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Frostburg, MD 21532
301.687.0212
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P.O.Box 371
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301.687.0212
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Annual All Star Basketball Classic...
HISTORY OF THE CLASSIC
By Former Game Announcer: Mark Clem
(With Updates From The Frostburg Lions Club)
Jim  Newlon, along with the then Bruce High Sportsmen Club founded the
Western Maryland All-Star Basketball Classic.

The idea was to honor the best senior high school basketball players from
the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and Western Maryland.  Newlon
and Clem took on the task, of developing the classic, with very little knowledge
of what was to follow.   All they had was a dream and a mountain to climb to
reach it.

Their search began with a petition to the NCAA Rules Committee in Overland Park, Kansas.   At that time, the NCAA
was the governing body of all-star games. After a lengthy wait, the NCAA granted them a sanction and the Classic was
born.

At that time, the biggest and best all-star game in the country was 120 miles away in Pittsburgh. The Dapper Dan
Roundball Classic was the brainchild of Sonny Yacarro, a basketball guru and promoter. Both Clem and Newlon knew
they couldn't compete at that level, but took some ideas from that game back home to Maryland.  

Many of the other all-star games around the country only featured boys. It was Clem's and Newlon's idea to honor the
girls in a game of their own.  This game is one of the first in the country to showcase both boys and girls in the same
event.

After searching for several months, they located the perfect model for their game - the AVAC Classic in Ohio. It was a
small scale game which attracted junior college and Division II and III prospects.

The showcase was unveiled in Westernport's Bruce High School Gymnasium to a near capacity crowd and was a hit
from the opening tip-off The Western Maryland Boys won the inaugural game by a 103-85 score. However, the West
Virginia Girls took their first game, 56-54.

Throughout the years, the girls' game has been as competitive, if not more so, than the boys' contest. Many of the stars
of the Classic have gone on to play in a variety
colleges around the country.

Jeff Beavers, the first MW of the West Virginia Boys, went on to play at Potomac State College, white Kip Washington, the
1982 MVP, took his fast break show to Garrett Community College.  J.P.  Karner went on to play for the legendary Bob
Kirk at Allegany Community College. John Smith, from Valley High School, decided to take his baseball skills to the
minor leagues afire being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the sixth round in 1989.

The Most Valuable Player of the 1989 game, Jeremy Bodkin, took his talents to Morgantown where he later played for
Gale Catlett at West Virginia University.

There have been some outstanding girls who have graced the basketball court and have gone on to play college ball.
Jenny Hillen, the 1985 MVP from Southern High School, went on to have an outstanding career at  West Virginia, and
then went on to play in the European Leagues. Margie Morris, who played on that record setting team in 1985, became a
Tiger at Towson State University.  

Two of the most exciting players to ever play in the Classic moved on to the Division I level. Christy Cooper went on to
play at West Virginia; and Dawn Sloan played for Chris Weller, one of the most recognized coaches in women's
basketball, at the University of Maryland.

The Classic has only known two homes since its inception back in 1981.   It began at the Bruce High School
Gymnasium and then moved to Frostburg State University Cordt’s Arena, site of today's games.

Since that very first game, the proceeds generated from the Classic have gone to local non-profit and charitable
organizations.  That is still the case, as all proceeds for the matchup today, will benefit the Frostburg Lions Club, host
and promoter of the Classic.  

In 1994, McDonald's Restaurants became the first official sponsor of the game. In 2011 RUSCO Home Improvements
of Cumberland, MD, became the official corporate sponsor of the Classic.  

In 1999 fans were treated to a pair of excellent games. In boy's action, West Virginia bested Maryland in an overtime
thriller, 91-88. Travis DiGruttolo, from Hampshire was the West Virginia MW, while Joey Langham from Westmar and
Ryan Ralqt from Beall were co-MVPs for Maryland.

The West Virginia girls made it a sweep on the afternoon, downing Maryland, 58-55. Amy Rowan of Frankfort was the
West Virginia MVP, while Mt. Savage's Heather Abucevicz and Brooke Brenneman of Northern shared Maryland MVP
honors.

2009 saw Maryland sweep both games of the All Star Classic - MD girls 64-57 in overtime, and the MD boys 94-90.  

In 2010 West Virginia swept the tournament: with the girls 45-41, and the boys:  104-86.  Moorefied's Victoria Wright was
named co-MVP along with Petersburg's Alicia Webster.  On the Maryland side Heidi Welch and Emillee Bosley shared
MVP honors.

Once again, in 2011, West Virginia swept the tournament.  West Virginia Girls took the game at  54-53.   West Virginia
Boys came in with a score of 104-83.   Bishop Walsh's Richard Mann paced the Maryland squad with 16 points.  

In 2011 McDonald's withdrew as the corporate sponsor of the games.   RUSCO Home Improvements of Cumberland,
MD, became the corporate sponsor in 2012

From Ricardo Hunter's slam dunks to the magic of Kip Washington to the "Corey Griffin Show" in l99l to the "Christy
Cooper Clinic" in 1989,  the RUSCO - Frostburg Lions Basketball Classic has been one of the great spectacles in
Western Maryland Sports.

The tournament does not have a corporate sponsor at this time.
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Tournament Scoring                
           
Year        Girls Game        Boys Game
1981        WV 56 - MD 54         MD 103 - WV 85
1982        WV 82 - MD 6          WV 98 - MD 93
1983        MD 50 - WV 3          MD 84 - WV 70
1984        WV 67 - MD 40        WV 104 - MD 98
1985        MD 109 - WV 40      MD 91 - WV 83
1986        WV 39 - MD 34         WV 84 - MD 78   
1987        MD 61 - WV 57         MD 128 - WV 92
1988        MD 80 - WV 57         WV 99 - MD81
1989        WV 67 - MD 45         WV 99 - MD 83
1990        No Girls Game         WV 120 - MD 75
1991        WV 60 - MD 43         WV100 - MD 94
1992        MD 62 - WV 55         WV 95 - MD 60
1993        WV 46 - MD 38         MD 105 - WV 91
1994        WV 37 -  MD 21        MD 82 - WV 64
1995        "Scores Not Available"        
1996        MD 61 -  WV 56        WV 77 - MD 74
1997        MD 64 - WV 58         WV 96 - MD 88
1998        WV 58 - MD 55         WV 91 - MD 88
1999        MD 64 - WV 62         MD 113 - WV 84
2000        MD 69 - WV 60         MD 86 - WV 82
2001        WV 79 - MD 62         WV 92 - MD 88
2002        WV 92 - MD 79         WV 106 - MD 89
2003        WV 68 - MD 57       WV 115 - MD 101
2004        WV 81 - MD 72         MD 102 - WV 97
2005        WV 73 - MD 65         MD 102 - WV 98
2006        MD 71 - WV 58         MD 98 - WV 81
2007        MD 63 - WV 39         MD 98 - WV 81
2008        MD 54 - WV 44         MD 113 - WV 69
2009        MD 64 - WV 57         MD 94 - WV 91
2010        WV 45 - MD 41         WV 104 - MD 86
2011        WV 54 - MD 53        WV 104 - MD 83
2012        MD 60 - WV 49         MD 128 - WV 65
2013        MD 55 - WV 37         MD 96 - WV 77
2014        MD 56 - WV 50         WV 114-WV 112
2015        WV 53 - MD 27         MD 123 - WV 81
2016        MD 45 - WV 36         MD 93 - WV 88
2017        WV 47 - MD 31         WV 106 - MD 86
2018        WV 50 - MD 48        MD 100 - WV 87
2019        No Girls Game           
WV Girls Lead 19-17                 
MD Boys Lead 19-18                 
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