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Two officials to be honored by IBCA


Game officials Tom Walters and Michael Zehr will be will be recognized with special awards at the 2018 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s annual clinic.

Walters and Zehr will be honored as respective winners of the Roy Gardner and Mildred Ball awards during a ceremony on April 20 during the 2018 IBCA Clinic at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis.

The full clinic runs April 20-21 with Indiana University men’s coach Archie Miller as the headline speaker. Other featured speakers are Marian University women’s coach Katie Gearlds, Southern Illinois men’s coach Barry Hinson and Emmanuel (Ga.) College men’s coach T.J. Rosene. Admission to the clinic is $50 for IBCA members and $100 for non-IBCA members.

The two officials are being cited for their work impacting the game floor, Walters from 1983-present and Zehr from 1975-present.

Walters is in his 35th year of officiating and has worked the boys’ basketball State Finals on four occasions. The Indianapolis resident is a member of the Indiana Officials Association and has served the group as a clinician several times.

Zehr has officiated for 43 years, including once in the boys’ basketball State Finals and six times in the girls’ basketball State Finals. The Dubois resident is a member of the Southwestern Indiana Officials Association, which he has served as president and as a sport chairman for basketball, baseball and volleyball.

2018 Roy Gardner Award

Walters of Indianapolis is the winner of the 2018 Roy Gardner Award.

Walters is a 1973 graduate of Mooresville High School, where he played basketball and baseball. He also attended IUPUI.

He started officiating basketball in 1983. In 2010, he branched out to become a football official and he also became a starter in track and field.

His basketball career has earned him the opportunity to officiate boys’ State Finals on four occasions – in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. He also had the privilege in his short football career to officiate the Class 5A championship game in 2015.

Walters is a proud member of the Indiana Officials Association. He has been an IHSAA basketball clinician for several certification clinics.

His profession for the last 40 years has been in the architectural reprographic industry, including owning his own business for 20-plus years. His other interests include real estate development and entrepreneur. His hobbies include landscape design, staying fit and all water sports. Walters has lived on Indianapolis’ northside for 35 years with his wife, Deb. They have two adult children – Ellis, 28, and Chaney, 24.

2018 Mildred Ball Award

Zehr of Dubois is the winner of the Mildred Ball Award.

Zehr has been officiating for 43 years, and he has called high school basketball games at the varsity level for 38 seasons. Highlights from his career include working the State Finals on seven occasions – the boys in 2014 and the girls in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2018.

In addition, Zehr has officiated volleyball for 37 years and baseball for 25 years.

He worked the volleyball state Finals five times (2005, 2006, 2010, 2014 and as a line judge in 2016) and the baseball State Finals five times (2007, 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2017).

He is a member of the Southwestern Indiana Officials Association, which he has served as president and as a sport chairman for basketball, baseball and volleyball. He currently is the SWIOA’s chairman for its golf scramble and scholarship programs.

He also has served as rules interpreter for the IHSAA in the sport of basketball.

“I thank God he has given me the good health needed to officiate as long as I have,” Zehr said.

Zehr graduated from Dubois High School in 1972. He is retired from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance as a material damage specialist, a position he held for 28½ years.

In addition to officiating, Zehr’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, gardening and playing golf.

Zehr and his wife, Marian, have two adult children – Alex and Audra – and four grandchildren.