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Northern Officials Association
SPRING 2012 Edition (06-10-2012)
Jerry Blum --Editor
(847) 438-2231


Welcome to the Spring edition of the Whistling Zebra for the 2011-2012 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 (2012-2014
General Chairman:  Rocky Nelson
Secretary: Jerry Blum
Treasurer: Randy Steen
Membership Chairman: Mike Babicz
FB President: Darrell Schrag
BK President: Darnell Jones






Election Results


General Chairman----------Rocky Nelson

Treasurer----------------------Randy Steen

Secretary---------------------Jerry Blum

Membership Chairman----Mike Babicz

  The football and basketball assignors position was voted to be eliminated.


Membership Chairman Report- Mike Babicz      michaelbabicz@aol.com


Those who have worked at Quentin Road Christian School in the past or who would like to, at all levels, should contact me asap as I have a majority of their schedule for the 2012-13 season including their tournament Jan. 18 & 19.  Eventually, assignments will come on The Arbitor, however, I am filling slots in prior to that.  Contact me via email or phone 847-838-1535.

The 3rd Annual Bob Brown Shootout will be Friday, June 15 at College of Lake County in Grayslake.  Games are planned for 6, 7 and 8 p.m. with a pre-shootout ceremony planned for 5:45.  Volunteer officials are needed for two courts at each time slot.  Hopefully enough volunteers come through that no one has to work more than one game.  Volunteers are also needed for the scorers table, 50/50 raffle and door donation takers.  Thanks to Julian Magdalino for contributing a pair of tickets to his play he is performing in and to Randy at Impressions  Count in Antioch for donating gift certificates.  You do not have to be a basketball official to help out.  Email or phone Mike Babicz at
michaelbabicz@aol.com or 847-838-1535.

Thanks to all who have worked with me over the years I have served as basketball assignment chairman.  I look forward to working with everyone as membership chairman.





From President--- Darrell Schrag   dschrag@us.ibm.com




President – Darnell Jones    djay1960@gmail.com

Here is a reminder, if you have not posted your picture on the Arbiter, please do so.  Many assignment chairmen, who may not know you by name  will recognize you by your picture.  I have received several requests asking our members to properly update their profiles in the Arbiter. The Fox Valley Conference now requires you to have your picture posted on the Arbiter.



NOA Banquet


The annual Banquet  was held on May 5th at Lamb’s Farm in Green Oakes. It was well attended

by 50 members and guests. The following were presented awards:


Steve Gibble—Basketball Official of the Year and plaque for his first State Finals in girls basketball

Dave Butts-----

Jim Bernardi---

Howard Harris-

Jim Ackley----- Mike Rose Award (scorekeeper at Mundelein H. S. 49 years)

Frank Moscardini---Lifetime Member







                                                               May 23, 2012

Will Ahsmann

1299 Knollwood Cicle

Crystal Lake, Illinois  60014


Dear Will,


Congratulations on being awarded the Bob Brown Scholarship for the 2012 school year.  The NOA hopes the check you received for $1,000.00 made out to your college choice, Central Michigan, will be of great assistance.  This scholarship is given from the Northern Officials' Association and its fellow basketball officials.


In the spring of 2003, the Board of Directors from the Northern Officials’ Association established a fund for a scholarship to be awarded yearly to a senior athlete from the Crystal Lake High School District #155.  It was to be given in the name of the NOA's   Bob Brown, a long time respected official, friend, and assignment chairman for the Fox Valley Conference.


Bob Brown was a member of the Northern Officials’ Association for over 30 years and served as the Association’s General Chairman, Secretary, and Assignment Chairman.  He was also the Assignment Chairman for the Fox Valley Conference for over 20 years.  Each spring a scholarship in his name is presented to a deserving student by the High School District's athletic departments.


Congratulations, Will, on being this year's scholarship recipient.  The best of luck to you in the fall at Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.


Sincerely yours,


Peter King

NOA Board of Directors


Northern Officials' Association   854 Parkplace Drive   Palatine, Illinois  60067






Rich Zirngibl was awarded the Norm Geske Scholarship. Rich has graduated from Buffalo Grove H. S. where he played football for four years. He will attend North Central College and study mathematics.


Personal Info-

Please send me any promotions or other information you would like to share with the NOA members

Congratulations  : To the following for being promoted during the 2011-12 school year.


Joel Wisz was promoted to Recognized in Basketball

Eric Barger was promoted to Certified in Basketball

Dan Sawchuk was promoted to Recognized in Basketball




Spring State Tournament Officials




Shane Cannon

1A Regional at Winnetka (North Shore Country Day),  NJCAA   Regionals, at (South Suburban College / South Holland, IL)

Jerry Blum

            3A Regional at Vernon Hills

Boys Volleyball


Darnell Jones

            3A Regional at North Chicago



Board Meetings

The next Board Meeting was Sept. 10, 2012. If you have anything you

want to be discussed, at future meetings, please send me an e-mail.