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2019 Wheeling Hardwood Classic

BuffaloGroveHS150 DeerfieldHS150 Elgin2 Fremd150 GenevaHS150 GlenbrookSouth150 LibertyvilleHS150 MaineW150
MatherAGAIN NilesN150 NotreDameHS150 ProspectHS150 RidgewoodHS150 St.Vicator150 Waukegan150 WheelingHS150
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The 2019 Hardwood Classic Features Some Of The Area's Top Teams & Players


The Geneva Vikings won the 2018 Hardwood Classic behind the outstanding leadership and play of Tournament MVP, Jack McDonald. McDonald is now playing at Augustana (IL) while Mitch Mascari (Northwest Missouri State) and Kross Garth have also moved on. Coach Scott Hennig's team may have lost a really strong senior class, but they have high expectations behind the senior leadership of Josh Preston (6'5 Forward). The Vikings will be joined by some of the area's top programs. Notre Dame is a team receiving a lot of preseason hype due to the return of Anthony Sayles (6'2 Junior), Troy D'Amico (6'6 Junior), and Jason Bergstrom (UI Springfield commit). Add Louis Lesmond (transfer from Evanston) to this talented trio and the Dons have a legitimate chance to win the 2019 Hardwood Classic. Deerfield, Fremd, and Niles North are three other teams with a lot of returning size, talent, and athleticism and should be in the winner's bracket competing for a tournament championship. Brandon Lieb (6'10 Senior) and Walter Mattingly (6'7 Junior) anchor the front line for the Warriors, Kayman Hopkins (6'5 Senior) and Jake Schoffstall (6'0 Senior) return for Coach Bob Widlowski's team, and Aquan Smart (East Tennessee State commit) is hoping to win his second tournament title as a 4th-year varsity player for Coach Glenn Olson's Vikings.

 

Buffalo Grove, led by Nate Cole (6'4 Senior) and Kam Craft (6'5 Sophomore), Glenbrook South, led by Dominic Martinelli (6'5 Senior), perhaps the most productive player in the state of Illinois last season, and St. Viator, led by Connor Kochera (William & Mary commit), may not be receiving as much pre-season recognition as the teams mentioned above, but they will be difficult teams to beat due to the star power they possess.

 

As you can see, the 2019 Hardwood Classic will have another deep field with some of the top teams, players, and coaches in the Chicagoland area. The 2019 Team Previews and Players to Watch list can be found here and on our Twitter page (@WHS_HWClassic).

 

The Wildcats of Wheeling are looking forward to hosting the 42nd annual Hardwood Classic. We will see everyone on December 23!

 

 

        

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