|Northeast Ohio-2023 City Series Champions|
The boys from northeast Ohio drove south down Interstate 71 with a mission to win the 2017 City Series. Over the course of this past weekend Northeast Ohio played team basketball and displayed very good defense. The team went 7-0, defeating the following teams: Cincinnati (57-19); Toledo (51-16); Dayton (48-23); Akron (64-14); Columbus (36-35); Akron (43-19) (20 minutes running clock); and Columbus (21-19) (20 minutes running clock).
The roster consisted of veterans: LA Hayes, Jayvion Moore, and Kellon Smith. First time Battle of the Cities players included: Justin Wypasek, Lamar Sperling, Xavier Peterson, Hunter Smith, Collin Dixon, Brandon Rose, and Darius Stratford. Justin Wypasek, Brandon Rose and Darius Stratford earned team MVP Honors, while Justin Wypasek, Collin Dixon, and Kellon Smith earned All Tournament Team Honors. Darius Stratford was All-Tournament MVP! The big fella stands 6'4" tall and he is getting better. Watch out for these names in the future. Many of them are headed for big things. Congratulations to all the boys on their hard work and excellent play this weekend.
|Raymar Pryor & Cameron Walker|
In addition to Northeast Ohio's 2023 team, Ed Heban's 2022 team took home the championship as well, with a win over Columbus in the final game. In the semi-finals, Heban's squad got by Akron 53-41. Standouts for the 2022 team included Raymar Pryor, who was named MVP, and Markim McKinnie, Desmond Copeland and Cameron Walker who were named to the All-Tournament Team. Congratulations to both teams.