The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 30, 1998 · Page 17
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 17

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, March 30, 1998
Page 17
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A OF REFS Sons raised as referees follow their father onto courts, fields, diamonds KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Officiating 1$ a family affair for the Olsons. Sons Troy (left) and Travis (right) and their father Terrell work as a team on basketball courts, football fields and baseball diamonds. By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal T errell Olson brought his two sons to the games when he ,. thought they were old enough to enjoy them. So he brought them when they turned 3. Now Olson and his 'two sons still enjoy the games together. But the two boys no longer watch from the sidelines. They join their father on the football field or the court as referees. Olson wore his vertical stripes on the field and his two sons wore horizontal ones when they were young. But Troy, 26, an insurance agent, decided he wanted to trade in his horizontal stripes when he was in the seventh grade as a referee for YMCA basketball league games. Travis, 22, a senior at Kansas State University, skipped the YMCA official, Troy, Terrell and Travis give one answer: "Oh, yeah." "When I wake up in the morning, I immediately turn on ESPN's 'Sports- center,' " Travis said. "That's my alarm clock. That wakes me up." It takes more than an ability to blow a whistle to be a good official. As if they were Marines going through boot camp, the three have spent hours in front of a mirror to make sure that their signals are exactly where they are supposed to be. The three also push themselves hard to stay in the shape — all the better to run up and down the court a hundred times a game. And they read every manual they can to stay up on the rules and the changes every year. "If you're sloppy, you lose out," Terrell said. "You don't look sure of yourself, and then you just invite people to question your calls." There's a few more requirements. An understanding wife, Terrell has one in Karen. An employer who will let you go early. And the ability to drive on ice and snow. "If you can't drive in a blizzard or on tee, you shouldn't be an .. reH said and laughed, *Tve ! (« keen

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