FM alum Chris Besecker retires from officiating


Chris Besecker brings 33 years of OHSAA high school basketball officiating to a close.

By Gaylen Blosser - DarkeCountyMedia.co



Chris Besecker and Kevin Forrer share a quick moment during a timeout.

Chris Besecker and Kevin Forrer share a quick moment during a timeout.


Chris Besecker signals the scorer’s table at one of his last high school basketball games.


Chris Besecker makes a call in OHSAA boys basketball game played at Twin Valley South.


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OHSAA official, Chris Besecker officaites a 2020 District Championship basektball game at Northmont.


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Chris Besecker watches play at recent OHSAA District Championship boys basketball game.


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Chris Besecker calls one of his final OHSAA high school basketball games of his 33 year career.


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OHSAA high school official, Chris Besecker watches play in recent basketball game.


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OHSAA high school basketball official, Chris Besecker waits for play resume.


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Chris Besecker waits for a timeout to conclude before handing ball to player.


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Chris Besecker signals at a recent basketball game between Arcanum and Twin Valley South.


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GREENVILLE – Darke County native Chris Besecker completed his 33rd year officiating OHSAA high school boys and girls basket and announced his retirement from the basketball courts with the close of the 2019-2020 basketball season.

“Officiating will be my happiest memories remembering all the officials I worked with,” said Besecker. “I got to be around and work with a lot of officials and it helped me out along the way – that’s what I take away from officiating.”

“The integrity Chris brought each night along with all our officials, I know on each given night they are taking care of business properly,” said OHSAA assignor and I’m not going to get many phone calls on these guys that are on the floor

The Franklin Monroe alumnus now residing in Troy began his officiating career at the young age of 20.

“I have had a lot of enjoyment good success over the years. Besecker noted. “I met many great people along the way.”

With 33 years behind him, Besecker looks back on a career where he put the student athletes first when calling a basketball game.

“We have a job to do,” said Besecker. “It always meant a lot to me to try to be at my best for the 10 that were out there on the floor.”

As with most officials, after a night of high school basketball Besecker would head home not knowing the score of the game he had just called.

“There have been many a night I’ll get asked what was the score and I’m not even sure,” said Besecker. “I could probably tell you which team won the game but sometimes score wise it just doesn’t even register.”

“This is our golf game,” Forrer said of officials. “We do not care, we could care less who wins or loses the game. We take a lot of pride in our professionalism and how we call a game but we also know that every time we blow a whistle that somebody is going to disagree with us – it’s just part of the game.”

Besecker encourages young people to get involved in officiating, not only basketball but each of the high school sporting events.

“I very much encourage young people to get involved,” stated Besecker. “If they have an interest and they are willing to put the time in – it’s very rewarding.”

Chris Besecker and Kevin Forrer share a quick moment during a timeout.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_IMG_7185.jpgChris Besecker and Kevin Forrer share a quick moment during a timeout.

Chris Besecker signals the scorer’s table at one of his last high school basketball games.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_RefCam-OHSAA-Varsity-Officials-2019-2020-42-.jpgChris Besecker signals the scorer’s table at one of his last high school basketball games.

Chris Besecker makes a call in OHSAA boys basketball game played at Twin Valley South.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_RefCam-OHSAA-Varsity-Officials-2019-2020-66-.jpgChris Besecker makes a call in OHSAA boys basketball game played at Twin Valley South. Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com

OHSAA official, Chris Besecker officaites a 2020 District Championship basektball game at Northmont.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_IMG_5316.jpgOHSAA official, Chris Besecker officaites a 2020 District Championship basektball game at Northmont. Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com

Chris Besecker watches play at recent OHSAA District Championship boys basketball game.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_IMG_5330.jpgChris Besecker watches play at recent OHSAA District Championship boys basketball game. Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com

Chris Besecker calls one of his final OHSAA high school basketball games of his 33 year career.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_IMG_5350.jpgChris Besecker calls one of his final OHSAA high school basketball games of his 33 year career. Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com

OHSAA high school official, Chris Besecker watches play in recent basketball game.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_IMG_5374.jpgOHSAA high school official, Chris Besecker watches play in recent basketball game. Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com

OHSAA high school basketball official, Chris Besecker waits for play resume.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_IMG_5384.jpgOHSAA high school basketball official, Chris Besecker waits for play resume. Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com

Chris Besecker waits for a timeout to conclude before handing ball to player.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_IMG_5542.jpgChris Besecker waits for a timeout to conclude before handing ball to player. Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com

Chris Besecker signals at a recent basketball game between Arcanum and Twin Valley South.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/03/web1_IMG_7035.jpgChris Besecker signals at a recent basketball game between Arcanum and Twin Valley South. Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com
Chris Besecker brings 33 years of OHSAA high school basketball officiating to a close.

By Gaylen Blosser

DarkeCountyMedia.co

Contact Darke County Media Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or 937-548-3330

Contact Darke County Media Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or 937-548-3330