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IHSA Announces 2020-21 Officials of the Year

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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its 2020-21 Officials of the Year in 22 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.

The IHSA Officials of the Year are traditionally honored at a banquet during the IHSA Officials Conference each July. The 2020 IHSA Officials Conference was moved to a virtual format due to the pandemic. The IHSA will announce its plans for the 2021 conference format in the near future.

"There was never a question of whether or not we would continue awarding this honor in 2020-21 despite the impact that the pandemic has had on IHSA sports and officiating," said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. "Our officials give back so much to our student-athletes and there are so many individuals deserving of this honor, we could not be prouder to recognize these amazing officials. We know that they miss officiating just as much as the students and coaches miss participating. We are optimistic that we will have an abundance of opportunities for IHSA officials to work contests and meets in the very near future, and we will need them all now more than ever. Each IHSA official will need to make personal decisions that are best for them and their families. We look forward to welcoming them back when they are ready to officiate, and hope in the meantime, some new individuals might step out of the stands and try their hand at this fulfilling vocation.”


IHSA OFFICIALS OF THE YEAR

Sport Official of the Year Hometown
Boys Soccer John Vargo Belleville
Girls Soccer Jay Weis Deerfield
Football Tom Hug Joliet
Boys Basketball Kevin Senor Plainfield
Girls Basketball Kim Poulter Chicago
Boys Lacrosse John Vetter Carpentersville
Girls Lacrosse Rogelio Ranay Bolingbrook
Baseball Michael Wiley Williamsville
Softball Travis Pate Greenville
Girls Volleyball William Beaty Sr. Divernon
Boys Volleyball Jonathan Heldmann Bolingbrook
Boys Swimming & Diving Mike Howard Beach Park
Girls Swimming & Diving Gwen Van Steen Woodstock
Water Polo Matthew Hochstein Barrington
Cross Country Scott Erwin DeKalb
Boys Track & Field Steven Kessler Vernon Hills
Girls Track & Field Ben Guyot Sullivan
Wrestling Shane Morgan Oswego
Boys Gymnastics Keith Mukai Des Plaines
Girls Gymnastics Jackie Moravik Somonauk
Competitive Cheer Ashley Schwenk Gibson City
Competitive Dance Linnea Mason Chicago


 

 

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