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Whistling Zebra

Summer 2006 Edition
Jerry Blum , Editor

Welcome to the summer 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.

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:  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. They will be held every Wed. through the middle of September. We are in the process of lining op 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. Remember to get in shape for football season, it is here.

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 meetings will begin with the NOA-AOS dinner on Wed. Oct. 4th at Hackney’s in Lake Zurich.

The following are meeting dates for the 2006-2007 season.

Oct. 11, 18 IHSA Meeting Waukegan, 19 IHSA Meeting Stevenson, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, Dec, 8 Brown Night

Journey’s End, Jan. 5 NOA Night Out, Feb.2 NOA Night Out. All meetings will be at Mundelein H. S. at 7:30 pm. NEW OFFICIALS ONLY WILL MEET AT 7:00 pm. Any questions contact Rocky at   .   .

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 Please begin posting your 2006-2007 open dates on this site. Also you can contact Jerry Ming for games at

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.

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.

Keith Ryan Dinner

            The Keith Ryan dinner will be held on Thursday Aug. 31, 2006 at Midlane Country Club in Wadsworth. Social Hour Starts at 6pm with dinner to follow at 7pm and a program to follow. Fred Swanson of the NOA will be inducted into the Lake County High School Sports Hall of Fame. Tickets are available through the NOA (Mike Babicz) for $45 otherwise they are $50. The NOA has a table and checks can be sent to Randy Steen or purchased at a football meeting.

********* 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. 


Steve Fabbri and Jerry Blum have been promoted to an R in Baseball.