LEXINGTON – The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) will honor the top officials for 2016 on May 1 at its 23rd Annual Officials Recognition Banquet. The ceremony, conducted at the KHSAA Offices, will honor the finalists for each sport or sport-activity in which the KHSAA licenses officials.
Finalists in each sport were selected through a combination of their service to their association and excellence in officiating. One official in each sport will be named “Outstanding Official of the Year” for his/her sport in appreciation of their dedication and service to schools and student-athletes across the state. The Association will also present the annual Larry G. Boucher Jr. Supervisor of the Year Award during the ceremony.
The Outstanding Official Nominees follow.
Baseball – Paul Schardein (Louisville), Chris Minter (Richmond), Creal Waddell (Bowling Green).
Basketball – Romonte Dishman (Louisville), Molly Caldwell (Lexington), Jim Cecil (Pikeville), Harold Byrd (Mount Washington).
Competitive Cheer – Gayle Trame (Taylor Mill), Dewana Warrix (Lexington).
Field Hockey – Mary Brainard (Lexington), Yaphet Edghill (Louisville).
Football – Jim Cecil (Pikeville), Jim Gutterman (Louisville), Joe Lewis (Paducah).
Soccer – Keith Green (Wingo), Paul Terry (Bowling Green).
Softball – Pete Runyon (Pinsonfork), Steve Chasteen (Cynthiana).
Swimming & Diving – Ray Stoess (Louisville), Mike Zehnder (Louisville).
Track & Field/Cross Country – Kathy Johnston (Lexington), David Clark (Dry Ridge).
Volleyball – Scott Wehr (Buckner), Jimmy Beckett (Georgetown).
Wrestling – Allen Dennison (Rineyville), Garrett Pikul (Louisville).