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home : sports : sports August 19, 2017

6/16/2017 8:31:00 PM
Derrow inducted into 2017 OHSAA Official Hall of Fame
John Derrow was inducted into the 2017 OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame last Saturday in Columbus.

John Derrow was inducted into the 2017 OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame last Saturday in Columbus.

Sports Editor

Wellston native John Derrow's resume certainly says a lot about what kind of career he had as a high school basketball and football referee, officiating 1,000 basketball games and more than 200 football games over a 22 year span.

He certainly earned his stripes.

Last Saturday night, he and 12 other members were inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame at its annual banquet at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Columbus.

Each of the 13 Hall of Fame inductees were honored for significant contributions to interscholastic officiating in Ohio and were selected by the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame Committee.

The complete list of 2017 inductees is as follows: James Berry (Lancaster), Van Parks (Reynoldsburg), Bob Von Kaenel (Dover), Robert Graf (Mentor), Tom Toohig (Bedford), Mark Diller (Defiance), Russell Pitts (Mansfield), Jack Winters (Findlay), Lee Barlow (Kettering), John Crispino (Springfield), Joyce Garn (Smithville), Fred Beekman (Columbus) and Derrow.

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Derrow worked some of the biggest games in high school basketball as well as football. He officiated in the four football state championship game, 10 state semi-final football games, as well as four state tournament basketball games and 14 regional tournament basketball games.

Since retiring from officiating because of knee difficulties, Derrow was asked in an interview back in April what he missed the most; he said it was the people.

"You don't necessarily miss the games, but you do miss the people," he said.

Although he is no longer an active official on the gridiron or the basketball court, Derrow still remains active in the officiating arena as Secretary of the Jackson Basketball Association, as well as an observer, an instructor and is now the assigner for the new Frontier Athletic Conference for football.

Derrow is the president of Derrow's Insurance where he has worked for the past 32 years. He has two sons, Andrew and Nick Derrow. His son Andrew works alongside him in the family business and is also a high school basketball official.

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