The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2020 fall state tournaments.
Making accommodations for the uniqueness of the 2020 fall team championships with different venues for each of the divisions, a winner was selected for each division instead of the traditional one per tournament.
The winners of the Sportsmanship Award in boys soccer are Medford in Division 2 and St. Lawrence Seminary in Division 3. There is no winner in Division 1. It is the first time the Raiders are bestowed the honor in any sport. The Raiders were edged by eventual champion Roncalli/Two Rivers 3-2 in the State semifinals. The Hilltoppers finished runner-up in their first experience in the State Boys Soccer Tournament following a 4-0 loss to The Prairie School in the championship game. Honorable mention for the award goes to Sauk Prairie in Division 2 and Arcadia in Division 3.
In the fall of 2020 to accommodate the restructuring of the State Tournaments in midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WIAA/Rural Insurance Sportsmanship Award is presented to one school program and community–or communities in the case of cooperative programs–in each division of 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 demonstrated.
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 includes 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.