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Referees both young and old keep rolling

8:49 PM, Jun. 15, 2013
Bob Bassuener officiates an under-12 tournament game between the Marshfield Inferno and the Sun Prairie Soccer Club during the Wisconsin Rapids Kickers Tournament Saturday at the Washington Soccer Field in Wisconsin Rapids.
Bob Bassuener officiates an under-12 tournament game between the Marshfield Inferno and the Sun Prairie Soccer Club during the Wisconsin Rapids Kickers Tournament Saturday at the Washington Soccer Field in Wisconsin Rapids.
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Klaus Kroner and Bob Bassuener have been running up and down soccer fields in yellow referee jerseys for years, and they have no intent of slowing down.

Meanwhile, Hannah Wendels just began her officiating career, as she put on her first ref's jersey Saturday morning during the 27th annual Wisconsin Rapids Kickers Soccer Tournament.

"I was pretty nervous," said Wendels, a 17-year-old junior at Assumption High School. "It was fun once the game started. My first game was a U12 boys game, and it was fun. The boys at that age are really competitive, and it was fun to be right in on the action in a ...

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