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The Mon Valley Football Officials honored the late Dave Bergstedt at their annual banquet. His widow, Sandy, was presented a certificate in her husband's honor by the PIAA. Pictured, in the front row from the left, his daughter Tippi Dolfi, Sandy Bergstedt, official John Zunic, official Tom Rocco and daughter Meri Labick. In the back are chapter president Shane Snyder and official Bob Kerns. Missing from the photo was Bergstedt's son, David and two other daughters, Dana Bergstedt and Heidi Niesen.

In his more than three decades, Dave Bergstedt officiated a lot of high school baseball, basketball and football games.

In fact, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) recognized that he late Monessen man had spent 126 combined years as a sports official doring high school games.

Bergdtedt, who died April 2 after a lengthy fight with cancer, was honored at the Mon Valley Football Officials banquet at Cedarbrook’s Clubhouse Grille Sunday.

Bergstedt was a longtime member of the Mon Valley organization, as well as the baseball and basketball chapters.

Many of the members in the Mon Valley chapter learned how to work a game under the tutelage of Bergstedt.

The football officials honored Bergdtedt’s legacy and dedication to officiating games at the event that had over 60 people in attendance, including some officials who worked closely with Bergstedt during his distinguished career.

Included in the festivities was a certificate that the PIAA sent that was given to his widow, Sandy.

In addition to the certificate, PIAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Lombardi sent a letter congratulating Bergstedt on his career, stating, “Many student-athletes and PIAA-member schools have benefitted from your combined 126 seasons of dedication and participation in baseball. basketball and football officiating, respectively.”

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or [email protected].

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