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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) will honor the memory of official Greg Hallisey by naming the MIAA Varsity Most Outstanding Player of the Championship Game award in honor of the longtime referee.

Hallisey played an integral role in officiating locally and nationally, but also in supporting officials in the Washington D.C. and Maryland areas.   The MVP award is a pewter cup that shall name bear the name of an official who contributed on the youth, collegiate club and varsity levels by calling the game of water polo.

Hallisey’s wife CeCe noted, “On behalf of our family, including our daughters Sydney, Eleanor, and Maria, I want to thank the MIAA for creating the Greg Hallisey Award to recognize today’s most valuable player. Greg began playing water polo in middle school and continued through high school, college, and beyond. He began refereeing more than 20 years ago and loved every minute of it. He enjoyed watching young talent grow and particularly appreciated when enormous talent and sportsmanship came together to produce the high-quality play. He would be honored to acknowledge today’s most valuable player.”

The MIAA Championship games will occur on Thursday, May 20, as Mount St. Joseph will face Loyola at 4:00 p.m. at the McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) in the junior varsity title tilt prior to the varsity championship game at 6:00 p.m pitting Loyola versus Gilman.

A longtime official and a former Brown University student-athlete, Hallisey passed away on August 7 following an illness.