Park Senior High School
Class Of 1971
|•||Don Huppert 12/23|
|•||Sandra Thompson (Lind) 12/24|
|•||Martin Johnson 12/26|
|•||Les Skaarland 12/29|
|•||Kathy Olson (Ives) 1/4|
|•||Sherri Madsen (Burtch) 1/19|
Can You Name This Ref?
The photo is blurry -- it was shared by a reader who snapped it from the sidelines on October 10 -- so not many will recognize the referee as Park Sr. High's former football & wrestling coach, Gordie Schlabs. The occasion was a game in Whitefish between the Bulldogs and the Rangers (who lost 52-14...brutal!). It was also another milestone in Mr. Schlabs' long career in athletics: he was officiating his last game.
In 1974, Coach Schlabs left Livingston for a position at Helena High. Two years later, he moved to Billings Senior, where he remained for the rest of his coaching career. Following retirement, he and his wife moved back "home" -- he was a graduate of Kalispell High School -- where they live in Lakeside, MT and enjoy an active lifestyle. Besides his gigs as a ref, he has been an avid golfer. Here's a picture from the Daily InterLake, taken in 2007 at the State Senior Golf Championship:
Photo by Kristine Paulsen
Some of our football-playing classmates might recall classic Schlab-isms, like "Get out there and break some dishes!" or "Time to meet and greet!" No doubt other expressions were more...uh...colorful. It was a different era...
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