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Whistling Zebra

Winter 2007 Edition
Jerry Blum , Editor

Welcome to the Winter edition of the Whistling Zebra for the 2006-2007 school year. Please feel free to send me suggestions on how to make this publication work for you. If there is anything you want to have printed send it to me.

********* Special Notice to all NOA members***********
This is to inform the entire membership that as of the summer 2006 edition of the Whistling Zebra we will be going electronic. That means that each of you will receive an e-mail, hopefully with the newsletter attached, or you can find the Newsletter posted on the website. You will have to go to the NOA website to read it. If you are unable to receive e-mail you will have to let me know. Please make sure that Randy Steen has your correct or preferred e-mail to receive these notifications. This change will save money on printing, labeling, and postage.

NOA Officers (2006-2008)
• General Chairman: Don Swanson
• Secretary: Jerry Blum
• Treasurer: Randy Steen
• Membership Chairman: Mike Roseman
• FB Assignment Chairman: Bob Brown
• BK Assignment Chairman: Mike Babicz
• BA Assignment Chairman: Vince Cannon
• FB President: Tom Vogan
• BK President: Rocky Nelson
• BA President: Dave Kirtz

Spring Banquet (This is without cost to all currently paid members)

Mark your calendar for April 21, 2007. This is the date for the NOA Banquet. The banquet will again be held at Parkway by the Lake in Ingleside. A thank you to Jerry Ming for being our host again this year.
The Pre-game meeting will start at 6:00 pm with Dinner to follow at approximately 7:00 pm.
The awards will begin around 8:15 pm.
We will have a 50-50 raffle to support out two scholarships.
Please RSVP Jerry Blum at ( by April 11, 2007

Directions for the banquet are as follows:
from the toll way and East areas
Take I-94 north....exit Hy 120 West and go thru Grayslake to Fairfield Rd, approx 8 miles total, Turn Right on Fairfield, go 3 miles to Lakeshore Dr. Turn Left on Lakeshore and follow 1/2 mile to banquet hall.

from areas "in-between"
if you are coming from the south, get to Fairfield Rd and follow Fairfield Rd north past Rt 120 and past Rt 134 to Lakeshore Dr. then turn left on Lakeshore and follow 1/2 mile to banquet hall

if you are coming from the North
get to Fairfield Rd and go south on Fairfield to Lakeshore Dr, turn right on Lakeshore and follow 1/2 mile to banquet hall

from the Northeast
Take Grand Ave West to Fairfield Rd. Turn Left and follow to Lakeshore Dr. Turn Right on Lakeshore Dr and go 1/2 mile to banquet hall

From the Northwest
take Hy 12 to Rt 120, go East on Rt 120 to Fairfield rd. Turn left and go approx 3 miles to Lakeshore Dr, turn Left on Lakeshore Dr and follow 1/2 mile to banquet hall.

From the South and West
Take Rt 12 north to Rt 120
go east on Rt 120 to Fairfield Rd, turn left on Fairfield, go 3 miles to Lakeshore Dr, turn left on Lakeshore Dr and follow 1/2 mile to banquet hall

address is:
25212 W Lakeshore Dr
Ingleside, IL 60041

if they are using their own map quest or road finder

Fund Donations- Donations for The Norm Geske Fund, and The Bob Brown Fund can be made any time by writing a check to N O A and sending it to Randy Steen at 2157 N. Dogwood Ln., Palatine Il 60074.
Bob Brown Night was celebrated on Friday, Dec. 8th at Journey’s End in Mundelein. We had an excellent turnout and collected $735.00. Our goal each year is to exceed $1000.00 so we can award a scholarship in that amount to a District 155 athlete. If you were unable to attend on Dec. 8th and would like to contribute to the Bob Brown Fund, please submit your donation to Randy Steen.

NOAFORUMS.ORG---This is a new web-site created by Bruce Ruttenberg for the NOA. This Web-site is for Football, Basketball, and Baseball. You can log on and post questions and offer your answers to questions already posted. This can be a great tool to get information on plays and rulings that comes up during the season. Make sure you visit often.

