The Heartland Hoops Classic

The 7th annual Heartland Hoops Classic is next Saturday, February 15th, at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island. The first game will tip off at 9am. There are eight games scheduled with the last one starting at 9:15pm. Tickets are on sale now; Adult $16, Student $8 and a few courtside seats are avaialbe for $70. Be sure to get your ticket in advance.

This years feature game is Denver East vs Omaha Central. The top program in Colorado vs the top program in Nebraska. Both teams participate in their state associations’s largest classification. The Denver team is led by two division I recruits, one of which is signed to play basketball for the Creighton Bluejays, Ronnie Harrell. The Eagles are led by Treshawn Thurman who is a division I prospect. Last year the Eagles defeated national power Oak Hill Academy in front of a sellout crowd. We expect this years classic to be equally as exciting.

Here is the schedule for this year’s classic.

Game #1 9:00am Overton vs Sutton
Game #2 10:45am Freeman vs High Plains
Game #3 12:30pm Elkhorn South vs Grand Island
Game #4 2:15pm Bishop Neumann vs Northwest
Game #5 4:00pm Norfolk Catholic vs Doniphan Trumbull
Game #6 5:45pm Southern Valley vs Grand Island Central Catholic
Game #7 7:30pm Norfolk vs Kearney
Game #8 9:15pm Denver East vs Omaha Central

This year’s classic has several teams that have been or are rated #1: High Plains, Elkhorn South, Bishop Neumann, Southern Valley, Denver East (Colorado HS Ratings) & Omaha Central.

Other teams that have been or are currently rated: Overton, Sutton, Freeman, Norfolk Catholic, Doniphan Trumbull, Grand Island Central Catholic & Norfolk.

Tickets can be purchased through ticket master or at the Heartland Events Center Ticket Office. One ticket is good for all eight games. You may leave the arena and re-enter without purchasing a new ticket.


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