Whistling Zebra




Welcome to the Fall  edition of the Whistling Zebra for the 2014-2015 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 Northern Officials’ Association


Fall 2014 Edition   11/30/14

Jerry Blum --Editor

(847) 438-2231             


NOA Officers (2014-2016)

·      General Chairman:  Mike Babicz

·      Secretary:  Jerry Blum

·      Treasurer:  Randy Steen

·      Membership Chairman: Tom Vogan

·      FB President:  Dave Butts

·      BB President: Steve Bellmore







From President--- Dave Butts (mccbutts@yahoo.com ) 

At large ---Dan Schuster    ( dschuster.fb@gmail.com )


Bob Brown Scholarship


Here is a note we received from this year’s recipient of the Bob Brown Scholarship. Austin was a student at Buffalo Grove High School.


Mr. King,

I am writing you to validate the Bob Brown Scholarship. I was honored when I received the Bob Brown Scholarship this year from Crystal Lake South High School.  I am enrolled at Western Illinois University and will be attending this fall as a full time student.  My student ID # is 914945458. I have the check which is made out to Western Illinois and plan on sending that once I receive my fall tuition bill. 

It was such an honor and surprise to receive this award and I really appreciate the honor.  Thank you again for choosing me as the 2013-2014 recipient, it means a lot to me. Playing sports has been a big part of my life and I will always look back at my high school days with fond memories.


Austin Rogers


Football Meeting Raffle


At the final Football Meeting of the year a raffle was held. Each member that attended a meeting was given a number for every meeting they attended. Dan Schuster used a random number generator to pick the numbers. The winners and their prizes are listed below:



Todd Griglin


Official's Call $20 Gift Certificate


Gordon Jesme


Official's Call $20 Gift Certificate


Timothy Hillebrand


Honigs $20 Gift Certificate


Ninos Shaoul


Gerry Davis $20 Gift Certificate


Michael Babicz


Emil's $25 gift Certificate


Ronald Sapochak


Maravelas lunch boxes certificate


If you did not receive your prize last night, please send me your address so it can be sent to you.


State Football Playoff Crews

1st Round— Jim Bernardi, Mark Thompson, Randy Steen, Doc Wolf, George Lewerenz, Jim Koczersut, Pete Androus, Elmer Klein

2nd Round— John Widmayer, Jerry Eiserman, Al Jackson, Pete Merkel, Tom Vogan, Mike Babicz, Howard Harris, Jerry Blum, Mike West, Dave Butts

Quarter Finals— Mike Zuckerman, Darrell Schrag, Tom Lowe




President – Steve Bellmore   (Buckets003@aol.com )         

At large ---Mike Snodgrass     ( Msnodgra@gmail.com )

**************NOA Night out**********************

The first NOA night out will be at Wings Etc. in Antioch. Get there after your game and enjoy meeting with other basketball officials.







Special Olympics Basketball


Special Olympics will be conducting several Basketball tournaments during the late fall and winter. This is a great opportunity to give back to the game. These players are phenomenal athletes and give it their all every game.

These games will be the best experience you have ever had officiating. I will send out the specific dates as soon as I get them.


From Brendon Cannon


We are in need of officials for the Dec. 7th tourney at Hersey. If you can only do one game your help would be appreciated. Contact Brendon directly at 224-377-8373


Hope all is well.

 We are looking for Basketball Officials to volunteer their time at our upcoming Basketball events in December of 2014 and January of 2015. Please let us know which dates you are available for along with a time frame:

-          Holiday Invitational: Sunday, December 7th at Hersey High School (1900 E Thomas St, Arlington Heights). 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

-          High School: Sunday, January 11th at Hersey High School (1900 E Thomas St, Arlington Heights). 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

-          Senior Male: Sunday, January 25th at Deerfield High School (1959 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield). 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

-          Senior Male: Sunday, January 25th at Warren High School (500 Cty W20, Gurnee). 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

We appreciate your continued support and donated time! Please feel free to pass this along to anyone else who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you.

Have a great upcoming weekend,

Thank you,

Brenden Cannon


From Mike Babicz



General Chairman Report


Happy holidays to all. Make sure to keep balance between on court/field and off.


Congratulations to all who earned postseason football assignments. 


Please remember to give back through various opportunities.  Mentoring program is something the NOA offers. If you want to be observed or observe, make sure to notify Jerry Blum. 


Special Olympics district and state tournaments are coming up starting in December.  The NOA has a great group of volunteer officials who help every year.  We can always use more.  Games will be held at Hersey, Warren and Deerfield with state tournament at Bloomington-Normal in March. Contact myself, Jerry Blum, Tom Vogan or Vince Cannon among those veterans of this great chance to be a part of sports at its purest level.


Socials are coming up. They are open to all, not just basketball members.


Bulls-Bucks NOA outing coming up. See flier elsewhere for more details. This is a family and friend outing.  All are welcome. 


Craig Anderson, head of IHSA officials department, will be the keynote speaker at this year's banquet.  Questions may be submitted to me ahead of time if you do not wish to ask in front of the group. 


Next board meeting is scheduled Monday, January 5. If you have any issues you wish to have discussed, email myself or Jerry Blum so it can be put on the agenda. 


Remember, you get out of the association what you choose to put into it. It's up to you. 


Mike Babicz

General Chairman


NOA Logo Gear


The NOA has a new Logo. The cost to have it embroidered on your   shirt, shorts,

windbreaker,   bag, or any other article you would like  is $12.50. Mike Geske   can

order   items for you and then embroider the logo on it for you. The logo can be put

on in  any color in. If you have any questions you can contact Mike at Brogins Inc.

(847) 623-5992.


IHSA Member Insurance


As an official and a member of the IHSA you are covered by Insurance while you are working. To view your coverage follow the steps below:


-go to the IHSA officials website

-on the left side, under Personnal Data, go down till you see  Officials  Insurance

-click on that link and the page containing your benefits will show up.


This insurance covers you while you are involved in officiating activities.  For further info contact one of the numbers on the data page.


Personal Info-

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





From Membership Chairman Tom Vogan




Board Meetings

The next Board Meeting will be in Jan. 5, 2015. If you have anything you

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