Buchtel is one of nine area schools scheduled to compete in the Adidas Hoops With a Heart Classic on Saturday at Walsh University.
The event, put together by Dwight Blair, features seven boys basketball games and 14 teams from across Ohio. Tickets are good for all-day action. Adults are $10 and students and seniors are $5. Some of the proceeds will go to area charities.
10:30 a.m.: Lake Center Christian vs. St. Thomas Aquinas.
12:15 p.m. Berea-Midpark vs. Springfield.
2 p.m.: Gates Mills Gilmour Academy vs. Brunswick.
3:45 p.m.: Hilliard Darby vs. Cuyahoga Falls.
5:30 p.m.: Toledo Woodward vs. Warren John. F. Kennedy.
7:15 p.m.: Buchtel vs. Fairless.
9 p.m.: Twinsburg vs. Massillon Washington.
Buchtel’s boys basketball team is 2-0 with wins over Garfield (94-49) and Ellet (80-66).
Four Griffins players have scored in double figures in both games, senior Ci’Andre Johnson-Lollar, junior La’Shawn Johnson, junior Deric Rucker and senior Tre’ Smith. Johnson-Lollar is averaging 15.0 points per game. Johnson is at 14.0, Rucker at 13.5 and Smith at 13.0.
Lake’s McNally earns honor
Lake sophomore Andrew McNally was recognized as the Most Valuable Wrestler at the 54th annual North Canton Holiday Wrestling Invitational at Hoover on Saturday.
McNally won the championship at 160 pounds and also helped Lake win the team title with 228 points. Wadsworth finished second with 211½ points and Green placed third with 125½ points. A collection of 33 teams competed.
Other area champions were Jackson junior Justyn Bostic (132), Green junior Ryan Kaminski (138), Lake junior Zac Carson (145) and GlenOak junior Tristan Roberts (285).
Three Wadsworth wrestlers finished second at Hoover, sophomore Noah Baughman (113), sophomore Darrin Gilkerson (132) and junior Shane Mast (170). Others who placed second were Tuslaw junior Shane Johnston (106), Lake senior Alex Cotton (126) and Marlington junior Tony Rupert (160).
The Brunswick wrestling team dominated the North Coast Classic on Saturday at Independence High School with a team title and three individual champions.
Brunswick scored 703 points to win the 24-team tournament. North Royalton finished second with 564 points and Madison was third with 531 points.
Sophomores Brett Thomas (126), DJ Skiba (106) and Josh Heil (120) each won weight classes. Thomas went 7-0 in the event with seven pins. Skiba topped sophomore teammate Justin McNeely in the 106 final.
Firestone sophomore Jovahn Fair lost in the 285-pound title match to Lake County Perry senior Billy Miller, the defending Division II state champion.
Alec Benedetti of North Royalton, who won the 132-pound title, and Miller were named the tournament’s Co-Most Valuable Wrestlers.
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