STEVENS POINT — The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has chosen the recipients of the team Sportsmanship Awards for the 2015 winter State Tournaments.
The winners of the prestigeous sportsmanship honor are Spring Valley/Elmwood in wrestling, Mount Horeb in gymnastics, Superior in boys ice hockey, the D.C. Everest Co-op in girls ice hockey, Marathon in girls basketball and Mineral Point in boys basketball.
The Spring Valley/Elmwood Co-op was declared the winner of Sportsmanship Award in team wrestling for the second time, also earning the recognition in 2012. Spring Valley also received honorable mention last year and was the recipient of the award in boys basketball in 1991. The Cardinals captured the Division 3 championship, downing Random Lake 37-22 in the semifinals and Coleman, 40-27, in the final. Coleman and Sparta 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, WIAA staff members, area hotels and restaurants.
Rural Mutual Insurance has been a sponsor of this award for over 40 years, and their participation is essential to promoting sportsmanship and education-based athletics as a valued corporate partner of the WIAA.