery day, and yet both teams seemed happy to be playing ball. Coach Dawson of USM and Coach Washburn of Kettle Moraine Lutheran had their players ready to play and should be complimented on how well both teams represented their schools. I would wish that all new umpires would have such an enjoyable game to start their careers. If that would happen, more young umpires would stick around. No complaining or yelling - just baseball. My partner and I even had fans thanking us for a job well done. Thanks to both coaches and teams for a very enjoyable game in some tough conditions.
 
Reporting Official:  Jon Kradecki

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Port Edwards @ Tigerton
May 18, 2017


We have had the opportunity to umpire a couple of games for these programs this year and we have absolutely enjoyed doing so. These teams have great groups of players, and the head coaches and assistant coaches are wonderful to work with. This particular game was no exception.  Both teams hustled and played hard,  and the coaches did a fantastic of positively encouraging players throughout the game. There was one particular piece of sportsmanship by one of the Port Edwards players (I believe it was #14).  She hit a hard ball back up the middle, and it hit the pitcher in the ankle.  The pitcher tried to make the play, but the batter was safe. The pitcher was fine and continued to play throughout the game.  What I was impressed with was the fact that while the pitcher was "walking it off" the Port Edwards player yelled, "I'm sorry" to her from first base.  It was genuine, kind, and I could tell she meant it from the heart. These types of players and coaches emulate what high school sports should be about.  Congratulations to these two teams and their respective schools.  I would also like to add, congratulations to these player's parents for teaching their children what it means to be a positive athlete on the playing field.

Reporting Official:  Lance Bagstad

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De Pere @ Pulaski
May 18, 2017


Both teams showed excellent sportsmanship and hustle throughout the entire game. Carson Williquette of Pulaski and TJ Teitz of DePere showed great leadership throughout the contest.  Coach Bogacz from Pulaski thanks for your work in getting the field playable.

Reporting Official:  Phil Punzel

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Franklin @ St. Thomas More
May 12, 2017


I was impressed by the way the head coach of the Franklin girls' soccer coach conducted his business. He greeted me with an introduction and a handshake as I arrived at the field. And as the AR in front of his bench for the match, I was able to observe him throughout. He was overwhelmingly positive with his players and gave plenty of technical advice to the players on the field and on the bench. When he had questions about calls/non-calls, he asked me at appropriate times and with professionalism. It was nice to see a coach at this level with a high level of respect for the game, his players, and the officials. His demeanor and attitude was reflected in the way his team acted as well. Thank you for a pleasant experience on the field!

Reporting Official:  Mitchell Giese

Posted in: Soccer (Girls)
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Pardeeville vs. Sparta
May 13, 2017

Pardeeville Coach Kim Peterson and Sparta Coach Michael Kirchoff were excellent role models of sportsmanship toward the players, umpires and toward each other. All my partner and I heard were words of encouragement from both coaches toward their players throughout the game. Both coaches would cheer when a player made a good play and would educate their player in a collaborative manner when a player could have approached a play in a different way. Both team's players would verbally "thank" us each time when we dusted off the bases. At the end of the game, both team's players thanked us for umpiring for them. It was a great experience on beautiful sunny Saturday to be a sports' official and be a part of sportsmanship at the level that both teams demonstrated.

Reporting Official:  Wayne Hannes

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West De Pere @ Xavier
May 11, 2017


In a well-played, exciting baseball game, many acts of positive sportsmanship were observed.  For both programs, hustle and respect were noticeably the central values being taught in the classroom, at practice, and on game day.  West DePere players Matt McNabb and Nick Pawlak were true leaders on the field. Xavier players Jesse Sell and Pierce Blohowiak showed numerous positive acts of sportsmanship throughout the contest. I also wanted to emphasize the hustle aspect of both Kyle Kosobucki of West DePere and Pierce Blohowiak 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, and moving bats for opponents to make sure the area around the plate was safe. Both the West DePere 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 in the playoffs and keep up the great work.

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Three Lakes/Phelps @ Crandon
May 9, 2017


Coach Gerber of Crandon High School showed professionalism and good sportsmanship all throughout the game.  As I had requested at the pregame conference, Coach Gerber called timeout and came to talk me respectfully whenever he had a question about a ruling. He listened as I explained the rule, and he accepted my explanation without argument. He dealt with his players, the other team, and the officials with a positive, professional attitude. I wish other coaches, and there are a few, would handle their players and officials in a like manner.

Reporting Official:  Chris Hankel

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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St. Mary’s Springs @ Laconia
May 9, 2017

We wanted to take the time to recognize the great sportsmanship that was displayed by the student-athletes and coaches of your varsity baseball programs.  Blake Bauer and Finton Floyd from St. Mary’s Springs displayed great sportsmanship by their positive cheering and hustle. To Seth Gosse of Laconia, the leadership that you displayed by your positive actions were also noticed.  Enjoy the rest of your season.

Reporting Official:  Phil Punzel

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Markesan @ Lourdes Academy
May 4, 2017


Thank you to both teams for your hustle and sportsmanship throughout the mid-season contest.  Craig Plagenz of Markesan, as well as Reid Spanbauer of Lourdes Academy, thank you for your hustle, warming up the pitcher between innings, and sportsmanship with your opponents.  All of us involved in a baseball game appreciate sportsmanship. Thank you to these young men for going above and beyond to make the game exciting, while keeping sportsmanship as a core value during competition.  Best of luck in the postseason!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Whitefish Bay @ Cedarburg
May 4, 2017


We would like to commend the players, coaches and fans from both teams for their sportsmanship. Players played with enthusiasm, and coaches worked hard and supported their teams. The coaches displayed great sportsmanship and respect for officials. The few times they had questions they waited until play stopped and properly approached us for explanations and accepted them without argument or comment. Fans also were very supportive of good plays by both teams and we heard no complaints, remarks or comments directed towards us. It was one of the most pleasant experiences we have had as officials and represented everything that is positive and good about high school athletic competition. This is the best example of how all contests should be played. 

Reporting Official:  Lester Bartel

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Sun Prairie vs. Racine Horlick
April 28, 2017

Alyssa Wilkinson of Sun Prairie received a pass from a teammate on her offensive half about 22 yards in front of the Racine Horlick goal and had the opportunity to either shoot the ball or dribble towards the goal for a 1-on-1 opportunity. She realized a Racine Horlick player sustained an eye injury around mid-field.  Alyssa decided to kick the ball out of bounds versus trying to score.  Great Sportsmanship!!

Reporting Official:  Rod Ottens


Posted in: Soccer (Girls)
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Sun Prairie @ Kimberly
April 29, 2017


My partner, Dave Steiger, and I had the pleasure of working a baseball doubleheader between these two fine teams. It’s easy to see why both programs have experienced the success that they have after working these games. Both coaches were excellent gentlemen to work for. Their teams played the games the way it is meant to be played. All players hustled all day, not only during play, but on and off the field between innings. All communication between players and coaching staffs was positive. This was truly an enjoyable doubleheader to be involved in. Best of luck to both programs going forward.

