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High school notebook: Barberton set to host Greynolds Classic with six games Saturday

By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer

Barberton High School will host the ninth annual K. Jack Greynolds Memorial Classic on Saturday with six boys basketball games featuring 12 area schools.

The schedule with game times is: 11 a.m. Orrville vs. Northwest; 12:45 p.m. Manchester vs. Northwestern; 2:30 p.m. Firestone vs. Copley; 4:15 p.m. Jackson vs. Archbishop Hoban; 6 p.m. GlenOak vs. Norton; 7:45 p.m. Barberton vs. Louisville.

Marty Bidlingmyer said tickets can be bought at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. All seats are general admission and good for all six games. Fans can come and go as they please with a wristband.

The Classic honors Greynolds, a legendary coach who passed away Jan. 14, 2005.

Greynolds coached 12 years at Revere and 18 years at Barberton. He compiled a 549-121 record and never had a losing season.

Greynolds led Barberton to the 1976 Class AAA state championship with a 25-0 record. The Magics were Class AAA state runner-up in 1976 (25-1) and in 1982 (22-6).

Greynolds’ teams also won 17 sectional titles, six district titles and three regional titles.

Bidlingmyer said the Greynolds Classic has raised more than $150,000 in eight years and donated the amount to the Barberton community for stroke awareness education and healthy youth activities.

Hoops 4 Healing

The 15th annual “Hoops 4 Healing” Basketball Classic will be Dec. 7 at Lake.

The event features three boys games — 5 p.m. Malvern vs. St. Thomas Aquinas; 6:45 p.m. Canton South vs. Warren Howland; 8 p.m. Youngstown East vs. Lake.

Tickets for this year’s games are available through each school. Presale tickets for students are $4; presale tickets for adults are $6; reserved seats are $8. All general admission tickets at the door are $7. All profits will go toward donations for liver disease research, organ donor education and other related causes.

Lake Athletic Director Bruce Brown said one game ticket will be good for all the games.

The “Hoops 4 Healing” Classic teams and communities will be at a Saturday brunch that is open to the public at the Hartville Kitchen. The brunch will feature guest speakers as well as each team’s coach introducing their respective team.

Brown said more than $250,000 has been donated from the “Hoops 4 Healing” Foundation events during the past few years to the American Liver Foundation, LifeBanc of Ohio, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic and several other similar groups.

The concept of the “Hoops 4 Healing” Classic was generated by three Canton-area basketball coaches — Hal Smith of Malone University, Steve Loy of Walsh University and Brown. All three were diagnosed with a rare liver disease known as primary sclerosing cholangitis, or PSC. Loy’s condition developed into cholangiocarcinoma (liver cancer) and he passed away in February 2004.

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