Jamestown's Harty to enter officials' hall of fame
Jamestown's Jim Harty will be part of the 51st North Dakota Officials Association (NDOA) Hall of Fame class in 2020-21.
Jamestown's Jim Harty will be part of the 51st North Dakota Officials Association (NDOA) Hall of Fame class in 2020-21, which was determined at the association's fall board of directors meeting.
Harty began officiating in 1976 at the age of 18 umpiring American Legion baseball games, and he is still an active official at both the collegiate and prep levels. Harty became a registered high school and collegiate baseball official in 1981, later adding football to his officiating repertoire.
Harty has officiated eight NDHSAA Dakota Bowl football championship games and 21 NDHSAA baseball state tournaments. A member and president of the Jamestown Football Officials Association, Harty has worked NAIA and NCAA Division II College Football games for 32 years
Harty also worked as an official in the National Indoor Football League for four seasons officiating a total of seven NIFL playoff games and the 2000 NIFL Gold Cup Championship game.
Other baseball officiating highlights for Harty include working 20-plus American Legion state tournaments, three American Legion Central Plains Regional tournaments and several NAIA postseason baseball tournaments.
Harty works at Harty Insurance Inc. in Jamestown and is married to Connie. They have three children Nicole, Alicia and Brittany.
Also being inducted into the NDOA Hall of Fame in 2020-21 are Gary Cederstrom of Minot, Larry Grondahl of Williston, Mickey Jordan of Bismarck, Dave Maier of Bismarck and Donna Johnson-Hutchison of Larimore.
The NDOA has inducted 154 officials into its hall of fame since the inaugural class in 1965. Plaques commemorating the members are housed in the North Dakota Athletic Hall of Fame, located inside the Jamestown Civic Center.