On Saturday September 15th, NBUA held its annual banquet to celebrate the 2018 baseball season and to bestow awards on deserving umpires and to promote umpires to higher tiers. Many thanks go out to those that helped make this a wonderful event. Jody Clough made beautiful flower arrangements for each table, Tim Stever provided great music throughout the evening, Wes Behrend handed out name tags, Mark Clough put together the awards presentation and Jay Neff kept us on schedule as the emcee. Thanks also goes out to all of the guests and significant others who put up with us during the year and allow us to do what we do.
The day started off with with our golf tournament, organized by Leslie, which was won by the foursome of Tony Amado, Scott Guhlke, Chris Hinton, and Don Warfield. Ernesto Avelar won the Closest to the Pin competition and Zach Habben (Mt Si High School) won the Longest Drive competition.
Award winners were:
George Eshelman Umpire of the Year– Henry VonJouanne
Brian Gooch Distinguished Service Award– Rich Johnson
Unsung Hero Award– Peyton Coffin
Rookie of the Year – Dave Richardson and Jim Melrose
Jack Miller Customer of the Year Award – Darrel Sakamoto – Taylor Baseball
C Tier – Ron Klamert
B Tier – JC Cowan
A Tier – Mark Clough
Promotions from Apprentice to “C” Tier
Promotions from “C” Tier to “B” Tier:
Promotions from “B” Tier to “A” Tier:
Promotion from “A” Tier to Tournament Tier:
Congratulations to all the award and promotion recipients. It was (and still is) a great season and I hope everyone had a good time.
Chair, Member Services and Communication Committee
Northwest Baseball Umpires Association