The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in partnership with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, has selected the University School boys’ tennis team to receive the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Team Sportsmanship Award for the 2018 Spring State Team Tournament.
In its announcement of the award, the WIAA said, “University School earns the sportsmanship honor in boys’ team tennis for the first time. It’s the fourth time the Wildcats have received the award overall. They also received the recognition in girls’ tennis in 2007 and 2015, and in girls’ hockey in 2013. University School finished as the State runner-up this spring, falling 4-3 to Edgewood in the Division 2 final after blanking McFarland 7-0 in the semifinals.”
About the Sportsmanship Award 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 is positive and that the highest ideals of sportsmanship are upheld. Award winners receive a plaque and banner in recognition of the honor. Schools receiving honorable mention are acknowledged with a certificate of recognition.
Rural Mutual Insurance has sponsored the Sportsmanship Award program for more than 52 years. The selection process includes evaluations from contest officials, tournament management, as well as security personnel, crowd control and ushers, and WIAA staff members.