Steven Henning, basketball official, died as the result of a medical emergency at a boys basketball game with Union Grove High School on January 13.
Henning collapsed in the referees’ hallway after the game on the west side of the physical education building. Henning was walking with two other referees and the game manager, who immediately alerted the police.
Tony Agostini, athletic training provider, started his emergency procedure within 30 seconds of Henning’s collapse. Emergency medical technicians arrived within five minutes.
“Within five minutes, we had the best possible medical team there,” said Joe Patek, assistant principal. “Tony is one of the most well trained people on campus to react in this situation … It was incredible how well trained our staff was to be able to respond the way they did in a very traumatic situation.”
Both teams agreed to call the game at halftime, with a final score of 34–19 in favor of Shorewood.
Shorewood held a moment of silence at the following boys basketball home game.
Henning’s funeral service was held on January 17 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel in West Bend.
Henning refereed basketball, football and softball for 36 years. He worked at UWM for 28 years and was previously employed by Pick ’n Save and Kohl’s food stores. In his spare time, Henning frequently taught his family how to sail, waterski and hunt.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Henning is survived by his wife Karen Adsit; children Christopher, Lindsey (Dustin) Blevins, Alyssa (Luke) Tennies, Tracy and Jacob; grandchildren Abram Steven Tennies and Cooper Belvins; mother Gloria Henning-Burow; sister Kathleen (Dennis) Wegner; brother Paul (Janeen) Henning; father-in-law Richard Adsit; brother-in-law Brian Adsit and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends.
by Emma Soldon