The Middleton co-op girls hockey team was named the recipient of a WIAA team sports spirit award for the 2022 Winter State Tournament season.
The WIAA, in partnership with Rural Mutual Insurance, selected the award winners for the winter state tournaments from the 2021-22 winter sports season, and the recipients were announced Tuesday.
Other winners included Winneconne (team wrestling), Highland (girls ‘basketball), Brillion (boys’ basketball) and Franklin / Muskego in gymnastics. Boys hockey did not have a receiver.
Reedsburg achieved honorable mention recognition in gymnastics. Marshall earned honorable mention recognition in boys basketball.
The Middleton co-op, known as the Madison Metro Lynx, consists of seven schools, including Middleton, Dodgeville, Madison Edgewood, Madison Memorial, Madison West, Mount Horeb and Verona.
The team won the award in girls hockey after participating in the state tournament for the second time in the last three seasons.
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Metro Lynx fell 4-1 in the semifinals to the final champion, the Schofield DC Everest co-op. This is the first time that the co-op program has won the award for sportsmanship.
According to the WIAA release, as the leading program in the configuration of the co-op, Middleton claims his seventh recognition of sportsmanship. Middleton has been recognized twice in boys ‘tennis and boys’ volleyball and once in girls ‘tennis and girls’ basketball.
Appleton Xavier co-op received honorable mention.
In addition to receiving the sportsmanship award for team wrestling, Winneconne received honorable mention for the award from Amery, Hartland Arrowhead, Marshfield, Glendale Nicolet, Prairie du Chien, and St. Louis. Croix Falls.
Franklin / Muskego co-op won the WIAA Division 1 championship and won the gymnastics program’s first sports spirit award. Programs that received honorable mention were Reedsburg, Arrowhead, Antigo, Hartford, Mequon Homestead and Holmen.
Highland, who lost to final Division 5 champion Randolph in the state semifinals, was the winner of girls’ basketball – the first time Highland has received the award in any sport. An acclaim with honorable mention went to Randolph, the Wisconsin Rapids Assumption, Brookfield East, De Pere, Whitefish Bay Dominican, Menomonie and St. Croix Falls.
In addition to Brillion’s award in boys’ basketball, the schools that received honorable mention were Marshall, Ashwaubenon, Cameron, Gibraltar, Hurley, Racine Case, and Randolph.
The Sportsmanship Award was presented to one school and one community in each of the state’s team tournaments.
The recipients were determined by the sporting spirit displayed by athletes, coaches, cheering and support groups, mascots, bands and spectators, according to the WIAA release. Other considerations include that the efforts of school administrators and chaperones to secure support for their teams are positive and that the highest ideals of sportsmanship are displayed.
Prize winners receive a trophy and a banner in recognition of the honor. Schools that receive honorable mention receive a certificate of recognition.
Contributions and evaluations from competition officials, tournament management, police and security personnel, crowd control and officers, WIAA staff, area hotels and restaurants were taken into consideration.
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