Jasper's Lawrence Loner Honored with Outstanding Official's Award

Local Sources - Jasper's Lawrence Loner has been recognized as the Southwestern Indiana Officials' Association most Outstanding Soccer Referee.

Each year, the Indiana High School Athletic Association honors an outstanding official in each sport during the State Finals Tournament.

The recipient of the 2021-22 IHSAA Outstanding Soccer Official in the state of Indiana was Lawrence Loner from Jasper, Indiana. The Award presentation was delayed by two years due to Loner's battle with throat/tongue cancer. Now fully recovered, Loner was able to attend the 2023 Presentation at the IHSAA Soccer State Finals. Lawrence was selected for this honor by a committee representing the 24 officials associations in Indiana.  There are more than 6,000 officials licensed by the IHSAA in all sports.  These officials work tirelessly to provide safe, competitive environments for over 160,000 student athletes.

Lawrence has been licensed in the sport of soccer for 29 years and given his time and talent in working all 28 tournaments for our student athletes.  He has been a crew member for 11 different regionals, nine (9) semi-state games, and has had seven (7) state finals appearances!


Loner currently serves in a leadership role as a state soccer clinician for the IHSAA.  He continues to be instrumental in the recruitment, mentoring, and training of IHSAA soccer officials across southern Indiana.  His dedication and loyalty to his sport, our student athletes, his fellow officials, and the IHSAA have been exceptional.