The Division 3 state champion Delavan-Darien High School boys soccer team received an Honorable Mention Sportsmanship Award from the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company.
The winners of the team competition were Marathon in girls volleyball, Menomonee Falls in boys soccer, Pepin/Alma in football, University School of Milwaukee in girls team tennis and Arrowhead in boys volleyball.
Sharing a soccer honorable mention with Delavan-Darien were Barron, Eau Claire Memorial, Luxemburg-Casco, Rice Lake and Sturgeon Bay.
“It’s great to be known as a state champion,” said Hank Johnson, DDHS interim athletics director. “The award of excellence for exemplary display of sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity adds distinction. Thanks to our student athletes, coaches and fans for being great role models and setting high standards for the community.”
The WIAA/Rural Insurance Sportsmanship Award is presented to one school program and community–or communities in the case of cooperative programs–in each of the State team tournaments that exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship. 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 trophy 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, and area hotels and restaurants on occasion.