Local referee honored by Hall of Fame

From Herald Staff Reports

NEW CASTLE — Michael Zehr of Dubois is one of two referees that will be recognized by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame for their contribution as high school girls basketball officials.

Zehr and Susan Layton of Greenfield were selected as the 2019 Women’s Center Circle Officials Award winners.

Zehr is a 1972 graduate of Northeast Dubois High School where he lettered in basketball, baseball, cross country and track.

He has worked 33 girls basketball sectionals, 23 girls basketball regionals, nine girls basketball semistates and six girls basketball state finals (2001, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2018). He has also worked 24 boys basketball sectionals, 16 boys basketball regionals, three boys basketball semistates and the 2014 boys state finals.

He received the Mildred Ball Award from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association earlier in 2018 and also received the IHSAA girls basketball outstanding official award in 2009 and has received awards for his officiating in volleyball and baseball.

Zehr will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 18th annual Women’s Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

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