Vikings host Panthers in basketball opener

Yes, the football playoffs are currently the hot topic in high school sports circles. But the winter basketball season is just around the corner.

After a scrimmage game at Mentor on Nov. 25, the Villa Angela-St. Joseph Vikings will launch their 2011-12 basketball campaign by hosting the Euclid Panthers Dec. 3.

If this year’s contest is anything like the neighborhood rivalry clash a year ago, it will be a memorable evening. Last year, the Panthers survived a see-saw battle on their floor, winning with a last-second buzzer-beating shot, 55-54.

A special tribute is planned to honor Tim Robertson, the long-time VASJ teacher and administrator, prior to the junior varsity game against Euclid. Robertson passed away last April.

Here are the early-season games on the Vikings’ schedule:

Fri. Nov. 25      at Mentor (scrimmage)              7:30

Sat. Dec. 3       Euclid                                     7:30 

Sat. Dec. 10     St. Edward                              7:30

Fri. Dec. 16      at Warren JFK                          7:30

Tue. Dec. 20   Berkshire                               7:30

Fri. Dec. 23      at Trinity                                   7:30

Thur. Dec. 29  Holy Name                              7:30

Home games in bold face

John Sheridan

Retired journalist. From 1963 to 1972, wrote for and edited the Euclid News-Journal, predecessor to the Sun-Journal. From 1972 to 2000, I was a writer and editor for Industry Week magazine. Also have worked for the Plain Dealer as a part-time sportswriter, covering high school sports. And I was a contributor to the previous Euclid Observer. I have lived in Euclid for almost my entire life. I am a graduate of St. Joseph High School and John Carroll University.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 5:00 PM, 12.31.2011