Classic in the Country is a preview of the state finals – and nation’s top event?

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2010 Classic in the Country

The Ohio high school girls basketball state tournament will be held
March 18-20 at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. Those wanting a sneak
peak at the eventual state champions, though, can catch them Jan. 16-18
at the seventh annual Classic in the Country. At least history dictates
those who will handle the hardware in March will be on hand at Berlin
Hiland High School. This event is that good.


The Ohio high school girls basketball state tournament will be held March 18-20 at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. Those wanting a sneak peak at the eventual state champions, though, can catch them Jan. 16-18 at the seventh annual Classic in the Country. At least history dictates those who will handle the hardware in March will be on hand at Berlin Hiland High School. This event is that good.

Since its inaugural run in 2004, the Classic in the Country has become a whose-who of high school girls basketball. And it’s also become a showcase for state champions.
Over the last six years, 19 of Ohio’s 24 state champions have played in the CIC. This year all four reigning state champions are in the fold again.

Overall, 41 of the last 84 Final Four teams in Ohio have played in the CIC during the season they made the state semifinals.

Collectively, it’s doubtful there’s another girls basketball event in the country that offers so much talent over a three-day span that includes 29 teams and 20 games.

The result of hard work by many, including CIC director and Ohio Girls Basketball Report founder Tom Jenkins, the CIC is Ohio’s marquee girls basketball event and arguably one of the country’s best – if not its top – girls hoop event.

Last year over 28,000 people attended the three-day spectacular, which is held at the 1,800-seat Perry Reese Center. There were six sellouts last year and should be more this season.

The CIC has also become a destination for many of the country’s top basketball coaches and programs. Last year 142 colleges (and all six power conferences: Big Ten, Big East, ACC, SEC, Pac 10 and Big 12) were represented. In all, coaches from 26 different NCAA conferences/leagues attended.

Individually, there will be over 75 NCAA Division I prospects FROM OHIO in this year’s tournament field. During the last six years, 60-percent of the players from Ohio who have signed with D-I schools has competed in the CIC.

Wow is right.

Here’s what else you need to know:

THE FIELD

Division I
Boardman (Youngstown)
Brookhaven (Columbus)
Harding (Marion)
Hoover (North Canton)
Lakota West (West Chester)
Mason
McKinley (Canton)
Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Springboro
Start (Toledo)
Tri-Valley (Dresden)
Twinsburg
Wadsworth
Westlake

Division II
Chaminade-Julienne (Dayton)
Hathaway Brown (Shaker Heights)
Kenton Ridge (Springfield)
Indian Hill (Cincinnati)
Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls)
West Holmes (Millersburg)
   
Division III
Africentric (Columbus)
Smithville
Regina (South Euclid)

Division IV
Hiland (Berlin)
Minster
Mogadore
Waterford

Out of State
Potter’s House (Jacksonville, FL)
University (Newark, NJ)

SCHEDULE

Saturday, January 16

Game 1 10:00 am
Minster vs Mogadore

Game 2 11:45 am
Columbus Brookhaven vs Wadsworth

Game 3 1:30 pm
Columbus Africentric vs Canton McKinley

Game 4 3:15 pm
University (NJ) vs South Euclid Regina

Game 5 5:00 pm
Twinsburg vs West Chester Lakota West

Game 6 6:45 pm
Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown vs Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame

Game 7 8:30 pm
Potter’s House (FL) vs Berlin Hiland

Sunday, January 17

Game 8 12:00
Marion Harding vs Springboro

Game 9 1:45 pm
Waterford vs Indian Hill

Game 10 3:30 pm
West Chester Lakota West vs Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown

Game 11 5:15 pm
South Euclid Regina vs Mason

Game 12 7:00 pm
Dayton Chaminade-Julienne vs University (NJ)

Game 13 8:45 pm
Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame vs Toledo Start

Monday, January 18

Game 14 10:00 am
Westlake vs Smithville

Game 15 11:45 am
Springfield Kenton Ridge vs Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit

Game 16 1:30 pm
North Canton Hoover vs Millersburg West Holmes

Game 17 3:15 pm
Twinsburg vs Dayton Chaminade-Julienne

Game 18 5:00 pm
Toledo Start vs Potter’s House (FL)

Game 19 6:45 pm
Dresden Tri-Valley vs Youngstown Boardman

Game 20 8:30 pm
Mason vs Berlin Hiland

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

On Saturday between Games 6 and 7, guest speaker Marvin Banks will re-enact Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech.

TICKETS

Single-Day Admission and Three-Day passes will be available at the gate.
Three-Day Pass $25.00
Single-Day Admission 10.00

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE (classicinthecountry.org)

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