Lansing’s Sam Davis has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Vern L. Norris Award.
The award is annually presented to a veteran official that’s active in a local officials association and has mentored others.
Davis has been president of the Lansing Wrestling Officials Association for more than two decades. He has officiated 26 of the 28 MHSAA team wrestling state finals.
“To be recognized for being able to help a sport you love, and are still actively involved in, it can’t really get much better than that,” Davis said in a released statement. “I love being out on the mat, talking with kids, talking with coaches.
“Every year I train my officials to be State Finals officials. That doesn’t mean that’s where they’ll be. But I expect them to treat every dual meet, every tournament, like the State Finals, because it means that much to every kid.”
The 64-year old Davis is an Eastern High graduate and won an individual state wrestling title at 165 pounds as a senior in 1969.
Davis is the second area official to win the Norris Award in the last three years. Okemos’ Tom Minter received the award in 2013.