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Siouxland Officials Association honors officials & students

Dave Drew receives an award at the SOA banquet on Wednesday. Dave Drew receives an award at the SOA banquet on Wednesday.

Officials have one of the toughest jobs around, with not only coaches but players and fans giving them an earful throughout a game.

But, without the men and women who maintain the order, it'd be tough to have enjoy the games we do.

In downtown Sioux City at the Stoney Creek Inn, officials from throughout Siouxland were honored.

Assistant Director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Joel Oswald, who is from Northwest Iowa, was the guest speaker.

Of the 45 officials associations throughout Iowa, he says the Siouxland officials represent the best.

"Their professionalism, their calm, their demeanor, and probably the biggest thing the Siouxland has going for them, that maybe other associations don't have is the mentoring program they have here," Assistant Director of the IGHSAU Joel Oswald said.  "So, they're passing along those skills to the next generation."

"Our goal was to promote sportsmanship and try to get more young officials involved," Terry McMillen added.  "Sometimes, that's tough to do because, like I said, it does become pretty demanding."

Josh Westendorf of West Monona, Taylor King of Lawton-Bronson and Kennedy Drey all received $500 scholarships from the association as well.

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