Local Basketball Refs Make History

When they met on line 7 years ago, little did Jeff and Elexis Fancher know that they would make history as husband and wife 7 years later. That's exactly what happened in January at a men's college game in the Tri-Cities area, Milligan vs. Bryan.

"When we were driving home from the game we got to discussing if a husband/wife team had ever called a men's college game together," Jeff Fancher said. "We then called the NCAA, NAIA and even Guinness to see if there's any record of a husband and wife calling a men's game together and there doesn't seem to be."

When the two arrived at the arena that night, they were expecting to call just the women's game, but when the game got underway, they were informed that they would be calling the men's game as well.

"I don't think we realized at the time that it might be history making," Elexis said. "It was just another night of us getting to spend time together doing what we love to do."

On high school hardwoods around East Tennessee the two are seen often.

"This is pretty much a full time job for us," Jeff said. "And to do it with my wife just makes it that much more special."

From time to time, one official has been forced to overrule the other, but in the case of these two, they prefer not to call it an overrule.

"We know each other pretty well," Elexis said. "I like to say that we discuss the difference of opinions."

As long as the Fanchers can keep their "difference of opinions" to a minimum when it comes to calls on the court, this husband/wife team will continue to work basketball games for years to come as a duo.