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Former resident honored

Thursday, July 15, 2010

For 41 years, Bill Shobe has been a regular fixture on high school baseball diamonds and football fields in the area.

Earlier this year, Shobe was honored by the Indiana High School Athletic Association for his years of service as he was recognized as the 2010 IHSAA Top Baseball Official.

"I'm pretty proud of that," Shobe told The Brazil Times.

Shobe grew up in Brazil and graduated from Brazil High School in 1956.

He began his umpiring career in 1970.

The ceremony took place in June during the IHSAA State Baseball Finals, between the class 2A and 3A games.

Although Shobe didn't work the state finals this year, he said he received a plaque for his years of service.

"This was an award basically given by my peers," he said.

Shobe said umpires are nominated for the award across the state and then the list is dwindled.

Shobe took his umpiring test in 1970 and has been hard at work ever since.

The first baseball game he umpired was at Springs Valley High School in French Lick.

"After 40 years, (the games) all kind of run together," he said.

He worked as a statistician and program analyst for the Naval Weapons Support Center in Crane, Ind., for several years before retiring in 1996.

He also has a certification to official high school football games and has been a member of the chain crew for the Indiana University football program since 2004.

Shobe has lived in Shoals since 1968 and lived in Loogootee for three years prior to moving. He and his first wife, Faye, now deceased, had two children, Kiply and Leslie.

He and his wife Judy still reside in Shoals.

Even though Shobe learned he was going to receive the award in 2009, he said he was still "surprised."

"I was shocked pretty much," he said. "But I knew prior to it. This was for 2009. Each year, they do this. They honor (the officials) at the state finals the following year.

"I knew this almost a year before but I didn't tell anyone."

Shobe is a member of the Southwestern Indiana Officials Association and served as the baseball chairman from 2000-07. He was also a rules interpreter for the IHSAA from 2004-09 and received the Baseball Coaches Association District Umpire of the Year awards in 1998, 2003 and 2005.

Shobe never had an opportunity to umpire his alma mater but has worked a few Northview High School games.

He added he worked approximately 25 games this past season and typically works games in southwestern portion of the state.

Throughout his umpiring career, he has worked 35 sectionals, 10 regionals, one semi-state and one state final, which took place in 2003.

Now 72, Shobe said he has no plans of slowing down.

"I'm going to keep umpiring as long as my health's good and I can keep up with the kids," Shobe said. "It's what keeps me young."

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Donaldsonville is proud. also for your daughter who has been nominated for the Indiana supreme court. Cecil and Mary Shobe are proud Aunt and uncle.

-- Posted by grays on Fri, Jul 16, 2010, at 3:11 AM

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