Reporting Official:  Bob Fletcher

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Regis/McDonell Central @ Baldwin-Woodville 
April 27, 2017


It is relatively rare that I can say I enjoyed overhearing commentary as an AR1, and last night was such an occasion. I wish to give a shout out to both teams from this match for their exemplary sportsmanship. I heard nothing but positive comments toward teammates and opponents alike. I also wish to give a shout out to both teams’ coaches for their positive attitudes and comments to players during the match. Baldwin-Woodville's coach was overheard specifically praising one of his midfield players for an excellent run - it appeared that this player does not normally play in a forward position, and struck this official as a wonderful comment that encouraged the player moving forward.

Reporting Official:  Tom Rosenow

Posted in: Soccer (Girls)
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Rosholt @ Tigerton
April 17, 2017


This was a well-played game by both teams. We want to commend the players for their hustle and especially for their sportsmanship. We also want to commend all of the coaches for their great sportsmanship. Of special note is how the coaches handled their players. We heard nothing but positive, constructive comments from both head coaches and their assistants. With the positive attitudes, the positive comments, the hustle and the sportsmanship displayed, the school officials, these communities should be very proud of the young ladies that represent them as part of their respective school's softball teams. My partner and I commented to each other how much of a joy it is to work for players and coaches who have the utmost respect for the game of softball as it should be played at the high school level.

Reporting Official:  Lance Bagstad

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Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln @ Wausau West
April 24, 2017


We feel compelled to file a great sportsmanship report on today's game. It was a closely contested Wisconsin Valley Conference game. Decided in the 8th inning with a ton of close, and yes questionable calls, both teams exhibited the exact things we hope for as officials. Not every call goes your way. Our hope is both programs get a pat on the back for their exemplary actions. Be proud of your teams. It's being done the right way at Wausau West and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln.

Reporting Official:  Rich Hohl

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln @ Wausau West
April 24, 2017


We feel compelled to file a great sportsmanship report on today's game. It was a closely contested Wisconsin Valley Conference game. Decided in the 8th inning with a ton of close, and yes questionable calls, both teams exhibited the exact things we hope for as officials. Not every call goes your way. Our hope is both programs get a pat on the back for their exemplary actions. Be proud of your teams. It's being done the right way at Wausau West and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln.

Reporting Official:  Rich Hohl

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Neenah @ Appleton North
April 25, 0217

Just a note to recognize the fine sportsmanship that was displayed by these varsity baseball programs. Coach Eagan and Coach Piepenbrink are great leaders who model sportsmanship to their players. Jack Kraus of Neenah and Bennet Zuck of Appleton North both are highly competitive individuals, who by their words and actions, encouraged their teammates throughout the entire contest.  It was a privilege to be a part of the game.

Reporting Official: Phil Punzel

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Wonewoc-Center @ La Farge
April 17, 2017

We would like to recognize Dawn Ertel, head coach of the Wonewoc-Center varsity softball team for an exceptional act of sportsmanship displayed during the game. In the top of the third inning with her team trailing and runners on first and second base, the batter hit a fly ball to left field. The La Farge left fielder misjudged the ball which glanced off her glove and struck her solidly on the forehead. The left fielder immediately grabbed her forehead and for the moment forgot about the action on the field.  Coach Ertel could have easily taken advantage of the situation, allowing the play to continue, allowing the runners to advance as many bases as possible before another La Farge player secured the ball and threw it back into the infield. Instead, Coach Ertel chose to stop the lead runner at third base, allowing the play to become dead and the fielder attended to by the athletic trainer.  The situation could have very easily been a game changing momentum swing for her team; however, her unselfish action and her concern for the injured player speaks volumes. Coach Ertel is truly an asset to the game of softball as well as the Wonewoc-Center School District and should be recognized for her outstanding display of sportsmanship.  

Reporting Official:  Curt Ladwig


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Lake Country Lutheran @ Turner
April 15, 2017


The game was moved from Hartland to Beloit that morning because of field conditions. We had been contacted the night before as "contingency" umpires in case the game was moved. Both coaches expressed their appreciation for our coming with last minute notification. Both teams played hard. The coaches from both sides questioned a few calls respectfully, accepted the outcomes and moved on. Players from Turner in particular hustled to run down foul balls to help keep the games moving. Lake Country Lutheran graciously brought box lunches for players and coaches between the two games, and were kind enough to share a couple with the umpires. As tired as I am when I write this, today's behavior and being treated with respect and kindness makes we want to keep umpiring.

Reporting Official:  Carl Hubbard

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Marinette @ Little Chute
April 11, 2017

These two programs should be proud of the young men that participate and represent your communities. I had the privilege of officiating a great game between two well-coached teams. All participants hustled, used positive words of encouragement, and displayed fine sportsmanship. The positive words and actions of Leighton Meyers of Little Chute and Nick Daye of Marinette towards their teammates were noticed. Assistant coach Derek Birling of Little Chute has great leadership skills.  He will do a great job leading your own program in the future.

Reporting Official: Phil Punzel

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Manitowoc Lincoln @ De Pere
April 6, 2017


We wanted to express our appreciation to both the Manitowoc Lincoln and De Pere varsity baseball programs for a well-played game.  Brayden Broecker of Manitowoc and Hunter Staniske of De Pere were the clear “example setters” for their teams during this contest. They showed lots of hustle and excellent sportsmanship while interacting with opponents, coaches, and umpires, and spent a little extra time helping each other by retrieving a bat and the catcher’s mask after an inning ending play.  Both the communities of Manitowoc and De Pere 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 have a great season!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

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Appleton West @ Kimberly
April 6, 2017


In the first game of the year for both teams, both coaches and team members showed good hustle on and off the field. Coach Weyers of Kimberly showed great sportsmanship.  The pitchers for both teams pitched very well. All in all, a great way to start the season.

Reporting Official: Pat Tschimperle


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Amherst @ Merrill
March 30, 2017


It was a pleasure to work this match with our crew. It is great to see two teams play hard and get the most out of a close game that ended 3-2. It was nice to hear positive encouragement coming from both teams and their benches. This game proved that you can have a competitive game between two evenly matched teams without it getting negative. Hats off to Coaches Kyle Hahn and Will Bialecki from Merrill and Erik Linda and Bill Spees from Amherst. This kind of game make officiating enjoyable.

Reporting Official:  Rob Weise

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Denmark @ Southern Door
March 3, 2017 


These coaches of the two teams were outstanding. At anytime during the game if they needed clarification they were very respectful and polite.  They listened to what our crew had to say and respectfully shared their view and moved on. As the game progressed, if there were player issues, they conferred with us and were very good about addressing the issue with their players. Both of these young men coached their players and were very positive. I have been around this game a long time. These two coaches impressed me very much during this game. They set a great example for their student athletes and their fans.It is coaches like this that make our job very rewarding. They did their job and focused on what they needed to do, which made it much easier for our crew to do our job.

Reporting Official:  Gene Oster

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Rio vs. Barneveld
March 4, 2017


The atmosphere was electric and the gym was packed. I would like to compliment both coaches, Jim Myers of Barneveld and Tim Struck of Rio, for their outstanding sportsmanship before, during and after the game. It was a close game throughout with Barneveld winning at the end, but the coaches display of sportsmanship certainly carried over to their players and the fans. I believe this is a true reflection of both of these coaches. It was a pleasure, first of all, working the game, but second of all, working for these two coaches. Thanks for your outstanding sportsmanship Barneveld and Rio.

