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5 Schools Receive Sportsmanship Awards

The WIAA, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2013 Spring and Summer State Team Championships.

 The winners of the prestigious award are Lake Country Lutheran in spring baseball, Kettle Moraine in summer baseball, Ashland in girls soccer, Appleton East in softball and Arrowhead in boys tennis.

  It is the second time Lake Country Lutheran has been a recipient of the Rural Mutual Insurance/WIAA Sportsmanship Award. In 2012, the school was honored in girls soccer along with their co-op partner University Lake School. The Lightning finished runner-up in Division 4 this season, falling 6-4 in the title game to Greenwood. They blanked Potosi 12-0 in their semifinal match-up to advance to the championship game. Ellsworth, Greenwood, Oconto, Osseo-Fairchild, Potosi, Stoughton, Waunakee, Wausaukee and Westby received honorable mention for the award.

Kettle Moraine was selected as the winner of the award in summer baseball. It’s the second Sportsmanship Award for the Lasers overall. They also received the honor with their co-op program in girls hockey in 2012. On July 19, they fell in their semifinal to eventual champion New Berlin West, 7-6 in eight innings. Last year’s Sportsmanship Award winner Sheboygan Falls received honorable mention this season.

 Appleton East was determined by evaluation to have earned the Sportsmanship Award at the State Softball Tournament after receiving honorable mention the last five years. The Patriots were edged 1-0 in nine innings in their State quarterfinal match-up against Menomonee Falls. It is their second Sportsmanship Award in the sport, which also accounts for their overall total.

The previous honor came back in 2000. Schools receiving honorable mention were Algoma, Germantown, Grantsburg, Monroe, New Lisbon, New London, Oshkosh West, Pacelli, Shell Lake and Stevens Point.

Ashland was selected as the Sportsmanship Award winner for its efforts to preserve the ideals of sportsmanship at the State Girls Soccer Tournament. The Oredockers and their fan base demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship in a 7-0 loss to eventual champion Catholic Memorial in the State semifinals.

It is the third time Ashland has been cited for its positive sportsmanship. The Oredockers were bestowed the honor in girls soccer in 2009 and were co-recipients in summer baseball in 2005. Honorable mention for the award was extended to DePere, Eau Claire Memorial, last year’s winner Lake Country Lutheran/University Lake/Trinity, Middleton, Neenah, Ozaukee and Xavier.

It is the first time Arrowhead has been named the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award in boys tennis, and it is the second time the school has received the award across all sports. In 2004, the school and its fans were recognized in boys volleyball.

The Warhawks defeated Waukesha West 4-3 in the Division 1 quarterfinals before the Wolverines dropped their semifinal match 4-3 to Neenah. Eau Claire Memorial, Edgewood and Wausau East received honorable mention for the award.

The WIAA/Rural Mutual Insurance Sportsmanship Award is presented to one school and community in each of the State team tournaments.

The award winners are determined by the conduct and sportsmanship displayed by athletes, coaches, cheer and support groups, mascots, bands and spectators. Additional consideration is given for the effort of school administrators and chaperones to insure support for their teams are positive and that the highest ideals of sportsmanship are upheld.

Award winners receive a plaque and banner in recognition of the honor. Schools receiving honorable mention are acknowledged with a certificate of recognition.

The selection process includes contributions and evaluations from contest officials, tournament management, police and security personnel, crowd control and ushers, WIAAstaff members, area hotels and restaurants.


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