Contact: John Johnson or Geoff Kimmerly
517.332.5046 or [email protected]

EAST LANSING, Mich. – April 18 – Rockford’s Lyle Berry, an official for more than 50 years and a longtime contributor to multiple officials associations, has been selected to receive the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Vern L. Norris Award for 2012. He is pictured with MHSAA Executive Director Jack Roberts (left) and former Executive Director Norris, for whom the Award is named.

The Norris Award is presented annually to a veteran official who has been active in a local officials association, has mentored other officials, and has been involved in officials’ education. It is named for Vern L. Norris, who served as executive director of the MHSAA from 1978-86 and was well-respected by officials on the state and national levels. 

Berry continues to officiate both cross country and track and also has officiated basketball over more than five decades. He also has served both as president and rules chairperson for both the West Michigan Officials Association and the Association of Track Officials of Michigan.

He will be honored at the Officials’ Awards & Alumni Banquet on May 5 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing

“Lyle Berry has dedicated a lifetime to bringing a fair and objective voice to our competitions,” said MHSAA Executive Director John E. “Jack” Roberts. “His dedication to that mission is obvious as he continues into his sixth decade of officiating. Lyle actively recruits new officials, and through additional duties with ATOM has worked to keep his colleagues current on rules changes. We are pleased to recognize Lyle Berry with the Vern L. Norris Award.”

Berry began both his education and officiating careers in 1960. Also a former teacher and coach, he worked for Tawas, Farwell, Wayland Union and Wyoming Godwin Heights schools before retiring in 1992. He was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008.

He received ATOM’s Presidential Leadership Award in 2009 and its Bob Bloomer Award in 2010. Berry was the WMOA Basketball Official of the Year in 1988 and continued as a basketball officials evaluator for the O-K Conference.

Berry is a graduate of Grand Rapids Central High School, Grand Rapids Community College and Central Michigan University. He earned both Bachelor and Master’s degrees at CMU. He also volunteered as the broadcast announcer for football and basketball games on the WKTV community access channel in the Grand Rapids area from 1992-2007.

Previous recipients of the Norris Award are:
1992 – Ted Wilson, East Detroit
1993 – Fred Briggs, Burton
1994 – Joe Brodie, Flat Rock
1995 – Jim Massar, Flint
1996 – Jim Lamoreaux, St. Ignace
1997 – Ken Myllyla, Escanaba
1998 – Blake Hagman, Kalamazoo
1999 – Richard Kalahar, Jackson
2000 – Barb Beckett, Traverse City; Karl Newingham, Bay City
2001 – Herb Lipschultz, Kalamazoo
2002 – Robert Scholie, Hancock
2003 – Ron Nagy, Hazel Park
2004 – Carl Van Heck, Grand Rapids
2005 – Bruce Moss, Alma
2006 – Jeanne Skinner, Grand Rapids
2007 – Terry Wakeley, Grayling
2008 – Will Lynch, Honor
2009 – James Danhoff, Richland
2010 – John Juday Sr., Petoskey
2011 – Robert Williams, Redford

High school game officials with 20, 30, 40, 45 and 50 years of service also will be honored at the Officials’ Awards & Alumni Banquet on May 5.

Eight officials with 50 or more years of service will be honored, along with 23 officials with 45 years. A 40-year award will be presented to 39 officials. In addition, 102 officials with 30 years, and 184 officials with 20 years of experience, will be honored. With the induction of this year’s group of 356, the honor roll of officials who have aided young student-athletes grows to 8,648 since the inception of the banquet in 1980.

Tickets for the banquet are available to the public and priced at $20.00. They will not be sold at the door. Tickets can be ordered by calling the MHSAA office at (517) 332-5046.

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,600 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.


20, 30, 40, 45 & 50-YEAR OFFICIALS

The officials on this list will receive their 20, 30, 40, 45 or 50-year service awards at the 33rd annual Officials’ Awards & Alumni Banquet at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing on May 5.



