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Local referee honored for his 40 years of service; Rowley plans on officiating for many more years to come

August 3, 2011

FORTY-YEAR RECOGNITION — High school football referee Max Rowley of Poteau, center, is recognized with a certificate for his 40 years of service during last weekend's Oklahoma Officials Conference in Oklahoma City. Sharing the moment is Poteau's Greg Wilson, left, who is the president of the board of directors for Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association Officials and OSSAA Director of Officials Mike Whaley. Photo Submitted by Dale Gilstrap

The old adage says, “Time flies when you're having fun.” For Poteau football referee Max Rowley, nothing could be more true.
Last weekend at the Oklahoma Officials Conference in Oklahoma City, Rowley was given a certificate for his 40 years of being on the field every Friday night.
“I guess the first thing I thought of was that it's hard to believe that I've been calling games for that period of time,” Rowley said. “It's just gone by so rapidly.”

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