Wink Willox 2020

It is with great honour that SABO presents the CABO Wink Willox Award to Larry Jacobson.

Larry Jacobson’s commitment to the sport of basketball in Saskatchewan spans over four decades. Larry was raised in Maple Creek where he attended and played basketball for Maple Creek Composite High School. Due to the small school size, this is where Larry began his officiating career in 1977. He would referee the senior girl’s basketball game, only to turn around and change and then play his own senior boy’s basketball game.

Larry attended Saskatchewan Technical Institute in Moose Jaw in 1979 and this is where the officiating bug started to grow on him. While in Moose Jaw, he officiated high school and senior men’s games and was fortunate enough to be assigned post secondary games between the various technical institutes in his second year.

After STI and a move to Regina, Larry joined the Regina Association of Basketball Referees (RABO) and began officiating in earnest in 1981. During his career, he has officiated at every level - from high school, CIS and ACAC, senior men and ladies, and the International Basketball Association pro league when it was here in Saskatchewan for a short time in 2000-01. His national assignments include: two trips to CCAA Women’s Nationals, an Under 19 Junior Men’s National, CIS Women’s National Championship, various Canada West and GPAC playoff games, and the Canada Summer Games when it was in Regina in 2005. Of those, two stand out the most for Larry – officiating games a young Steve Nash played in at the Under 19 Junior Men’s Nationals in Kamloops and being assigned to Canada Summer Games here in his home province and the city of Regina.

Larry’s commitment to basketball has extended well beyond his on-court success. Since 1986, Larry has been a member of the RABO Executive, serving in numerous positions – member at large, Referee in Chief and as the longest serving Treasurer, 1994 to present. His contribution to basketball also extends to mentoring of younger officials, both locally and provincially, a role for which he has taken great satisfaction over the years. Perhaps his greatest satisfaction and sense of pride comes from the fact that his son, Mark, and his daughter-in-law, Kyra, followed in his footsteps – also becoming university level basketball officials. Despite serving as her basketball coach for several years, Larry couldn’t convince his daughter, Nicole, to follow in the family tradition.

Larry and his wife, Lynn, are currently enjoying retirement in Regina where Larry continues to officiate senior men and ladies’ games and serving as RABO Treasurer.

Larry’s previous recognition include RABO’s Award of Excellence for 30 years of meritorious service in 2007.

Wink Willox 2019

Saskatchewan Association of Basketball Officials (SABO) respectfully nominates Mike Kyllo for the 2019 Wink Willox Award. Mike has been an active official is Saskatchewan for 30 years, starting in Saskatoon in 1989. He is a level 4 official and has officiated at every level in Saskatchewan including the U-Sport level from 2003 to 2010. Mike has worked at several national tournaments including the 2002 Western Canadian Juvenile Men’s Championship, the 2003 U17 Women’s National Championship, the 2004 U17 Men’s National Championship, and the 2005 U17 Men’s in the Canada Summer Games. Mike has officiated the Saskatoon High School City Championship game 5 times, the BRIT tournament final 3 times, and seven provincial championships, doing the 5A provincial championship game on one occasion.

Not only has Mike excelled on the court as an official, he has been actively involved in leadership positions over the past 20 years at both the provincial and local level. In the Saskatoon Basketball Officials Association, Mike served as vice-president from 2000-2003, president from 2004-2008, referee in chief rom 2009-2010, and assignor from 2010 to 2019. Provincially, Mike served as vice-president from 2003-2005 and was the president of the Saskatchewan Basketball Officials Association from 2005-2009. Mike is dedicated to giving back to the game as a referee coach/evaluator. He has been an evaluator in Saskatoon for the past 14 years and has evaluated at the provincial championships in each of those years.

Mike has been dedicated to officiating basketball in Saskatchewan over the past thirty years. He is a committed leader, who works tirelessly to promote the game, mentor young officials, and ensure the voice of officials is heard.

The SABO Executive congratulate Mike on this much deserved recognition.


Wink Willox 2015

The Saskatchewan Association of Basketball Officials (SABO) is pleased to nominate David Werry for the Wink Willox Award 2015. Dave Werry’s commitment to Basketball is far reaching and goes beyond his extremely successful on-court performance as a referee.

Dave was born and raised in Regina where he attended and played basketball for Campbell Collegiate High School, winning a 5A provincial championship in 1975. Dave continued his playing career representing Saskatchewan at the Junior National Champions in St John’s Newfoundland.

After high school, Dave immediately took up refereeing basketball where his talents on the court were quickly noticed by senior referees and coaches which led him to be assigned to referee university and senior level basketball right from the beginning of his career. Within only a few seasons of his career, Dave was assigned to the CIAU women’s nationals in Saskatoon. Dave’s refereeing flourished to eventually become one of Saskatchewan’s most successful and distinguished referees. In total Dave has officiated 22 National Championships including CIS Men’s, Women’s and numerous Junior and Senior Men’s and Women’s National Championships.

