Allen Estes, whose work for girl’s basketball is being recognized, has been an all-around athlete and official since he was on the varsity in basketball and track & field at Mount Carmel High School in Los Angeles in the 1960s. He was named the school’s most improved basketball player in 1966 and he was on the track varsity in both hurdles (180-yard low, 120-yard high), the long jump and the high jump. A fire battalion chief in the safety division for the Tacoma Fire Dept., Allen played freshman basketball at the University of San Francisco in 1968. He earned his degree from USF in 1971. After arriving in the South Puget Sound area, Allen became active in a range of organizations for officials. With South Sound Athletic Officials he was assigned to officiate boys football and baseball; in Pierce County he was an official for football, basketball and baseball; and in South King County he was a junior football official from 2000-05. He was involved in Fort Lewis athletics as a basketball coach (1983-85) and as an official for basketball, baseball, softball and flag football from 1991 to 2000. In girl’s basketball, Allen was involved in the Thurston Basketball Board from 1983-85, the Tacoma Basketball Board from 1986-98, and he has been a longtime Executive Board member of TBB and has twice had stints as its assigning secretary. He has been an official for the state girl’s basketball finals three times, including 1995, the last championship held in the Kingdome. Allen also officiated girls finals in 2003 and 2006. The Washington Officials Association gave Allen its Distinguished Service Award in 2015. “I want to thank all those officials, past and present, whom I credit with expanding and mentoring me to be the best I could be, “Estes commented. “Perhaps more important, thanks to the assigners and board members I have had the pleasure of working with.” Allen lives in University Place and counts among his friends Tom Jones of Olympia, Dennis Mullens of Spanaway, Jerry Woods of Lakewood, Clarence Dean of Tacoma, Mark Polcyn of Lakewood and John Young of Los Angeles. He cites the late Gabriel Ramos as his mentor.