First Annual Cancer Research Classic tips off Saturday

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Cancer Research Classic

The East Liverpool Potters will be a participant in the 1st Annual Cancer Research Classic this Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Alma Grace McDonough Center at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia.

The event will display some of the top players in the country, but more importantly will raise awareness of urologic disorders including prostate cancer.


The East Liverpool Potters will be a participant in the 1st Annual Cancer Research Classic this Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Alma Grace McDonough Center at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia.

The event will display some of the top players in the country, but more importantly will raise awareness of urologic disorders including prostate cancer. There will be booths set up throughout the McDonough Center so spectators can stop by ask questions and talk about screenings and other issues. The proceeds from the classic will help fund academic scholarships for undergraduate students at Wheeling Jesuit in medical physics programs and for ongoing research at the Urological Research Institute. Admission is 10 dollars for adults and five for students.

Dr. Gregory S. Merrick, who has put in copious hours to make this a great event for a wonderful cause, has spearheaded the classic.  The director is not only brilliant in the medical field (Executive Director of the Urological Research Institute and Schiffler Cancer Center), but also a great basketball mind. Merrick, who is originally from the Philadelphia area, garnered seven of the top programs in America to participate in the inaugural event. The Temple graduate has put together a lineup that will feature approximately 50 future Division I basketball players including six or seven potential NBA products.

The event tips off at noon with the Potters taking on highly regarded Wheeling Park (WV). East Liverpool is (1-1) on the season coming off a win Tuesday night against Steubenville, 49-44. Nate Howards leads the way for East Liverpool. The 6-foot-5 senior scored 25 points and grabbed 12 boards in the win over Big Red. His top support is 6-foot-4 senior Jonathan Moore, 6-foot-3 senior Kaleb Stroud, 5-foot-6 senior Sam Kinsey,  6-foot-3 junior Martin Webb, 5-foot-7 senior E.J. Tisdale, and 6-foot-3 junior Jason Bahen. Also, look for two freshman Jason Dickey (6’0) and Willie Leavell (5’7) to see action.

The Potters are being guided by head coach Matt Cashdollar, who is in his first season as Potter boss following stints at Steubenville CC and Lisbon David Anderson.

The Potters have a rich basketball tradition that has produced many talented players over the years under former head coach, the legendary Nick Aloi. The Blue and White participated in the state tournament in 1999 losing in the semi-finals to nationally ranked Shaker Heights.

Graduates include: Brian Kreefer (Junior averaging 9.2 ppg. at Cornell), Forest Kirby (Gannon), Robert Jackson (Akron-football), Dan Swoger (St. Francis, PA), Josh Reed (Moorehead State/Shawnee State senior averaging 18.3 ppg.), Brett Green (Robert Morris/Akron-football and now the head coach of East Liverpool Christian School), Josh Martin (Tiffin) Justin Kreefer (Clarion), and Andrew Bobalik.

East Liverpool will be locked up with long-time West Virginia power, Wheeling Park. The Patriots are coached by 2nd year man Michael Jebbia, who is one of the all-time great players at Wheeling Park High School and one of the best to ever dawn a uniform at West Liberty State College. Jebbia inherited an inexperienced basketball team last season, and led them to a 15-7 record. A lot of those players are back this year, and although they don’t have any stars, this team will be well coached and fundamentally sound. The Park will be lead by seniors Scott Safcsak (6’3) and Matt Pearson (6’4). The latter missed most of last season with a knee injury. Seniors Brad Guckert (5’10) and Mark Jarrett (6’6) along with junior D’Jhae Jackson (5’11) round out the starting five for Jebbia’s bunch.

Game two (2:00 p.m.) features St. Frances Academy out of Baltimore, Maryland squaring off against Simon Gratz High School from Philadelphia, PA.

Game three (4:00 p.m.) has Wheeling Central (WV) tangling with St. Joseph Prep out of Philadelphia, PA.

Game four is slated for 6:00 p.m. pitting Saints John Neuman and Maria Goretti Catholic from Philadelphia, PA matching up with Archbishop Carroll High School out of Washington, DC.

The nightcap, which should prove to be electric, features The Patterson School from Lenoir, North Carolina and American Christian School from Aston, Pennsylvania. This game is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m.

Top Players:

Seniors:

Tyreke Evans (6’6)- American Christian

*Rated #6 by Rivals and is arguably the best point guard in the country along with Jrue Holliday.

Schools: Louisville, Villanova, Connecticut, Memphis, Seton Hall, and Texas.

Nate Miles (6’6)- The Patterson School

Rated #44 by Rivals. Many may remember Miles played for Toledo Libbey his freshman season.

Committed to UCONN

Matt Simpkins (6’9)- The Patterson School

Rated #47 by Rivals.

Schools: California, Connecticut, Florida, Southern California, and Washington.

Courtney Fortson (6’1)- The Patterson School

Rated #59 by Rivals.

Committed to Arkansas

Sean Mosley (6’5)- St. Frances Academy

Rated #60 by Rivals.

Committed to Maryland

Jeremiah Kelly (6’1)- American Christian

Rated #92 by Rivals.

Committed to DePaul

Kris Joseph (6’8)- Archbishop Carroll 

Rated #103 by Rivals.

Committed to Syracuse

Rodrigo Peggau (6’8)- The Patterson School

Committed to James Madison

Varez Ward (6’2)- The Patterson School

Schools: Missouri, South Carolina, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Mississippi State, and UAB

Will Brown (6’8)- The Patterson School

Committed to New Mexico

Freddie Asprilla (6’10)- The Patterson School

Committed to Florida International

Martez Walker (6’6)- American Christian

Schools: Fordham, Iona, Minnesota, Pepperdine, Seton Hall, Wisconsin, and Texas.

Juniors:

Lamont Jones (6’0)- American Christian

Committed to Louisville

Rodney McGruder (6’4)- Archbishop Carroll

Committed to Kansas State

Andre Gillette (6’9)- Neumann-Goretti

Sophomores:

Tony Chenault (6’2)- Neumann-Goretti

 

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