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Green remembered for service to MHS athletics

Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 12:11 a.m. CST
Mike Green (second from left) did a lot to help athletic teams at Morrison and around the area. Green, 50, died last month from pancreatic cancer.

Less than a month ago, Morrison athletic director Gus Linke paid a visit to the home of Mike Green.

Green had been sick, and Linke wanted to see how he was doing. Rather than talk about health issues, however, Green wanted copies of Morrison Mustangs and Fillies athletic schedules for the 2014-15 school year.

"That's Mike," Linke said. "He was already thinking ahead to what he could do for next season."

About 10 hours after Linke's visit, Green died. He was 50 years old, and succumbed to the pancreatic cancer he had been battling.

Green, a 1982 Morrison High School graduate, was employed at P&P Tool and Climco, both in the Morrison, and Self Help Enterprises in Sterling, but his passion was Morrison athletics. He worked behind the scenes to make sure events went off without a hitch.

He ran the clock at football games, and more than that, arrived extra early to greet the officials to see if they needed anything.

He kept the book at basketball games, whether it be varsity, fresh-soph or freshman games, boys or girls. He also coached eighth grade junior tackle football.

"I always said at the awards nights and wherever we met, he was my most valuable man," Linke said.

Green even helped at out-of-town events, such as the Eric Ottens Shootout in Fulton, when extra hands were needed.

"A lot of people have called Mike, and he didn't hesitate to get over there and help out," Linke said. "That's the type of person he was. He gave everything, and demanded very little."

For his service, Green was a Northwestern Illinois Sports hall of fame inductee; a Morrison High School sports hall of fame inductee; and an IHSA sports hall of fame inductee, under the category of "Friend of Athletics."

"As Mr. [Jerry] Navarra said, he was the No. 1 fan of Morrison," Linke said.

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