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The White Shirts won their fourth consecutive title at Dawg Days Basketball 2022

White Shirts Win Fourth Consecutive Top Dawg Title

The triple elimination bracket play format of the Top Dawg division ensures that every game will be intense. Sometimes, the early round games are as intense as the championship games as everyone tries to avoid the dreaded climb from the lower brackets back into the championship series. This year’s opening round games saw three nailbiters as teams did all they could to position themselves for the easiest path to the tournament title.

Details Outlast Norwayne Tigers In High School Division

The High School division started off with Details looking like the team to beat. Details rode a 22-point explosion from Braylon Wenger in dismantling the Norwayne Tigers 30-10 in the first round of pool play. Ethan Hann led Norwayne with six points in defeat. The favorites followed that up with a 10-point victory against the Blue Ballers. Kyrie Gaut got in on the act in this game for Details. Gaut fired in five three pointers to lead Details with 15 points, while Braylon Wenger chipped in another 13. Ray Stokes led the Blue Ballers with nine points.

Pandas Storm Thier Way To Young Bucks Crown

The Pandas steamrolled through their pool play games in the Young Bucks division, winning all three games by double digit margins. Their game against Team Red went back and forth for awhile before the Pandas pulled away down the stretch for a 30-20 win. Braden West (13 points) and Parker Metsker (11 points) provided most of the scoring punch for the Pandas, while Team Red was led by DeCarlo Prince (9 points) and Leigh Cotton (8 points).

Hoopers Claim 8th Grade Division Title

The 8th grade division started off with a bang as the Hoopers and Layup Laydown fought down to the wire in the first game of pool play. The game went back and forth from start to finish. Jalen Hackett (12 points) and RJ Walgate (11 points) paved the way for The Hoopers, but they could not overcome the stellar play of Brayden Cox. Cox scored from all over the court while recording a whopping 19 points to lead Layup Laydown to a 30-29 win.

The Ringers Grind Out Biddy Ball Division Title

Perry and The Ringers seemed a step above the rest of the field in the Biddy Ball Division after two rounds of pool play. Both teams won their first two games convincingly, while every other team in the field had at least one loss. The two favorites played in a bracket challenge game to determine who got the top seed on the bracket.

All Ohio Red Outlasts NE Ohio For Title

NE Ohio and All Ohio Red were on a collision course from the moment the Junior division tipped off. Both teams ripped through their pool play games with three double digit victories. All Ohio Red largely rode the hot hands of Tyson Cornett and Quincy Balcomb-Prichard, while NE Ohio had very balanced scoring throughout the day.

Clutch Plays Leads Waynedale to Division Title

The Junior Girls division featured many very competitive games from start to finish. Details was ready to play from the start, as they defeated a very good Waynedale team 14-8 and followed that up with a 12-9 win over the Lady Hoopers to vault them into the top seed for bracket play. Emmersyn Lehman and Casey Miller each pumped in six points in the win against Waynedale, and Lehman followed that up with another six points to lead the way against the Lady Hoopers.

Retired Not Expired Wins Fifth Straight Summer League Title

Retired Not Expired won their 5th consecutive Dawg Days Summer League championship by defeating Dalton 46-39 in the championship game. The game went back and forth in the early stages of the game. Dalton’s three-point shooting was able to offset the inside and transition points of Retired Not Expired. Bethany Koons (7 points) hit two consecutive three pointers to extend Retired Not Expired’s lead to 19-12 midway through the first half. After cutting the lead to 22-17 on a Kendall Maibach (5 points) three-point shot, Dalton went on a prolonged scoring drought that saw Retired Not Expired stretch their lead to as many as 15 points. Dalton continued to battle as the second half wore on and cut the lead down to seven on a few different occasions. Tara Schaffter (12 points) always seemed to have an answer to the Dalton runs as she worked her way inside for six huge points in the latter stages of the game. Dalton ran out of time to make their comeback and Retired Not Expired claimed another summer league title. Maddy West led Dalton in scoring with 8 points.

