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Brookwood @ Royal
Oct. 12, 2018


Brookwood captain Bucky Dwyer is an excellent example of what the NFHS and the WIAA has in mind when defining what a captain should be. Not only did he play the game as it should be, he kept his teammates in the game when the elements of the game were not the best. He was also very easy to communicate with me and the my crewmates about fouls and other game parts. This young man is a truly class act who deserves this accolade.

Reporting Official: Gary Hanan

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Hayward/La Courte Oreilles
Oct. 12, 2018

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

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

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


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

Reporting Official:  Todd Peterson

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Blair-Taylor @ Whitehall
Sept. 28, 2018


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

Reporting Official:  Brent Dickinsen

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Owen-Withee vs. Abbotsford
Sept. 28, 2018

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

Reporting Official: Rich Hohl

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Green Bay West @ New London
Sept. 28, 2018


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

Reporting Official:  Dave Zoch

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Suring @ Three Lakes/Phelps
Sept. 28, 2018


We wish to acknowledge the best sideline we have experienced so far this year. Our hats off to Coach Tyler Maney for the exceptional efforts of coaching sportsmanship with his staff and players.  His coaching strategy keeps his players motivated and positive. First, Coach Maney did an excellent job helping the officials with some timing issues at the beginning of the contest and during the game.  He went up to the Suring coach to inform him that the timing will be corrected and apologized.  Second, Coach Maney and his staff did a great job keeping words positive and accepting the explanations of officials. He created the time to provide teachable moments for his players and recognized the positive acts of officials. It is evident that Mr. Maney’s attitude and actions rub off on his staff and players as they were respectful towards each other and the opponent. Our crew saw the hands of the Three Lakes players extended to help the opponents off the turf. Third, the players provided the football to an official immediately to keep the flow of the game, asked good questions, and respectfully listened to the officials as we work towards preventative officiating. Last, we saw a group of coaches who kept their players and themselves inside the box at the snap and throughout the play.  We never had to remind them like we normally have to do every Friday night. The fans were exceptional!  Not once did we hear a negative comment. They did what positive fans do, cheer on their team during great plays, as well as subpar plays. The parents’ and fans’ actions teach students how to properly behave in society when the game is meant for entertainment and to teach the many lessons of life. Our crew officiated a hard hitting game that saw players from both teams acting as young adults should in a spirited contest. The communities of Three Lake and Phelps should be proud of the actions of their coaches, players, and fans as we enjoy the great game of football.

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

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D.C. Everest @ Wausau West
Sept. 14, 2018


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

Reporting Official:  Patrick Tschimperle

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Hayward/La Courte Oreilles @ Spooner
Sept. 7, 2018


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

Reporting Official:  Nate McNaughton

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Mosinee @ Ashland
Sept. 7, 2018


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

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

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Seymour @ Xavier
Sept. 7, 2018

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

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

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Abbotsford @ Marathon
Aug. 31, 2018


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

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

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Winter/Birchwood @ Prairie Farm
Aug. 31, 2018


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

Reporting Official:  Patrick Plumer

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Fox Valley Lutheran @ Luxemburg-Casco
Aug. 24, 2018


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


Reporting Official:  James Schaefer

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Brown Deer @ Sheboygan Falls
Aug. 17, 2018


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

Reporting Official:  Steve Kiel

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Antigo @ Berlin
Aug. 17, 2018


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

Reporting Official:  Stephan Sanders

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Antigo @ Berlin
Aug. 17, 2018


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

Reporting Official:  Stephen Sanders

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Prescott @ Rhinelander
Friday, Aug. 17, 2018


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

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland


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