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Friday Night Lights: Many shirts and hats

Patch Wirtzberger is involved in area athletics year round. But in the fall, he spends his time officiating football, just like his dad did


October 4, 2019

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Patch Wirtzberger grew up watching his dad Cal officiate football games on Fridays and Saturdays, and now, he's following in his footsteps as an MOA football and basketball referee. But Wirtzberger is also unique in that he gets to see the other side of that coin as head coach of the Havre Northstars American Legion baseball team.

Sports are one of the biggest forms of entertainment across the world. People flock to fill stadiums or get together to cheer on their favorite teams. The passion for sports is strong with both fans and players. The fans fuel the game and inspire teams do great, while the players work hard to win games and come out on top in their respective sports.

Sports are great but can also be dangerous. If left unchecked and without proper rules to keep the action in line, who knows what could happen. That’s where sports officials come in. Without referees, sports become more of a hazard than they...

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