Cancer Research Classic schedule altered

WHEELING – Despite the bout with Mother Nature the Ohio Valley and tri-state area had Thursday, the seventh annual Cancer Research Classic is on.

However, a slight alteration of the schedule has been made to today’s card, which was scheduled to get under way at 3 p.m. at the McDonough Center at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Dr. Gregory Merrick, the CRC founder and director, announced late Thursday night that St. Benedict’s Prep of New Jersey wouldn’t be able to make the trip to the Ohio Valley after weather issues led to the cancellation of its flight.

“Without question, the weather got in the way,” Merrick said. “It was a crazy day.”

Despite efforts to get St. Benedict’s on a flight later in the day, the school wasn’t able to make it work.

After spending several hours on the phones trying to find a replacement team, Merrick was left with no other choice, but to try to revise matchups and schedules.

“We certainly looked at other options,” Merrick said.

Action begins this afternoon with Wheeling Park meeting undefeated Seton LaSalle at 4:30.

With St. Benedict’s unable to make the trip, Montverde, which is ranked No. 1 in the United States and features upwards of 11 Division I players, including Ohio State bound D’Angelo Russell, will only be playing on Saturday’s card.

Simeon, which is located in Chicago, had a lengthy delay at O’Hare Airport in Chicago en route to Pittsburgh. Eventually, it’s flight was canceled. However, it’s coming on an 9:30 a.m. (EST) flight to Pittsburgh and should be into Wheeling by the early afternoon.

It was scheduled to play Prime Prep in the opening game of the event, but those two squads will now play at approximately 9 p.m. in the spot on the schedule was originally slated for the Montverde and St. Benedict’s game.

Montverde and Bishop Gorman’s flights touched down on time, but their arrival into Wheeling was delayed by the road conditions.

Both teams did make it to Wheeling Jesuit for a work out on Thursday.

Cleveland was hit hard by the winter storm as well. Villa Angela St. Joseph, the defending Division IV state champions, are scheduled to take on Bishop Gorman tonight at 7 in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN-U.

VASJ left for the Ohio Valley early this morning and it indicated to Merrick that it should have no problems.

Merrick doesn’t expect any further changes to the slate.