STEVENS POINT --The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has chosen the recipients of the team Sportsmanship Awards for the 2016 winter State Tournaments.
The winners of the prestigious sportsmanship honor are Ashland in gymnastics, Eau Claire Memorial in boys’ ice hockey, the Beloit Co-op in girls’ ice hockey, Whitefish Bay Dominican in boys’ basketball, Mineral Point in girls’ basketball and Wisconsin Lutheran in wrestling.
Ashland receives its first Sportsmanship Award in gymnastics and its fifth recognition overall. The Oredockers placed fifth in the Division 2 State Gymnastics team championship in March. The schools and communities receiving honorable mention include Kenosha Bradford/Indian Trail/Tremper/Westosha Central, Madison Memorial, Manitowoc and River Falls.
Eau Claire Memorial is the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award in boys hockey for the third time and for the first time since 20000. The Old Abes defeated the Antigo Co-op 5-1 in the quarterfinals before being eliminated from title contention by the Appleton East Co-op, 4-1, which won the State title. Honorable mention for the award went to Antigo/White Lake/Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Hudson, Onalaska and University School of Milwaukee.
The Beloit Co-op, which includes student athletes from Beloit Memorial/Beloit Turner/Black Hawk/Clinton/Janesville Craig/Janesville Parker/ Milton and Monroe high schools wins its first sportsmanship award in girls hockey. The multi-school program was selected by event management and staff for its sportsmanship in relation to its support. The Fury was backed by four bands and 23 buses, which significantly contributed to a record attendance for the girls’ semifinal session. They fell 6-1 in their semifinal match-up with eventual champion Hayward/Ashland/Maple Northwestern/Rice Lake/Shell Lake/Spooner. The Schofield D.C. Everest/Mosinee/Wausau East/Wausau West and University School of Milwaukee/Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels/Nicolet/Shorewood/Whitefish Bay co-ops each received honorable mention.
After being named the Sportsmanship Award recipient in boys’ basketball last year, Mineral Point earned the award this year at the State Girls’ Basketball Tournament in Green Bay with its positive exhibition of sportsmanship. It’s the third time the Pointers have received the award overall, also receiving the honor in 2011 for team wrestling. The Pointers won the Division 4 State championship this season, defeating Kenosha St. Joseph 68-52 in the final after downing Eau Claire Regis 77-56 in the semifinals. Schools receiving honorable mention were Wisconsin Rapids Assumption, Barneveld, Clayton, Hayward and Eau Claire Regis.
Whitefish Bay Dominican won its unprecedented fifth straight championship in winning the Division 4 title at the State Boys Basketball Tournament in March and captured the school’s first Sportsmanship Award in the process. The Knights defeated La Crosse Aquinas 54-46 in the semifinals and Cameron in the title game, 62-43, to win the boys basketball program’s seventh overall State championship. Barneveld, Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran and Prairie du Chien received honorable mention.
Wisconsin Lutheran was declared the winner of Sportsmanship Award in team wrestling. It was the first time the Vikings have received the award in any sport. They finished runner-up for the Division 2 championship, defeating River Valley 33-30 in the semifinals and falling to Ellsworth in the finals, 29-27. Fennimore, Hortonville, Kaukauna, Random Lake and River Valley received honorable mention for the award.