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home : columns : columns May 30, 2016

3/20/2013 9:56:00 AM
'Boots' officiates at State

Joel Alvstad
Sports Editor

Generally speaking, the best officials in the state are the ones who are invited to officiate in the state tournaments, with the best of the best each year working the televised games.
That's why it came as no surprise to me when I turned the TV on Friday to see former Storden-Jeffers and Westbrook-Walnut Grove coach Steve LeBoutillier officiating a Class AA semifinal matchup.
"It was a very physical matchup between New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva and Minneapolis Washburn," LeBoutillier said. "We maybe set a record for fouls called. My philosophy is to get in, get out, call a fair game and not be noticed. But it was a very fun experience."
LeBoutillier noted it was his fifth time officiating a state tournament game, but was his first televised game.
For all the games I watch, I can safely say that 'Boots' is one of the most consistent, fair-minded officials around, and he is respected by players, coaches and his officiating peers.
Congrats on a terrific honor, and I'm sure I'll run into you at a track meet sometime this spring.
Wanted for fraud
I saw something on Facebook the other day. It was a wanted poster, saying the perpetrator was being accused of fraud.
The wanted poster had a photo of Punxatawney Phil, the infamous weather-forecasting groundhog.
You may remember back in February that Phil did not see his shadow, thus forecasting an early spring.
Yeah, right.
A year ago this week, the Windom Country Club opened for play for the season. This year, it will be weeks before the course is ready for play.

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