The Southern Nevada Officials Association
Fall 2012 Newsletter

Around The SNOA

The SNOA Board of Control
President: Vince Kristosik
Vice-President: Tony Thomas
2nd Vice President: Jim Cavin
Board Member at Large: Susan Young
Board Member at Large: Bobby McRoy
Secretary: Ryan McKnight
Treasurer: Sheila Seifer
SNOA Newsletter Editor: Vince Kristosik

Bill Evans Special Evening: On October 30th, Bill Evans celebrated his 50 years of membership in SNOA with his fellow Association members at SECTA High School. A full course meal was served to everyone in attendance and a lineup of guest speakers all told stories of how influential Mr. Evans has not only been in their officiating lives, but their personal lives as well. At the end of the evening SNOA presented Mr. Evans with a few gifts including a gold watch with his name and 50 years of service to SNOA engraved on the back of it. SNOA would like to thank all of our members that attended this special evening and congratulations to Mr. Evans on this remarkable accomplishment!




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SNOA Baseball Camp: SNOA Baseball held there first ever baseball camp this past October. The camp was held on the campus of CSN and Foothill High School. SNOA Board Member Jim Bullock had this to say about the camp "SNOA Baseball was proud to host our first ever baseball umpire camp, October 5th thru the 7th, 2012. We had twenty four available slots, and filled those within two weeks. The response was fantastic. We are looking forward to hosting our second camp next year, and making it both bigger and better! On behalf of the Baseball Board and the Camp Staff, we want to thank all the members who attended, and look forward to seeing even more of you next year".





pic21SNOA/College Football: There are several current and former SNOA football officials that are currently officiating college football this year. They are as follows: Cris Griffith (Division 2), Craig Faulkner (Big 12), Tom Finch (JC),  Darryl Johnson (Pac 12), Ben Keller (JC), Roscoe Meisenheimer (Mountain West), Gary Reed (Division 2), Dion Spenard (JC), Scott Teifer (Big 12) and Terry White (Big 12). SNOA also has two members that are working the replay booth at the NCAA Division 1 level, they are as follows: Carl Gertz and Bruce Bayne. Congratulations to each one of these individuals, SNOA is proud of you!




Girls Flag Football: SNOA will be providing officials for girl’s flag football, which will be offered by the Clark County School District for the first time this winter. Flag football, which was added by the CCSD to comply with Title IX, will be played as a varsity level sport. The first game is slated for the end of November and all games will be starting at 3:30pm.

pic222012 Sollenberger Classic: SNOA was represented this past August with four officials in the Barry Sollenberger Football Classic, which was played at University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Phoenix Cardinals. The two games played this year game pitted two of Nevada’s best high school football teams against two of Arizona’s best high school football teams. Each game was represented with Arizona and Nevada football officials. SNOA officials Dominick Valdez and Rob Mayes were selected to officiate the Moapa Valley/Blue Ridge (AZ) football game and Marvin Campbell and Fred Sifuentes were selected to officiate the Palo Verde/Desert Vista (AZ) football game. 



The following SNOA officials have been selected in previous years to officiate in the Sollenberger Classic:
2011: Moapa Valley/Show Low (AZ) - Donald Denson and John O’Connor
           Bishop Gorman/Chaparral (AZ-) Tony Thomas and Shane Lewis
2010: Nevada did not travel officials
2009: @UNR McQueen/Centennial (AZ) - Kelly Gonzales and Greg Boyakins
2008: Bishop Gorman/Brophy College Prep (AZ) - Bill McGee

2012 Honorary Members: SNOA will be inducting four new Honorary Members at this year’s banquet. The four new Honorary Members this year will be former SNOA basketball and football official Markus Gallant, former SNOA basketball official Quintin Dailey, former SNOA volleyball assignor Larry Conover and former local high school volleyball coach Bob Kelly.

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Bob Kelly Quintin Dailey  Markus Gallant Larry Conover

25 Year Members: SNOA will be honoring six current members at this year’s banquet for their 25 years of service to the Association. SNOA would like to congratulate each of the following individuals and thank them for all their time and dedication given to the Association these last 25 years!

