Local track and field official Sam Gomer will be inducted into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame Saturday in Columbus. Gomer is shown working the pole vault at the 20114 state championships. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)
Local track and field official Sam Gomer will be inducted into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame Saturday in Columbus. Gomer is shown working the pole vault at the 20114 state championships. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association will hold its annual Officials Hall of Fame Induction banquet Saturday night in Columbus, where 15 individuals will be inducted into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame and the OHSAA’s 2013-14 Officials of the Year will be honored.
Local track and field official Sam Gomer, Ottawa, will be one of the officials to be inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday.
Gomer has been a Ohio High School track and field official since 1981 and an USATF official since 1984 at the Master Level. During his career as a high school official Gomer had officiated at 26 state cross country championships and 32 state track and field championships, including the 2014 championships where he work the pole vault. He has been a head referee at regional and district mets, as well as a head field judge at districts and regionals and a pole vault umpire.
On the national level, Gomer has officiated at three Olympic trials, four Junior Olympics, nine Masters, nine youth and 20 senior and junior combined national events. He also officiated at the 2003 USATF Masters World Track and Field Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Annually since 1989, the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame Committee has selected individuals for induction into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame. While the OHSAA’s Circle of Champions recognizes individuals from various areas who had outstanding careers in high school athletics and have further contributed to interscholastic sports, the Officials Hall of Fame is the only Hall of Fame sponsored by the OHSAA.
The complete list of inductees into the Officials Hall of Fame is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/officials/hof/Hallfame.htm
“We thank all officials for their service to student-athletes, coaches, schools and other officials,” Beau Rugg, OHSAA Assistant Commissioner and one of the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees, said. “It is an honor to have an Officials Hall of Fame where the best are recognized for their dedication to officiating and outstanding careers. It is also an honor to recognize the officials of the year. Officiating is a service and it is a joy to thank these highly respected individuals.”

 2014 OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame Induction Class:

Tim Ahart, Columbus (BB, VB, deceased)

Tom Burton, Columbus (BB, BK, FT, SB)

Bonnell “Barney” Ellis, Akron (BB, BK, SB, VB)

Jeff Diosi, Dover (BB, SB)

Keith Fisher, New Carlisle (BK, SB, VB)

Phil Garcia, Conneaut (BB, BK, SB, FT, VB)

Samuel Gomer, Ottawa (TF)

James Heller, Dover (TF)

John Keener, Athens (BB, BK, SB, FT)

Linda Jarvis Kochan, Munroe Falls (BK, FH, VB)

David May, Elida (BB, BK, SB, FT)

David Nash, Urbana (BK, FT, deceased)

Danner “Beau” Rugg, Columbus (BB, FT)

Steven Trout, Wapakoneta (BK, SB, VB)

Kimberly Zaborniak, Millersport (Administrator)

 

2013-14 OHSAA Officials of the Year:

Baseball: Doug Ayers, Batavia

Boys Basketball: J. Kevin Swarzel, Athens

Girls Basketball: Pamela Schultz, Vandalia

Boys Cross Country: Vicky Olwine, Arcanum

Girls Cross Country: Lois Wright, Scio

Field Hockey: Doug Campbell, Columbus

Gymnastics: Christina Andres, Delaware

Ice Hockey: Robert Gruhl, Kettering

Football: Mark Cisco, New Breman

Boys Soccer: Daniel Fetty, New Boston

Girls Soccer: Nick Bavaro, Medina

Softball: Rolly Weber, Elida

Boys Swimming & Diving: Rodney Welsh, Delaware

Girls Swimming & Diving: Carol Guibord, Cincinnati

Boys Track & Field: J. William Schaller, Albany

Girls Track & Field: Dennis Julian, Dublin

Volleyball: Lovell McKee, Logan

Wrestling: Larry Saxton, Defiance