When the Kohl Center cleared out last Saturday night, it was the official end to the winter high school sports season. Congratulations should go out to not only all the teams that made it to state in March, but also the teams of officials who worked the games.
So often, the folks in the striped shirts are the target of criticism, contempt, and often outright hostility…but if you know them, you’d understand just how seriously they take their role, and how much effort they put into their craft. Unlike the rest of us, who worry about who won and who lost, the officials’ obsession is simple: did we get it right.
With that, here’s a shout-out to the game officials from our area who worked games at the hockey and basketball state tournaments:
HOCKEY: Travis Ahlberg (Birchwood), John Christopherson (Eau Claire), Mike De Long (Woodville), Scott Gavin (River Falls), Jeff Hanzlik (Chippewa Falls), Ryan Humpal (Amery), Andy Krahenbuhl (Cameron), and Tim Rowan (Menomonie).
BOYS BASKETBALL: Tim Bassett (Rice Lake), Michael J. Breed (Cameron), Tom Fiedler (Eau Claire), Ryan Nelson (Eau Claire), Tyler Nelson (Eau Claire), Steve Sevals (Rice Lake), and Brian Trettin (Hayward).
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Wayne Brevik (Fairchild), Bart Matzek (Prescott), Brad Matzek (Prescott), Mike Matzek (Prescott), Tim McIntyre (Danbury), Chuck Morning IV (Menomonie), Tyler Moy (Eau Claire), and Tim Widiker (Danbury).
Officiating may look easy from the stands, but if you’ve ever actually done it–and had to make a tough call in an intense game at a crucial time–you realize it’s anything but easy.
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This post was written by bbradovich on March 30, 2010