Reporting Official: Tim Wagner

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Webster @ Mellen
March 3, 2017


Our crew would like to take this opportunity to commend the Webster boys basketball team on the high level of sportsmanship they displayed despite the close loss during the Round 2 Regional game at Mellen High School. Both players and coaches were very respectful saying "please" and "thank you" throughout the game. It was a pleasure to work for a team displaying such great sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Ryan Pilgrim

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Lakeland @ Medford
Feb. 16, 2017


Coach Dave Vaara and Melissa Ouimette are doing an exemplary job coaching and instilling good sportsmanship in their players. In what was a 1st place vs 2nd place conference matchup, everyone did exactly what they were supposed to:

1. Coaches coached
2. Players played
3. Officials officiated

After the game, most, if not all of the players from both teams shook our hands and thanked us for officiating. First time this has ever occurred at a varsity contest! Best experience of my officiating career. Thank you to both coaches and schools!


Reporting Official:  Steve Tarras


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Pulaski @ Ashwaubenon
Feb. 11, 2017


I had the absolute privilege of officiating Pulaski in this game. Pulaski Coach Jeff Charney coached his girls with a great deal of integrity and respect. He treated our crew of Todd Boivin, Gene Ostert and myself like a true professional. The players were polite, saying please and thank you when speaking to officials. When Coach Charney or his players asked a question, it was cordial. Pulaski came up a little short against Ashwaubenon, but the program’s character and poise will not be forgotten by our crew. I will gladly officiate any game that involves Pulaski. Nights like tonight are why I love to officiate.

Reporting Official:  Benjamin Dieck

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NIagara @ St. Thomas Aquinas
Jan. 19, 2017


We were very impressed with the sportsmanship of the players and coaches at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy. They play hard and they never complain about any calls. Their coaches are extremely positive and focus on coaching the kids. They never gave up in games where they were behind. They kept trying and played very clean. They are a perfect example of true sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Michael P. Lyons

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Roncalli @ Howards Grove
Jan. 23, 2017


There was great atmosphere for a high school basketball game. Coaches were coaching hard and players playing hard. Both teams respected each other and played there hearts out showing respect for each other throughout the game. As the game wound down, the atmosphere became even better.  Loud cheering and great support from the Howards Grove student section, and then to go double overtime. It was a great game to be a part of. Great example of what high school athletic events should be like!  Glad to have had this opportunity!

Reporting Official:  Steve Walsh

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Edgerton @ East Troy
Dec. 6, 2016


I was the assistant referee for this dual. Edgerton's Cole Bavery demonstrated some of the best sportsmanship that I have ever seen. During his match, he would end of beating his opponent by pinning him. After pinning his opponent he helped him up. Then after the match Cole would not only go and shake his opponent's hand. He proceeded to shake the East Troy coaches hand and each officials hand after his match. This is not something that we see everyday. It honestly caught me off guard, but it was welcomed.

Reporting Official: Jeffry Stockinger

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Big Foot @ Palmyra-Eagle
Jan. 13, 2017


Andy Pickett, the AD of Palmyra-Eagle school greeted us and showed great support for us. He encouraged us to report any misconduct by the coaches, fans or players. In prior years, there have been issues with some of the coaches, and the AD is trying to change the image that they have received. Before, during and after the game, coaches, players and fans were the best I have officiated this season. The coach of Palmyra-Eagle portrayed a positive attitude towards the referees and players. The players were respectful, and the fans cheered instead of questioning every call. Because of the attitude of the home team, the opponents were also respectful. It was a pleasure to work that type of atmosphere.

Reporting Official:  Amy Siesennop

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Juda @ Albany
Jan. 5, 2017


It was a breast cancer awareness event to raise money for Justice for a Cure. Head Coaches Adam Wamsley (Albany) and Curt Brown (Juda) were extremely positive and professional the entire evening. The players of both teams were respectful toward their officials and their opponents. Among other things, players consistently helped each other up off the floor and tracked down loose balls to help officials. The sportsmanship displayed by Head Coaches Wamsley and Brown, and all of their players was simply outstanding! Congratulations to the Albany and Juda communities, Adam Wamsley, Curt Brown, and Albany AD Derik Doescher for working together.

Reporting Official:  Doug Stampfli

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Highland @ Benton
Jan. 5, 2017


From the time of our arrival until the time we left the school, the sportsmanship for both schools, Benton and Highland was superb. Mr. Droessler met us and accommodated us very well. Coaches Tim Hendricks and Josh Tarrell were nothing but positive in all aspects of the game. Fans cheered and players played. This was a wonderful experience for the officials involved. Both Benton and Highland High Schools have a lot to be proud of from their coaches, players and students. A thanks to both schools for allowing us to work your contest!

Reporting Official:  Chris Nicholson


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Belmont @ River Ridge
Dec. 20, 2016


We were warmly welcomed by Athletic Director Wade Winkers of River Ridge. Both teams played hard, demonstrated great sportsmanship, and is what makes high school athletic so great. The coaches, coached; the players, played and showed respect for each other; and the fans from both schools cheered. Coach Nathan Copsey from River Ridge and Coach Mitch Austin from Belmont were outstanding being positive with their players and showing respect for us as officials. The cooperation of the coaches, players and fans made this a VERY special night for a young man battling canner. The schools of River Ridge and Belmont, as well as the communities of these schools can be proud of what took place. What an honor and privilege to have been a part of this event.  Great Job River Ridge and Belmont coaches, players, and fans!

Reporting Official:  Tracy Krueger

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Arrowhead @ Brookfield East
Dec. 6, 2016


I was very pleased with the sportsmanship and overall conduct of the Arrowhead boys swimming team. Their respect for the officials and courtesy were very welcome. I did not get the swimmer’s name, but he thanked me for taking time out of my busy schedule to help officiate. Many of the swimmers offered a handshake at the end of the meet thanking me for my time. I wanted to take the time and recognize their behavior. Keep it up!

Reporting Official: Stewart Oliver 

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Kewaunee @ Southern Door
Dec. 9, 2016

I would like to compliment coach Barry Harris of the Kewaunee boys basketball team on the outstanding example he displayed as a coach, teacher and role model for his athletes during the game I was fortunate enough to be a part of as an official. From the beginning of the game, Coach Harris was focused on fundamentals and effort of his team and never wavered from that focus. He appeared to have a standard of expectation for his athletes and was engaged in holding them to that standard. I definitely got the impression that his approach was teaching values and fundamentals that extend to life skills and not just game results. I believe Coach Harris' approach was what high school sports ought to be as an extention of the class room. The true value in high school sports is where one teaches both the respect and value of life lessons to be gained along with the skills of competition. I am confident that Coach Harris' approach will pay dividends for his athletes both on the basketball court and long term in these young men's lives.

Reporting Official:  Steve Sanders

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Milton @ Fort Atkinson
Dec. 15, 2016


There were three things that really stood out. 1) The outstanding sportsmanship displayed by Head Coaches Matt Stollberg (Fort Atkinson), Stacy Kemp (Milton), and both of their coaching staffs. Any communication shared with our crew from the benches was very positive and professional in nature regardless of circumstances. 2) The positive attitude, effort, and mutual respect exhibited by the young ladies playing for both teams. This was no doubt due to the positive example of respect and leadership displayed by Head Coaches Stollberg and Skemp. 3) The incredible hospitality and professionalism shown to us by Fort AD Steve Mahoney, his event staff (Mike, Jamie, etc), and the Fort table crew. Katie (book), Dave (clock), and John (PA) were as good as it gets! A huge thank you goes out to both schools for being first-class and reminding us all what makes HS athletics so great!

