Chiefland official makes state championship game 55 years after winning it as player

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By Sean Arnold

Norm Weaver has come full circle in his hoops journey.

Fifty-five years after winning a state title as a point guard at Zephyrhills High School, he officiated the girls’ hoops Class 2A state title game last February in Lakeland.

The events represent towering bookends for Weaver’s extensive time on and around the court, except the 72-year-old shows no signs of slowing down.

“What fascinates me about the whole thing is his age,” says his wife, Mary, whom Weaver married 11 years ago. “He’s 72 and he’s doing all that. It’s so cool.”

In between those pillar experiences, Weaver played college basketball before going on to teach and coach in Pasco and Pinellas County for 30 years. He earned a Master’s Degree in physical education, but grew disenchanted with the field’s changing standards, so he then taught math and science. In college, he played ball at Pembroke State College (now known as University of North Carolina at Pembroke) in North Carolina; he coached the freshman team at Western Carolina before getting into high school coaching.

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