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Whistling Zebra

 
FALL 2008 Edition
Jerry Blum , Editor
847-438-2231

 

 

Welcome to the FALL 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
    Secretary:
    Jerry Blum
    Treasurer:
    Randy Steen
    Membership Chairman:
    Mike Roseman
    FB Assignments:
    Bob Brown
    BK Assignments:
    Mike Babicz
    FB President:
    Al Smigiel
    BK President:
    Troy Whalen

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Basketball nights out will held at Bill’s Pub on Washington St. in Grayslake. It is just
West of Rt. 45 on Washington, on the south side of the street. Join us after your game any time after 9pm. This is a great opportunity to talk with fellow officials about basketball. These will be held on Dec. 5th, Jan. 9th, and Feb. 6th.

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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 6007

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FROM: Mike Babicz

NOA Basketball Assignment Chairman
PLEASE KEEP YOUR AVAILABILITIES UPDATED AND CURRENT.  ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE GIRLS SEASON(NOV. 17) I RECEIVED A REQUEST FOR HELP FROM JERRY HEIDLAUF AS HE HAD AT LEAST 8 CANCELLATIONS FROM NOA MEMBERS INCLUDING ONE NOV. 21.  HE HAD TRIED TO FILL SOME OF THEM WITH OTHER NOA MEMBERS WHO SHOWED OPEN....BUT THEN REFUSED THE GAMES. 

KEEP YOUR CALENDARS UP TO DATE OR YOU MAY NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT.

FROM: Michael Babicz
NOA Basketball Assignment Chairman

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Please note that all members should keep their availability updated on quickbase and The Arbiter.  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.

        

Football Division
                                                                     
From President--- Al Smigiel    
The football meetings went very well this year and were well attended. Thanks to all those who shared their knowledge and expertise with the group this year. We were fortunate to have Dave Ganaway speak with us concerning ratings and selection to the state tournament.  The NOA is proud to announce the following officials and their advancement in the State series:

First round-Tom Vogan, Mike Babicz, Jim Kruschwitz, Jay Rohde, Ron Mohler, Randy Steen,
Mike West, Elmer Klein, Jerry Mazzone, Darrell Schrag, Mike Zuckerman,

Second round-  Mike Roseman, Patrick Murphy, Peter Tombasco, George Lewerenz, Brian Lewerenz,
Doc Wolf, Chuck Popp, Al Smigiel, Jim Bernardi, Mark Thompson, John Widmayer, Pete Merkel,

Quarter finals- Peter King,

Semi-finals- Dave Butts,

Finals- None

Tom Vogan worked a Junior College semi-final game on Oct. 25th at College of DuPage.  

Basketball Division
 President – Troy Whalen Troy.Whalen@sbcglobal.net  or Troy.Whalen@Provationmedical.com

Make sure you update your availability on the IHSA website before Dec 7th.   As you work games
between now and Dec. 6th politely ask the coaches to get their ratings in for you before the 7th.

The basketball meetings went very well this year and were well attended. Thanks to all those who shared their knowledge and expertise with the group this year. Special thanks to Harry Bohn for his time and sharing of knowledge at our Nov. 5th meeting. Hopefully we are all off to a great start to the basketball season.

 Please don't hesitate to contact me or Darnell Jones with any questions. 

Personal Info-
Please keep me informed of any thing you would like me to include in the Zebra.
Bob Brown has been inducted into the Illinois High School Coaches Hall of Fame.
Jim Bernardi has been recognized by the NHFOA as the Illinois High School Official of the Year.
Congratulations to both Bob and Jim on their accomplishments.

Board Meetings
The next Board Meeting will be Jan. 19, 2009. If you have anything you want to be discussed please send me an e-mail.