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Wheeling Hospital Women’s Health event tips Saturday in Cadiz

CADIZ — The inaugural Wheeling Hospital Women’s Health Girls Basketball event was a resounding success last year.

So much so, that the event will be staged once again this weekend.

However, the event has changed venues. Six area girls varsity basketball teams will be inside the brand new Harrison Central High School to take part in the second annual event with tipoff slated for noon.

“We are thrilled to host an event like this and partner with Wheeling Hospital to promote both women’s health and girls basketball here in the valley,” Harrison Central girls head coach Nick Yourkovich said. “We were excited to jump on the opportunity to host this event, and hope to continue to host in the future.”

The games on the card for this season’s event include Barnesville taking on St. Clairsville in the opener. At 1:45 p.m., the host Huskies will take on Buckeye Local. The third game pits undefeated Wheeling Park against Shadyside.

“We only have three games this year, but they are compelling,” Yourkovich said. “We have two rivalry games with St. Clairsville and us and Buckeye Local. And the nightcap is a matchup of two of the area’s better teams. I believe people will be able to come watch three competitive high school basketball games for a very low price. And they will also be be able to walk down the hall to catch some junior high action.”

On top of the varsity games, there will also be junior high games in the Harrison Junior High gym. Those begin at 10 a.m. and have Barnesville taking on St. C. in both seventh and eighth grade, while Shadyside and Harrison Central will clash in a pair of games — seventh and eighth grades — starting at 12:30 p.m.

Yourkovich was also highly complimentary of the support from Wheeling Hospital, which will once again have several booths in the foyer to help promote and support women’s health.

“As for the future of this event, we hope that the experience this year will allow us to host it again (in 2020),” Yourkovich said. “(Shadyside head coach) Serge Gentile and I have been talking about expanding the number of varsity games and trying to attract high-level basketball teams. We want to grow this event to be the premier girls’ basketball event in the area.”

Tickets for the entire day’s worth of games are just $5 apiece. Proceeds from the event support Wheeling Hospital’s Patient Oncology and Cardiac Resource funds.

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