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Crook County High School basketball had historic year; officials thought coach exemplary

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - Jason Mumm, CCHS boys basketball coach, was honored with the Oregon Athletic Officials Association Meritorious Sportsmanship award on June 26. The award tops a banner year for the program.

Jason Mumm, Crook County High School's boys basketball coach, received the Oregon Athletic Officials Association Meritorious Sportsmanship award for 2019-2020 in a short ceremony in the Crook County High School gym June 26.

"I was surprised. I didn't know I was getting it until (CCHS Athletic Director) Rob (Bonner) told me," said Mumm after receiving the honor. "I think it's a program award, a community award and school award, because all of that is involved in sportsmanship. When you hear officials want to come here, it says a lot about the community, the school and the players."

After head coaching stints in Vale and La Pine, Mumm had been an assistant coach at Crook County the two previous seasons before taking over as head coach this past season. The results were unprecedented for the program.

The Cowboys won their first league championship since 1948. In 1948, the school won a league tournament to claim its league title and to earn a trip to the state tournament. Since that season 72 years ago, the program has only has six winning seasons, and only four of those teams advanced to the state playoffs, with none making it to the state tournament.

That history was turned on its head this past winter when the Cowboys went 18-8 and won the Intermountain Conference regular season title by going 8-2.

By virtue of winning the league championship, the school was able to host its first state playoff game for a boys team in school history, and came out victorious over Milwaukie 81-66 and advancing to the state tournament for only the second time in school history.

At state, the Cowboys lost their first game in the tourney against the No. 1 seed Churchill, 70-47, but then came back the next morning and won the school's first-ever state tournament game in convincing fashion, beating West Albany 72-50. Crook County would have played for the fourth-place trophy before the contests were halted because of the precautions taken due to the coronavirus.

Those are remarkable accomplishments for a new coach and a school without a winning tradition in the sport, but the Central Oregon Basketball Officials Association, which nominated Mumm in March, felt that his demeanor toward the officials who worked his teams' games was outstanding. The OAOA board agreed, and Mumm, along with Willamette High School's girls soccer coach Christine Guldager, were named co-winners of the award. 

Rob Bonner:

"I am very impressed with Coach Mumm and the program as a whole," said Bonner, who was on hand for the award ceremony. "For years, these men and women have poured their efforts into the Basketball community, and it's beginning to get the recognition it deserves. The OAOA Award is a special honor because it highlights the good sportsmanship the coaching staff and administration expect."

The Oregon Athletic Officials Association is an association of high school officials and associations whose mission is to promote and advance officiating in Oregon. The organization develops and coordinates statewide training programs for officials, and provides opportunities for officials and associations to be recognized for their achievements. Anyone interested in becoming an official in a high school sport can start the process by going to www.NewOfficials.org.


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