Reporting Official:  Doug Stampfli

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Winter @ Cornell
Dec. 9, 2016


What a positive change and improvement in the sportsmanship for both the boys and girls teams at Cornell. The number of student-athletes playing basketball has increasedt, and there is great positive attitude in both boys and girls program.

Reporting Official:  Robert Black

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Phillips @ Hayward
Dec. 5, 2016


My partners and I would like to thank both communities for their great display of Sportsmanship.  The game started with a technical difficulty. Except in this case, in a good way. After player introductions, the National Anthem would not play.  As we were standing there in silence one of the Hayward Cheerleaders began signing.  Soon the student section joined in, and before we knew it, the Anthem was being sung by all.  This is what Wisconsin interscholastic athletics is all about. The game was hard fought by both sides, but sportsmanship was displayed throughout.  GREAT JOB!

Reporting Official:  Kevin Hanusa

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Edgewood @ Monroe
Nov. 22, 2016


Athletic Director Jeff Newcomer provided a detailed itinerary prior to the event and greeted us at the door. Throughout the event Michelle (game management) provided exceptional hospitality to our crew.  During the contest, Monroe's table crew of Karen (clock) and Chuck (scorebook) had excellent communication with our crew and helped make our job of officiating easier.  Numerous times throughout the competition players were hustling for loose balls and helping players up. Both coaches, Sam Mathiason (Monroe) and Lora Staveness (Edgewood), were respectful and role models for their respective players and fans. As a crew we discussed post-game how very fortunate we were to be a part of an event of this caliber and wanted to acknowledge all who helped make that a great environment.

Reporting Official:  Chad Hodgson

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Hayward @ Baldwin-Woodville
Oct. 7, 2016


During a highly contested soccer match on a very cold Friday night in Baldwin, I felt a pop in my leg. I went down in pain and was not able to get up. Two Hayward players came to my assistance. After inquiring about my injury, which I though was a cramp, they told me to remain calm and to take deep breaths. Both boys administered basic first aid for a sore leg. No trainer was on site, and they stayed with me until I was able to get up and walk. Thanks guys for your help.

Reporting Official:  Dale Pochernich

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Cumberland Invitational
Oct. 11, 2016


Once more, as the Chetek-Weyerhaueser athletes, boys and girls alike, crossed the finish line, each of the runners recovered and joined in a group cheering in the upcoming finishers.  the runners also approached me individually and thanked me for officiating their meet once more. This team is one of the first at each meet to get themselves checked in prior to the 3-minute call allowing me and my partner more time to get the stragglers checked in before the 3-minute call. The smiles on all the athletes faces are genuine and have now gotten other teams to start participating in the congratulations being extended to each runner at the end of the race, no matter how they have to wait!  Yup, right down to the very last runner. This Sportsmanship plus behavior has been consistent at all the meets this year.  Its been so significant I often hear the parents and other spectators comment on how nice it is to see!  

Reporting Official:  Dick Nerbun

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North Crawford @ Seneca
Oct. 6, 2016


My partner and I had the pleasure of being a part of a positive experience we will never forget while officiating at Seneca's Parent and Senior night. After Seneca was finished introducing all of their player's parents and their one senior player Becky Trautsch #13, Seneca head coach Dawn Ray called for the guest North Crawford seniors onto the court. At this time, to the North Crawford senior players' surprise they were presented  bouquets of flowers from Seneca senior captain Becky Trautsch. This was a great example of the sportsmanship in high school sports that my partner and I were fortunate enough to be a part of. We would like to extend a congratulations to both schools’ players, spectators, coaches and communities for all of your positive sportsmanship that carried over to the match were the players played, coaches coached, officials officiated and the spectators cheered for the positive plays of the match!

Reporting Official: Wayne Hannes

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Waupun @ Central Wisconsin Christian
Sept. 24, 2016


It was my pleasure to officiate this match The atmosphere was electric, the stands filled with enthusiastic students singing supportive soccer chants and supportive parents. The pregame activities included an on the field handshake by the high school players with the Waupun youth players and topped off with the local VFW Color Guard for the National Anthem. The match was hard fought with both teams answering each others offensive charges. Even with the challenges, the sportsmanship exhibited by both the players, coaches and fans was at a high level, helping each other up after a hard challenge, complimenting good plays by the other team, and being respectful to the referees. The game is what high school sports should be. Fittingly, the match  ended in a 2-2 tie, with the real winner, the Waupun soccer community!

Reporting Official: Tim Holzman

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Lourdes Academy @ Omro
Sept. 20, 2016


Officiating this match was a privileg. Omro play hard and did well to encourage each others rather than get down on themselves and others or take out frustration on the other team. Nic Douglas, Omro's head coach and players were all gracious. After the game, Coach Douglas again told me he was pleased how I handled situations in the game, and how  I refereed according to the rules of the game It was a relief to have the coaches be so understanding, and it was truly a pleasure to partake in a match in which coaches, players, and parents were all respectful of each other, of the officials, and of the game.

Reporting Official:  Aaron Duke

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Kenosha Tremper @ Waukesha North Invitational
Sept. 19, 2016


I had Kenosha Tremper for a couple matches at the Waukesha North Boys Volleyball Invitational Saturday. During that event, #11, who was the captain of his team, showed excellent poise, an evenkeeled attitude, and great leadership for his team. Even though not every call went his team’s way, he always interacted with officials in a very respectable manner that showed his strong character. He was a great role model for the others around him. He definitely deserves some recognition.

Reporting Official:  Patrick Mott

Posted in: Volleyball (Boys)
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Dodgeland Invitational
Sept. 10, 2016


This is an invitational that I have worked for three years. This year was by far the most enjoyable.  Marcia at Dodgeland does a great job of making everyone feel welcome and informed of what to expect for the day. Beyond that, this year’s coaches, fans, and players were the most respectful and enthusiastic that I have ever seen!  For as long as invitational days can be, having everyone being positive and staying positive really makes the day more enjoyable and seem to go much quicker

Reporting Official: Scott Jacquart

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Spooner Invitational
Sept. 1, 2016


As the acting referee, I was amazed to personally witness, once more, so many of the Chetek-Weyeerhaueser athletes cheering and encouraging all the runners as they crossed the finish line at and leaving the chute area. Cheering and encouragement was just as loud for the early finishers as it was for the very last runner to cross the line. In fact, I was so impressed because the cheering was so loud, that I had to turn around for a second and used my Iphone to capture the athletes in action during a break in the finishers crossing the line. These athletes were right at the back of the finish chute seen patting the finishing athletes on the back, assisting those who were spent from running all while cheering everyone on. They were doing this last year and kept up this year; so I feel its a legitimate response by the team members.  This team is the only team exhibiting such sportsmanship as such that I have seen and what a great thing to witness.

