At Saturday night’s basketball game between the Switzerland County Pacers and the South Ripley Raiders, a special ceremony was held at the conclusion of the junior varsity game to honor a longtime Pacer supporter.
Hugh Garner, longtime official in this area and a member of Mid-Hoosier Officials Association, asked the audience to pause for a few minutes while he read some information and then presented an award. He was joined at center court by the officials who had worked the jayvee game and those officials who were about to referee the varsity game, including Ron Jobst, President of MHOA, and Brian Voss and Joel Johnson.
“The MHOA is committed to recruit and train IHSAA officials in Southeastern Indiana,” Garner said. “The HHOA currently has 147 members that officiate sports activities such as volleyball, football, cross country, swimming, basketball, wrestling, softball, baseball, track and field, and soccer.”
“The MHOA also recognizes individuals who display good sportsmanship while being a fan, or in the capacity as an assistant coach, head coach, or athletic administrator.
“Tonight we would like to recognize a Switzerland County Pacer super fan that also provides assistance to both boys and girls basketball teams, home and away.”
With that, Garner asked for Jamie Darbro to come to midcourt to be honored.
With the fans standing and offering rousing applause, Jobst presented Darbro with a plaque commemorating the evening; as well as an officials striped shirt — complete with whistle. Darbro was also made an honorary member of the organization.
Darbro is a longtime supporter of all Switzerland County athletics, but is especially known for basketball games, where he has served as an assistant coach through at least three head coaches, and currently is a fixture along the bench for head coach Adam Dennis.
Darbro is a 2009 graduate of Switzerland County High School, and is the son of Larry and Debra Darbro of Florence.