Officiating in Maine, Part 2 of 3: Being the bad guy tough to learn

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Posted: May 30th, 2011 by Tom Nolette

By Randy Whitehouse, Staff Writer

A collision on the court forced the ball out of bounds. The whistle blew, but the official decided no harm, no foul.

The Wiscasset High School student section erupted in protest, directing its ire at the referee who looked like he could be sitting next to them in geometry class.

"Hey ref!," one young spectator shouted. "How about a foul? What, you gotta go do your homework?"

With his back turned to the hecklers, Ben Laflin couldn't help but take the whistle from his lips and let them curl into a small smile.

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