The 17th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop midseason high school basketball frenzy will be held at Fairmont’s Trent Arena in Kettering this coming weekend. A Flyin’ fail-safe plan already is in the works should another heavy snowfall hit Dayton during the event, as expected.
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“We’re aware that it might snow and the show will definitely go on,” assured Flyin’ creator Eric Horstman. “We’re doing everything we can behind the scenes to make sure we have some back-ups so we can get games to be played that are scheduled.”
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Thirty-seven teams will play 20 games from Friday through Monday. Friday’s doubleheader will feature host Fairmont vs. Crestwood Prep (Canada) at 6:30 p.m., followed by IMG Academy (Fla.) vs. Huntington Prep (W.Va.) at 8:15 p.m. There will be six games each the next three days.
A potential limited amount of tickets will be available for Saturday and Monday games, depending what participating teams didn’t sell in advance. Tickets are available for Friday and Sunday games. For more ticket information, see flyintothehoop.com.
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• The girls basketball equivalent to Flyin’ is Classic in the Country Challenge at Berlin Hiland in Holmes County on Saturday through Monday. Wayne (8-4) and Fairmont (8-4) both area scheduled to play two games each.
On Sunday, Wayne will play Canton GlenOak (1:40 p.m.) and Fairmont gets Toledo Rogers (8:20 p.m.). On Monday, Wayne is paired with Pickerington Central (1:20 p.m.) and Fairmont will play Wadsworth (4:40 p.m.). Central (D-I) and Rogers (D-II) both ranked No. 2 in the debut of the state polls.
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• Area football will be well represented in the 74th Annual North vs. South All-Star Classic on Saturday, April 27 at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon.
The nation’s longest-running all-star event for high school seniors will feature combined Divisions I-III and Divisions IV-VII games.
Named to the South I-III coaching staff was Xenia’s Trace Smitherman. Steve Poff, who recently resigned as Middletown Madison’s head coach, and Spencer Wells of Fort Loramie were chosen for the South IV-VII staff.
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Northmont landed three players on the South I-III team: quarterback Miles Johnson, offensive lineman David Weherley and defensive lineman Brian Heyward. Joining them are Ta’ron Britt (DB) and Jayvanare Nelloms (LB) of Trotwood-Madison, Dominic Wilcox (WR) of Chamiande Julienne, Peyton Bartley (OL) and Johnzel Gray (LB) of Xenia, Matt Centers (LB) of Franklin and Sidney’s Josiah Hudgins (DB).
South area players on the IV-VII team are Matt Phillips (OL) of Clinton-Massie, Twon Hines (DB) of Northridge, Daniel Butterbaugh (DB) of Waynesville and Madison’s Caleb Bolen (OL), Max Evans (DL) and Cole Pelgen (DL).
The games are sponsored by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. Steve Channell, who recently resigned as Miamisburg’s head coach, is the North South Classic All-Star Game coordinator.
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The Miami Valley Football Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star Game will be held on Friday, June 14 at Centerville. Those rosters have not been announced.
• Fairborn senior guard Shaunn Monroe has rebounded nicely since being held to a season-low 10 points by Butler. He scored 23 in a 65-52 defeat of Troy and went for 39 in last Friday’s 76-52 defeat of Tippecanoe. Monroe (25.8) is No. 3 in GWOC scoring behind Samari Curtis of Xenia (32.5) and Trotwood’s Amari Davis (28.2).
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• Wayne’s boys basketball game at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s (9-2) on Sunday was postponed. No makeup date has been announced.
• Multiple area varsity contests were postponed due to weather conditions this past Saturday. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with makeup date information.
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