Here are previews of four of the top events involving Lima area schools this weekend.
THE VICKI MAUK HOLIDAY CLASSIC AT ELIDA
When: Thursday and Friday at the Elida Fieldhouse. On both nights, the first game will tip-off at 6 p.m. with the second game slated for 7:30 p.m.
Elida, Lima Senior, Sylvania Southview and Waynesfield-Goshen will be the four teams competing in this year’s tournament.
In the first game Thursday, Sylvania Southview will take on Lima Senior (6-2). In the nightcap, Elida (4-4) will take on Waynesfield-Goshen (8-1).
Elida is coming off a 55-42 loss to Wapakoneta, last week in Western Buckeye League action. The Bulldogs watched a 21-10 first-quarter lead slip away as the Redskins roared back for the victory. Sabrina Kline led Elida with 11 points, while teammates Cassidy Slusher and Ashley Lowry each had nine points.
Lima Senior lost to Toledo Central Catholic, 65-62, in a Three Rivers Athletic Conference game last week. Indiya Benjamin (23 points per game) led the Spartans with 18 points and nine assists. Essence Cowan scored 17 points, while teammate Rion Thompson (21.6 ppg) had 15 points and seven rebounds.
In Waynesfield-Goshen’s 70-50 win over Miller City this past Saturday, W-G had five players score in double figures. Emily Patton led W-G with 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Abbie Van Horn scored 12 points and had seven rebounds for the Tigers.
The junior varsity portion of the Vicki Mauk Holiday Classic will feature Southview taking on Lima Senior at 1 p.m. with the Elida/W-G matchup to immediately follow.
THE McDONALD’S BATH HOLIDAY CLASSIC
When: Friday and Saturday
On Friday, Minster (6-1) will play Wadsworth (7-0) at 6 p.m. and Bath (8-0) will take on Lima Central Catholic (6-2) at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the consolation game is scheduled to tip-off at 6 p.m. with the championship game slated for 7:30 p.m.
Bath recently rolled past Delphos St. John’s 64-27 in a nonconference tilt. Audrey Brandon led the Wildkittens with 10 points, while teammate Danielle VanDyne scored nine points and pulled down seven rebounds.
LCC is coming off a hard-fought 58-57 loss to Columbus Grove. Meredith Shepherd led LCC with 17 points. Kayla Verhoff and Madison Stolly scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Thunderbirds.
ELIDA (5-2) AT LIMA SENIOR (2-4)
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Elida has notched three consecutive wins after suffering a tough 63-62 loss to Defiance on Dec. 13.
Elida ran past Delphos St. John’s in a nonconference matchup on Dec. 18, 52-40. Dakota Mathias scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs. Louis Gray scored 13 and Austin Allemeier added 10 to lead Elida.
In Elida’s 74-45 win over Wapakoneta this past Friday, Mathias poured in 25 points, dished out seven assists and made three steals. The Purdue-bound Mathias was 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc. Teammate Marquevious Wilson scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting against Wapakoneta.
This past Saturday, Elida defeated Coldwater 59-46.
Lima Senior is coming off a 76-53 loss to Three Rivers Athletic Conference preseason favorite Findlay this past Friday. Jay Thomas led the Spartans with 12 points, while teammate Rico Stafford scored 11. Lima Senior struggled shooting, hitting 36 percent from the field and was just 4-of-21 on 3-pointers.
Odds and ends: Lima Senior will retire former two-time Mr. Basketball Greg Simpson’s No. 3, in a ceremony at the Elida/Lima Senior game. The 6-foot-1 guard scored 2,346 points in his career. Simpson was a McDonald’s high school All-American and a Parade Magazine All-American. Lima Senior was the Division I state runner-up his senior season. He played collegiately at Ohio State and West Virginia.
The Brass Tacks: Over the years, this matchup has become a highly-competitive cross-town rivalry.
LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
When: the first round of the Round Robin Pool begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at LCC. Finals are tentatively set for 5:30 p.m. (subject to change).
The following 18 teams will compete in the tournament: Bluffton, Carey, Coldwater, Fostoria, Greenville, Delphos Jefferson, Kenton, Lehman Catholic, Lima Senior, North Union, Northeastern, Ottawa-Glandorf, Patrick Henry, Paulding, Spencerville, Wayne Trace, Williamsburg and Lima Central Catholic.
Cuyahoga Heights won the team title last year. Coldwater had the best area performance in 2012, finishing second in the final team standings. This is the fourth year for the tournament.
Local wrestlers to keep an eye on include LCC’s Jack Huffman (195-pound weight class); Bluffton’s Dustin Falk (132); Delphos Jefferson’s Tanner Vermule (145); Spencerville’s Cole Bellows (138) and Logan Vandemark (285).