08-06-2012, 07:43 AM
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Border Battle Packs The SHAC, Draws Nearly 1,500 People
The 5th Annual Michigan vs Ohio Border Battle drew almost 1,500 people to the SHAC on July 31. Photo courtesy of Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports InformationBy Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information
Toledo, OH--- This past Tuesday, the Owens women's basketball program hosted 267 college coaches, 709 spectators, 80 + event staff and 400 high school girls basketball players from Ohio and Michigan as part of the 5th Annual Michigan vs Ohio Border Battle.
"This event is the most selective dual-state showcase in the Midwest," said Express women's basketball head coach Michael Llanas.
It was the first year that Owens Community College has hosted the Battle.
"The event seems to get more and more special every year," said Amanda Rainsberger, Director and Founder of the Michigan Girls Basketball Report (MGBR). "The overall recruiting for all of the players who attended this event will no doubt be impacted in a significant way. The event was a knockout this year as it surpassed our own expectations."
The day was split into two sessions with the top players in the class of 2016 (and a few special 2017s) and the best of the class of 2013 competing in the morning session. The afternoon session began at 2 p.m. and involved the best of the class of 2014 and the best of the class of 2015. Overall, the event ran from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
After all the action concluded, it was announced the teams comprised of Ohio players won the morning session, while the teams consisting of Michigan players won the afternoon session.
The Border Battle was put together by the MGBR and took place during the "live" recruiting period allowed by the NJCAA. It has been an NCAA certified event for the past five years, and the 267 coaches present were from the following levels: NCAA D-I, NCAA D-II, NCAA D-III, NAIA, and NJCAA.