Monday, December 3, 2012

FOOTBALL: Officials honor four of PAC-10’s finest

From left, Phoenixvillle senior Ryan Pannella, Spring-Ford athletic director Mickey McDaniel, Spring-Ford senior Sydney McGill and Upper Perkiomen senior Dylan Wesley were honored at the Norristown chapter of the Pennsylvania Football Officials Association banquet last week.

By Don Seeley

NORRISTOWN — Football officials aren’t any different than any of the other men and women dressed in those black-and-white striped shirts with whistle in hand, or those men and women in blue. Whatever the sport, they get screamed at, booed and hissed … even if they make all the right calls, even if they call the perfect game.
But what few of those frenzied fans who do all the howling realize is how good the members of the Norristown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Football Officials Association really are before they wash, fold and put away their attire for the winter.
Last week, for the umpteenth time, they held their annual banquet down at the Holy Savior’s Club in Norristown. And while it just may be a social of sorts before they take a seat for dinner, it’s all about remembering others who motivate them, who help make their often unappreciated jobs that much easier each season … about recognizing outstanding individuals in and around the game of football.
This year they honored Phoenixville’s Ryan Pannella, Spring-Ford’s Sydney McGill, Upper Perkiomen’s Dylan Wesley — all accompanied by their parents — and Spring-Ford athletic director Mickey McDaniel.

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