Retired contractor Mark Polcyn is being honored for his work in boys basketball, which he has helped organize and officiate since the early 1980s. Mark, a 1971 Lakes High School graduate, has a breadth of experience in sports that is hard to summarize. At Lakes he was a varsity golfer, wrestler and tennis player. In college at Washington State he played two years of tennis. In fact, his involvement in tennis has continued, including 10 years as a teaching pro (1970s-80s), a stint as a line judge for the Virginia Slims women’s pro tour in the late 1970s and playing in USTA competitive leagues continuously since 1987. While still in college he was a high school wrestling referee in Eastern Washington and an intramural official in football, basketball, water polo, volleyball and softball. In the 1980s he umpired USSSA slowpitch softball games. That is also when he joined the Lakewood Athletic Officials Association (1983-98), which he administered from 1992-98. He also joined the Western Washington Basketball Officials Association, in which he remains active. And, he joined the Tacoma Basketball Board, which helps oversee girls basketball. In the 1990s he began refereeing junior college basketball in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) and NCAA Division II and Division III basketball. He also administered the recreational First Lakewood basketball league (1992-98). This respected basketball official was pictured on the cover of Referee Magazine in 2009.