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Earl Blake-Football Paul Blackard-Track Ed Gaston-Football Kent Fabbi-Baseball
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Bill Harrison-Basketball David Stahl-Soccer Nettie McCraney-Softball, Scoring & Timing  

The Next Generation: Over the last three years, SNOA has honored an official from each sport at the annual banquet as an “Up and Coming Official” in their sport. Many of the recipients of this award over the last three years have moved on to officiate varsity level assignments in the Association, including Regional and State Championship game assignments. The following individuals will be honored at this years banquet within their sports as the 2012 “Up and Coming Official”. SNOA would like to congratulate each one of you on this special recognition!

Baseball- Chip Drebes
Basketball- Myron Williams
Football- Mike Guido
Scoring and Timing- Dstini Wright
Soccer- Buck Henson
Softball- Pat Thomas
Swimming- David Root
Track and Field- Kisha Finch
Volleyball- Jacque Holt
Wrestling- Chris Pittman

pic33Joe Lomanto: Former SNOA President Joe Lomanto passed away this past summer. Joe, who is an Honorary Member of SNOA, served as the Association President from 1970-1972. Joe was a longtime member in basketball and football and also served as a football crew chief. In 2010, Joe was instrumental in helping provide historical information for the Association that now appears on our website. Some of this information, that was very hard to come by, dated back all the way to the early 1960’s. Joe was 88 years old at the time of his passing.

Kickball Returns to SNOA: For the second straight year, SNOA was involved in the WAKA Kickball Championships. The games took place on October 6th at Desert Breeze Park. Close to 40 SNOA officials participated in this event that consisted of some of the best kickball players from around the country. The morning games were intense and the afternoon games were more of the fun variety. Look for kickball to return to the Association in 2013!


cohen.jpgNASO 2012: This past summer, NIAA Assistant Director Jay Beesemyer, SNOA President Vince Kristosik and SNOA Softball Board member Marshall Cohen represented Nevada at the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Summit, which was held in Portland, Oregon. This 2 ½ day convention offered daily workshops for officiating leaders from around the country including seminars led by leaders from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, FIFA Soccer, NCAA and NFHS. The convention provided breakout sessions for high school leaders as information is shared from coast to coast. The Sports Officiating Summit is the only event of its kind addressing critical topics impacting all aspects of the officiating industry.

NFHS/Arbiter Sports: As part of your $17.00 yearly dues to NFHS, each SNOA official has access to the NFHS Main Central Hub. By having access to this hub, which is powered by Arbiter Sports, each official has access to sport specific information, officials instructional videos,  an archive of Officials Quarterly On-Line Magazine and an officials on-line forum where you can interact with officials from around the country on different topics. To get to the NFHS Central Hub, you must sign in to your Arbiter Sports account. Once signed in you need to click on switch views which is located in the upper right hand corner of your Arbiter homepage. Once you select switch views you will see an account called NFHS Main (group # 105401). You must then click on Central Hub and this will then take you to the NFHS Officials Central Hub. If for some reason you are not able to access this page or do not see the NFHS Main when you select switch views, please contact  SNOA Secretary Ryan McKnight at and let him know you do not have this access.

SNOA Wrestlers Head North: SNOA wrestlers will once again be traveling north to Tonopah on November 10th and 11th for their annual get together with other wrestling officials from around Nevada. They are expecting between 40-50 total officials to participate in this two day event, with 15-20 of the officials being from SNOA. Wrestling officials from around the state will participate in a golf tournament being held in Round Mountain on the 10th and then will attend the officials clinic will be held on the 11th in Tonopah. SNOA wishes everyone an enjoyable weekend and travel safe!

pic34Cliff Keen Officials Program: Cliff Keen Athletics is offering a discount to ALL SNOA officials, these discounts will be at special factory wholesale pricing. Cliff Keen Athletic has what you need for SNOA sanctioned contests. Use your SNOA National Alliance Program discount code on line this season. This deal is available through and authorized Cliff Keen dealers throughout Nevada. Cliff Keen is proud to support prep athletics in Nevada! Please use code nvhsas105 at checkout for your exclusive SNOA discount!



