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01/15/03 3rd King Classic high school basketball showcase set for Monday

By Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson
Democrat and Chronicle


(January 14, 2003) — The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Classic, an all-day lineup of high school boys basketball, returns to Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial on Monday.

All six of the City School District teams will play in the third annual event against a collection of schools from in and around Monroe County. Organizers say the intent of the Classic is to heighten awareness of cultural diversity on the Dr. King holiday and to raise funds for area charities.

Remaining funds after expenses are paid go to the Children’s Hospital branch of Strong Memorial Hospital, as well as Camp Good Days and Special Times.

Officials hope attendance will improve this season, but were pleased that last year’s Classic raised $9,000.

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Fairport (3-0 league, 6-0 overall), the three-time defending Section V Class A champion, and Pittsford (3-0, 7-0) renew their Division I rivalry at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Mendon High School. The outcome also will help shape the state rankings.

The Red Raiders edged Pittsford 94-92 at Fairport last season.

Ellis likes Le Moyne: When former Fairport basketball star Caitlin Howe suffered a career-ending injury early last season, the teammate that picked up the most slack was Lindsay Ellis.

She hasn’t stopped improving since. A senior forward who was already one of Monroe County’s best rebounders, Ellis looked to score more. Now she has landed a partial scholarship to Division II Le Moyne College.

“Caitlin helped us so much, but I think we all had to step up our game,” said Ellis, an All-Greater Rochester pick last year who averaged 11.5 points and 12.8 rebounds.

Behind Ellis and fellow fourth-year starters Sabrina Boykin and Liz Hahn, Fairport is unbeaten and No. 1 in the Democrat and Chronicle’s large-school coaches poll. Ellis, a 93-average student who wants to major in biology, also considered William Smith, Bowdoin and Western New England -- all Division III colleges.

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King Classic
 

What: Basketball showcase designed to promote awareness of cultural diversity and raise money for area charities.

When: Monday on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Where: At Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial.

Tickets: All day pass, $5.00.

Games:

  • Greece Arcadia vs. Marshall, 11:30 a.m.;

  • Palmyra-Macedon vs. Wilson, 1 p.m.;

  • Waterloo vs. School of the Arts, 2:30;

  • Bishop Kearney vs. Franklin, 4;

  • Pittsford Mendon vs. East, 6;

  • Fairport vs. Edison, 7:30.