Reporting Official:  Dick Nerbun

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West Bend West vs. Whitefish Bay @ Germantown
July 18, 2016


From the time we were assigned the game, there was great communication from the Germantown Athletic Department. We were well aware of what was happening on this day. The game was a very well played. Both teams showed the intensity of tournament baseball, focused throughout the game, and making great plays to give for an entertaining event.  Both coaching staffs and teams showed great sportsmanship to their opponent, as well as the umpiring crew. On behalf of the umpire crew, including Curt Vanderstelt and Keith Bonde, it was a pleasure to work this game. The kids and coaches showed what it means to be involved in high school athletics.

Reporting Official: Steve Walsh

Posted in: Baseball (Summer)
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West Bend West @ Oconomowoc
May 11, 2016

Congratulations to both teams for excellent sportsmanship displayed by players, coaches, and fans during the doubleheader. Coaches, as well as players would compliment each other when a player made a great play in the field. Coaches coached the entire game and were never disrespectful towards officials or players. My partner and I discussed the quality of sportsmanship displayed by both schools on our trip back home. It was a pleasure to umpire both games. Thank You.

Reporting Official:  John Butschlick

Posted in: Softball
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Peshigo @ Shawano
May 26, 2016


This was a fun game to work--the fans, players, and coaches were all enthusiastic.  Everyone involved conducted themselves in such a positive manner--great job to everybody.  Special mention to Ms. Schreiber, Shawano AD, for her leadership and communication for the suspended game.  Good job!

Reporting Official:  Ty Stoneburner

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Columbus @ Menasha
May 24, 2016


Both teams and their coaches executed a concise game with a positive atmosphere.  Good job to both teams.

Reporting Official:  Ty Stoneburner

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Manitowoc Regional
May 23, 2016


Specifically, the entire Manitowoc Regional Division 1 Meet was a total class act and truly of above and beyond. AD Dave Steavpack, coaches Jacque Bartow and Rick Ducat, Clerks of Course Randy Albright, Len Nikolai, et al, displayed a seasoned professionalism second to none!  The entire staff (visiting schools; field judges; event helpers; umpires; athletic trainer; PTTiming; and, et al) of this regional meet are to be recognized for their dedication and diligence to the athletes performing. Many of these athletes will go on to higher level academic/sports involvement - they can look back on this experience as a positive step in their process. Thank you, too, WIAA officials Dave Nickels and Jerry Feldhausen for your input -- it was truly a team effort!

Reporting Official: Valentine Zibung

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Sparta Regional
May 23, 2016


I was the meet referee for the Sparta Division 1 Regional last night. After the completion of the Boys 4x200 relay, I was at the high jump observing the event when the La Crosse Central coach, Chad Wilkinson approached me. He said that his boys 4x200 team had placed fourth. He then stated that the umpires at the first hand off had missed seeing his boys handoff outside the zone. He wanted to turn his team in for a DQ. This was one of the most outstanding displays of sportsmanship by a coach in all of my officiating days dating back to 1974. I have know Chad for at least the last 10 years and he has always displayed good sportsmanship but this was definitely the best.

Reporting Official:  Andre Casabonne


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Freedom @ Waupaca
May 12, 2016


The Freedom and Waupaca baseball players and coaches displayed great sportsmanship throughout the game. Walker Smith and Shane Olsen of Waupaca, as well as Tanner Brockman and Kyle Elias of Freedom were young men noticed showing positive sportsmanship during the game. I was especially impressed with Walker Smith, who asked for time to make sure the Freedom catcher’s shoe was tied properly before entering the batter’s box. The coaching staff and parents of both programs were encouraging their players on the field. Your acts of positive sportsmanship did not go unnoticed. Best of luck to both teams in the playoffs.

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Appleton North @ Hortonville
May 5, 2016

Thank you to both Hortonville and Appleton North for your hustle and sportsmanship throughout the mid-season contest. Zak Kosloske and Tyler Hafeman of Hortonville, as well as Mitch Eady of Appleton North, thank you for your hustle and sportsmanship with your opponents.  Also thanks to Sam Schuldes of Hortonville for your help with warming up the pitchers when called upon. All of us involved in a baseball game appreciate sportsmanship, thank you to these four young men for “going the extra mile” to make the game exciting, while keeping sportsmanship as a core value. 

Reporting Official: Brent Thompson

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Rosholt @ Tigerton
May 12, 2016


This was an absolutely delightful game to work. Both teams played hard and played well. All of the coaches and players were excellent to work with and showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the game. There were a few close plays during the game and there was never even a hint of questioning the calls. The players hustled on and off the field at the start and end of every inning. Of particular note, after the game and the handshakes, many of the players from both teams and all of the coaches thanked the officials for working the game. I do want to point out the pitcher from Rosholt in particular. After team handshakes she stopped by the officials and said, "Thanks for coming out tonight." A game like this is how high school softball should be played all the time!

Reporting Official:  Lance Bagstad

Posted in: Softball
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Prentice @ Rib Lake
May 2, 2016


We had a great time doing this game. Both head coaches, players, and fans did an outstanding job of concentrating on a close game, and not being distracted by anything else going on. The game was evenly played and both coaches did an outstanding job of keeping their players' focus on the game and improving their play. A good time was had by all.

Reporting Official:  Steve Gustafson


Posted in: Softball
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Denmark @ Little Chute
May 2, 2016


I wanted to take the time to recognize the sportsmanship that was displayed by these two baseball teams.  Both Coach Birling and Coach Miller modeled good sportsmanship through the entire contest.  Leighton Myers from Little Chute and Pete Mears, from Denmark, your postitive comments directed towards your teammates and competitors were noticed.

Reporting Official:  Phil Punzel

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Pardeeville vs. Lourdes Academy
April 26, 2016


Both schools’ administrators should be proud of their varsity baseball programs, both the players and coaches, for their display of positive sportsmanship during a recent contest. Riley Balzer of Pardeeville and Nathan Ruegsegger of Lourdes were obvious leaders of their teams, especially in showing respect for opponents, as well as helping retrieve bats and foul balls around the plate. They offered a kind word to the umpires and were noticeably appreciative of their coaches. Best of luck the rest of the season to both teams!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

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West De Pere @ Menasha
April 28, 2016


I wanted to take the time to say thanks to Coach Carlson and Coach Rukamp for what the two of you do for high school athletics. Your positive attitude was evident during the entire game. I would also like to acknowledge two players: Kyle Kosobuchi from West DePere and Jake Zwerg from Menasha. These young men displayed tremendous sportsmanship throughout the entire game.  Their hustle and positive words of encouragement that were directed to their teammates were noticed.

Reporting Official: Phil Punzel


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Oostburg @ Kiel
April 22, 2016


The whole Kiel team, including players and coaches, showed great sportsmanship during a game in which they lead until the end before losing a close game.  Not one player or coach complained about any calls, but what impressed me was the fact these kids were having fun and they all had great attitudes, although I could see it hurt to looe that game. It was a joy working this game.  

Reporting Official: Steve Kiel

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Seymour @ Xavier
April 21, 2016 

In an exciting baseball game, many acts of positive sportsmanship were observed. For both programs, hustle and respect appear to be central values taught in the classroom and on the field.  Seymour players Trent LaCombe, Sam Blank, and Jerad Anderson were true leaders on the field. Xavier players Chase Hunter and Pierce Blohowiak showed numerous positive acts of sportsmanship throughout the contest.  Have a great rest of your season to both teams and keep up the great work.

