Morrell receives umpire honor

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Jack Morrell, Iola, recently received the Kansas ASA Umpire’s Dale Wilson Award in recognition of his service and contributions to the sport of softball as an umpire. Morrell has been a registered ASA umpire since 1977.

Whether he is behind the plate or out in the field, Jack Morrell is right on the action during softball games.
The local longtime umpire is the 19th recipient of the Dale Wilson Umpire Award. Morrell received the honor at the Kansas ASA state rules meeting and clinic March 11 in Topeka.
Morrell is the second Iolan to receive the award, joining Gene Clounch (2002).
“I’m very honored to receive the award. I enjoy being an umpire and helping further the sport of softball, as well as other sports,” Morrell said.
Morrell has been a teacher at Iola Middle School since 1976. He coached eighth-grade basketball for 31 seasons, eighth-grade football for 18 seasons and is in his 33rd year an assistant track coach at IMS.
The Dale Wilson award is for outstanding service, character and contribution to the sport of softball as an umpire.
Morrell began his umpiring career at age 14 in his hometown of Blue Mound. He continued to umpire in college intramural softball programs while attending Allen County Junior College and Kansas State University.
He became a registered ASA umpire in 1977 after moving to Iola. He has worked as an umpire from the Iola recreation league level through the ASA state fast-pitch tournaments.
Morrell umpires high school softball games, including regional tournaments. Morrell also is a registered basketball referee.
He has helped organize and manage the Iola Men’s Slow-Pitch Softball League, 1979-1986 and since 1996.
Morrell was instrumental in starting the T-ball program in Iola.
Morrell serves on the Iola Recreation Advisory Council.