Appreciation time for our sports officials

Working at Kitsap Sun for the past 15 years, it’s not often that I find myself saying “this is the first time I’ve seen something like this” when describing an event that I deal with.

These are roughly the words I used when I attended Saturday’s “officials appreciation” barbecue at Bremerton High School. Knights football manager Paul Theriault and track and field coach Daniel McInnis took turns grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken for the approximately 30 referees from various sports that showed up.

Theriault smiled when someone joked that “Coach T” was looking to see fewer penalty flags at next season’s games. In fact, Theriault just wanted to thank the men and women who make high school / youth sports work properly in the West Sound. Without officers, games don’t happen.

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