NORMAN GESKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Norman Geske was a widely respected referee of high school football who lived in Buffalo Grove and served for many years as principal of Joyce Kilmore Elementary School.
 
Norman officiated for thirty-five years. In addition to officiating numerous state championship games at the high school level, including Buffalo Grove's championship final against St. Rita in 1978, Mr. Geske was an avid teacher of other officials as well as a nationally respected expert in football rules.
 
As a result of his prominence in high school football, Mr. Geske was the first official elected to the high school athletic Hall of Fame in 1982.
 
The many officials whom he influenced have established the scholarship in his memory. Each spring, a scholarship in his name is presented to a deserving senior football player by the athletic department of Buffalo Grove High School.

1989 started the $1000 award. ($400/$500 before)
 
YEAR RECIPIENT SCHOOL
1985 MARK GIBBS  
1986 TIM DREVLINE  
1987 CHAD DOBREI  
1988 SCOTT BAGBY  
1989 ROBERT FLEMING  
     
1990 ANTHONY KUCH  
1991 CHRIS LEWIS  
1992 MATTHEW BURNS  
1993 BRAD JAEHN  
1994 KYLE GURLEY UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
1995 ERIC BOECHE CONCORDIA COLLEGE
1996 ANDREW ERICKSON DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
1997 DAN HOFFMAN AUGUSTANA COLLEGE
1998 JAMES FEDIJ VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY
1999 MIKE SULA AUGUSTANA COLLEGE
     
2000 STEVEN GREEN  
2001 MATTHEW WEBER AUGUSTANA COLLEGE
2002 NONE AWARDED  
2003 MATTHEW ERLENBAUGH CARTHAGE COLLEGE
2004 JORDAN VICTOR ELMHURST COLLEGE
2005 MARK WOODSUM NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
2006 JEFF HARKENSEE ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
2007 ALEX WODKA DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
2008 MARC DAMISCH INDIANA UNIVERSITY
2009 JOHN PISCHAK MISSOURI S & T
     
2010 MARK ZDANEWICZ NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
2011 JOE DAMISCH INDIANA UNIVERSITY
2012 RICHARD ZIRNGIBL NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE
2013 JACK ASQUINI AUGUSTANA  COLLEGE
2014 ANDREW APEL ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
2015 TOM MCSORLEY AUGUSTANA COLLEGE
     
2016 NOLAN FORTMAN VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY
2017 JACK PONTARELLI UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LACROSSE
        
     
     
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