Gopher State Officials Association

Since 1965, serving members of the Minnesota State High School League by providing high school officials in baseball, basketball, football, and softball and educating officials who are members of the association.

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last updated September 12, 2023 and includes information about 

new Gopher State gear available for purchase. 

September 12, 2023

Gopher State Gear

Gopher State is offering gear for sale for its officials to purchase. None of the proceeds go to Gopher State. Click this link to see the gear offered and to purchase:

Orders must be submitted by the end of the day on October 1. Orders can be shipped directly to you for a flat fee no matter the number of items ordered, or picked up from the Minnetonka Community Education Center in Deephaven. See the website for more information. 

August 22, 2023

Bozo Wincek Golf Tournament

The 2023 Bozo Wincek Memorial Golf Tournament was held at Centerbrook Golf Course on Monday August 21. Board member Mike Gearman had a hole in one on hole #3, and there was even witness verification. A good time was had by all with dinner and beverages and prizes, including Mr. Gearman winning closest to the pin on #3. Join us next year for a great event!

August 1, 2023

Basketball Update

The Gopher State Board of Directors is pleased to announce that starting with the 2023-24 school year, Gopher State Officials will have two assigners for basketball. Mike Gearman for the Varsity contests and Austin Lagesse for the lower level games. Both Mike and Austin have been heavily involved in the Gopher State basketball committee the past few years and the Board is excited to have them take over the assigner role. Having the two of them will allow more resources to be dedicated to things like assigning and training, and Gopher State is looking forward to having them take over. Contact Mike or Austin if you have questions.

First Annual Gopher "Level Up" Camp taking place at Concordia University - St. Paul on Sunday, September 24. 

This camp is a great opportunity for newer officials or officials who want to make the jump to varsity officiating. There will be on court observations from Gopher committee members and veteran officials and to get feedback. The games will feature teams from around the state, 20 minute running time halves with shot clock, the games will be video taped, and there will be video review afterwards. For more information contact Mike Gearman or Austin Lagesse

Gopher State Officials in Action

Last updated March 12, 2023


Bozo Wincek

A tribute page for Gopher's longtime leader Bozo Wincek has been added to the site. It is available here, or under the "About" tab up above.

Bozo Wincek Named 2023 Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Angelo Giuliani Award Winner

Bozo Wincek was posthumously honored by the MN State HS Baseball Coaches Association, as the 2023 winner of the Angelo Giuliani award. This is a lifetime achievement award given out by the MSHSBCA. The award was presented on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Target Field to Karen Wincek as part of the MSHSBCA Hall of Fame event. Also, present at the event representing the Bozo Wincek family were, from left to right in the photo, granddaughter (Michelle) Nicole, daughter Jacki Wincek, Karen Wincek, and daughter Michelle Wincek. Mike Madden, Greg Swan and Tim Litfin also attended the banquet as representatives of Gopher State Officials Association helping to honor Bozo, Karen and family. For more information about the event go to

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