The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2019 fall State Tournaments, including Northland Pines in boys soccer. 

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 demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship. 

Northland Pines was the recipient of the honor in boys soccer with its display of sportsmanship in the frigid conditions at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee on Nov. 8. It marked the second time the Eagles have received the award in boys soccer. Their previous recognition in boys soccer came in 1997. They also won the award in boys hockey in 2004. 

The Eagles made their eighth State Boys Soccer Tournament appearance this season, which resulted in a 5-1 defeat to eventual Division 4 champion Sturgeon Bay in the semifinals. There were 16 teams in this year’s State Boys Soccer Tournament. Last year’s award-winner McFarland received honorable mention recognition.

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 ensure support for their teams are positive and that the highest ideals of sportsmanship are demonstrated.

The Northland Pines boys soccer team is coached by Mark Pinski, with Rodney Sternhagen as the assistant coach. Other key school leaders overseeing many sporting events at Northland Pines include Activities Director Brian Margelofsky, Assistant Principal Josh Tilley, Principal Dan Marien and District Administrator Scott Foster.

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 recipients in the fall of 2019 were Bay Port in football, Luxemburg-Casco in girls volleyball, Waukesha West in boys volleyball and Badger in girls team tennis. 

Congratulations to the Northland Pines boys soccer team, coaches, school officials, Eagle fans and everyone else from Northland Pines who in some way participated in the State Tournament. The community should be proud that the school and team were recognized by the WIAA.