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G. Scott Jones
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2006 Individual Award Winner


For 32 years, the late G. Scott Jones made a name for himself as an official throughout Southern Illinois and the Midwest. While calling basketball, football and baseball he was most visible on the hardwood as an IHSA referee. 

Jones whistled numerous Regional, Sectional, and Super-Sectional games and called three IHSA state title games. The most notable of the title games was the triple overtime thriller won by East St. Louis (Lincoln) over Peoria (Central) in 1989.

He also served as a basketball rules interpreter for the IHSA and was a certified basketball clinician.  Jones was a supervisor of officials at both the IHSA girls and boys state basketball tournaments. 

At the Junior College level, he worked twelve straight Region 24 championship games and called the 1999 NJCAA Division I national championship game. Jones also refereed NCAA Division I and Division II games for the Missouri Valley and Great Lakes Conferences for several years. 

Jones was a founding member and past president of both the Southern Illinois Basketball Officials Association and the JUCO Officials Association. He spent many hours helping young officials hone their skills.

He umpired baseball at the high school and college level and as a football official, his crew called the 2002 IHSA Class 8A championship contest.

Jones was inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame as an official in 2000, and in 2012 he was recognized as a distinguished alumnus by the Centralia High School Alumni Association.




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