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Departures, safety concerns ripple through ranks of Minnesota high school basketball officials


February 16, 2021

Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Crew chief Lamarr Sullivan went over the plan for officiating a game between Anoka and Osseo with his colleagues Denny Misener, left, and Kevin Markling before heading into the Osseo gymnasium.

After 16 years as a high school basketball official, Lamarr Sullivan was wary about year 17. In fact, he originally decided against it, the potential health costs of the COVID-19 virus too steep to ignore.

"I actually opted out in August," Sullivan said. "I have a granddaughter who just turned 1. And, of course, my wife."

But as the Minnesota season got closer, the lure of the whistle and the squeak of basketball shoes on a gym floor became stronger and harder to resist. Sullivan's career is that of an executive IT manager for the Minneapolis law firm of Carlson Caspers, but basketball is in his blood.


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