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Hamilton @ Madison West
Oct. 20, 2017


From the time the ball was kicked off until the end of the game there were countless acts of good sportsmanship. Our crew was extremely impressed with the professionalism of both coaching staffs to include all assistant coaches. There were numerous tough decisions to make in this game and the coaches were questioning things in a professional manner but never with a negative tone or negative demeanor. Football officials always appreciate this kind of classy behavior and we just appreciated this type of effort and extension of the classroom behavior in a post-season contest. Great job and huge kudos to both Madison West and Hamilton football programs for a job well done. 

Reporting Official: Brian Kinney

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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