I've been a basketball referee for over 20 years and for the past 19 years, we have an end of the season basketball tournament. It's the Southern Tier Basketball Officials' Association Annual Stars & Stripes Classic.

It's a chance for the best Section IV basketball talent to show off their stuff in an informal and fun atmosphere and this year I'll be announcing at the Boys semis.

It's a way for us to give something back to our community and we want to help promote and showcase our local high school basketball talent. We invite college basketball coaches to attend the tournament and athletes and coaches can connect for recruiting purposes.

This is also a great chance for us as officials to develop rapport between players, coaches and officials with this friendly competition. Contrary to what some might think, the officials are not against you.

Both boys and girls participate in this wonderful event that takes place at Davis College. The action begins tonight (3/20) with the Girls Semifinals at 6 & 7:30pm. On Wednesday, the Boys Semifinals will also take place at 6 & 7:30pm.

Girls consolation and final games are to be played on Thursday at 6 and 7:30pm with the Boys playing the consolation and finals on Friday in the same time slot.

I'll be announcing at the game on Wednesday for both Boys Semifinals so I hope to see you there. I'd like to thank all the officials who volunteer their time and effort.

It's a great basketball event and it's a chance to see our local athletes in action at Davis College. See the teams and their rosters here.

[via Southern Tier Basketball Officials]