In 1991 Dave certified as a FIBA referee, at the time being only the third referee from Saskatchewan to obtain this status. Dave enjoyed numerous FIBA and FIBA Americas assignments that provided the opportunity to referee on four different continents.

Dave’s commitment to basketball has extended well beyond his on-court success. Provincially Dave has served on the SABO executive as provincial interpreter since 2006 and has held numerous positions on the Regina Association of Basketball Officials (RABO) executive. Dave tirelessly “gives back” to the refereeing community both within Regina and around the province. Dave has literally covered the entire province holding referee clinics and seminars, doing as many as a dozen rural clinics in any given year. As provincial referee in chief Dave leads a team of evaluators each year at Hoopla – the provincial high school championship, evaluating and assigning as many as 50 games in one weekend.

Nationally Dave sits on the National Evaluation Panel and has evaluated at numerous Midget, Juvenile and CCAA championships. Dave also represents the Canada West and the ACAC conference as supervisor for the Saskatchewan Region.

Professionally Dave works as the High Performance Coordinator for Basketball Saskatchewan, a position he has held since 2003.

Dave is extremely proud of his two sons Matt and Jace.

Dave’s previous recognition include the RABO Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and the 2010 Fred Frolick Spirit of the Game Award.


Wink Willox 2012

The Saskatchewan Association of Basketball Officials is pleased to nominate Jackie Packet for the Wink Willox Award 2012.
I began reffing early in my teaching career--the fall of 1986. It was a trade off; I didn't have to coach basketball because I ran the drama club, but , in exchange, I had to ref basketball. Ed Fiegel, who past away this year, was my mentor. People like Vic and Lois Wrigley offered much support and guidance. I began reffing the junior league games and eventually graduated to high school and ladies. I have been selected to ref at two HOOPLA's and have found that rewarding. When Ed retired from reffing, in the mid-90's, I became the ref-in-chief for the Prince Albert Ref Association. Aside from assigning, a great deal of my focus is on ref development, particularily new refs. We have implemented a ref mentorship program and have met with success. Our high school basketball programs are stronger because of the strong reffing at the elementary and junior high levels. I have been part of organizing teams for such things as HOOPLA in PA, Western Canadian Games, and various aboriginal and provincial games. I look forward to retiring from teaching in 3 years and will continue to ref for the sportsmanship of basketball and the exercise.


John A. (Wink) Willox Award

Wink's contributions to Canadian basketball in general, and British Columbia basketball in particular, were enormous. A member for many years of the executive committee of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO), Wink was one of the founding members of CABO in 1974 and represented British Columbia as its Interpreter until his death in August of 1982. Wink was the first recipient (posthumously) of CABO’s Ted Earleyaward in 1984, and was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.

Award Criteria
In any given year, there may be only one candidate selected for a Willox Award from each province. Criteria, which have been established for the Willox Award, are as follows:
  • Good floor official by local standard
  • Significant length of service to the basketball community
  • Various forms of service to basketball organizations
  • Contributions to basketball in an administrative role
Past Recipients
  • Hub Gutheridge SK 1984
  • Keith Rever SK 1988
  • Fred Frolick SK 1990
  • Laird Campbell SK 1991
  • Edward Feigel SK 1992
  • Clayton Sjoberg SK 1994
  • Dick White SK 1995
  • Ken Bradley SK 1996
  • Lois Wrigley SK 1997
  • Bill Gordon SK 1998
  • Brian Hilsen SK 1999
  • Jerry Kozey SK 2000
  • Walter Morris SK 2001
  • Ron Lundsten SK 2003
  • Martin Holzer SK 2005

Fred Frolick Spirit of the Game Award

The Regina Association of Basketball Officials is pleased to present the “Fred Frolick Spirit of the Game Award” to Dave Werry
  • Dave was involved in the Regina Community Basketball Association as a player and coach
  • He played on the Provincial Champion team at Campbell
  • He represented Saskatchewan at the Junior Men's Championship in St. John's
  • Dave officiated basketball for 36 years and has reffed at 20 university national championships and in four continents as an international official
  • He is the Provincial Referee in Chief and a National evaluator
  • Dave presently is the High Performance Coordinator at Basketball Saskatchewan

It is an honor that RABO present the Spirit Award to Dave Werry. Congratulations.


Fred Frolick Spirit of the Game Award

The Regina Association of Basketball Officials is pleased to announce the recipient of the “Fred Frolick Spirit of the Game Award” to an administrator – Howard Jesse

  • Howard began teaching at Scott and led the senior girls to the provincial championship in 1984
  • He was an administrator at Usher, Thom, Imperial, Winston Knoll and Campbell
  • He coached the Campbell Junior Girls to three city championships – 2003, 04, 05
  • He was involved with the Regina Community Basketball Association for several years
  • He was on the RHSAA executive
  • He was a co chair in 2009 for the CIS National Women's University Championship in Regina

It is with honor that RABO present the “Fred Frolick Spirit of the Game Award” to Howard Jesse for his demonstration of true spirit of the game both on and off the court