Hall of Fame Inductees, by Year Joe Wells-Grand Island

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Official- Class of 2019

Joe Wells established his reputation as a top-notch basketball referee early in his career, working his first State Tournament in 1984 at the age of 24.  In an officiating career that has spanned four decades, he has worked 27 State Basketball Tournaments and was selected to work 24 State Championships, including eight in Class A.  Wells’ body of work included more than 4,000 basketball games in high school, NAIA and NSAA ranks.  Also an acclaimed baseball umpire, Wells donned the blue for high school, American Legion, Big 12 and Missouri Valley baseball games.  He worked five State High School Baseball tournaments and nearly 20 American Legion state tournaments before moving to the coaching bench.  Throughout the years, he was often accompanied by his sons, Brooks and Kirby, who followed in their father’s footsteps and have risen through high school and college officiating ranks.