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Cancer Research Classic Basketball Announces Elite Field: Wheeling Hospital-Sponsored Event Benefits Men’s Health, Cancer Research

September 6, 2018

WHEELING, W.Va. – The 12th annual Cancer Research Classic (CRC), sponsored by Wheeling Hospital and set for Jan. 4-5 at its new location in WesBanco Arena, once again will showcase the best in high school basketball.

Scheduled to play in this year’s event are: Montverde (Montverde, FL), Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV), La Lumiere (La Porte, IN), DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD), Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV), Sunrise Christian (Bel Aire, KS), McEachern (Powder Springs, GA), Gonzaga (Washington, DC), Imhotep (Philadelphia), Roselle Catholic (Roselle, NJ), Norcross (Norcross, GA), First Love Christian (Washington, PA).

Regional games include: Wheeling Park vs. Moon Area High School (Moon Township, PA), and Wheeling Central Catholic vs. Butler (Butler, PA).

Overall, 38 CRC alumni are playing in the NBA. Most recent NBA draftees include Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Jalen Brunson, Markelle Fultz, Zach Collins, Miles Bridges, Mohammed Bamba, Jaren Jackson, Terrance Ferguson and Jabari Bird.

“Once again, this year’s Classic features several perennial powerhouses and marquee players. All games will be broadcast on one of the ESPN family of networks,” said CRC Director Dr. Gregory Merrick, executive director of the Schiffler Cancer Center, Urologic Research Institute and Men’s Health Center, all at Wheeling Hospital.
More than 800 CRC players have gone on to play college basketball throughout the U.S. with 85 percent playing at the Division 1 level, including in such prominent programs as Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Villanova, Louisville, Kansas, Temple, Pitt, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Maryland, Wake Forest, Miami, Memphis, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, Ohio State University, Arizona, Georgetown, Notre Dame and Michigan.

Merrick said that moving the CRC to WesBanco will be a major benefit to the 8,000 to 10,000 basketball fans who attend the event. For the previous 11 years, the CRC was held at Wheeling Jesuit University. WesBanco will be able to accommodate more fans, provide more convenient parking, streamline ticket sales and shorten waits at the concession stands. CRC attracts fans from 22 states and Canada to the area.

“These fans stay in local hotels and patronize our restaurants and shops. In addition, national television provides an international stage to highlight Wheeling’s historic treasures and our health and educational institutions,” Merrick said.

Ticket sales have begun, and several pricing and seating options are available: Courtside, Floor, Reserved and General Admission. Tickets and a seating map are available at the WesBanco Arena Box Office, online at www.WesBancoArena.com or by calling 304-233-4470 or 800-514-3849.

A special group admission package is available to middle schools, high school, travel teams, AAUs and any other basketball organization. This package cannot be purchased at the gate and is only available by calling the Men’s Health Center at 304-243-8813. Deadline for this special is Dec. 28.

Local high school bands providing entertainment throughout the weekend include: Buckeye Local, Indian Creek, St. Clairsville, Steubenville Big Red and Harding Middle School.

Proceeds of the CRC support Wheeling Hospital's men’s health programs and undergraduate cancer research.

For more information on the CRC, go to www.cancerresearchclassic.org or call 304-243-8813.


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Contact: Gregg Warren, Vice President-Public Relations and Marketing, 304-243-3260

The matchups for the 12th annual Cancer Research Classic (CRC) basketball tournament were announced today during a news conference at Wheeling Hospital. Among the various guests greeted by Dr. Gregory Merrick, left, was college basketball official Doug Costain who organizes the CRC officiating crews comprised of high and college referees.