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

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Appleton East @ Kimberly
April 19, 2016


I want to thank Coach Reed and Coach McKinnis for the work that you do with high school students. The Appleton East and Kimberly baseball players displayed great sportsmanship throughout the contest. Steve Jacobsen from Kimberly and Sean Miller from Appleton East, your leadership on the field and in the dugout was outstanding.  Have a great rest of the season.  

Reporting Official:  Phil Punzel

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Green Bay East/West @ New London
April 14, 2016


Wewere impressed with both the Green Bay East/West and the New London varsity baseball programs Thursday night and wanted to alert the WIAA management of what we observed.  Trent Bauer and Sam Fonder of Green Bay East/West along with Ethan Wood and Remington Steele of New London were clearly leaders of their teams.  Not only did they exhibit excellent sportsmanship, they congratulated opponents and assisted umpires in all aspects of the game.  Both Green Bay East/West and New London school and community leadership should be proud of these young men, their coaches, and parents for their excellent display of positive sportsmanship at an education based athletic event.  Best of luck the rest of the season to both teams!

Reporting Official:  Brent Thompson

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Union Grove @ Delavan-Darien
April 14, 2016


From our arrival to the last pitch in the 9th inning, this was an exemplary display of sportsmanship by everyone involved. A.D. Guy Otte met us upon our arrival to make sure we were all set. All players and coaches from both teams were wonderful. We never heard anything but very positive comments form the fans. Players were very polite. I certainly hope to see both of the teams again soon!!! Congrats Delavan-Darien and Union Grove, you have a lot to be proud of!

Reporting Official:  Chris Nicholson

Posted in: Baseball (Spring)
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Omro @ Laconia
April 12, 2016


I want to take a moment to recognize the great sportsmanship that was shown by the Lomira and Omro varsity baseball teams. Coach Goetz and Coach Smit truly understand the importance of high school athletics. The way that both coaches motivated their teams was outstanding. I would also like to recognize the catchers from both teams. Number 23 Mr. Arps from Omro and number 8 Mr. Gosse from Laconia. Your hustle and words of encouragement directed towards your teammates was noticed.

Reporting Official: Phil Punzel

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Green Bay Preble @ Pulaski
April 7, 2016


I had the pleasure of working a fantastic game. It's refreshing to work with coaches and kids that demonstrate what high school athletics is all about. The game ended 5-4; so there were reasons for excitement. As always, coaches’ opinions on ball/strike calls can differ from the umpires, but these coaches handled both of us with respect at all times. Not surprisingly that is how the girls treated us and each other. Everything said was followed by thank you or please. Opposing batters would regularly hand the catcher her mask and the catcher in turn would pick up the bat and give it back to the batter after a foul ball. The members of these communities should be very proud of their softball programs. These kids are not only learning how to play ball very well, they are learning how young adults should treat each other.

Reporting Official:  Gary Hagberg

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Richland Center @ River Valley
Feb. 11, 2016


Our crew had the pleasure of officiating this game. Tim, the River Valley game manager, greeted us when we arrived on site and provided outstanding hospitality the entire evening.  Dennis and Denny (scorekeeper and timer) did a great job of communicating with us throughout the game. The River Valley Pep Band helped create an electric high school atmosphere only to be matched by AD Eric Briehl and his daughter, who sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem together prior to the tip. We thank everyone for all their extra efforts! We would also like to commend head coaches Brent Johnson (River Valley) and Steve Board (Richland Center) for their professionalism, respect, and positive sportsmanship throughout the contest. It was no surprise that the players from both sides competed extremely hard while showing respect for their opponents, the officials, and the game at all times. We thank both of these teams for a very positive experience and for modeling the best of what sportsmanship should look like in high school athletics today.

Reporting Officlal:  Chad Hodgson

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Melrose-Mindoro @ Cochrane-Fountain City
Feb. 4, 2016


We had the privilege of officiating this game, and It was one of the best basketball games and atmospheres we have had in awhile. The game itself was great, an 82-75 win for C-FC.  But what really stood out was the outstanding coaching jobs by both coaches, Randy Knecht and Joey Arneson. They spent the entire game coaching their athletes and remaining positive throughout a fast-paced, close game. Furthermore, the home crowd at C-FC and the visiting crowd from M-M was fantastic.  It was a playoff atmosphere, and both crowds were not only supportive of their own teams, but the opposing teams as well.  In fact, the home student section of C-FC was standing up and cheering a M-M freshman that kept hitting 3-pointers from longer and longer distance, even though the score was getting closer and closer.  It was a great setting for a competitive basketball game, and both schools' teams, coaches, and fans should be commended.

Reporting Offiicial:  Aaron Mertig

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Milwaukee Hamilton @ Milwaukee School of Languages
Feb. 10, 2016


Coaches Switzer and Huven did nothing but encourage their players throughout the entire contest. The players would retrieve out of bound balls and hand it to us. There were actual smiles out on the court. A MSOL player scored her 1000th career point. The game was stopped, an award presented and ALL players clapped for her in acknowledgment. Mr. Carter and I agreed that this was the most pleasant game we had officiated this year. The young ladies and coaches showed the fans that you can be competitive yet show respect for the other team and officials. Thank you players and coaches.

Reporting Official:  Dale Laabs

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Dodgeland @ Fall River
Feb. 4, 2016


From the moment we walked in the door at Fall River high school last night we had nothing but a great experience. Starting with Ronda greeting us and showing us to the dressing room. The dressing room at Fall River gets better and better every time I go to the school. The coaches for both teams were very easy to work with. They asked questions and we answered them to the best of our ability and had little conflict. The table staff was knowledgeable, seasoned and very easy to work with. I think Fall River has one of the best bands in the land. The students were respectful and very supportive of the players on both teams. The adult fans cheered for their respective schools showing great school spirit. The atmosphere was just about perfect for a game. When we went to the dressing room at halftime the JV officials the door was locked so we could not get in. Brian the AD did not hesitate to get us in the room as quick as possible even though he was working with the half time game for the younger students. After the game we were thanked for working the game. We let them know it was our pleasure to work here and thank you for having us. The staff includes and I hope I don't forget anyone but if I do I will say I am sorry in advance. Ronda, Mike, Diane, Brent, Scott, Jim, Diane, Michael and of coarse Brian. Again, thank you for a great experience. We would return any time.

Reporting Official:  James Byrd


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Tomahawk @ Medford
Jan. 26, 2016


Due to an injury early in the second period, the Tomahawk goaltender was unable to continue. The Tomahawk coach elected to finish the game with six skaters rather than dress a different goaltender. Both teams continued to play hard, maintain their focus on the game, and played disciplined hockey. The game could probably have gone into running time but did not due to the effort of the Tomahawk players and the fact that Medford chose to exercise restraint. The Medford players elected to move the puck in the attacking zone and set up players who don't score often.

Reporting Official:  William Wendorf

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Bangor @ Luther
Feb. 1, 2016

Jordan Laufenberg, Bangor head coach, and Brad Schafer, Luther head coach, along with their athletes displayed outstanding athleticism, character and sportsmanship throughout the contest.  The high standard and positive attitude displayed by the coaches and athletes on every possession permeates a positive atmosphere across the entire gym.  It was a pleasure working with these two schools.  