Football Division
From President--- Tom Vogan

Frank Moscardini was selected to work the Chicago Prep Bowl on Nov. 24, 2006.
Peter King was selected to work a Division III playoff game at UW Whitewater on Nov. 18, 2006.
Congratulations to everyone who was selected to do Playoff football this year.

Basketball Division
From President -- Rocky Nelson

This was an outstanding year for attendance at our meetings. We averaged around 50 members/guests. We have increased our Basketball membership by about 25. Thanks to those who brought in new members. New members are our life blood, so keep up the good work.
A special thanks to Kurt Gibson for taking time to speak with us. I also want to thank our members Tom Brophy, Steve Gibble and Jerry Blum who made presentations to the group.
Any questions contact Rocky at

From Mike Babicz
A reminder to all NOA basketball officials. The NOA board has decided to use Jay Lyons Quickbase as a site to look at for officials availability. Assignors will be notified that this will be the best place to find officials open dates. The site address is . Also you can put your availability on the with Jerry Ming. Please post your 2006-2007 open dates on thesesites.
If you are interested in lower level or Sophomore dates in the CSL from Jerry Heidlauf contact me at Get your requests in now as Jerry wants to fill these as soon as possible.
The Arbiter has just added a feature called “My Referee”.
What My Referee is, simply articles about officiating and information to help you as an official. There are articles of general interest, sport specific articles and advice, as well as quizzes you can take to make sure you’re up on the rules. (Eventually, assignors will be able to “build their own tests” for officials to take, which who knows, would allow some insight into if an official is ready to (at least rules wise) move up to the next level. To have a look around My Referee there’s a link at the bottom of the left-hand column on the Arbiter.

Basketball Tournament Officials
Congratulations to all officials who worked in the State Tournament
It is a big step in your officiating career. If I missed anyone I apologize. Remember it is your responsibility to inform me of your assignments. The NOA should be proud to have this many officials working the State series. If there is anyone I missed please let me know. I am working from the information you sent me.

Regional AA—Rich Peterson, Al Smigle, Troy Whalen, Jerry Eiserman, Dave Butts, Kevin Moore, Jay Lampel,
Bob Bachochin, Ethan Nussbaum, Tom Vogan, Mike Roseman
Regional A—Troy Whalen, Jim Bernardi
Sectional AA—Steve Doty, Mike Babicz, Jerry Blum, Patrick Murphy, Jim Bernardi, Ron Lorenzo, Pete Merkel, Steve Gibble, Darnell Jones
Supersectional AA—Mark Leffler, Scott Klingberg
Supersectional A—Steve Doty, Jerry Eiserman
Finals AA—Randy Steen
Finals A—Dave Butts
Regional AA—Steve Doty, Mike Babicz, Jerry Blum, Patrick Murphy, Frank Wleklinski
Sectional AA—Rich Peterson, Peter King, Mark Leffler, Rocky Nelson, Robert Miller, Tom Brophy, Don Swanson
Supersectional AA—Mike Geske

Personal Info
If you attain a new level during the year please let me know so that you can be mentioned in the Newsletter. Everyone should be proud of their advancement. Check the Official’s Handbook and the IHSA website for more details on the process. Remember every time you advance you give someone else hope
The following Officials have been promoted by the IHSA this season.
In Basketball-
Joey Hager to Certified
Bruce Ruttenberg to Certified
Bob Blum to Certified
John Boyke to Recognized
Carl Majeski to Recognized
Troy Whalen to Certified

Thank You
To the following officials who gave of their time and energy to referee at the Special Olympics of Illinois State Basketball Tournament the weekend of March 17 & 18, 2007. This is a great way to give back for all the gifts we have received. The people that play in these games appreciate our time and help in running these basketball games. Our Area 2 (soon to renamed Area 51) had about 15 officials go to Bloomington to work games. We are in the process of recruiting officials for not only the District Tournaments but also next year’s State Tournament. For the State games SOILL pays for your room and will reimburse you for your mileage.
Again thank you to the following officials:
Mike Roseman, Tom Vogan, Vince Cannon, Shane Cannon, Jim Kruschwitz, Jerry Blum, Mike Babicz and Steve Doty