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Right Where She’s Always Been

Right Where She’s Always Been
Thursday, January 3, 2013
It was between seasons for WNBA player Stacey Thomas.  She sat in her Northwestern University basketball office, where she worked as the Wildcats' director of basketball operations, and listened to a message that she’d heard somewhere before.
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Garofalo: On-Ice Teacher and Recruiter

Garofalo: On-Ice Teacher and Recruiter
Friday, December 28, 2012
A 25-year registered MHSAA official who at one time juggled rules books for eight different hockey leagues and has worked four World Championships in addition to the Olympics, Jim Garofalo now works only high school hockey.
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Launching Pad and Destination

Launching Pad and Destination
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Lamont Simpson’s “home” is a place he visits twice a week during his peak season, when NCAA Division I officiating duties have him navigating the Midwest like a person in a race for frequent flyer miles. So, naturally, there’s Simpson officiatin...
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The Right Stuff at the Right Time

The Right Stuff at the Right Time
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Every now and then, an MHSAA Final delivers the cliche’ finish of everyone's dreams: close game, final seconds, trophy on the line, someone’s gotta win, someone’s gotta lose. For the three teams out there, it’s as exciting as it gets. Yes, ...
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90 Years of Making the Right Calls

90 Years of Making the Right Calls
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Beryl Hager read something about officiating recently that struck him. People will never forget a bad call, and they’ll never remember a good one. “That’s the way it is,” the longtime official from Marlette said. “Realistically, everyone ma...
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A Narrower Scope to Target New Officials

A Narrower Scope to Target New Officials
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The MHSAA has taken a new approach to recruiting high school students to "Stay in the Game" as officials. This third installment in the series "Making – and Answering – the Call" explains that strategy, which relies on school administrators to assist in ide...
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Legacy Program Serves New Officials

Legacy Program Serves New Officials
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Implemented 20 years ago by the MHSAA, the Legacy Student Officials Program continues to spawn enthusiastic young officials who are more likely to stay in the family beyond their formative years. This second installment in the series "Making – and Answering &ndas...
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Making - and Answering - the Call

Making - and Answering - the Call
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Who are these people in the striped shirts, whose best work goes unnoticed, of whom perfection is the expectation and who automatically alienate 50 percent of interested parties each time they make a decision? This first installment from "Making – and Answering ...
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Kalamazoo's Winter a Pro in the Fall

Kalamazoo's Winter a Pro in the Fall
Friday, July 20, 2012
Kalamazoo's Ron Winter has been part of just about every major event possible on a football field with more than four decades officiating high school, college and now National Football League games. He can appreciate each level for what makes it special. And he's passe...
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MHSA(Q&)A: NFL official Ronald J. Winter

MHSA(Q&)A: NFL official Ronald J. Winter
Friday, July 20, 2012
Kalamazoo's Ron Winter has officiated in the National Football League for nearly two decades, and became a referee in 1999. But long before he joined the highest level of the game, he got his start on Michigan's high school fields.
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Officials Sharpen Skills at MHSAA Clinic

Officials Sharpen Skills at MHSAA Clinic
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Frequently in pairs, they lined up beside linebackers, ran the sidelines and monitored the goallines earlier this week, next to many of Michigan's best recently-graduated high school football players. The athletes were practicing for Saturday's Michigan High School Foo...
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MHSA(Q&)A: Midwest League Umpire John Libka

MHSA(Q&)A: Midwest League Umpire John Libka
Friday, June 22, 2012
As a high school junior eight years ago, John Libka began his officiating career as part of the MHSAA Legacy Program. Now 24, Libka -- who grew up in Mayville and attended school at Juniata Christian in Vassar -- is a baseball umpire in the Class A Midwest League.
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MHSAA Officials Registration Opens

MHSAA Officials Registration Opens
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations by mail and online for game officials for the 2012-13 school year, and has launched an effort aimed at recruiting new officials from this year’s high school senior class.
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Making the Right Calls for 50 years

Making the Right Calls for 50 years
Monday, May 7, 2012
Lyle Berry began this track season with about 10-12 events on his officiating schedule. But when administrators he’s known for decades called for help, that slate quickly doubled in size for this year’s MHSAA Vern L. Norris Award winner. The Rockford r...
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MHSA(Q&)A: Official Lyle Berry

MHSA(Q&)A: Official Lyle Berry
Monday, May 7, 2012
Rockford’s Lyle Berry Berry received the MHSAA’s Vern L. Norris Award on Saturday for his contributions to officiating, mentoring and officials’ education.
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Risks & Rewards

Risks & Rewards
Friday, May 4, 2012
And in this so-called “modern world,” . . . it has never taken more courage to be a sports official than it does today.
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A Day in the Life of High School Sports

A Day in the Life of High School Sports
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
A pile of shoes clutters a doorway. A man teaches algebra to 9th-graders who have the weekend on their minds. A woman screenprints another T-shirt in her basement. A man brooms dead flies from a countertop. Riverting scenes, for sure.
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Officiating by the Numbers

Friday, May 13, 2011
While they do their jobs best when they are least noticed, game and meet officials are one of the MHSAA’s core constituents. 
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Improving Officials

Friday, April 29, 2011
The largest hurdle we face in recruiting and retaining officials is the poor treatment they too often receive from the observers to the contests.
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