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Jesse Schlimgen, of Mitchell, referees a high school volleyball match between Ethan and Tripp-Delmont/Armour earlier this season in Ethan. He’s been officiating volleyball for three years with his father, Joe. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

Schlimgens find officiating high school sports a family affair

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For Joe Schlimgen, officiating high school sporting events has been a family affair.

Over the years, Schlimgen, of Mitchell, has had the opportunity to referee with his three sons, Eric, Nathan and Jesse.


Joe, who was the superintendent in Plankinton when it started a volleyball program, said he was glad to see the sport catch on and continue to grow.

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Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.