Dunk 4 Diabetes High School Shootout
What: The second annual Dunk 4 Diabetes High School Shootout features 13 boys basketball games.
When and Where: Saturday and Sunday at Walsh University.
Area teams: Firestone, Brunswick, Barberton and North Canton Hoover are scheduled to play in the 24-team event.
Saturday: Cleveland Central Catholic vs. Cleveland John Hay, 11 a.m.; Richmond Heights vs. Gateway, Pa., 12:30 p.m.; Firestone vs. Brunswick, 2:30 p.m.; Barberton vs. Beachwood, 4:30 p.m.; Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph vs. Martinsburg, (W.Va.), 6 p.m.; Lakewood St. Edward vs. Rochester Bishop Kearney (N.Y.), 7:30 p.m.; Mentor vs. Huntington Prep (W.Va.), 9 p.m.
Sunday: Leavittsburg LaBrae vs. Malvern, 11:45 a.m.; Garfield Heights vs. Gahanna Lincoln, 1:30 p.m.; Cleveland St. Ignatius vs. St. Clairsville, 3:15 p.m.; Cleveland Benedictine vs. Huntington Prep (W.Va.), 5 p.m.; North Canton Hoover vs. Rochester Bishop Kearney (N.Y.), 6:45 p.m.; Shaker Heights vs. Pickerington Central, 8:30 p.m. SportsTime Ohio will televise Sunday’s final four games live.
Notes: A majority of the schools are from Ohio. Nationally ranked Huntington Prep (W.Va.) is also part of the showcase and features the consensus top-ranked player in the country, senior forward Andrew Wiggins. He is considering scholarship offers from Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and a host of other schools. … Firestone is led by seniors Jerome Lane and Kevin Gladney, who are football recruits committed to Akron and Nebraska, respectively. Brunswick features Kyle Wheeler and Zach Parker. Barberton is led by sophomore Joshua Williams, and North Canton Hoover boasts seniors Harrison Blackledge and Dom Iero, a University of Akron baseball recruit.
Tickets: All tickets are general admission and permit re-entry with a stub or hand stamp. Tickets are available at all participating schools at $10 for adults and $8 for students. At the gate, tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be ordered online at dunk4diabetes.com for $10.
Players with a college commitment: Gahanna Lincoln’s Aaron Jackson (Akron), Pickerington Central’s Jae’Sean Tate (Ohio State), VASJ’s Duane Gibson (Evansville) and Demonte Flannigan (Cleveland State), Huntington Prep’s Moses Kingsley (Arkansas), Travon Landry (Tennessee), Dominic Woodson (Baylor) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State), Bishop Kearney’s Chinonso Obokoh (Syracuse), Hay’s Maurice O’Field (East Tennessee) and St. Clairsville’s Danny Monteroso (Boston College for football).
Other highly recruited players: Barberton’s Joshua Williams, Hoover’s Harrison Blackledge and Nick Evans, Shaker Heights’ Esa Ahmad and Keith Griffin, LaBrae’s Peyton Aldridge, Garfield Heights’ David Bell, St. Edward’s Kipper Nichols, CCC’s Tervell Beck, Antwan Lillard and Chelvonte Montgomery, Lincoln’s Javon Bess, VASJ’s Carlton Bragg, Kearney’s Thomas Bryant, Huntington Prep’s Montague Gill-Caesar and Martinsburg’s Donte Grantham.
Background: Event director Chas Wolfe said the series of games “is a collaboration between health/sport awareness powered by the American Diabetes Association and Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout (D4D) that empowers high school boys basketball players, their coaches, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against diabetes.
— Michael Beaven
Grizzly Invitational Wrestling Tournament
What: The 27th annual Grizzly Invitational Wrestling Tournament featuring 16 schools.
When and Where: Saturday at Wadsworth.
Area teams: Garrettsville, GlenOak, Ellet, Field, North Canton Hoover and Wadsworth are scheduled to compete.
Schedule: Opening round begins at about 9 a.m. Semifinals begin at about 1 p.m. Ninth- through 16th-place matches will run between 2-5 p.m. Finals, first- through eighth-place matches will start at 6 p.m.
Notes: Wadsworth coach John Gramuglia has led the Grizzlies to 11 consecutive team titles in the event, which was formerly held at the old school’s West Gym. This is the first time the event will be contested in the new gymnasium within the new school.
Tickets: An adult ticket per session is $8, and a student ticket per session is $5. All session passes are $15 for an adult and $8 for a student.
— Michael Beaven