The Joe Siegferth Basketball Classic is returning to Firestone on Saturday for the third year in a row.
Tickets for the five games on the schedule are $10 at the door for adults and $5 for students, with a large percentage of the proceeds to go toward funding the Joe Siegferth Scholarship.
The Classic starts at 11 a.m. with a girls game between Chippewa and Buchtel, followed by four boys games: Barberton vs. Firestone at 1 p.m., Tallmadge vs. Woodridge at 3 p.m., Toledo St. Francis vs. Ellet at 5 p.m. and Shaker Heights vs. Buchtel at 7 p.m.
Siegferth was born Feb. 22, 1923, and died at age 80 on Jan. 17, 2004. He played basketball and graduated from St. Vincent and Bowling Green, and also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He started his teaching career in Akron Public Schools in 1948 and became Central’s boys basketball coach in 1955. Central merged with Hower in the early 1970s.
Siegferth’s 27-year coaching career included a 441-151 record, one state championship, seven regional titles, 12 district crowns, 21 sectional titles and 10 City Series titles.
LaMelo Ball in Canton
LaMelo Ball, 17, and Spire Institute (Geneva) will play St. Vincent-St. Mary in a boys basketball game at 8 p.m. Monday at Canton Memorial Field House.
Tickets are $20 for seats in the lower bowl and $15 for seats in the upper bowl.
Originally from California, Ball is a younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball. LaMelo Ball came to Spire last month after starring at Chino Hills High School as a freshman and sophomore before skipping his junior year to play professionally in Lithuania with his brother, LiAngelo Ball.
Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or firstname.lastname@example.org.