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IHSA Announces 2015-16 Officials of the Year

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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its 2015-16 Officials of the Year in 20 IHSA sports. To be considered for this honor, an official must first be nominated by an Officials Association recognized by the IHSA. IHSA staff members then vote on the winners based on factors such as character, skill as an official, and levels worked in the IHSA State Series. All of this year’s winners will be recognized at a banquet during the 2016 IHSA Officials Conference, which will be held on Saturday, July 23 at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria.

“I have routinely said that one of the great highlights of my 25 years at the IHSA has been having the opportunity to work closely with officials,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “The IHSA Officials of the Year are some of the best officials we have to offer, yet, no matter how well they do their jobs, they will still be questioned by coaches, fans and players. It takes a special kind of dedication and personal integrity to excel in this vocation. Thank you to these individuals, as well as to all IHSA officials, for all that you do."

Sport
Official of the Year
Hometown
 Boys Soccer
Larry Cooper
Collinsville
 Girls Soccer
Michele Waldbeesser
West Peoria
 Football Jim Glueckert
Arlington Heights
 Boys Basketball
Tom Huster
Elmhurst
 Girls Basketball
Gail Huster
Elmhurst
 Baseball Steve Besse
Frankfort
 Softball Tom Starr
Rock Falls
 Girls Volleyball
Augie Werner
Belleville
 Boys Volleyball
Connie Scott
Winnebago
 Boys Swimming & Diving
Ken Cherwin
Crystal Lake
 Girls Swimming & Diving
Kathleen McWhorter
East Dundee
 Water Polo
Nick Cargola
Elk Grove Village
 Cross Country
Jim Rhode
Dwight
 Boys Track & Field
Roger Brown
Chicago
 Girls Track & Field
Tim Cross
Metamora
 Wrestling Don Mekeel
Sterling
 Boys Gymnastics
Joseph Skowronski
St. John (IN)
 Girls Gymnastics
Howie Sokol
Park Ridge
 Competitive Cheer
Betty Moore
Taylorville
 Competitive Dance
Cyndi Kraemer
Decatur