Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark
Edmundo Flores’ signature as a wrestling official is spinning on his belly and slapping the mat when signaling a pinfall.
His go-to move as a softball umpire is flipping the ball behind his back to a pitcher.
Regardless of which sport he’s officiating or move he’s making, the Shelby resident and native of Alice, Texas, has stayed at it for 45 years because of the love of the game.
“Just love being around sports. I just enjoy it, really. When it’s no longer any fun, I’ll walk — I’ll be done,” said Flores, the Shelby resident and native of Alice, Texas, who recently turned 65 years old.
Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark and courtesy of Stephanie Moore
Flores has worked many big events in wrestling and softball, including nationals and MHSAA state finals, but it doesn’t matter to him what’s at stake: He wants to be fair and get his calls correct. He does not have a cheering interest.
Flores, who is single and has no children, does feel a connection to the players and coaches whose events he’s officiating.
Officiating is his marriage. It’s a labor of love.
Watch the video below to hear from Flores, whom CatchMark SportsNet caught up with at the Division 3 softball regional in Newaygo on June 10.
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