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Classic in the Country Recap – Part 1


Top L-R – Sammie Puisis, Valencia Myers, Jasmine Hale, Madison Greene

Berlin, OH – The 14th Classic in the Country took place Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.  The event is well known for taking place in rural Ohio, in amish country, and bringing together the top teams in Ohio.  It’s also well known for packing the house and an amazing hospitality/media area.  This is arguably one of the top events in the country, even though it only features teams from one state.  Thankfully Ohio is loaded with good players and quality teams.

Part 1 of our article features our Top Teams, our All-Tournament Team and Top Seniors. Part 2 coming tomorrow will feature the top underclassmen in the event, of which there were many.

Top 5 Teams – With 28 teams in the event and MANY of them being good teams, it was very hard to pick just 5.

  1. Solon – Only team playing 2 marquee games to win both (Glen Este also went 2-0).  All the other major programs at the event went 1-1 or worse. Solon beat Wayne the first day after trailing most of the game and then after starting slow overtook Lakota West in the 2nd quarter and never trailed.
  2. Pickerington Central – Only played one game but beat Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame.  Have a loaded lineup, including 2019 Madison Greene.
  3.  Lakota West – Beat a very good St. Rose team from New Jersey, but lost to Solon after starting strong.
  4. Huber Heights Wayne – Had Solon beat until the 4th quarter when Valencia Myers took the game from them.  Then they beat Homestead from Indiana, almost losing it at the end, barely pulling it out in overtime.
  5. Fort Wayne Homestead (IN) – Outscored Mason 20-10 in the 4th quarter, the only quarter they won, then almost pulled off a valiant effort down the stretch versus Wayne on Monday.

Honorable Mention – Glen Este, Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame, St. Rose (NJ), Mason, Columbus Africentric, Berlin Hiland, North Canton Hoover, Gilmour Academy

All-Tournament Team –

MVP – Dee Bekelja (Sr.) – Solon

Jasmine Hale – Jr. – Glen Este
Abby Prohaska – Jr. – Lakota West
Karissa McLaughlin – Sr. – Homestead (IN)
Madison Greene – So. – Pickerington Central
Naz Hillmon – Jr. – Gilmour Academy
Sammie Puisis – So. – Mason
Shai McGruder – Jr. – Wayne

Top Seniors –

Sam Hall – 5’10 WF – West Holmes – unsigned
Maddie Blyer – 5’5 PG – Hoover – Ashland
Karissa McLaughlin – 5’8 CG – Homestead – Florida
Samari Mowbray – 6’2 PF – Mason – Miami (OH)
Angela Troyer – 5’9 SG/WF- Berlin Hiland – Ohio Dominican
Kennedy Azubike – 5’10 WF – Africentric – Akron
Alex Pendergrass – 5’9 WF – St. Rose – Manhattan
Dee Bekelja – 5’8 SG – Solon – DePaul
Alexis Stover – 5’10 WF – Solon – Ohio




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