Cage Classic slated for March 31

Senior high school all-stars will be squaring off in the 34th annual Four County All-Star Cage Classic on Friday, March 31 at the new Bryan High School, 1000 W. Fountain Grove Dr., Bryan.

The doors open at 6 p.m. with the girls’ game beginning at 7 p.m.

The battle is between the East team with senior all-star players from Fulton and Henry Counties, against the West team from Defiance and Williams Counties. All 23 high schools in the four counties participate in the event.

The East boys lead the series 21-12, with the West boys winning last year’s game, 95-83. The East girls also lead the series 18-15, with the East girls winning last year’s game 54-41.

Tickets are now on sale at all 23 high schools participating. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

The biggest winner at the All-Star Cage Classic is the Special Olympics. During the past 33 years, $182,401 has been donated to the Special Olympic programs in the four counties participating.

All officials, timekeepers, scorers, ticket takers, announcers and coaches donate the evening to Special Olympics. All proceeds are divided evenly among the four counties.

A Special Olympic basketball game is held during halftime of the boys’ game. Each year, the Special Olympians receive a standing ovation from an appreciative audience. A 3-point contest for the Special Olympians is held at halftime of the girls’ game.

A high school slam dunk contest and 3-point shoot-off is held between the boys and girls games.

Coaching the East team for the boys is CJ Holman of Patrick Henry High School and coaching the West boys team is Jaymes Zachrich of Ayersville High School. Girls all-star team coaches are Rafael Manriquez of Defiance High School for the West and Tim Davis of Liberty Center High School for the East.

The Bryan Times has been the sponsor of the event since its inception.