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Mel Stephens’ Wheeling Central Catholic boys basketball team will be featured in this year’s CRC against Butler, Pa.


WHEELING, W.Va. — Some of the best high school basketball in the nation will once again be on display in Wheeling next season.

The 13th annual Cancer Research Classic (CRC) is sponsored by Wheeling Hospital and will be held January 3-4, 2020, at WesBanco Arena.

Teams scheduled to play in next year’s event include: La Lumiere (La Porte, In.), DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), Bishop Walsh (Cumberland, Md.), Sunrise Christian (Bel Aire, Ks.), Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.), Norcross (Norcross, Ga.), Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.), ISA Andrews Osborne (Willoughby, Ohio), Wasatch (Mt. Pleasant, Ut.) and Huntington St. Joseph Prep.

In addition, two regional will games will take place: Wheeling Park vs. TBA and Wheeling Central Catholic vs. Butler (Butler, Pa).

Fifty-six players featured in the CRC are playing in the NBA, including R.J. Barrett, Bol Bol, Jalen Brunson, Bruno Fernando, Jerami Grant, Stanley Johnson, Nassir Little, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jahlil Okafor, Chuma Okeke, Jabari Parker, Jordan Poole, Cam Reddish, Naz Reid, D’Angelo Russell, Ben Simmons, P.J. Washington and Andrew Wiggins. 

“Once again, this year’s Classic features several perennial powerhouses and marquee players. All games will be broadcast on one of the ESPN family of networks,” said CRC Director Dr. Gregory Merrick, executive director of the Schiffler Cancer Center, Urologic Research Institute and Men’s Health Center, all at Wheeling Hospital.

Tickets will go on sale in October and several pricing and seating options will be available: Courtside, floor, reserved and general admission. 

Tickets and a seating map will be available at the WesBanco Arena Box Office, online at or by calling 304-233- 4470 or 800-514-3849. 

A special group admission package is available to middle schools, high schools, travel teams, AAUs and any other basketball organization. 

This package cannot be purchased at the gate and is only available by calling the Men’s Health Center at 304-243-8813. Deadline is December 27.