SNOA/NCAA Divison 1 Basketball: SNOA would like to recognize SNOA basketball officials Infini Robinson and Jennifer Leach for their accomplishments in basketball for the upcoming season. Infini Robinson was hired into the PAC 12, Mountain West, West Coast and Big Sky Conferences and Jennifer was hired into the Big Sky Conference. Also, former SNOA basketball official Scott Johnson, who was the 2009 “Up and Coming Official” in SNOA basketball, has been hired into the Big West and Big South Conferences for the upcoming season. SNOA would like to congratulate Infini, Jennifer and Scott on your accomplishments!



Mike Brooks and Bobby McRoy Retiring: Longtime SNOA and NCAA Division 1 Basketball Official Mike Brooks has decided to retire from all basketball officiating this year. Mike is one of the most accomplished basketball officials ever to come out of the state of Nevada. Mike is the only official in Nevada ever to officiate in a college basketball Final Four, Mike officiated in the NCAA Women’s Final four in 1991. Mike also officiated 14 straight NCAA Women’s Tournaments. Mike was a basketball official for over 40 years, he officiated his first basketball game in 1970 when he was stationed in Italy while serving in the Army. Mike’s daughter Libby is a current basketball official in SNOA. Current Board of Control Member Bobby McRoy has also decided to retire from officiating Division 1 College Basketball this season. Bobby is also one of the most accomplished basketball officials ever to come out of Nevada. Bobby worked multiple Division 1 conferences throughout his career and is the only basketball official in Nevada ever to work the Men’s NCAA Championship Tournament, and this feat was accomplished by Bobby twice, in 2000 and most recently in 2010.


Flashback in History: Below is an article written by the Las Vegas Review Journal on Sunday, August 10, 2000. The article discusses the upcoming trip to the 2000 Summer Olympic Games for softball umpire Jim Lykins. Jim Lykins, who passed away in 2010, was inducted later that year as an Honorary Member of SNOA. At the time of his passing Lykins was the NIAA Softball Rules Interpreter and the longtime Nevada ASA (UIC) Umpire in Chief.


Southern Nevadans in Sydney: Jim Lykins

Umpire relishes role after missed chance in '96


Philosophical differences prevented Las Vegan Jim Lykins from working as an umpire in women's softball in a previous Olympics, but that's about to change to Lykins' pleasure.

Lykins thought he was going to umpire in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, but a difference in philosophy on the international level prevented him from working.

Lykins, 56, said he was selected as one of four umpires from the United States to work the Atlanta Olympics. He said the umpire-in-chief of the International Softball Federation selected two men and two women from the United States. As the host country, the U.S. had four umpires instead of two.

However, Lykins said the ISF secretary-general overruled the umpire-in-chief and wanted three female umpires and one male umpire from the United States. When that happened, Lykins lost his spot on the Olympic crew and became an alternate.

As the alternate, he did not make the trip to Atlanta.

"I blame (genetics) for me not getting selected in 1996," Lykins said.

Lykins and Lisa Rudloff of Stockton, Calif., are the umpires selected from the United States for the 2000 Games.

Lykins said he and Rudloff were informed earlier this year while working an Olympic Cup competition in San Diego that they had been selected.

"You could have knocked me over with a feather," Lykins said. "I was totally flabbergasted. As the time gets closer, I am starting to get more excited, thinking, I am really going. It is really going to happen. You can't describe the feeling. I am sure it is the same with athletes. As officials, we feel the same way. There is a lot of competition out there as far as people competing to get to the Olympics."

Lykins will be one of 12 umpires working the women's fast-pitch softball competition Sept. 17-26. The umpires will work in four-person crews. Eight countries will compete in softball.

Lykins said he will not umpire any games in which the United States plays because international rules prevent umpires from working their own country's games.

"I would naturally like to work some of the better games," he said. "We probably won't get to work the gold-medal winner (because the United States is a favorite). That is the only real heart-breaker. Everybody wants to work the championship game."

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month in SNOA: October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and SNOA officials showed their support for this cause by using pink whistles in football, soccer and volleyball for the entire month. Over the last two years SNOA officials in basketball, football, swimming, volleyball and wrestling have been using pink whistles that have been donated to our Association by an anonymous donor in town. Since this campaign started in 2010, many SNOA members have donated money for the pink whistles. All donations have been totaled up and matched and SNOA will be presenting a check in the amount of $6060.00 to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society at our annual banquet. SNOA would like to thank our members for supporting this cause since 2010, your generosity and participation has been greatly appreciated!




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