Youth Movement! Details Captures Summer League Title

Youth was served in the 2022 Dawg Days Basketball Men’s Summer League. Details held the top spot in the standings for the duration of the regular season, and then capped off their title run with an exhilarating finish in the championship game despite not having one player over 18 years of age on their roster. Jalen Wenger’s improbable 32-foot three pointer in between two defenders sent the championship game to overtime after it appeared that Kelly’s Boys were in line to pull off two quality comeback wins on the same night. Points were hard to come by in overtime. Nick Swartz made a three pointer to counter a Jalen Wenger free throw to give Kelly’s Boys a two-point lead with just over a minute to play. Braylon Wenger knifed inside for a nifty layup to tie the score on the ensuing possession. After Kelly’s Boys were stymied at the rim, Braylon Wenger completed the scoring with another drive and finish. Details got one final stop to seal the win and the league title.

Black Tanks Bag Another Dawg Days Purse

Top Dawg Division Championship

It's called the top dawg division for a reason. That's what you have when the top dogs of the basketball court are playing for the ultimate prize. And the ultimate prize was $2,000 for the winning team. With so much at stake, you know, the competitive juices were flowing for this division.

Game 1

After a competitive bracket and pool play, the championship came down to Hand Down Man Down and the Black Tanks. And the Black Tanks were the White Shirts last year and won its second-consecutive title. So, the team was looking to win a third-straight title.

Fam 4 Girls Up To The Challenge Facing Tough Competition

There wasn’t an arrogant bone in the body of coach Rick Geiser or his players when he decided to have his 8th grade girls team play in the 7th grade boys bracket. And you could see why.

Kylie Geiser, Allison DeMassimo, Aria Regan, and Ava Maibach were skilled players and stood out among the 8th grade girls competition. In fact, the young ladies with the team name Fam 4, earned the top seed in their official bracket but declined to play because they were competing in the boys bracket. Although they came up short in the championship game, they defeated all of the top teams in the division at some point during the day.

Metsker Comes Up Big In Crunch Time To Lead TiCats To Title

Young Bucks Division Championship Game

TiCats 30
Next Level 26

Ice running through his veins? You could say.

Parker Metsker found himself at the free throw line of the Young Bucks division championship game after being fouled driving to the basket. His team was leading a talented Next Level team 28-26. His one free throw could win the game.

It was no problem for Metsker. He came through like he had all day. His scrappy, gutsy style of play mirrored the way the rest of his teammates played, and that’s why Metsker, Landon Frank, Dylan Smith, and Braden West all came away with the championship.

Clutch Finishes Unbeaten Tourney Run With Division Title

Junior Division Championship Game

Clutch 30
Perry Panthers 23

Clutch had the perfect mix in their division to make a run for the championship. They had two “big fellas” in Deacon Boreman and brother Porter Boreman, and two frisky guards in Brady Sidle and Lowen Ferguson. And Ferguson was the smallest of the bunch, but played much bigger, which was coach Ben Ferguson's son.

Details Saves Its Best For Last In Capturing Dawg Days Crown

High School Division Championship Game

Details 30
Bobcats 12

It wasn’t a secret that Details was the favorite to win the High School Division championship given the fact that the team was led by 6-foot-4 Jalen Wenger, the Wayne County Athletic League Player of the year last year, and first-team all-Ohio selection as a junior, and his brother, 6-5 Braylon Wenger, two outstanding players who have bright futures ahead of them. Then add Jaden Schlabach, who looks like Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb playing basketball, and Kyrie Gaut, and you have a formidable team.

Hoopers Avenge Pool Play Loss With Tournament Title

Biddy Ball Division Championship Game

The Hoopers 30
Fam 4 7

The Hoopers knew what they were up against in the title game of the Biddy Ball division. A group of young ladies, Fam 4, that wanted to compete with the boys and had already defeated them in a hotly contested pool play game. That team-, Allison DeMassimo, Kylie Geiser, Aria Regan, and Ava Maibach faced the Hoopers who were all about business.

Martin's Majestic Bomb Clinches Title For Central

8th Grade Division Championship Game

Central 30
Bracket Breakers 12

With a mouth full of braces and adrenaline racing through his body, Bryan Martin wanted to take the game-winning shot.

He did, in a sense, and his team won.

As Martin stood with his Central teammates, Drew Badertscher, Joe Caudill, and Lyle Endsley, with championship medals draped across their necks, Martin’s t-shirt said it all.

It read, “All For One. One For All.”

