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Posted January 21, 2013
Krejci to receive Jack North Award

CEDAR RAPIDS — Randy Krejci is about to receive the “highest honor” that the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union can give an individual.

The Union confirmed Monday that Krejci, a longtime educator and official from Cedar Rapids, will receive the Jack North Commemorative Award  at the girls state tournament.

Randy Krejci of Cedar Rapids, here officiating in the 2000 state tournament, will receive the Jack North Award at the girls state basketball tournament in March. (The Gazette)

Krejci will receive the honor at halftime of the Class 3A championship game, March 1.

“By way of explanation, the Jack North Commemorative Award is the highest honor the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union may confer on an individual,” said the letter sent from the Union to Krejci last week.

“It is presented to a distinguished citizen of statewide reputation and outstanding accomplishment, to suitably honor an individual who has contributed beyond that of any other person to the welfare, promotion and refinement of opportunity for high school girls to participate in competitive athletics.”

IGHSAU executive director Mike Dick said Monday that “Randy has hit so many levels of participation; he’s good for the girls of Iowa. It’s hard to find anyone that had been more enthusiastic and supportive.”

Krejci, 58, retired last spring as principal at Harding Middle School. He worked at a variety of high schools and middle schools in Cedar Rapids from 1976 through 2012.

He still serves as Mississippi Valley Conference commissioner. He has worked as an official in basketball and volleyball, and is a state-tournament director in tennis.

Krejci will be the 14th recipient of the award.

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