The WIAA selected the team sportsmanship awards for the fall state championships and Lodi and Madison West were among the winners.
The recipients of the sportsmanship awards were Lodi in football, Madison West in boys soccer, Benton in girls volleyball, Amery in girls team tennis and Racine Horlick in boys volleyball, according to a release from the WIAA on Wednesday.
Lakeside Lutheran and Waunakee earned honorable-mention recognition for girls volleyball and Middleton for boys volleyball.
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 demonstrates 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 ensure support for their teams are positive and that the highest ideals of sportsmanship are showcased.
Lodi is this year’s recipient of the award for the state football finals. The Blue Devils earned the honor for the first time in the sport and for the fifth time overall.
They also received recognition for the 2003 and 2005 team wrestling tournaments, in 2012 for boys basketball and in 2013 for girls basketball.
A large contingent of Lodi supporters displayed outstanding sportsmanship, enthusiasm and community support in a 17-10 overtime victory over defending champion St. Croix Central in the Division 4 title game. It was the Blue Devils’ second appearance in the state football championship game, after finishing second in 2015. Schools receiving honorable-mention recognition were Bangor, Black Hawk and Hartland Lake Country Lutheran.
Madison West was the recipient of the sportsmanship award in boys soccer, which marks the first time the Regents have received the award in any sport. They made their 15th appearance in the boys soccer state tournament this season, which resulted in a 2-1 overtime loss to eventual champion Milwaukee Marquette in the Division 1 semifinals.
Madison West has the most state team championships of any school in the membership with 90. Amery, Chippewa Falls McDonell/Eau Claire Regis, New Richmond and Sturgeon Bay received honorable-mention recognition.
Benton earned its second sportsmanship recognition with its positive support for the Zephyrs at the state girls volleyball tournament. They also claimed the award in boys basketball back in 2009. They advanced to state for the first time in the program’s history. They fell in the semifinals to Oshkosh Lourdes Academy 25-23, 25-20, 25-15 in the Division 4 semifinals.
Honorable-mention recognition for the award went to Waukesha Catholic Memorial, Kimberly, Lake Country Lutheran, Lakeside Lutheran, Merrill, Wausau Newman, Eau Claire Regis, Stratford and Waunakee.
Amery was the recipient of the sportsmanship award in its first-ever appearance in the girls tennis state Tournament. It marked the second time the school has been bestowed the honor overall, also winning the award in summer baseball back in 1996. The Warriors were eliminated from title contention following a 5-2 setback to Kenosha St. Joseph in the Division 2 semifinal round.
Racine Horlick was evaluated with sportsmanship efforts worthy of receiving the honor at the state boys volleyball Tournament. It was the first time in school history the Rebels have been selected for the award in any sport. They lost 25-13, 25-17, 25-15 in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Marquette. It was their eighth appearance in the State Tournament.
Honorable mention for the award was extended to Middleton.
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 included 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.