Swish Chicks Claim 8th Grade Girls Division Title

8th Grade Girls Division Championship Game

Swish Chicks 30
Lady Crusaders 14

It was nothing but heart, fortitude, and determination that helped Reese Bedingfield, Macy Deppen, and Cam Wiers and the Swish Chicks win the 8th grade girls division championship. There was no other way to describe it. The players battled strong competition the entire day playing without an extra teammate. They were exhausted at the end of the day, but absolutely elated.

White Shirts Claim Second Straight Dawg Days Crown

White Shirts returned to defend their undefeated title from 2019 in the Top Dawg division. Their 2019 performance was one of the most dominant in tournament history as they did not have one game closer than six points. After some early round challenges, this year would end up being a coronation of the defending champions as they ran away from the rest of the field and created additional anecdotes for their dominance.

Dawg Days Crowns Five Undefeated Champions

The high school division continued its trend of having the most parity of all youth divisions in 2020. The Hooperz, highlighted by their opening game win against defending champion Details, were the only team to escape pool play unscathed. Channer Wells led the way against Details with 13 points while Jalen Wenger had 13 in a losing effort for Details. The defending champs righted the ship with three consecutive wins to advance to the semifinal round against the Tropics. The Tropics were no stranger to close games. All of their pool play games were decided by one basket. After surviving a quarterfinal scare against Winners, they forged out to a 26-16 lead against Details in the semifinals. A free throw by Zach Geiser (20 points) helped them fend off a ferocious rally from Details and clinch a spot in the championship game with a 30-26 win. Jalen Wenger led Details’ last-ditch effort at defending their championship with 20 points. The other side of the bracket saw Team 1 advance to the finals with a convincing 30-13 win over the previously unbeaten Hooperz squad. Carter Piatt and Jack Steiner scored 23 of their team’s 30 points in the triumph.

White Shirts Win $2,000 Grand Prize At Dawg Days Tourney

Although the Top Dawg division field was very small in terms of quantity of teams, there was no shortage of talent on the court. All three teams that entered the bracket had a legitimate crack at taking home the $2,000 grand prize. In the end, it was tournament newcomer White Shirts doing what numerous other teams have been unable to do since the inception of the tournament. The tournament’s most notable and dominant team, the Canton Ballers, would advance to the championship round for the twelfth time in fourteen years. In their previous eleven trips to the championship series, they had won nine times and lost only twice. Both losses were one possession games in game 3 of the best of three series, and many of the wins, including the last two, were in similar dramatic fashion. There would be no drama on this day however, as the White Shirts left no doubt as to  who the best team on the court was this year.

Details Sweep High School Divisions In Dawg Days 2019

A first-round pool play game between Details and TCB turned out to be a foreshadowing of things to come in the high school division. In a hard fought, back and forth affair, Details were able to overcome some hot shooting from Bryce Biggs (10 points) to defeat TCB 30-27. Jalen Wenger (18 points) scored several tough baskets down the stretch to help Details overcome a late deficit to win the game.

Hiland Runs Away With Back To Back League Titles

Hiland Alumni entered the semifinals of the men’s summer league tournament as the prohibitive favorite after having only had one true challenge throughout the entire summer. Their comeback win against CIX Direct during the regular season, coupled with some key injuries, gave teams some hope that maybe there were some chinks in the armor. After multiple years of championship game heartbreak, Hiland was looking to put the wraps on their second consecutive league title and first undefeated season.

Alumni Team Hangs On For Third Consecutive Title

Although they have won two of the three titles since the inception of the league, the Alumni team has never gone through the entire league season undefeated. The league veterans entered the semifinal round with a 7-0 record this year and seemed like a sure bet to roll to their third straight championship.

Area Hoopsters Shine In 3 On 3

What some call the “purest form of basketball” was on display from after dawn to just after dusk on Saturday at Dalton’s Village Green Park, where 180 players, ages 8 to 45, turned out for the 13th annual Dawg Days 3 on 3 basketball tournament.

“It’s non-stop, physical basketball with great competition,” said Tim Vandervaart, whose Canton Ballers successfully defended their title in the Top Dawg Division for the third year in a row and pocketed the $2,000 first-place prize. “There’s a lot of strategy, and matchups are huge. You can’t have a weak link.”

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Hiland Alumni Win First Dawg Days Championship
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