Gymnasts win state sportsmanship award
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has selected the River Falls High School gymnastics team as a winner of the team Sportsmanship Award for the 2013 winter state tournaments.
River Falls receives the Sportsmanship Award for the second straight year in gymnastics. The Wildcats won the Division 2 team title at the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships in March.
This is the fifth Sportsmanship Award won by River Falls High School across all sports. The St. Croix Valley Fusion co-op girls' hockey team received the honor three years in a row from 2009-11, and the Wildcat wrestling team was selected as a recipient in team wrestling in 1998.
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.
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.
Other winter sportsmanship award winners include Little Chute in boys' basketball, Lodi in girls' basketball, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln in boys' ice hockey, University School Co-op in girls' ice hockey and Coleman in wrestling.