Beasts of the Southeast boasts strong lineup

January 11, 2019

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — Post-Christmas bargains remain, with five games for $8 a great deal for high school boys basketball fans Saturday at Chesapeake High School.

The Beasts of the Southeast tips off at noon Saturday and continues throughout the day with a strong lineup of teams competing on Norm Persin Court. The showcase is one of the premier boys basketball events in the region and one of the more productive, as it raised nearly $40,000 in scholarship money the last nine years.

“We feel like we put on one the best events in the state,” said tournament director and Chesapeake head coach Ryan Davis. “I want to thank our committee members and all the people who help us throughout the year.”

Davis said he is pleased with the 10-team field of boys squads.

“We have a good slate of games,” Davis said. “We try to every year. It can be hard because we schedule games a year in advance, but we think we have a good field.”

Games begin at noon with Fairland (7-4) taking on Jackson (10-2). At 2 p.m., Eastern-Brown (8-2) plays Minford (2-8). At 4 p.m., Coal Grove (6-3) meets Trimble (7-0). At 6 p.m., the host Chesapeake Panthers (7-3) play North Adams (8-2). The night concludes with Alexander (10-2) taking on Waverly (7-4) at 8 p.m.

The Beasts of the Southeast is played to help provide a $1,000 scholarship to each Chesapeake senior boys basketball player who wants to attend college. A $500 scholarship also is awarded to CHS boys and girls outside the program based on academic excellence. After that, money raised goes to improve Chesapeake’s facilities.

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