Basketball officiating a family matter on the Hi-Line


Last updated 4/1/2022 at 8:24am

Havre Daily News/Kason Clark

Harlem's R.J. Ramone dribbles the ball at the HIT Tournament last weekend at Armory Gymnasium. Through the weekend, the tournament was officiated by the Spicher and Hanson families.

High school sports are often a family affair with parents coaching their own kids or siblings playing together. But family also has a place in high school basketball refereeing on the Hi-Line. Rudyard-native and high school basketball referee Rob Spicher got his kids, Jordan and Colton, into refereeing from a young age. Rob and other referees had been recruiting to make up for a shortage at that time, so he believed it was a good idea to get his kids involved in officiating.

"We've tried to get a lot of the young kids exposed to officiating so they can understand how much fun it is and ho...

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