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Northern Officials Association
FALL 2012 Edition (11-27-2012)
Jerry Blum --Editor
(847) 438-2231


Welcome to the FALL edition of the Whistling Zebra for the 2012-2013 school year.
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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

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Lee Mieure
Published November 21, 2012

Lee "Coach" Otis Mieure, a resident of Antioch, passed away Tuesday November 20, 2012, at the age of 83. He was born February 5, 1929 in Lawrence County, IL to Garl and Myrtle Mieure. Lee was a graduate of Eastern Illinois in 1952 with a teaching degree, and in 1963 earned his master's degree in guidance counseling from University of Illinois in 1963. Lee was in education from 1952 until 1991 with his last 15 years at Antioch Community High School until his retirement in 1991 from the guidance department. Lee was a veteran having served for the US Army receiving his honorable discharge in August of 1948. He earned the World War II Victory Medal and the Army Occupation Medal of Italy. Lee was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge # 525 in Antioch and a member of the Northern Officials Association (NOA) for over 30 years. As a member of the NOA he worked 3 IHSA Football Championships and officiated at the first 4A State Playoffs. He worked 2 IHSA Girls Basketball Finals which included the Tournament's second year of existence. Lee was the Assignment Chairman for 3 conferences (North Suburban, Northwest Suburban, and Tri-County), consisting of 22 schools covering 6 sports (football, basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, and volleyball). Lee was inducted into the Lake County Sports Hall of Fame being the first official to ever be inducted in 2003. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Lee is survived by his children Marcia (Wendy Gee) Fox, Judy (Bob) Bejcek, Tim (MaryEllen) Mieure, Greg (Sean Chuckas) Mieure, his grandchildren Tim Fox, Bob Carmody, Tom Carmody, Scott Carmody, Michael Carmody, Kim Burns, Katie Mieure, and David Mieure, his great-grandchildren Nicole Burns and Kyle Burns, his siblings Elsie (Wilbur) Pelham and Don (Judy) Mieure, his brother-in-law, Carl (Jane ) Hensley, and his best friend and companion Marilyn Vynalek. She was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Wanda "Jean" Mieure, his brothers Hubert, Harold, Gerald, John, Gene, Bob, and Roger, and his sisters Helen, Ruby, and Lois, and his granddaughter Kari Bejcek. Friends of the family may visit on Saturday November 24, 2012 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL. The visitation will continue on Monday November 26, 2012 from 10am until 12:00pm with the funeral service commencing at 12 p.m. at Emmons Macy Steffy Funeral Home 1303 12th Street Lawrenceville, IL. Interment will follow at the Lawrence City Cemetery in Lawrenceville, IL. Memorial contributions in Lee's name may be made to the Antioch Rescue Squad


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

NOA football members, Now that the 2012 season is over, it is time to think about next year. As most of you know, the Chicago area assignors meeting is typically (I believe) the Sunday after the Super Bowl. This year we have two new assignors taking over the responsibilities of the Fox Valley and North Suburban conferences that were in the good hands of Bob Brown for so many years. Ken Kesseler (kessjl@aol.com) is the new assignor for the Fox Valley and our own Jim Bernardi (bernardije@aol.com) is the new assignor for the North Suburban. I am encouraging those crews and individuals that have an interest in working their conferences to make sure that they have your (and your crew's) information as well as preferences (Saturday's, double-headers, etc.) before the assignor meeting in February. I realize this is also part of the open date sheet process but it doesn't hurt to make sure they are up-to-date before the meeting.
Thanks. Only 277 days until opening day of 2013.

