Prep softball: Superior recognized for sportsmanship by WIAA

The softball team joined the boys hockey team as the only other Spartan program to receive the prestigious Sportsmanship Award.

Superior’s Emma Raye (27) fires a ball to first base
Superior’s Emma Raye (27) fires a ball to first base in the second inning of the Spartans’ 10-0 victory over Cedarburg in the WIAA Division 1 quarterfinal. The WIAA recently announced the Spartans received the Sportsmanship Award for the state softball tournament.
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After picking up their first win at the state tournament since 1978, the Superior softball team picked up another award last week.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association announced the Spartans were among the winners of the team Sportsmanship Award for the 2022 Spring Team State Tournaments.

Superior topped Cedarburg 10-0 in the Wisconsin Division 1 quarterfinal matchup before falling to eventual state champion Kaukauna by the same score.

The Spartans won the award for the first time and join the boys hockey team as the only Superior squads to receive the honor. The boys hockey team has won the award five times, most recently in 2015.

The selection process includes evaluations from contest officials and tournament management, as well as security personnel, crowd control, ushers and WIAA staff members.


The Spartans finished the season 20-3 with two of their three losses coming to Kaukauna. The Galloping Ghosts have won 51 straight games and the last two Division 1 state championships.

The Spartans return all but three players from the 2022 squad, including Wisconsin-commit and 2022 Wisconsin Division 1 Player of the Year Emma Raye .

The Spartans junior led her team to its first victory in the Wisconsin state tournament since 1978.

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