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Jeff Saeger, left, of Orange City, Iowa, was presented a game ball by Corey Westra, co-director of the NAIA National Volleyball Championship, on Thursday, to celebrate the 5,000 prep or collegiate athletic event at which Saeger has served as an official scorer, timekeeper or scoreboard operator. Tim Gallagher, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | If you're keeping score at home (a famous saying for baseball announcers), try this stat: 5,000 events.

Corey Westra, co-director of the NAIA Volleyball Championships, presented Jeff Saeger, of Orange City, Iowa, with a volleyball on Thursday at the conclusion of a match he scored. It marked the 5,000th athletic event Saeger has scored in an official capacity, a remarkable run that began when Saeger was a student at Dordt College in 1994.

Westra noted the achievement on the ball he presented to Saeger between matches at the national tournament, held at the Tyson Events Center.

"It's an incredible number," said Westra, noting that Saeger has served as a scoreboard operator, an official scorer, a timer and more in basketball, volleyball, track, softball, soccer, football and likely a few other activities.

"It's 3,000 basketball games, more than one-thousand volleyball matches and the rest is track, softball, soccer and football," said Saeger, a 1995 Dordt College graduate who has worked events at the prep and collegiate level all over Siouxland.

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