Darrell Schrag


President – Darnell Jones djay1960@gmail.com

From your Basketball President, As we all venture off into the season please remember your pregame, your stretching, your extra set of uniforms and your confidence Work hard and be positive. Remember, we're out there for the kids. I'd like to thank the basketball members for an outstanding turnout at the fall meetings. Our attendance has increased tremendously. To our new officials, please remember to use our experience officials if you have questions during the season or if you run into a situation that you may need clarification on. Please do not forget the first Friday of the month during the season when we ALL meeting after our games at a designated place to meet, socialize and run through the good the bad and the downright strange situation in our games. ? Taking a poll, if you still want a mid-season meeting please send me a quick email at djay1960@gmail.com stating yes for a mid season meeting. Depending on the response will determine the location.
Members of the board along with a few of our members are still working on NOA wears. Information will be sent out when received/reviewed. On behalf of myself and Mike Snodgrass, have an outstanding season. Darnell Jones Northern Officials Basketball President

Special Olympics News

I have basketball dates for you and wanted to get them to you as soon as I could! I don't mind if people just e-mail me and let me know when they can work. I can be flexible with the times as well – I know sometimes people only come for a few games.

December 2, 2012 – Female Qualifier and Holiday Invitational – Hersey High School
January 13, 2013 – High School Team Competition – Hersey High School
January 27, 2013 – Senior Male Team Competition – Vernon Hills High School
January 27, 2013 – Senior Male Team Competition – Deerfield High School

Contact Amy Kaylor at akaylor@soill.org for the following games
January 27, 2013 - Senior Male Team Competition – West Chicago High School
January 27, 2013 - Senior Male Team Competition – Bativia High School

Here are some more games for Special Olympics. If you can work some of these please contact Dave Dauphin at ddauphin@nisra.org or (815) 459-0737.

Tue. Dec. 4 Heineman M. S. Algonquin 7:00PM
Tue. Dec. 11 Rakow Center Carpentersville 7:00PM
Tue. Jan. 15 Heineman M. S. Algonquin 7:00PM
Tue. Jan. 22 Marlowe M. S. Lake in the Hills 7:00PM
Tue. Jan. 22 Creekside M. S. Woodstock 7:00PM
Tue. Jan. 22 Rakow Center Carpentersville 7:00PM
Tue. Jan. 29 Creekside M. S. Woodstock 7:00PM
Tue. Feb. 12 Marlowe M. S. Lake in the Hills 7:00PM
Tue. Feb. 12 Marlowe M.S. Lake in the Hills 7:00PM

Hope the dates work and I look forward to working with you again this year to give our competition the quality it deserves!

Susan Foege
Northeastern/Area 13
103 Schelter Road, Suite 21
Lincolnshire IL 60069
Fax - 847-478-0982

Area 13 is on facebook - like us!

This is a great opportunity for basketball officials to give something back to the game and to a group that plays the game for all the right reasons. If you have never worked Special Olympics it is an experience I guarantee that you will enjoy. The NOA is a supporter of Special Olympics and we as a group need to step up and help officiate the Special Olympics Basketball games.

From our Chairman

If you have any items that you would like the Board to discuss at our January 14, 2013 meeting send them to Rocky Nelson @ (rockyref@sbcglobal.net). Good luck to our Basketball members as they start their season this weekend.

Personal Info-

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

Congratulations to Russ Wolken and his wife on the birth of their first child. The same goes out to Ed Araujo and his wife on the birth of their first child. I guess you have to find something to do when not refereeing basketball.

Congratulations :

2013 High School Football Playoff Assignments

First Round:
Peter Tombasco, Jim Koczersut, Pete Androus, Tom Vogan, Mike Babicz, Dean Kehr, Jerry Blum, Patrick Murphy,
Second Round:
Jim Bernardi, George Lewerenz, Brian Lewerenz, Doc Wolf, Chuck Popp,
Third Round:
John Widmayer, Jerry Eiserman, Alan Jackson, Pete Merkel, Mike Zuckerman, Darrell Schrag,Tom Lowe, Kevin Lindell, Dave Butts,
John Widmayer, Jerry Eiserman, Alan Jackson, Pete Merkel,
State Finals:
Al Smigiel 5A Final, Peter King 7A Final, Octavio Herrera 6A Final

Board Meetings

The next Board Meeting will be on Jan. 14, 2013. If you have anything you want to be discussed, at future meetings, please send me an e-mail.