The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has selected the recipients of the team Sportsmanship Awards for the 2013 winter State Tournaments.
The winners of the sportsmanship honor are Little Chute in boys basketball, Lodi in girls basketball, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln in boys ice hockey, University School Co-op in girls ice hockey, Coleman in wrestling and River Falls in gymnastics.
Lodi, winner of the boys basketball Sportsmanship Award last year, is this year’s recipient in girls basketball.
The Blue Devils earn the honor for the first time in the sport and for the fourth time overall. They also recieved recognition for the 2003 and 2005 team wrestling tournaments.
A large contigent of Lodi supporters displayed outstanding sportsmanship, enthusiasm and community support in a 40-27 loss to two-time champion Kewaunee in the Division 3 semifinals.
It was the Blue Devils’ first State appearance in girls basketball. Schools receiving honorable mention are Barneveld and South Shore.
Little Chute was selected as the Sportsmanship Award winner in boys basketball, its first in any sport.
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln was chosen as the winner of the boys hockey Sportsmanship Award for its sportsmanship at the State Tournament. It is the second sportsmanship honor presented in boys hockey, having also been selected in 2006.
The University School Co-op, which includes University School, Divine Savior Holy Angels, Homestead, Nicolet, St. Thomas More, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay, won its first sportsmanship award in girls hockey.
Coleman receives its first Sportsmanship Award in any sport following its display of sportsmanship at the State Team Wrestling Tournament.
River Falls receives the Sportsmanship Award for the second straight year in gymnastics.