We believe there’s something more important than just winning or losing a tournament. We believe that the team, school, and fans who support their athletes with dignity and class are the true champions. We’ve proudly sponsored the WIAA/Rural Mutual Insurance Sportsmanship Award for over 55 years.
We would like to congratulate the Superior Spartans on being this year’s recipient of the Girls Softball Sportsmanship Award.
When talking with Head Coach Mike Sather, we asked him what this Award meant to him as a coach, the team, and the community, along with how they teach their athletes about sportsmanship.
Coach Sather went on to say; “Our coaching staff and myself at the beginning of the year- we talk about character. A person’s character is shown through sportsmanship. That’s what we like to think and what we like to do. For the most part, I think our coaching staff demonstrates sportsmanship at all times during all games. We think sportsmanship is important because it’s about becoming a thoughtful person, a whole person. It’s about respect and always doing the right thing. The bottom line is that’s one of the reasons why we have high school athletics.”
Coach Sather has been coaching for 41 years. When asked why he enjoys coaching, Coach Sather said, “Simple, it’s fun and gratifying! There’s fun in sharing in the success. For example, being recognized for this sportsmanship award. It’s also gratifying because you do see some young people grow into outstanding adults. In closing, I would like to thank the parents of our players for their sportsmanship and how your daughters handled themselves. Under different circumstances, good or bad was truly learned at home. Our coaching staff’s part was reinforcing what they’ve already learned.”
Congratulations again on a great season and winning the WIAA/Rural Mutual Sportsmanship Award. This is a great achievement for the Superior community.