Alanson - Robert Thompson

Albion - Arthur Kale

Appleton - Robert Andrews

Auburn Hills - Priscilla Larned


Battle Creek - Laurie Mueller

Battle Creek - Bob Wilkerson

Bay City - Jill Ferrio

Bay City - Michael Kukla

Bay City - Gary Merrill

Bay City - Brian Weaver

Belleville - Paul Carafelli

Bellevue - Kent Bass

Beverly Hills - Thomas Prysby

Big Rapids - David Gross

Big Rapids - Gregg Sanders

Bloomfield Hills - Owen Nakamura

Buckley - James Rawlings

Burton - Bernard Mayville III

Byron Center - Todd Powell


Carleton - Geno Walker

Cedar Springs - Shane Wood

Charlotte - Ron Bristol

Cheboygan - Thom Wissner

Chelsea - James Beck

Chesterfield - Thomas Hebben

Clinton Township - Paul Smith

Clio - Johnny Kennamer

Columbiaville - Russell Cossaboom


Dearborn - Kenneth Butler

Dearborn - Sharon Harris-Higgins

Dearborn Heights - Anthony DeMarco

Dearborn Heights - Royce McKinney

Detroit - Damon Brown

Detroit - Blanton Day

Detroit - David Jones

Detroit - George Preston Jr

Detroit - DeArgo Watson

DeWitt - Jeffrey Spedoske

Dowagiac - Larry Brewer

Dowagiac - Don East


East China - Richard Olszewski

East China - Kirk Seibert

East China - Michael Welser

East Lansing - Mark Uyl

East Tawas - Kenneth Baker

Emmett - Tom Mailloux

Escanaba - Kevin Ayotte

Essexville - David Lovely


Falmouth - Don Blue Jr

Farmington - Mose Smith Jr.

Farmington Hills - Gregory Harper

Fennville - Philip Bard

Fennville - James Siver

Fenwick - Greg Wagner

Flint - David Warson

Freeland - Paul Farminer


Galesburg - Jeffrey Scott

Gaylord - Vern Collins

Gaylord - Daniel Hunt

Germfask - Paul Stoetzer

Gladstone - James Chenier

Grand Blanc - Thomas Le Blanc

Grand Blanc - Dean Tondreau

Grand Haven - Lori Spelde

Grand Ledge - Scott Barnes

Grand Ledge - Brad Ritter

Grand Ledge - Aaron Wieber

Grand Rapids - Mark Bennett

Grand Rapids - Peter Cool

Grand Rapids - Geoffrey Henderson

Grand Rapids - Dwayne Moore

Gwinn - Eric Jancsi


Harbor Beach - Darryl Wehner

Harbor Beach - Jeffrey Woycehoski

Hart - Christopher Bosse

Hartland - Larry Mach

Hemlock - Randy Henne

Hemlock - James La Grow II

Hillsdale - Thomas Stuchell

Holland - Kurtis Borgman

Holland - Shawn Walton

Holt - Timothy Tilma

Hudsonville - Ronald Thenn


Indian River - David Reeb

Iron Mountain - Randy Evosevich

Iron Mountain - Russ Pericolosi

Iron Mountain - Bruce Tapio

Iron Mountain - Hans Wienke

Ishpeming - Thomas Perry


Jenison - Steven Shutich


Kalamazoo - John Deppen DDS

Kalamazoo - O'Neal Ollie

Keego Harbor - Michael Sopko


Lake Odessa - Robert Wieland

Lakeport - Kenneth Marzka

Lamont - Charles Miller

Lansing - Patrick Lickfeldt

Leslie - Juan Zamora

Lincoln Park - Andrew Sueta

Ludington - Aaron Condit


Mattawan - Chad Crawford

McBain - Robert Canute

Mesick - Daniel Cochrane

Midland - Robert Babcock

Midland - William Cynecki

Midland - Sally Paulus

Monroe - Brian Lamour

Montague - Jeremy Goorman

Morrice - Andrew Flynn

Muskegon - Jo Bergbower

Muskegon - Jerome Dibble

Muskegon - Scott Thomas

Muskegon Heights - Cleotha McCarty


Negaunee - Mike Ryan

Newport - James Martin

Niles - Bryan Wild

Novi - Ron Angell

Novi - Samuel Bailo Jr.


