WILLIAMSTOWN -- The boys and girls basketball teams of four Berkshire County schools scrimmaged in an effort to raise money for a worthy cause.

Tuesday's Bucky Bullett Jamboree at Mount Greylock featured Drury, McCann Tech, Hoosac Valley and host Greylock, with the proceeds going toward the Bucky Bullett Scholarship Fund.

"Each spring, the Bullett family gives a $500 scholarship to a senior from each of the four schools represented today," Mount Greylock athletic director Lindsey von Holtz said.

The scholarship is in honor of longtime WNAW Radio sports director Bernard R. "Bucky" Bullett, and is awarded to a student-athlete who demonstrates leadership and outstanding athletic achievement.

Volunteers from the community ran concessions, kept track of the stat book, and game officials also donated their time to help the cause.

For official Colin Downey, who played at Drury, the Jamboree is his way of helping the community and sharpening his skills as a referee.

"It's good to get the season kicked off and have all the teams in one gym together," he said. "To see everyone and get familiar with the faces you're going to be seeing all year long is good for us."

Greylock coach Bob Thistle said he's thankful for everyone that volunteered.

"We're appreciative of everyone who donates their time -- especially the officials. They come out here and work hard. It's a really tough job to be a high school basketball official," Thistle said.

Having the chance to participate in a jamboree that is a tribute to the legendary North Adams announcer means a lot to Drury coach Jack Racette, a former standout basketball player for the Blue Devils.

"[The Bulletts] are a great basketball family. I know a lot of his kids, and [Bucky] was a phenomenal announcer," he said. "It's good for the kids. ... A lot of the younger guys don't realize how good of an announcer he was. But giving back to the community is something we try to teach our kids."

In addition to the jamboree being a good tribute to Bullett, Racette added that it's a great way to start out the year and face live competition before the season.

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