The 2018 Western PA Bruins Spring Tip-Off Classic showcased talent from the midwest to Canada to Virginia, with nearly 200 teams competing. Thanks to all of the teams who traveled to Pittsburgh to participate in this event. These are a few highlights from recent recap articles posted online.
Lady Ballers Insider founder, Jason Wilkins, on the tournament:
The WPA Bruins Spring Tip-Off Classic was held this past weekend. Power clubs such as All-Ohio Black GEYBL, Team Takeover GEYBL (MD), Sports City U (OH), WPA Bruins (PA), 1 Nation Elite (MI), Cincinnati Angels (OH) and many more came to battle it out in Pittsburgh to see who “Queen of Court!” was. This is definitely one of the best non-certified events in the country. The action was non-stop from start to finish, and there were some outstanding performances.
Wilkins names Bruins’ 2020 Tess Meyers as a standout:
Meyers will be one to watch over the next few years. She went on a scoring rampage in several games. Tess showed off her sweet shooting touch as she made deep jumpers and knocked down several shots off the dribble. She also made some excellent decisions when leading the break that made her even more difficult to stop this weekend.
Read the complete article: LB Insider
NYGHoops’ Joe Fenelon
WPA Bruins housed the Spring Tip-Off 2018 this past weekend in the greater Pittsburgh area. The 190 plus team’s event had 9 divisions, from the 4th grade to the 11th grade. An additional Elite 11th grade division with many Northeast / Midwest heavy hitters for sure separated this event form others. Because of the size of the event and the multiple facilities NYGHoops Report stationed itself mainly at North Allegheny HS watching games over three days. When it was all said and done, Team Takeover would be crowned the WPA Bruins Spring Tip-Off champs for the Elite division (2018); Defeating a talented All Ohio (Black) team 73-49.
Fenelon names his standouts, including Western PA Bruin Makenna Marisa (Peter Township HS, PA 2019).
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Premier Basketball’s Mark Williams:
With two weeks until the 2018 Spring NCAA Evaluation Period, teams across the country started their preparations this past weekend. I had the opportunity attend the Western PA Bruins Spring Tip-Off Classic and this year’s event was loaded with talent from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, West Virginia, Canada, New York, Michigan, Maryland, New Jersey, and Washington D.C.
Williams includes this recap of the Bruins Lewandowski team:
Playing with only seven players, WPA Bruins Lewandowski competed hard all weekend. The guard play of 2019 Tai Johnson and 2019 Makenna Marisa sets the tone as they are both prime to have a big summer. 2019 Maggie Moore is a long, athletic forward who impacts the game on both ends. When this team is at full strength, it will give opponents problems.
Read the complete article: Premier Basketball Report
Pass Tha Ball’s Bob Corwin:
The event was sponsored by the Western PA Bruins, a club with a history dating back over 30 years! Through thick and thin, the organization has remained the preeminent club in the western portion of the Quaker State. Special kudos goes to the event organizers for providing a coaches’ packet with few rosters missing. Club coaches tend to resist turning in rosters in “dead period” events, not realizing colleges (D2) with scholarship capability plus eight national media would be in attendance.
Corwin lists his talented picks, including Western PA Bruins Makenna Marisa, 5’11, shooting guard (2019 Lewandowsk); Mya Murray, 6’2, power forward (2020 Cash); Savannah Dews, 6’2, center, WPA Bruins White; Lizzy Groetsch, 5’11, combo guard, 2020 Cash; Reilly Sunday, 5’8, point guard, Western PA Bruins 8th grade Black; Emma Theodorsson, 6’0, small forward, Western PA Bruins 8th grade Black; Ava Leroux, 6’2, power forward/center, West PA Bruins 7th grade White.
Read the complete article: Pass Tha Ball