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2016-2017 GOOD SPORT REPORTS

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2015-2016 Good Sport Reports

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ANTIOCH GRASS LAKE BASKETBALL PLAYER SHOWS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A "TEAMMATE."
November 21, 2016 - Submitted by Grass Lake AD Jack Hall

Our 5th grade player, Josh Morales, showed what it means to be a "TEAMMATE." Josh was unable to play due to an injury but willingly gave his uniform when another player has forgotten his. The great thing about this act was that he was not asked to do so by the other player. He was standing next to the AD when that player mentioned it. This is the example of selflessness, a trait we need to see more of! Josh was awarded our team's "Athlete of the Week" award for his action.

COLCHESTER WEST PRAIRIE COMMENDS CLASS ACT BY AUGUSTA SOUTHEASTERN'S BASKETBALL TEAM AND COACH BRYAN SCHULLIAN
November 17, 2016 - Submitted by Colchester West Prairie Principal Caitlin Watson
Southeastern was up by 23 points with a minute to go in the 8th grade basketball game. Coach Schullian recognized that West prairie had a player on the court who was new to the game of basketball and didn't have the opportunity to play very much. He called a time-out and told his players and the referee that he was going to allow the West Prairie player the opportunity to score. Southeastern had the ball coming out of the timeout and turned the ball over so West Prairie could gain possession. The West Prairie players got the ball to their teammate and Southeastern players allowed him to dribble in for a layup and score. This is something the West Prairie player will never forget and a lesson in kindness for both teams. Thank you, Coach Schullian!

CENTRAL ILLINOIS SCHOOL RECOGNIZED BY BASKETBALL OFFICIAL FOR SPORTSMANSHIP
November 15, 2016 - Submitted by Basketball Official Derek Sieg

The Morton girls' basketball team showed outstanding sportsmanship toward all participants at the 7th and 8th grade levels. The players, coaches, and fans could not have been more outstanding in their behavior. The fans cheered outstanding play for their team and were respectful of the opponent. The coaches were fun to work with, joking with the officials in a respectful manner. The players would get the ball to the officials during a dead ball, help opponents and teammates off the floor after a play, and were respectful of the game and their opponents. I cannot think of anything they did not do that could have shown more sportsmanship. Kudos to all involved with this program for showing what great sportsmanship is. By the way, both of these teams lost - the 7th grade [lost] by several points and the 8th grade game in overtime. Both teams played hard and showed no displeasure with the outcome of the game.

COACH SHOWS STUDENTS WHAT "DOING WHAT'S RIGHT" MEANS IN A GAME SITUATION
November 14, 2016 - Submitted by Basketball Official Justin Phillips

Good morning. I just wanted to report an act of good sportsmanship from a contest on 11/14/16. The 8th grade boys team from Warrensburg-Latham was beating their opponent, Central A&M, by about 12 points with under a minute to go in the contest.  The visiting team had put in their subs.  A player from Warrensburg-Latham deflected a pass from the opponent about mid-court and had a wide open lay up.  The coach for Warrensburg began yelling at his player to stop and to hold the ball and not run up the score.  When it became apparent that he was going to continue in for a lay up, the coach called a time out to stop him.  In my opinion, this was a very good display of sportsmanship and doing the right thing in the situation. 

TOLEDO CUMBERLAND COACHES COMMENDED FOR THEIR SPORTSMANSHIP
November 10, 2016 - Submitted by Basketball Official Kevin Trapp

Both coaches for Cumberland Junior High's boys' basketball teams demonstrated excellent sportsmanship during the game on 11/7/16. The coaches were supportive of their players throughout the game by offering encouragement and praising the boys' effort and execution. I didn't hear oen negative comment from either of the coaches directed at players or officials the entire night. As an official who works many games, I can say that rarely happens. Behavior like that was refreshing to see. Kudos to those coaches for setting good examples for their school.

HENRY BASKETBALL PLAYER APPLAUDED FOR GOING OUT OF HER WAY TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT
October 31, 2016 - Submitted by Wendy Smith, Fieldcrest Fan

I am contacting you about an intentional foul during the Fieldcrest vs. Henry game on October 31st. During this game an intentional foul was issued to #3 on Henry's team. Though the officials made the right call, it did not appear to the Fieldcrest fans that this young girl meant any harm to our player. It was just a circumstance of her going for the ball, which appeared to the officials that she was reaching for our player's head. After the game, #3 came up to our player and apologized to her. She had tears running down her cheeks and truly felt sorry for her actions. This says a lot about the character of this young lady and the expectations from her parents, her school, and her community. This foul was an accident and there is no need for her to beat herself up over this incident. I wish the best of luck to the team as they continue the season. You must be proud that you have a student-athlete on your girls' basketball team that demonstrates tremendous character. At the end of this day, character wins over the win-loss record.

