Keeney breaks barriers as a female referee

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – After the NSAA Boys State Basketball Semifinals, a young fan was waiting for an autograph – from the referee. It turns out that the two had the same name, Jordyn. They even spelled it the same way.

“It brought tears to my eyes,” Jordyn Keeney said.

Less than 24 hours later, Keeney was officiating the Class C2 State Championship game between Amherst and Freeman. It was a historic occasion, as Keeney became the first woman to officiate an NSAA boys’ state final.

“It’s taboo for a girl to referee a men’s tournament,” Keeney said. “To be chosen, I am honored.”

Keeney was notified of her assignment a week before the state finals. You have received the notification by e-mail. Keeney admits she was nervous before the 4.30pm game at Pinnacle Bank Arena. However, she remained prompt and focused on establishing fair play, which Keeney described as a physical contest.

“There aren’t many of us (female officials),” Keeney said. “Those who are working are more than capable of officiating any game, be it boys or girls. We are officials. And we’re fine.

Keeney worked alongside Kevin Mar for the C2 class championship game. Mar said Keeney has an extremely bright future as a civil servant. Note that Keeney worked very hard to perfect his craft. In addition to high school basketball, Keeney has officiated women’s college basketball games for the past two seasons.

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