Sportswriter Steve Tietz will use this blog to try to duly reward the great, praise heartily the hard-working, uncover the unsung, and take to task the spoilsport, the foul-mouth and the crass in the local prep sports scene. He'll try to remember that kids are just kids and that coaches aren't in it for the money. He'll try to gently remind parents that the kids are playing for fun, not for profit and that the officials, though occasionally human and therefore prone to error, are there to ensure fair play and not out to get anyone.
Retiring Whitefish Bay Athletic Director John Gustavson knows why Menomonee Falls girls basketball coach Craig Amundson has lasted as long as he has with the Indians despite some ups and downs in terms of record.
North Shore Conference baseball coaches Ernie Millard, Jeff Wolf and Jay Wojcinski are old pals, and they like to beat each other's brains out each summer as the leaders of the Homestead, Germantown and Whitefish Bay squads, respectively.
"We need more mentors like him, more people like him."
Simply put, it couldn't have been done any other way. They had to be together.
When asked to comment on the somewhat over-written and far too explicit WIAA memorandum on sportsmanship that blew up on social media and has been the subject of some criticism and outright ridicule, Menomonee Falls Athletic Director Ryan Anderson had both a cautionary tale and a happy ending to relate.