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The Wildcat gymnastics team, pictured hoisting the 2013 WIAA State Championship trophy after winning the state title in Wisconsin Rapids March 2, added another trophy to its collection last week when it was named winner of the WIAA/Rural Mutual Insurance Sportsmanship Award. Pictured at the state tournament are, front row from left, manager Jordan Maier, volunteer assistant Megan Peters, Kelly Maier, Alyssa Paulson, Sonja Kelly, Gina Bjork, Brianna Kubic, Karin Sollom, head coach Rachel Paulson and assis...

Gymnasts win state sportsmanship award

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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.

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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.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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