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Whistling Zebra

Summer 2008 Edition
Jerry Blum , Editor



Welcome to the summer edition of the Whistling Zebra for the 2008-2009 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.


  • General Chairman:
    Don Swanson
    Jerry Blum
    Randy Steen
    Membership Chairman:
    Mike Roseman
    FB Assignments:
    Bob Brown
    BK Assignments:
    Mike Babicz
    FB President:
    Al Smigiel
    BK President:
    Troy Whalen


 The annual NOA/AOS fall meeting will be held at Hackney’s, in Lake Zurich, on Oct. 1, 2008, @ 7pm.

Keith Ryan Dinner

Bob Brown will be inducted into the Lake County High School "Hall of Fame" on Thursday, September 18th. The Hall of Fame Banquet will take place at Midlane Country Club in Wadsworth, 6:00 Reception and 7:00 Dinner.  See Mike Babicz or myself if you would like to attend.  Tickets are available at the NOA tables for $45.  Let's have a great showing for the NOA in support of the induction of longtime NOA member, official, and Assignment Chairman, Bob Brown.

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.

NOAFORUMS.ORG---This is a web-site created by Bruce Ruttenberg for the NOA. This Web-site is for Football, Basketball, and. 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.


Treasurer’s Report- Randy Steen
If you haven’t paid your dues they are due now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike Babicz
NOA Basketball Assignment Chairman

Please note that all members should keep their availability updated on quickbase and The Arbitor.  I have already had officials at ALL levels that I have been able to get games when assignors have contacted me for help at the last minute. Thanks to all who helped make this basketball season a successful one.

A couple reminders.....make sure when you take games from assignors you mark them down.  I had several experiences myself and helping out for Bob Brown where officials did not show up and said "I never had that game."  I can assure you; assignors don't just put people's names in without communicating with them in some fashion.

Quentin Road's annual boys basketball tournament will be Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16 and 17, 2009.  Games are played beginning around 9 a.m. each day.  Games are assigned in pairs of two.  These are three person games.

I will be assigning them in the fall, but for those of you who enjoy going there, please keep these dates open.  I try to not assign people to more than one set per day.  Day time slots on Friday are especially difficult to fill, so those of you who feel the "flu" coming on that day are most appreciated.

Thanks again to all who helped out.


         Football Division
From President--- Al Smigiel
The first football meeting was Aug. 13th. Thus far the meetings have been well attended. On Aug. 27 Dave Ganaway was our featured speaker. He spoke about how he assigns crews for the playoffs and his expectations for officials. We have two more meetings for the year.

Basketball Division

From  President – Troy Whalen
I know football season is just gearing up, but it's hard to believe that our basketball meetings for the upcoming year are just a few weeks away.  Once again, we will be meeting at Mundelein High School beginning at 7PM (room tbd based on availability so please look for signs).

Several of you have offered your years of knowledge and experience to provide presentations during our meetings.  An association is only as strong as its members, so I hope to have multiple members to fill the time at each meeting.  My request is that you please email me your topic and preferred presentation date and we will then publish a meeting schedule.  You may use my work email at or my personal email at  As a side note; we are currently waiting to hear back from Kurt Gibson from the IHSA as one of our featured speakers. 

Please put the following dates on your calendar and look for more detailed information in the coming weeks

September 24th            NOA Meeting at Mundelein High School

October 1st                    NOA/AOS Joint Meeting at Hackney's, Lake Zurich

October 8th                    NOA Meeting at Mundelein High School

October 15th                  NOA Meeting at Mundelein High School

October 22nd                Rules meeting at Waukegan HS (7PM)

October 23rd                Rules meeting at Stevenson HS (7PM)

October 29th                NOA Meeting at Mundelein High School

November 5th                NOA Meeting at Mundelein High School

In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me or Darnell Jones with any questions.  I look forward to seeing everyone on the 24th.

Personal Info- Please keep me informed of any thing you would like me to include in the Zebra.

After working the regular season in the Continental Indoor Football
League, NOA members Jim Bernardi and Jim Krushwicz were assigned to the
CIFL's Great Lakes Conference Championship game on June 21 in Kalamazoo,
Michigan. Mark Thompson also worked on the field as an alternate. The
CIFL's 14-week season runs March through June.

NOA basketball official Jim Bernardi, was selected, along with Steve Scholten and Dave King to work the Illinois Basketball Coaches' Association' 3A-4A All Star game in Bloomington on June 28.  They are also members of the IBCA Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to Dan Meale and Jerry Blum who have been promoted to Recognized in Football.
Pete Merkel has been promoted to Certified in football.
Welcome to the new NOA members, PJ Merkel, Craig Jordan, and Jeff Schell.

If I missed anyone please let me know so you can be recognized in the next Zebra.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Don Swanson and his family on the loss of his Mother-in-law.


Board Meetings

The next Board Meeting will be Sept. 15, 2008. If you have anything you want to be discussed please send me an e-mail.