Basketball tournament to benefit cancer research

EAST LIVERPOOL – Plans for a basketball tournament featuring area teams playing to benefit cancer research were shared Wednesday with the city school board’s athletic committee.

Athletic Director Josh Ludwig told the committee about the East Liverpool Holiday Shootout for Cancer being planned for Dec. 27 and 28 at the Potter Fieldhouse, saying it is a way to not only raise funds for cancer research but a chance to highlight the district’s facility.

“East Liverpool fans get to see us and also other teams. We’ll get a lot of people here for exposure to the fieldhouse,” Ludwig said.

In the past, visiting teams had to be paid to play, but that is not the case this time, according to Ludwig, who said there are some “big name teams” expected to play.

Among the local teams playing will be Beaver Local and East Liverpool high school girls and East Palestine and East Liverpool high school boys.

Other teams will be named when one last matchup is finalized, when additional details will also be reported.

Ludwig also told the committee about a contract being prepared that will enable the district to obtain a sports table at no cost as well as upgrades to the existing video board for that might otherwise cost upwards of $50,000 to replace.

Treasurer Kathy Jo Laughlin said the final contract will have to be reviewed by the committee before being recommended to the full board for consideration.

Finally, Ludwig distributed schedules for winter sports, saying the schedule for bowling is 90 percent finished.

Superintendent Randy Taylor told the committee that, since money is available in building improvements, the district needs to look at property on Pope Street which it traded with the city for the former East Junior High School property some time ago.

The plan was to use the Pope Street property for additional parking for high school events.

Committee member Richard Wolf offered some history of the property and said, “We have an obligation to look at it and see what we can do with it.”