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Gymnasts honored for sportsmanship

The River Falls High School gymnastics team was awarded the WIAA Team Sportsmanship Award for the 2017 state tournaments. Team members included senior captains Sydney Cernohous, Bailey Kusilek and Maddie Raverty, junior Sam Krueger, sophomores Kassidy Snell, Cat Stewart, and Natalie Swick, and freshmen Michaela Kramolis, Josie Nelson and Allison Raverty, Assistant coaches are Megan Peters, Jordan Maier and Bridgette Lensing and head coach is Lauren Kaminski. Photo courtesy of River Falls High School

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has chosen the River Falls Wildcats as the recipient of the team Sportsmanship Award for the 2017 state tournament.

River Falls receives the Sportsmanship Award in gymnastics for the third time. The Wildcats earned back-to-back honors in 2012 and 2103. It is the eighth Sportsmanship Award won by the school across all sports. It received the honor three years in a row as a girls co-op hockey program, the St. Croix Valley Fusion, from 2009-11 and again in 2014, and was selected as the recipient in team wrestling in 1998.

The Wildcats were the Division 2 runner-up in the team competition at the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships in March. The schools and communities receiving honorable mention include Brookfield East/Central, Antigo, Chippewa Falls, Manitowoc Lincoln and Stevens Point.

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 ensure 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.

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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