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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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Nobody's Perfect

Friday, July 9, 2010
As he left the office for his assignment to umpire at the NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament in North Carolina, MHSAA Assistant Director Mark Uyl quipped, “Just hoping I don’t appear on ESPN.” 
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Sports Officials Receive Recognition

Friday, April 30, 2010
It’s often said that the best sports officials don’t draw attention to themselves; that a well-officiated contest is one where you don’t notice the officials.  But once a year we make them the center of attention anyway.
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Bad Economy Nets More Officials

Friday, August 14, 2009
One of the certainties of these uncertain economic times is that more people register to officiate school sports in bad times than in good.
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