Reporting Official: Charlie Ihle

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Iowa-Grant @ Southwestern
Jan. 28, 2016


Our crew had the privilege to officiate this terrific overtime game between. Both teams competed extremely hard yet displayed good sportsmanship and respect for their opponents and the game at all times. We would like to thank Head Coaches Clint Nemitz (Southwestern) and Toby Tripalin (Iowa-Grant) for their professionalism and respectful communication with our crew throughout the contest. To all of the Southwestern and Iowa-Grant players, we sincerely thank you for being first-class student-athletes and for modeling the best of what high school athletics are all about. Lastly, a special thanks to Tom Koeller (Southwestern AD) and his event staff for their hospitality and for going out of their way to create such a positive experience for officials. It was a great night!

Reporting Official:  Doug Stampfli

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Abbotsford @ Chequamegon
Jan. 15, 2016


We had the opportunity to be part of a special game. In a time where bad sportsmanship seems to be much more prevalent, we had the "Perfect Night."  The Pep Band from Chequamegon was outstanding. The players came out all night playing the game hard, but sportsmanship was very much in focus. There was never any negative actions or comments toward the other team.  The coaches coached hard, but always supporting good sportsmanship. The fans spent the entire night cheeringfor their team.  The game went back and forth, not being decided until the final tw0 seconds.  It was an awesome game and atmosphere to be part of.  Chequamegon and Abbotsford High Schools should be proud of the representatives!

Reporting Official:  Rob Frenchick

Posted in: Basketball (Boys)
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Shiocton High School

This report is not for one specific event, but for a number of events throughout the past years. If there is ever a wrestling team and coaching staff that should be recognized for practicing and displaying good sportsmanship,it is the team from Shiocton High School. I have had the opportunity to work at tournament events and duels with this team over the past years. The constant thing that I have experienced every time is the way the wrestlers and coaches handle themselves. There is nothing but good manners and respect shown by this team and coaches. The wrestlers report to the mat to wrestle hard but clean. they have a never quit attitude and are a pleasure to see as they work the skills that they have learned. Win or lose they treat their opponents with great respect as well. All of the coaches are a pleasure to work for as well. I have never heard a disrespectful comment made to or about an official from them. If there would be a question about a match, which is very seldom, the coaches will approach in a very respectful manner and discuss the situation with the official and then return to their chair. As I stated earlier this team of wrestlers and coaching staff have displayed for years. The exemplary good sportsmanship that the Shiocton wrestling team has followed should be recognized and they should be commended for what they do every time they are on the mat.

Reporting Official:  Guy Vander Wyst 

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Reedsville @ Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah
Jan. 21, 2016


Prior to the start of the contest when the general statement is normally read about sportsmanship by the PA announcer, a player from the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah team read a personal statement on sportsmanship for all in attendance and how positive cheering helps the athletes better than anything else that sometimes comes out in sporting events. There were some very meaningful words and the everyone there took them to heart. It became the most comfortable environment I have worked as a result and the positive energy never left the building.  It was a great game (3 point difference) and I believe all in attendance had a great time. All because one young lady took a little extra time to remind us all that basketball is a game and it is meant to be fun.

Reporting Official:  Eric Vant Hul


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Lakeland @ Mosinee
Jan. 14, 2016


The Lakeland hockey players and coaches were very well disciplined and showed self control during the hockey game. They were down by three goals and still played hard and clean. After the game the players and coaches from Lakeland made sure to acknowledge and thank all three officials. The players were very respectful and courteous.

Reporting Official:  Brock Kuklinski

Posted in: Hockey (Boys)
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Cedarburg @ Onalaska
Jan. 16, 2016


It was a very good game with great intensity and sportsmanship. The sportsmanship displayed by both schools coaching staffs and players certainly met the standard the WIAA has set. The respect between the player towards each other and the officials was outstanding. Both coaching staffs were very professional. This truly was a model game for the WIAA standard.  

Reporting Official:  Jeff Hanzlik

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Boscobel @ Riverdale
Dec. 18, 2015


We would like to recognize and commend the Boscobel varsity girls’ basketball team (and their head coach, Jason Hill) for displaying one of the best acts of positive sportsmanship we have witnessed all season. Partway through the second half of the game, a Riverdale player unfortunately got injured causing a several minute delay while receiving medical attention on the court.  Although trailing by a large margin in a big “rivalry” game between two bordering communities, all five of the Boscobel players waited, then went out of their way to the Riverdale bench to wish the injured player well before we put the ball back in play. The genuine concern and respect they showed toward their opponent reminded us what’s most important about interscholastic competition and left a lasting impression on our crew.  Thank you, ladies, for your positive example that regardless what the scoreboard says, we can always choose to be a champion of character!

Reporting Official Doug Stampfli

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Iowa-Grant @ Cuba City
Dec. 17, 2015


Our crew had wonderful experience while officiating a varsity boys’ basketball contest on between host Cuba City and Iowa-Grant. We want to thank Jeff Pustina (Cuba City AD) and his staff for their generous hospitality and assistance.  A special thanks to Rod for providing us escorts to and from the court and to Mike & Bob for doing such an outstanding job with the book and clock. We also want to commend and thank Head Coach Jerry Petitgoue (Cuba City), Head Coach Toby Tripalin (Iowa-Grant), their coaching staffs, and especially all of their players.  It was a thrill to be a part of a game in which both teams competed so incredibly hard but with honor, integrity, and respect for their opponents. We were extremely impressed and again, we thank both programs for their many acts of good sportsmanship and the opportunity to officiate such a terrific contest.  Great Job!!

Reporting Official:  Doug Stampfli

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Rio @ Central Wisconsin Christian Jan. 12, 2016 The hospitality from the moment we walked through the front door was outstanding. Everyone was wil...
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Riverdale at Southwestern
Dec. 15, 2015


Athletic Director Tom Koeller greeted our crew upon arrival and offered exceptional hospitality on behalf of Southwestern throughout the entire game.  During the contest, Southwestern’s table crew of Tom and Cindy had excellent communication with our crew and helped make our job of officiating easier. Head Coaches Rachel Evanoff (Southwestern) and Scott Mau (Riverdale) both demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship qualities that were reflected in the players of their respective teams. Throughout the game there were numerous examples of players exhibiting positive sportsmanship to the other team and towards us as officials. As a crew we discussed after the game that this was one of the most positive high school games we have had the opportunity to be a part of and wanted to acknowledge all who helped make that a great environment.

Reporting Official:  Chad Hodgson

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Dodgeville at River Valley
Dec. 10, 2015


River Valley AD Eric Briehl, his event staff, and his table crew (Jane & Denny) were outstanding to work with and helped us feel comfortable right away. Head Coaches Luke Thatcher (River Valley) and Matt McGraw (Dodgeville) were both extremely positive and professional throughout the entire contest while modeling good sportsmanship for their players. The captains and players from both teams did an awesome job of playing extremely hard while still showing respect for their opponents at all times. Congratulations to both schools on a great game of HS basketball and most of all, thank you for the opportunity to be a part of it!  

