The 14th annual K. Jack Greynolds Memorial Classic will return to Barberton on Saturday with six boys basketball games.
Manchester and Cuyahoga Heights will tip off at 11 a.m., followed by Louisville against Walsh Jesuit at 12:45 p.m., Firestone versus Cleveland John Marshall at 2:30 p.m., Archbishop Hoban against Ellet at 4:15 p.m., Revere versus Medina at 6 p.m. and Barberton against Woodridge at 7:45 p.m.
All tickets — $10 for adults and $5 for students — are good for all six games.
The Classic honors Greynolds, who passed away Jan. 14, 2005. He was a coach from 1957-1987 with 12 years at Revere and 18 years at Barberton, compiling a 549-121 record without a losing season in his 30-year career.
Greynolds led Barberton to a 25-0 record and an 82-70 win over Middletown in the Class AAA state championship game in 1976. The Magics were Class AAA state runners-up in 1977 and in 1982. His teams also won 17 sectional titles, six district titles and three regional titles.
Former Barberton athletic director and coach Larry Bidlingmyer started the Classic to honor Greynolds after his death. Bidlingmyer passed away on Dec. 7, 2008. His wife, Marty, and his son, Brian, organize the event now with assistance from Jason Ondrus and Carl Bako. Magics athletic director John Sabol said the Classic has raised over $220,000 for stroke awareness and Barberton youth programs.
Ironman at WJ
The 25th annual Walsh Jesuit Ironman Tournament is set for Friday and Saturday. The tournament will include wrestlers from 95 schools from around the United States.
Wrestling starts at 10 a.m. Friday with 14 weight classes competing on mats that cover two gyms. The championship quarterfinals will start at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday will feature the semifinals at 11:15 a.m. and the finals at 3:45 p.m. in “The Dome.”
Local wrestlers from Aurora, Brecksville, CVCA, Manchester, Perry, St. V-M, Wadsworth and Walsh are set to compete. Among the local standouts are CVCA’s Jordan Decatur and Jacob Decatur, and Wadsworth’s Luke Baughman and Michael North.
There have been 32 former Ironman competitors who have gone on to total 40 NCAA individual titles. This year’s field includes seven wrestlers ranked No. 1 in the country in a weight class, and four of the five top ranked teams.
• Anastasia Lawler’s game-winning basket in the final seconds of the fourth quarter propelled host Hudson to a 43-42 girls basketball victory over Nordonia on Wednesday. Emma Messina scored eight points and assisted on Lawler’s field goal. Sarah Hinkle led Hudson with 14 points, and Lawler scored seven points.
• Sophie Shifferly and Aliyah Rhoden each scored 10 points to guide visiting Barberton to a 42-32 girls basketball win on Wednesday.
• Host Twinsburg beat North Royalton 57-43 with Alana Ellis (20 points) and Brittany Williams (13 points) leading the way.
• Chelsea Huffman’s 15 points led Cuyahoga Falls to a 43-30 win over host Brecksville.
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