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Poland to host United Way tournament

November 20, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Poland Seminary High School will host this year's United Way Basketball Holiday Classic on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Classic will see Ohio teams versus Pennsylvania in boys and girls basketball.

"This is the first ever United Way Classic," said Poland Athletic Director Brian Banfield. "We are honored that the United Way asked us to host the event. All proceeds from the event will go to the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley."

The first game will kick off at 3 p.m. with Poland girls taking on Nashannock. The second game pits the Struthers girls against Sharon at roughly 4:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., the Warren Harding boys will take on Sharon and at 7:30 p.m., it will be the Poland boys against West Middlesex.

Banfield said Poland normally doesn't play the Pennsylvania schools. The tournament games will however, count towards the regular season's win-loss record.

Banfield said the "Battle of the Borders" match up will help both sides improve their game.

"I think anytime you play a quality opponent, it helps you prepare for the league and also tournament play," he said. "We were excited to host this event."

United Way officials said they were excited to have Poland agree to host this first-time event.

"We are very appreciative of Poland hosting this event, their facilities are among the best in Ohio, and are a perfect venue for our first basketball classic," said Bob Hannon, president of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. "We believe we have a very strong field of teams, landing perennial state power Warren Harding is a good draw, and their opponent Sharon has high expectations for the upcoming season."



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