High school athletes will return to competition this weekend after a break for Christmas.
Stow is hosting an event for girls and boys basketball today and Saturday. Today’s girls games are at 1 p.m. (Ravenna vs. Nordonia) and at 5 p.m. (Stow vs. Firestone). The boys games are at 3 p.m. (CVCA vs. Nordonia) and at 7 p.m. (Stow vs. Firestone).
Saturday features championship and consolation games based on who wins and loses today. The girls championship game is at 5 p.m. and the boys championship game is at 7 p.m. The girls third-place game is at 1 p.m. and the boys third-place game is at 3 p.m.
In boys basketball today, the Hudson Holiday Tournament will feature a 6 p.m. tip-off between Kenston and Revere and a 7:30 p.m. tip-off for Hudson and Streetsboro. Winning teams will play in the championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The consolation game is at 6 p.m. In girls basketball, Our Lady of the Elms is hosting an eight-team event today and Saturday. Six area schools will be in action both days: Chippewa, Ellet, Elms, Garfield, Rittman and Woodridge.
MIT hits 39th year
Several area wrestlers will meet in the 39th annual Medina Invitational Tournament today and Saturday.
The event will feature competitors from about 45 schools, assistant tournament director Lynn Houghtaling said. Local schools scheduled to compete are Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Cuyahoga Falls, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Highland, Hudson, Jackson, Medina, North Canton Hoover, North Royalton, Northwestern, Perry, Rootstown and Wadsworth.
Defending state champions Jose Rodriguez (Perry) and Travis Linton (Rootstown) are in the event.
BHT hits 53rd year
Brecksville-Broadview Heights is hosting its 53rd annual Holiday Wrestling Tournament on Sunday and Monday.
Area schools entered in the 46-school event are Aurora, Brecksville, Garrettsville, Manchester, Nordonia, North Royalton and Woodridge.
Other wrestling action
The St. Vincent-St. Mary and Walsh Jesuit wrestling teams are part of a 46-team field that will be competing at the Powerade Wrestling Tournament at Canon McMillan High School in Canonsburg, Pa., today and Saturday.
St. V-M defeated CVCA and Perrysburg in duals last week, and has four wrestlers seeded in the top eight of a respective weight class — juniors Garrett Carter (132) and Dre’k Brumley (285) and seniors Ryan Skonieczny (138) and Aaron Adkins (182).
Adkins is a defending Division II state champion and a two-time Division III state champion in football along with Brumley and twin brother Tony Adkins (195).
Walsh has three wrestlers seeded in the top eight of a respective weight class — sophomore Alex Mackall (120) and seniors Nolan Whitely (132) and Mike Kostandaras (138).
‘Waite’ a minute
Archbishop Hoban senior point guard Christian Waite combined to score 42 points in wins over Mentor Lake Catholic and Perry last week.
Waite made nine 3-pointers between the two games and also had 10 assists, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Buchtel, Firestone shine
The boys basketball teams at Buchtel (3-0, 2-0) and Firestone (5-1, 3-0) appear to be on a collision course in the City Series again.
Firestone, the City Series champion last season, is led by seniors Evan Kennerly and JaeQuan Jones, sophomore Raybon Lewis and junior Kyrell Allen. Buchtel features seniors Ci’Andre Johnson-Lollar and Tre’ Smith and juniors La’Shawn Johnson and Deric Rucker.
East, Ellet and North appear to be solid contenders in the City Series.
St. V-M girls are 8-0
The St. V-M girls basketball team carries an 8-0 record into its game at Highland at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Seniors Jordan Korinek, Shannon Jack, Cassie Jakubick, Kiley May and Alexis Taylor lead the Fighting Irish.
Struggling Irish boys
The St. V-M boys basketball team will take a five-game losing streak into its game at Cleveland Benedictine at 7:30 tonight.
St. V-M (1-5) lost all three of its games in the 41st City of Palms Classic at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla. The Irish lost to nationally ranked Whitney Young of Chicago 52-45 on Friday and then fell to Marietta Wheeler (Ga.) 74-67 on Saturday and Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) 73-57 on Monday.
Irish sophomore V.J. King did not play in any of the games in the event due to an injured left wrist. The injury limited his minutes in a loss at Lakewood St. Edward and kept him sidelined for all of St. V-M’s loss to visiting Cleveland Central Catholic.
St. V-M senior Jalen Hudson (Virginia Tech recruit) averaged 20 points per game in Fort Myers and junior Joshua Williams (Akron recruit) averaged 16 points per game.
The Irish also welcomed back senior football player Dante Booker Jr., who had missed three games due to tendinitis in his left knee.
Booker is one of six seniors who played on the Division III state championship football team and are on the basketball team. The other five are Aaron Bushner, Parris Campbell Jr., Travonte Junius, Newman Williams and Jarel Woolridge. Booker and Campbell are Ohio State recruits and Junius and Williams are Akron recruits.
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