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Here are the American Family Insurance All-Northeast Ohio Top 10 photos for the month of January.
Number 10: We start at the Cleveland Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic at Baldwin Wallace University on Jan. 6th. St. Ignatius senior Alec Papesch drives to the hole and past St. Vincent-St. Mary freshman guard V.J. King. SVSM would pull away in the second half to beat St. Ignatius, 76-73.
Number 9: We now head south to Archbishop Hoban's Barry Gymnasium for a matchup with Walsh Jesuit. Walsh's Bryan Dicillo takes it strong to the basket against four defenders and the entire Knights student section. Walsh Jesuit would pull out a one-point win, 48-47.
Number 8: The month's next top photo comes from the final varsity boys basketball game between Berea and Midpark before next year's merger of the two schools. Midpark sophomore forward Nolan Gerrity shows Berea's Devin Posey what being 6-foot-9 is all about, as he swats the ball away. Berea would go on to win, 65-59.
Number 7: The month's seventh-best photo comes from the Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout contest between Villa Angela-St. Joseph and Martinsburg (W Va.) at Walsh University. VASJ senior forward Demonte Flannigan hammers home a slam dunk to help VASJ pull away for a 68-59 win.
Number 6: The month's sixth-best photo comes from the Mercy Medical Center Classic tilt between Canton South and Coshocton on Jan. 20. Canton South's Armand Fontes splits the defense of two Coshocton players as he elevates to the rim. South would hold of Coshocton for a 64-58 win.
Number 5: The month's fifth-best photo highlights Shaker Heights' 6-foot-6 junior Rosel Hurley, as he dunks the ball with authority against Garfield Heights on Jan. 18. Shaker would lose to Garfield Heights by two points, 62-60.
Number 4: The month's fourth-best play comes from the girls basketball game Hudson vs Magnificat on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Magnificat's Bridget Pryatel blocks Hudson's Hannah Boesinger. Hudson pulled away in the second half, scoring 23 points in the third quarter and 16 in the fourth quarter for a 59-48 win.
Number 3: The month's third-best photo is from the Senate Athletic League girls basketball contest between Glenville and East Tech. Glenville's Latrice Legion goes for a lay up with East Tech captain Dominica Thompson trying for a block. Glenville won the matchup, 59-38.
Number 2: We return to the Cleveland Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic at Baldwin Wallace University for the month's second-best photo. It comes from the Cleveland Heights-Shaker Heights contest. This is one is more about a pressure shot by Shaker Heights' 6-foot-6 junior guard Rosel Hurley. He hit the game-tying and winning shots from the free-throw line to help the Raiders come back from a seven-point deficit with under one minute to play for the 70-68 win.
Number 1: The month's top photo has to be the iconic image from the Jan. 21 matchup between nationally ranked Mater Dei from California and St. Edward in Lakewood. This matchup featured the return of former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown and his son Elijah Brown. who played for the Eagles as a freshman and sophomore. St. Edward's Marsalis Hamilton drives to the hoop as all five defenders watch. The massive support from the Eagles' student section in the background tells the whole story of what this 58-44 upset win by St. Edward meant for the program.
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