Middleton High School was named the recipient of the WIAA Sportsmanship Award in girls team tennis on Monday.
It marks the first time the Cardinals have received the award in girls tennis and the fourth time the school has been honored overall. MHS was also selected for the award in boys tennis in 2007 and 2009, as well as in boys volleyball in 2009.
The Cardinals won the first WIAA state girls team tennis championship in school history by defeating Eau Claire Memorial 5-2 in the Division 1 final at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison in October. Eau Claire Regis received honorable mention for the award.
The WIAA-Rural Insurance Sportsmanship Award is presented to one school program and community – or communities in the case of cooperative programs – in each of the state team tournaments that exemplifies 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 insure support for their teams are positive and that the highest ideals of sportsmanship are upheld.
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.
Other winners during the fall sports season were Brookfield East in boys volleyball, Ashland in boys soccer, Oshkosh North in football, and Hilbert in girls volleyball.