South Bay Recognizes Its Officials

South Bay Recognizes Its Officials

South Bay Recognizes Its Officials

Matt Barnes (L) and John Navarrow at coin toss of PAC-12 Game. Barnes was a member of the C.F.O.A. South Bay Unit and has done College Football Play-off semi-final and Championship games. (Earl Heath Photo)

Matt Barnes (L) and John Navarrow at coin toss of PAC-12 Game. Barnes was a member of the C.F.O.A. South Bay Unit and has done College Football Play-off semi-final and Championship games. (Earl Heath Photo)

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

There were cheers and applause. There were hand shakes and smiles. This was the gathering of California Football Officials Association- South Bay Unit.

Unit President Jeff Taylor Board members welcomed some 100 guests and veteran officials to the Verandas Manhattan Beach House. The event help give notice to past and present members and their spouses for outstanding work and devotion to Southern California youth and the Unit itself.

"I've got to meet a lot of people on my journey," said retired official Art Gray. “ It’s good to see people I haven’t seen in awhile. Gray was one of the new inductee’s into the Hall of Fame.The 6’4 Gray was a towering figure who could keep a game under control. He worked with crew members in a gratifying way, keeping them sharp and always looking out for the safety of the players participating.

Other inductees included Richard “Dick” Acres, the former Carson High teacher and Football coach who spent several years officiating after leaving Carson. He also coached the Colts basketball team leading them to a state title in 1982. Acres officiated until he passed in 2012.

Dave Kurt also entered the Hall. He officiated for more than forty years.

"Dave was a guy who never lost his cool," said Board member C.W. Allen. "He was one of the best rule men ever. He was firm when you worked with him, he also was one of the nicest men you ever met and a real person."

Kurt passed in 2014, however his wife Darlene and several family members were on hand to accept the enshrinement. She was his biggest supporter. “This brings back all the memories, washing his uniform and sewing (the American) flag on it" said Darlene. “Looking good was part of the way he was. I know he loved his work, he loved working on the field with the kids.”

Away from the field Kurt also worked assisting  people while working for State Farm Insurance and assisting with St. Johns Church its finance.

Other members that have been previously inducted in the South Bay Hall include; Chad Brown former NFL official,  Bill Agopian and Jim Farmer.

Hall of Famer Matt Barnes began his career in the South Bay Unit. He currently works in the  PAC-12  and has done so more than 15 years. He has worked College Football Playoff  Semi-final and National CHAMPIONSHIP games.

Several years ago he was umpire when Notre Dame and USC squared off for one of the greatest regular season games ever. A game known as the  “Bush Push” played in South Bend.

Every off-season Barnes attends clinics and camps to give advice to new and up coming officials.

“I always want to give back and help someone get better,” said Barnes.

Others honored for their play-off games are:

Sidney Blue - Side Judge who were honored the 2017 CIF SS  Championship Mater Dei Vs St John Bosco at Cerritos College.

Ron Maden- Line Judge is a CIF STATE BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP OFFICIAL and has worked the  CIF-SS Division 1 Championship game.

CIF-SS Division 13 Championship Crew members are:

Greg Lawson - Referee

John Beuner - Umpire

Tim Greer - Head linesman

Ron Harris - Line Judge

Ron Maden - Side Judge

Dwaine Harris - Field Judge

CW Allen - Back Judge

Jeff Taylor Sr. is a 6 time umpire CIF State Football Official-he also officiated the 2016 CIF SS Open Division Championship St. John Bosco vs Mater Dei at Anaheim Stadium.

The South Bay Board members are:

President - Jeffrey Taylor Sr

Vice President - CW Allen

Past President - John Bruner

Treasurer - Chaka Wade

Secretary - Fred Gravett

Instructional Chair - Nardy Samuels

Assistant to Nardy - Greg Fucci

Assignor - Paul Just

Board members at large: Dwaine Harris, Lance Reed, Abdul Wajid, and Frank Obregon.

L to R-Jeffery Taylor Sr., Laurie Kamiyama -Athletic Director North Torrance High, Dwaine Harris-Championship game official. (Earl Heath Photo)

L to R-Jeffery Taylor Sr., Laurie Kamiyama -Athletic Director North Torrance High, Dwaine Harris-Championship game official. (Earl Heath Photo)

C.F.O.A- South Bay Board Members. (Earl Heath photo)

C.F.O.A- South Bay Board Members. (Earl Heath photo)

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