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Whistling Zebra

Spring 2006 Edition
Jerry Blum , Editor

Welcome to the spring edition of the Whistling Zebra for the 2005-2006 school year. Please feel free to send me suggestions on how to make this publication work for you. Hopefully the basketball season is off and running.  If there is anything you want to have printed send it to me.

******Spring Banquet and General Election******

The Spring Banquet is fast approaching and we need to get a count of those that will be in attendance. Please e-mail me by April 21, 2006 and let me know if you will be attending. My e-mailAddress is     . The banquet will be held again at Parkside by the Lake in Ingleside. Parkside is located at 25212 W. Lake Shore Dr. You can get there from Rt. 59 north to Rollins Rd., turn east on Rollins to W. Lake Shore Dr., or if you come down Fairfield Rd. to Rollins Rd. then turn west on Rollins to Wilson Blvd., turn south to W. Lake Shore Dr..

            A social hour will begin at 6pm with dinner starting at 7 pm. Awards and the General election will take place after dinner. The Banquet is Free for all current members. There will be a raffle to raise money for all the Scholarships and Funds that the NOA supports thought the year. If you have the means of obtaining prizes for the raffle, this will help in raising money. Again e-mail with your prize donations and who donated them. There will be a special collection and information about the illness that befell Steve Pappas former Coach at Deerfield and Gordon Tech High Schools. Please bring a check or cash with to the banquet. All contributions will be passed along to the fund that has been set up in his name. Steve is one of the good guys, let’s show him our support. You can find out more information by going to the website that will explain Steve’s situation. The address is     .

            Dave Gannaway from the IHSA is planning on attending the banquet. Make sure you get to meet him and introduce yourself this is a great opportunity to showcase our organization.   

NOA Officers(2005-2006)

  • General Chairman:   Peter King
  • 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:  Mike Babicz
  • FB President elect: Tom Vogan
  • BK President:  Rocky Nelson
  • BA President:  Ron Guy

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.                  

Football Division--From President--- Tom Vogan
Football meetings will begin on August 9, 2006.We are in the process of lining up speakers and topics.  If you have any suggestions for speakers or topics please contact Patrick Murphy or me. This year’s IACAO clinic will be on Saturday August 12, 2006. We are always in need of new young football officials. Be on the lookout for anyone you think might make a good football official. Hope to see you at the Banquet. Enjoy your summer and remember to get in shape for football season, it will be here sooner than you think.

From Bob Brown—We are in need of NOA football crews to work Scrimmages the week prior to the opening week of the season, August 18 and 19, 2006. Too many crews have opted to work for other people and this leaves me short to cover our schools. Please help out on this one. Thanks much.

Basketball Division--From President -- Rocky Nelson
Basketball season was an overwhelming success. The NOA had 45 members work in the post season, with four members working the State Finals for the AA Girls. Congratulations to them and everyone who worked games this year.

The following are your State Tournament Officials:
Regionals Girls AA--Steve Doty, Mark Havlic, Al Hitzke, Tim Robbins, Mike Babicz,Mike Roseman, Jerry Eiserman, Bob Bachochin, Jay Rhode, Tom Vogan, Troy Whalen, Marc Hansen, Cabrina Williams-Leneau
Sectionals Girls AA—
Jim Bernardi, Jerry Blum, Steve Gibble, Patrick Murphy, Ron Lorenzo, Darnell Jones, Jerry Ming, Pete Merkel, Frank Moscardini
Super sectional Girls AA—
Randy Steen
State Finals Girls AA—
Tom Brophy, John Widmayer, Scott Klingberg, Mark Leffler

Regionals Girls A—
Frank Moscardini, Jim Bernardi, Jerry Ming, John Widmayer, Ron Lorenzo
Sectionals Girls A—Jerry Eiserman
Super sectional Girls A—Dave Butts   

Regionals Boys AA—Steve Doty, Jeff Pearson, Jim Bernardi, Tim Robbins, Darnell Jones Jerry Blum, Peter King
Sectionals Boys AA—
Randy Steen, Don Swanson, Rocky Nelson, Mike Geske

Regionals Boys A—
Jeff Pearson, Mike Babicz

Congratulations to all of these fine officials. If I have left anyone off of this list please or made any mistakes, let me know and I will get apologies out in the summer newsletter.

Summer Camps
Rocky Nelson will be running a 2 and 3 person Basketball camp on June 23 and 24 at Zion-Benton High School. There will also be a 3 person camp on July 7 and 8 at Crystal Lake South High School. For more info contact Rocky at      .There are many camps that you can choose from both in our area and at varying distances from the Chicago area. The most important thing that you can do to become a better official is to attend a camp somewhere. If you are not working to get better you will remain the same or get worse. Have a great summer.Officials having suggestions for speakers or topics, for our preseason meetings, please let Rocky know at the above e-mail address.       

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 begin posting 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   .  Get your requests in now as Jerry wants to fill these as soon as possible.

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.                

Special Olympics Illinois
A special thank you to all officials who worked at the District and State Finals of Special Olympics Basketball this year. I will try to name everyone that worked at Deerfield-Vernon Hills, but if I leave you out please forgive me. The following people worked the District Tournament at Deerfield-Vernon Hills:Mike Babicz, Jerry Blum, Heather Hobbs, Paul Brown, Shane Cannon, Vince Cannon, Mark Havlic, Darnell Jones, Jim Kruschwitz, Ron Lorenzo, Michael Rosemann, Tom Vogan.At the State Tournament where Mike Babicz, Tom Vogan, Michael Roseman, Jerry Blum, Jim Kruschwitz.Special thanks goes out to Mike Geske who printed ribbons and made a special plaque that were presented at the State Tounament.

Board Meeting will be held on May 15, 2006 at Hackney’s in Lake Zurich. Start time will be 7:30 pm. Past and present board members are invited.

.********* 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 letting you know that the Newsletter is 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.

Help—My name is Mike West and my NOA Football crew is looking for an Experienced Referee for the upcoming season. If you are at least an  R  and have experience as a referee please contact me. If you are a Sophomore official and are interested in moving up to a varsity crew please contact me. My contact information is as follows:
Mike West
Mundelein, Il(847) 566-5674