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Northeast Iowa Conference sportsmanship ratings

by Danielle Wagner

WAVERLY (KWWL) Sportsmanship is a top priority for the seven schools in the Northeast Iowa Conference.

Rankings for sportsmanship last school year were recently released. The rankings are compiled from forms filled out by officials.

The final standings are as follows:

1. Decorah - 1.111

2.Waukon - 1.158

3. New Hampton - 1.159

4. Oelwein - 1.172

5. Crestwood - 1.188

6. Charles City - 1.233

7. Waverly-Shell Rock - 1.243

Coaches, players and fans are all evaluated by officials. Each gets a rating of 1 through 5, with one being the best.

Waverly-Shell Rock High School ranks last in the most recent sportsmanship ratings released for the Northeast Iowa Conference.

"It was one we're not proud of at WSR, we like to encourage good sportsmanship," said WSR Athletic Director Dave Litterer.

Through the boys athletic union, officials go online after a sporting event and fill out a form rating coaches, players and fans.

Boys athletic officials who want to work post season events must fill out sportsmanship scores.

Three years ago, the Northeast Iowa Conference started a rating system for girls events. Officials fill out green score cards.

"I just think it's really important and it makes it more fun for everybody and when everyone's being reasonable to each other it doesn't take away from the game," said student Katie Blake.

In six of the seven schools, players ranked the highest for sportsmanship. At four schools, fans ranked the lowest.

"We want them to cheer loud, but when it's negative it takes away from it and that's what people are focusing on," said Blake.

WSR has actually improved its overall sportsmanship score the last few years but is still below the other schools.

"I think the first thing we need to do is make sure people are aware where we stand and understand the importance of sportsmanship overall and what's the appropriate behavior when you're attending an activity or event," said Litterer.

Dave Litterer said even without this latest ranking, sportsmanship is a major focus at Waverly-Shell Rock.

"It's just something I think whether we rank first or last we want to always promote sportsmanship and encourage that in others as they attend our contests whether they're home or away," said Litterer.

"I guess it goes back to what everyone's taught when they're little. Treat others as you want to be treated yourself," said Katie Blake.

To find out your school's sportsmanship ranking, contact the athletic director.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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