IHSA Announces 2017-18 Officials of the Year

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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its 2017-18 Officials of the Year in 20 IHSA sports. To be considered for this honor, an official must first be nominated by an Officials Association recognized by the IHSA. IHSA staff members then vote on the winners based on factors such as character, skill as an official, and levels worked in the IHSA State Series. This year’s winners will be recognized at a banquet during the 2018 IHSA Officials Conference, which will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria.

"Our sincerest congratulations to all the individuals recognized as IHSA Officials of the Year," said IHSA Assistant Executive Director and Officials Department administrator Sam Knox. "We are grateful for all officials who dedicate their time and talents to our schools and our students. We are especially proud to honor these 20 officials who continually go above and beyond in their efforts to improve personally as officials, mentor their peers, and advocate for the officiating community in at large."

Official of the Year
Boys Soccer
Chris Rudolph
Girls Soccer
Gary Stephens
Football Ted Lepucki
Arlington Heights
Boys Basketball
Brian Cuffle
Girls Basketball
Gerard Blum
Lake Zurich
Baseball Donald King
East Peoria
Softball Linda Wilson
South Jacksonville
Girls Volleyball
Karen McNaught
Boys Volleyball
David Perillo
Boys Swimming & Diving
Mark Anderson
Arlington Heights
Girls Swimming & Diving
Kevin Moss
Water Polo
Victor Rarau
Mt. Prospect
Cross Country
Dave Feldhake
Boys Track & Field
Jason Gray
Girls Track & Field
Mark Schall
Wrestling James Carnahan
Rock Island
Boys Gymnastics
Frank Navakowski
Carol Stream
Girls Gymnastics
Lora Boehne Kalka
Pingree Grove
Competitive Cheer
John Powers
St. John (IN)
Competitive Dance
Gina Dryden


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