Here are five games to watch the week of December 19, with a surprisingly busy schedule leading up to Christmas:
1. Southeast at Mogadore Girls Basketball (Monday, December 19 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)
It’s not every day that you play on the same court as the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s even rarer for a major Portage Trail Conference competition to be played in downtown Cleveland (unlike the non-league games, which tend to be played in the rock). However, that will be the case on Monday when Southeast and Mogadore clash on an NBA court.
Both teams are defense first. And both teams are trying to recover after long winning streaks on Saturday afternoon. The Pirates (7-2, 2-0 PTC) were just on their five-game winning streak against Western Reserve on Saturday but have only conceded more than 40 points once this season (at Ellet). Similarly, the Wildcats (6-2, 1-1) went on a four-game winning streak against Canton Central Catholic on Saturday and have only conceded 40-plus points twice in eight games.
Mogadore junior Brook McIntyre, last year’s PTC Player of the Year, in particular, will be looking to bounce back from a seven-point performance against CCC as the Wildcats’ offense so often flows through fast point guard. Keep an eye out for Mogadore’s abundance of cross-country runners on the team, who come in handy on the larger court at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
2. Garfield at Rootstown Wrestling (Thursday, December 22nd)
That’s about as good as a preseason double meet, as the G-Men take third place at the Waterloo Division III Classic and the Rovers won the Russ Ward Memorial by nearly 200 points before venturing to Barnesville face some high profile competition this weekend.
Garfield has two of the state’s top wrestlers in senior Hunter Andel and junior Keegan Sell, who won titles in Waterloo at 165 and 190 respectively and reached the state semifinals last season, while G-Men senior Joseph Sparks is a wrestler on the rise like him demonstrated with his Waterloo Classic title at 157 pounds.
Rootstown also boasts plenty of star power, including three returning State qualifiers (Cody Coontz, Dominic Duvall and Sylas Reiheld), while Will McEwuen takes second place in Barnesville. Additionally, the Rovers are certainly the deepest Division III team in Portage County, with the ability to compete in virtually every weight class.
3. Garfield at Field Girls Basketball (Wednesday, December 21)
This non-conference game means little in the standings but is an intriguing match of finesse and power.
The 5-0 G-Men are notable for their crisp offense, with Laura McCoy (15.0 points per game), Mandy Cardinal (13.4), and Madeline Shirkey (10.4) all averaging double-digit points, as well as because of its considerable length.
The 5-3 Falcons, meanwhile, are an absolute handful on the boards, with Delilah Rahe wreaking havoc on the glass night after night.
This is also a fun battle between a team on the rise (Field went from two wins in 2020-2021 to eight last year and already five this season) and a long-standing power (Garfield grabs back-to-back). district title). .
4th Field at Crestwood Boys Basketball (Monday, December 19)
The Red Devils (2-4) put on a great performance on Saturday as they destroyed a four-game sled with a 22-point win over Conneaut. Among them were 27 points (10 in the fourth quarter) from Dekota Johnson and two other Crestwood players in double figures (Charlie Schweickert with 17 and Ty Fannin with 11).
The Falcons (0-7) nearly slipped themselves on Saturday when they lost by two points to East Canton at the Spartan Holiday Showcase despite 23 points from Braxton Baumberger. Despite this, Field is still dangerous and has a player who can easily get buckets in senior Joe Crawford.
5. Aurora at Streetsboro Girls Basketball (Tuesday, December 20)
The Suburban American makes the trip along State Route 14 this week, while Aurora visits Streetsboro on Tuesday, followed by Roosevelt Thursday, both competitions worthy of attention.
Two of the region’s best players clash Tuesday as Greenmen junior Sam Stask is a superb shot while Rockets student Naomi Benson is one of the region’s top picks. Additionally, both teams are trying to wash away the sting of the loss, with Aurora hoping to slip up in three games, including Saturday’s one-point loss to Tallmadge, and Streetsboro trying to bounce back from a Friday loss to Woodridge.
Thursday should be a good fight in the suit as Roosevelt has a strong stretch four in Lexie Canning and a position on the rise in Claire VanDamme while Streetsboro boasts not only Benson but also a second very talented position in Ella Kassan Has. Meanwhile, Rough Riders senior guard Ari Crockett, one of the region’s top scorers in good health, is looking to continue her comeback after a broken hand that kept her out early in the season (and perhaps more importantly, preseason).