We Strive to Provide the Highest Quality Officials
for High School Baseball, Basketball, Football,
and Softball in Minnesota
How Gopher State Started
Gopher State Officials Association Historical Points of Interest
➢ The first sport for Gopher State was baseball
➢ The first conference Gopher officiated in was the Wright County Conference
➢ The very first high school baseball game Gopher officiated was Delano vs Watertown
➢ There were 50 games to assign in the first year for Gopher
1965 - There were 20 officials in the Gopher Officials Association.
1967 - Basketball was added to serve the need of area high schools.
1970 - Stan Olson retired, and Don Bertek became the assigner. Football was added to serve the needs of area high schools.
1973 - Gopher serviced 50 schools. Gopher had 750 officiating assignments.
1975 - Gopher added girls’ basketball and girls’ softball.
1983 - Gopher serviced 65 schools. Gopher had 1,750 officiating assignments.
1993 - Gopher membership hits 250 officials. Gopher serviced 85 schools. Gopher had 3,000 officiating assignments.
1997 - Don Bertek retired and Bozo Wincek became the assigner. Gopher membership was at 275 officials.
2003 - Gopher served 100 schools. Gopher had 3,900 officiating assignments.
2013 - Gopher membership has 375 officials. Gopher served 125 schools. Gopher had 4,400 officiating assignments.
Conferences served were: North Suburban, Northwest Suburban, Minneapolis, Wright County, Mississippi 8, Lake Conference, Tri-Metro, Suburban East
2014 - Gopher membership has 410 officials. Gopher has 4,828 assignments this year.
2021 - Gopher membership reaches an all-time high with 481 active officials. There currently are 179 officials in football, 244 in basketball, 105 in baseball and 141 in softball.