WIAA and Rural Mutual Insurance choose 2014 Winter Team Sportsmanship Award winners

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has chosen the recipients of the team Sportsmanship Awards for the 2014 winter State Tournaments.

The winners of the prestigious sportsmanship honor are Superior in boy’s ice hockey, the River Falls Co-op in girl’s ice hockey, Brodhead in girl’s basketball, Cochrane-Fountain City in boy’s basketball, Evansville/Albany in wrestling and River Valley in gymnastics.

Superior was presented the award for its sportsmanship at the State Boys Hockey Tournament. It is the fifth time overall the school and community has received the sportsmanship honor.

The River Falls Co-op, which includes River Falls/Baldwin-Woodville/Boyceville/Glenwood City/St. Croix Central, wins its fourth sportsmanship award in girl’s hockey. The Fusion were recipients of the award three consecutive years from 2009-11.

Brodhead is this year’s Sportsmanship Award recipient in girl’s basketball. The Cardinals earn the honor for the first time in any sport.

Cochrane-Fountain City made it’s first-ever appearance in the State Boys Basketball Tournament and is the recipient of this year’s Sportsmanship Award. It is the first time the Pirates have won the award as a single program and community.

The Evansville/Albany co-op receives its first Sportsmanship Award in team wrestling, and it’s also the first Sportsmanship Award by either of the two schools and communities.

River Valley receives the Sportsmanship Award in gymnastics. It’s the first State sportsmanship honor for the Blackhawks in any sport.

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 chaperons to insure support for their teams are positive and that the highest ideals of sportsmanship are upheld. Award winners receive a plaque and banner in recognition of the honor.

Rural Mutual Insurance has been a sponsor of this award for over 40 years.