IHSA Announces 2014-15 Officials of the Year

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IHSA Announces 2014-15 Officials of the Year

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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its 2014-15 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 2015 IHSA Officials Conference, which will be held on Saturday, July 18 at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria.

“I commend all of the IHSA officials who give back to the games that they love,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “Officiating is a tough job and these individuals deserve the respect of the coaches, student-athletes and fans. It’s important for the Association to take the time each year to recognize these individuals. Not only for their excellence in officiating, but also for the extra work they do behind the scenes to improve as officials, grow their Officials Associations, or mentor newer officials. My hat is off to this deserving group.”

Pictured is Boys Basketball Official of the Year Leonard Sanford courtesy of Visual Image Photography.

 Official of the Year
 Boys Soccer
 Joe Bean
 Girls Soccer
 Tony Baines
 Football  John Widmayer
 Boys Basketball
 Leonard Sanford
 Girls Basketball
 Keith Nykiel
 Downers Grove
 Baseball  Jim Hayden
 Softball  Larry Haywood
 Country Club Hills
 Girls Volleyball
 Julie Terstriep
 Boys Volleyball
 Jason Palmer
 Boys Swimming
 Fred Gafrick
 Girls Swimming
 Doug Surch
 Water Polo
 Andrew Mattson
 Madison (WI)
 Cross Country
 Lonnell Poole
 Richton Park
 Boys Track
 Geza Ehrentreu
 Girls Track
 Richard Skirball
 Granite City
 Wrestling  Jack Wiesneth
 Boys Gymnastics
 Alan Galatte
 Girls Gymnastics
 Vicki Munch
 Arlington Heights
 Competitive Cheer
 Angie Wilmington
 Competitive Dance
 Lynn Gelatka  Beecher

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