FARMINGTON BASKETBALL PLAYER RECOGNIZED FOR LENDING A HAND TO OPPONENT
October 19, 2016 - Submitted by Peoria Heights St. Thomas AD Brandon Buchner

In the 4th quarter of a girls' basketball game, Farmington player Lynzie Perdue was handling the ball at midcourt. Guarding her closely was our smallest player, who is probably a foot shorter than Lynzie. When Lynzie made a turn upcourt, she got tangled up with our guard who fell to the floor. Even though the whistle was not blown and it was still a live ball, Lynzie extened a hand to our fallen player to help her up to which she received very loud applause from the crowd. She received additional loud applause when she was subbed out a few minutes later. I want to not only thank Lynzie for her display of sportsmanship, but also the St. Thomas and Farmington parents and fans in attendance who instantly recognized her display.

CROSS COUNTRY COACH THANKFUL FOR EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE AT DUAL MEET AND AT SECTIONALS
October 18, 2016 - Submitted by Dixmoor Rosa Parks Cross Country Coach Rob Lininger

I have been wanting to recognize Calumet MS (SD 132) for their incredible support and demonstration of sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the sport. Despite torrential rains, their coaches and students were all smiles and full of encouraging words in a dual meet with us prior to sectionals. Then, at sectionals, their athletes interacted with ours wishing them luck and thanking and complimenting our coaches. They did a tremendous job hosting the sectional meet - they even provided athletes with fresh fruit and drinks after their races - and I hope they decide to host for many years to come! All of my athletes had a marvelous experience even though we came in near last place.

GAME OFFICIAL RECOGNIZES SPORTSMANSHIP BY 2 RIVAL SCHOOLS' GIRLS' BASKETBALL PROGRAMS
October 14, 2016 - Submitted by Basketball Official Philip Meyer

This was a rivalry game between the two schools (Arcola Junior High School and Tuscola East Prairie). Both teams were well coached and disciplined. Both teams played hard and aggressive. Both teams helped opposing players up off the court. The coaches actually coach their players. The coaches did not moan and groan about calls or no calls. When calls were made, the coaches took the opportunity to teach the child what was wrong and how to improve. The gym was packed. There were a lot of students on hand supporting their schools. These students did cheers back and forth. They were loud and having a good time. As an official, I particularly enjoyed the fact that this cheering drowned out the parental hecklers. The cheers were student-led as there were no cheerleaders on hand. There were parents from both schools who got involved with the children cheering.

MAHOMET-SEYMOUR COACH APPLAUDS NORMAL KINGSLEY'S SPORTSMANSHIP
October 8, 2016 - Submitted by Mahomet-Seymour Cross Country Coach Lisa Martin

I just have to say that we had several coaches and runners that showed great sportsmanship this year. As a coach that has hosted MANY sectionals, I often wonder if others understand the hard work that goes into hosting a successful and efficient sectional meet- one that has everyone on their way home before 11am. This year, I felt that others really understood. I would like to take a minute and recognize an individual and her family. Elizabeth Horton from Normal Kingsley and her family were out to eat at a local restaurant where the coaching staff was meeting to submit our results. She and her family took the time to thank us (actually a few times). She was just a really great young lady with lots of positive energy. It is not often that a runner takes the time to say thank you and be so genuine. Her family offered many kind words and then were on their way home. As a coach, these words of gratitude go a long way. The sleepless nights of preparing for such a prestigious meet and the hours put in leading up to the event can overwhelm anyone, but at the end of the day, a simple thank you can go a long way. For this, I would like to make sure that Elizabeth earns recognition for her good sportsmanship.

EXCELLENT DISPLAY OF SPORTSMANSHIP BY BEECHER CITY-COWDEN HERRICK GIRLS' BASKETBALL PROGRAM
October 1, 2016 - Submitted by Basketball Official Lawrence Watts

I worked the Beecher City-Cowden Herrick vs Ramsey junior high girls' games last night and wanted to compliment the BCCH girls on their sportsmanship throughout both games. The BCCH girls would immediately extend a hand to help an opposing player up from the floor, even without being involved in the play - if the opponent fell down, a BCCH girl would move to help her up if close. The girls did this in both games, even during frustrating periods when they were not playing well. None of the girls showed any displeasure with any calls, helped with loose balls, and showed respect to both the officials and the opposing team. Great job by the girls and coaches for instilling this behavior.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEMONSTRATED BY VILLA GROVE'S SOFTBALL PITCHER
September 23, 2016 - Submitted by Villa Grove Statistician Floyd Fisher

First off, I want to thank you for hosting the state softball tournament, it is a great experience and opportunity for the girls. I have been coaching at the high school and junior high levels since 2000, and I have often contacted schools and state associations when I have seen an opponent display great sportsmanship. I have never done that for one of my players, until now. Yesterday we lost 10-1, which could have been very frustrating. As the game ended, the 3rd base umpire stayed on the field while the other 2 went to the first base side exit. All of our girls on their own shook the 3rd base umpire's hand and thanked him. What happened next was what I am writing about. Our pitcher, Kyleigh Block, spotted the other 2 umpires and motioned for her teammates to follow her as she sprinted across the field to shake the hands and thank the other umpires. This was Kyleigh's final junior high game, and was a tough loss. I cannot say enough how proud I am of her for her leadership and sportsmanship and just wanted to make sure the IESA was aware of one of the promising young leaders in the state.

 



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