Reporting Official:  Doug Stampfli

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Mosinee at Tomahawk
Dec. 3, 2015


The players were respectful of each other and helped one another on a couple of occasions.  One situation in particular, two players went down and lost their sticks. They got up together, and the Mosinee player picked up both sticks and handed the Tomahawk player his stick. Something you don't normally see. The event that prompted this report was a questionable goal that admitted to kicking in. As soon as I stopped play and thought about what happened, I looked at the player, and he immediately said, "I kind of kicked that one in."  I was impressed that even though both teams have new coaches, that these coaches had control of the players throughout the game.  I was impressed with both teams control and sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Bryan Schroder

Posted in: Hockey (Boys)
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Port Washington at Plymouth
Oct. 15, 2015


As the 500 freestyle was ending, there was one swimmer from Port Washington that had more that two lengths of the pool remaining, and the entire Plymouth team came to the sides of the pool and cheered her on as she swam the last two lengths. This was a very genuine jester and was spontaneous.  It is always nice to see the good sportsmanship coming from an entire team.

Reporting Official:  Stephen Good

Posted in: Swimming & Diving
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Argyle at Juda
Oct. 13, 2015


When my partner and I arrived. we were met by Juda athletic director Curt Brown. Curt made sure we had everything we needed. From the time we had our coaches and captains meeting, through warm-ups and the actual match, both teams displayed great sportsmanship. The players from both teams were supportive of each other even when mistakes were made. Juda's coach, Scott Anderson and Argyle's coach, Jennifer Butler were teaching and showing how to be good sports and trying to get the best from their players, even if play was not was not going in their teams favor. This is the very reason we love to officiate.

Reporting Official:  David Jass
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Madison West at Janesville Craig
Oct. 8, 2015

Excellent sportsmanship on both sides of the ball and from the bench areas. Captains helping other players up after a tackle or foul. Dissent was minimal and constructive feedback was given to coaches and players.

Reporting Official:  Brendon Shoemaker
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New Richmond Golf Regional
Oct. 1, 2015


I wanted to recognize Kayla Raboin of Superior on her sportsmanship during the golf regional yesterday. Kayla turned in her card showing she shot a 91, which would have been good enough to qualify for sectionals easily and would have been fifth overall.  About 45 minutes or so later, she came back to me and tournament manager Jim Saliny about a possible inaccurate score card. On hole 10, she hit her tee shot left of fairway and possibly off a tree. After looking for a significant time, she could not find her ball.  She said another assistant coach said she could drop near the spot and hit. This was incorrect as the rules state she needs to go back to the tee box and re-hit.  She did not do this and as a result, she becomes disqualified. Obviously, this was very difficult for her. I wanted acknowledge that she showed tremendous integrity in reporting the rules violation. No one would have known about the rules violation as she was playing with just one other girl. She easily could have said nothing and qualified for sectionals.  She was a very stand up athlete and we commended her for her honesty and integrity. I just wanted you to know that we were definitely impressed with her as a person.

Reporting Official: Casey Eckardt


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Ladysmith Invitational
Oct. 1, 2015


Once again I officiated a where Chetek-Weyerhaeuser teammates (about a dozen boys and girls) that gathered at the back of the finish chute and cheered on any and all runners as they finished the course. The whooping and cheering was loud and sincere and consistent with other contests where they have participated. No, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser did not win either varsity contest, but you would never know it by the loud and exuberant cheering going on. This team is consistently showing up at each meet and demonstrating GREAT Sportsmanship, win, lose, or draw so to speak. It’s obvious to me that the coach has instilled this quality into the athletes from this school system and they are loving it! Congratulations to the student-athletes, the coaching staff and the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser school system. Their administration, school, parents and community should be proud.

Reporting Official Dick Nerbun

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Big Foot at Edgerton
Oct. 1, 2015


It was an exciting match from start to finish and both teams played with a lot of intensity. Players, played hard, helped each other up, kept their composure throughout the contest, and really responded well with the official's calls. The coaching staffs of both schools held the highest standard possible of sportsmanship and this was reflected in the way their student-athletes played the game. If a coach had a question, needed clarification or had a concern, they always handled themselves with professionalism. Both teams have represented their schools, parents and communities well. Our crew was proud to be a part of this game.

Reporting Official:  Ananda Sathsivam

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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Sun Prairie at Madison West
Sept. 24, 2015

In a very hard fought game, both teams exemplified what should be the standard of sportsmanship in high school sports today.  All players on the field took the extra step to check with their opponent after challenges regardless if their was  foul or not.  There were handshakes and pats on the back after shots or particularly successful plays.  Players were respectful to us as a crew and asked legitimate questions during game instead of just yelling out, and was followed by "thank you."
This was easily the most pleasant atmosphere to a competitive high school game I have experienced in my 15 years as a high school official.

Reporting Official:  Brian McKay

Posted in: Soccer (Boys)
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D.C. Everest vs. Merril
Sept. 19, 2015

It was an exciting match from start to finish and both teams played with a lot of intensity. There were some tremendous saves and great hustle by both teams.  Even when each team would lose a longer rally of play, they both were able to smile at the end of the play. No one displayed any type of frustration or any kind of bad sportsmanship behavior. The captains for each team are excellent leaders and support their team members. I truly believe that this is a reflection of their coaches. Both coaches are excellent leaders and always display great professionalism.  It was an awesome game to officiate!

Reporting Official: Deb Gleason


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Laona/Wabeno at Crandon
Sept. 17, 2015


We would like to compliment both Crandon and Laona-Wabeno teams on what a great volleyball match it was to officiate. The coaches had each team playing hard, and all I could hear was positive coaching. The players were great on the court with their play, fast substitutions and libero switching.  Also, the fans showed great sportsmanship. The match went all five sets and it was sad to see someone having to lose. Once again, both teams should be proud of how they represented their schools at this match even with being rivals.  It was great to officiate it and be a part of the night!

Reporting Official:  Diane Ashbeck

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Spooner Invitational 
Sept. 3, 2015

I nwas deeply impressed by the 10 or so runners, both boys and girls from Chetek-Weyerhauser, that were at the end of the chute shouting encouragement to all the runners finishing the race.  Most impressive were the fact that they not only continued to cheer encouragement for all runners, but in particular they stayed right to the end of the race to encourage a special needs runner with autism from Hayward.  And to see how that cheering picked up the pace of that Hayward autistic runner finishing the race just made your heart melt.  This runner was finishing well behind everyone else and to see the Chetek-Weyerhauser runners cheering him on simply took your breath away.  NEVER before, have I seen such a genuine exhibition of sportsmanship at a cross country event before.  These kids deserve to be recognized for their sincere effort to encourage the best performance from all runners, not just the select few in the top 10.


Reporting Official:  Dick Nerbun
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River Falls vs. Oshkosh West
Aug. 29, 2015


In the annual Sprawl Invitational Volleyball Tournament held at UW-Stout, I witnessed an excellent display of sportsmanship. As the R1, I made a call on a double block situation opposite the bench that went against River Falls (hitting team). Apparently, the spike went off the net and hit the hand of the outside blocker of Oshkosh West. I tried to get the R2 and the line judges as well, but no one saw it. As I was trying to figure things out #2 (Rachel Gardner) from Oshkosh West came up to me and said it hit her teammates hand and then went out of bounds. I was amazed that someone would come forth and provide a truthful answer to help rectify the situation. Of course, this was made possible by her head coach Gillian Pakula. I commend the coach for teaching her team the importance of fair play and good sportsmanship.

Reporting Official:  Dan Hoffman

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