Olivet - Edward Collins

Ortonville - Stephen Hendershott

Owosso - Thomas Rau Jr

Owosso - Michael Thornton


Paw Paw - David DeCou

Perkins - Julian Vandecaveye

Petoskey - Charles Gano

Pinckney - Charles Krochmal

Pinconning - Denny Wiltse

Plainwell - Darin Price

Pontiac - John Bowie

Port Huron - Tyrone Christmas

Portage - William Louthan

Potterville - R Michael Hammond


Rapid City - David Harrison

Reading - Mark Dooley

Redford - Patricia Mathieu

Redford - Eric Opalach

Reese - David Selden

Riverview - Gary Kulchar

Rochester Hills - James McNutt Jr.

Rochester Hills - Dennis Ruckes

Rochester Hills - Paul Troy

Rockford - Angela DeVito

Rockford - Roy Stallworth

Romulus - Vincent Lewis

Rossford - Timothy Voyles

Royal Oak - Thomas Dinkelmann


Saginaw - Michael Clark

Saginaw - Daniel Streeter

Saline - Robert Prehn

Shelby Township - David Roeschke

South Haven - Jim McCloughan

South Haven - Timothy Rediess

Southfield - Wayne Smith

St Charles - Larry Graf

St Clair - Dale Kaufman

St Clair Shores - Shawn Dinkfelt

St Clair Shores - Jerry Haraburda

St Ignace - Eric Danielson

St Ignace - Robert Lee

St Johns - Daniel LeVeque

St Joseph - John Ruddell

Sterling Heights - Gary Harris

Stevensville - Larry Ward

Swartz Creek - David Allen

Swartz Creek - Terry Scrivener

Sylvania - Shawn Glass


Toledo - Don Heaston

Traverse City - Kevin Novorolsky

Trenary - Roy Aho

Trenton - Gerri Ferraiuolo

Trenton - Mark Revesz

Troy - James DeVerna

Trufant - Richard Lehnert


Warren - Susan Pauling

Waterford - Marc Cooper

Wayland - Phillip Kuhtic

Wayne - Bobby Sullivan

West Bloomfield - Barry Yett

West Branch - Anthony Buckett

Westland - John Emmerd

Whitehall - Warren Kent III

Whitehall - Joseph Stine

Williamsburg - Bradley Holst

Wyandotte - John Rzeppa




Adrian - Brenda Betz

Allen Park - Brett Davis

Allen Park - William Gatesy Jr.

Allen Park - James Sombati

Allendale - Russell Brown Jr.

Au Gres - Robert Hardy


Barryton - Donald Foreman

Battle Creek - Michael Olson

Bay City - Vaughn Begick

Bay City - Timothy Heinz

Bay Harbor - Peter Fitzsimons

Bay Port - James Bollenbacher

Berrien Springs - Michael Emerson

Brighton - Randy Paulson

Buckley - Charles Bott

Burton - Gibbon Goulish


Clarkston - Kenneth Wikle

Clinton Township - James Lewis

Coloma - Todd Smith


Dearborn - Gary Trocino

Dearborn Heights - Alan Kevwitch

Dearborn Heights - Shaun Soraghan

Decatur - Daniel Benson

Depew - Russell Johnson

Dewitt - Garry Underwood


East Grand Rapids - Donald Burke

Elkhart - Bruce Klonowski

Escanaba - Debbie Anderson


Farmington - Gerald Potter

Fenton - Mark Larson

Fishers - Dale Peters

Flint - Geoffrey Gale


Gaylord - Stephen Johnson

Gaylord - John Noirot

Gladwin - Rick Stone

Grand Blanc - Ray Inman

Grand Rapids - William Wagner

Grandville - Peter VanGessel

Greenville - Robert Higgins

Greenville - Thomas Kohn

Greenville - Kirk Perry

Greenville - Brian Zdanowski


Hamilton - Stephen Miller

Haslett - Stephen Grinczel

Hawks - Scott Cordes

Holland - Jerry Hatcher

Holly - Dale Smith

Howell - Thomas Guilmette

Hudsonville - Jay Dekker

Hudsonville - Keith Miller


Ionia - Kenneth McKee


Jackson - Richard Foster

Jackson - Timothy Hoffman

Jackson - Joseph Page

Jackson - Phillip Westheimer

Jackson - Dennis Whitehead


Kalamazoo - Trent Anderson

Kalamazoo - Michael Aumack

Kalamazoo - John Martin

Kalamazoo - Carol Willson


Lansing - James Benington

Lansing - Dean Kimmith

Lapeer - Gary Oyster

Livonia - Thomas Burmeister

Livonia - Tom Fitzsimmons

Livonia - James Gibbons CAA


Macomb - Allan Jacobs

Mason - Mark Sefcik

Menominee - Joe Gypp

Midland - Keith Netzley

Monroe - Michael Knabusch


Northville - Peter Morrissey


Oak Park - Robert Czech

Owosso - Michael Selleck

Oxford - Michael Dunn


Paw Paw - Horace Turner

Pickford - Joel Peffers

Portage - Gary Therrian

Posen - Mary Wozniak


Quinnesec - David Soderbloom


Reese - Lee Morgan

Rochester - Thomas Luxmore

Rochester Hills - I Neubauerii


Saginaw - Rudy Kocsis

Saginaw - Ray Powers

Sanford - Anthony DeRoo

Shelby Township - Michael Barczewski

Shelby Township - Helmut Egger

Southfield - Peter Beer

Spring Lake - Kenneth Erny

St Clair Shores - Rene Cafmeyer

St Ignace - Martin Spencer

Stevensville - David Machemer


Tecumseh - George Harvey

Toledo - George Korakas

Troy - Ramiro Bucheli


Vicksburg - Terrel Coburn


Wayland - Harvey Haverdink

West Bloomfield - Brian McKenna

Wyoming - Kevin McKenna

Wyoming - George Nelson Jr

Wyoming - Michael Wurz




Allen Park - Michel Massad


Battle Creek - Charles Hobbs

Bay City - Thomas Baird

Birch Run - Stephen Ketchel

Blissfield - Darrell Polter

Brighton - Bruce Ritter


Colon - Lloyd Teller


Davison - Patrick McKenna

Dearborn Heights - Vernon Thomas


Farmington - Raymond Cranston

Fremont - Ronald Mousel


Grand Junction - Clyde Line

Grand Rapids - Michael Cronkright

Grand Rapids - Tom Essenburg

Grand Rapids - Bryan Lillis

Grand Rapids - Michael Rainone

Grand Rapids - Frank Smith


Howell - James Downs


Iron Mountain - Kenneth Marchetti


Kalamazoo - James Long


Marine City - Charles Winzer Jr


New Baltimore - Richard Runels


Okemos - Dennis Mayer

Otsego - Barton Volkers


Plymouth - Brian Foust

Port Huron - James Gosger


Saginaw - Roger Borchard

Saginaw - John Musulin

Southfield - Jean Blievernicht

Spring Lake - William Fritsma

Spruce - Leslie Miller

St Clair Shores - George Mihalic Jr.

St Joseph - Frederick Fenrick


Taylor - Alphonse Ruffner

Tekonsha - Brian Briegel

Troy - Richard Sands


Warren - Thomas Lieckfelt

Westland - James McPartlin

Wyoming - Robert Stewart




Adrian - James Kerekes

Alto - Paul VanOveren


Battle Creek - James Hayes

Bessemer - Joseph Matrella


Eastpointe - Francis Napiewocki


Flint - Wayne Jeffries

Florence - Dennis DeMerse

Fremont - James Helgemo


Grand Blanc - James Lott

Grand Rapids - Kenneth Terpstra


Jenison - Frank Scalabrino


Lowell - Wayne Watts


Marlette - Beryl Hager

Mason - Rodney Horton

Middleton - Jim Niemiec


Negaunee - Roland Koski


Plymouth - Kenneth Dersey


Rochester Hills - Cecil Haggard

Rochester Hills - Walter Popyk

Rockford - Larry Taylor


Sparta - James Kane


Ubly - Jerome Messing


West Bloomfield - Alan Kaczander




Battle Creek - Daniel Wilson


Dearborn - James Carr


Erie - John Michael


Franklin - George Newman


Mt Pleasant - Norman Sorenson


St Clair Shores - Diane Johnson

St Joseph - Dennis Kniola


Wyoming - Jerry Hendrickson


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