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MVP round-up from the Roundball Classic

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (February 11, 2020) – The 2020 Roundball Classic comprised 11 games over four days of play. After each match-up, an MVP was chosen from each team. No player was allowed to win MVP more than once throughout the series, until the final game on Monday, February 10.

Thursday, February 6, Game 1: Reavis vs Lansing Christian

William Boyd (52) from Reavis anticipates the rebound. He was chosen as Reavis’ MVP in Game 1. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Lansing Christian’s Elias Johnson, surrounded by Reavis defense, passes the ball to a teammate. Johnson was chosen as Lansing Christian’s MVP in Game 1. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Thursday, February 6, Game 2: Coolidge vs Heritage

Nathan Weathers (32) from Heritage and Naton Johnson (22) from Coolidge were chosen as MVPs for Game 2 of the series. Lansing Police Chief Dennis Murrin (center) awarded each of them a game ball. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Friday, February 7, Game 3: Oak Glen vs Lansing Christian

Mayor Patty Eidam handed out the Game 3 MVP awards to Lansing Christian’s Gavin Bell (13) and Oak Glen’s Deontre Simmons (40). (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Friday, February 7, Game 4: Reavis vs Heritage

The Game 4 MVPs were Travel Williams (5) from Heritage and Shane Cade (13) from Reavis. Village Administrator Dan Podgorski handed out the awards. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Friday, February 7, Game 5: Coolidge vs Oak Glen

Brandon Dixon (42) of Oak Glen and Sam Carter (3) of Coolidge were chosen as MVPs of Game 5. They received the honor from Tristan Garcia, daughter of Oak Glen Coach Lindsey Garcia. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Saturday, February 8, Game 6: Heritage vs Lansing Christian

Marquell Smith (sorry, no photo) was chosen as the Heritage MVP for Game 6.

Lansing Christian’s Elijah Michel (23) sinks a free throw during Game 3 of the series on Friday. He was chosen as Lansing Christian’s MVP of Game 6 the next day. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Saturday, February 8, Game 7: Reavis vs Oak Glen

Maurice King (14) stays close to the offense in Friday’s Game 4. King was chosen as Reavis MVP in Game 7 the next day. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Oak Glen’s Casey Gordon (20) scrambles for the ball against a swarm of defenders during Game 3 on Friday night. Gordon was chosen as Oak Glen’s MVP of Game 7 on Saturday.

Saturday, February 8, Game 8: Lansing Christian vs Coolidge

Lansing Christian’s Bryson Wells (50) blocks a shot during the series opener on Thursday night. He went on to be chosen as the Lansing Christian MVP in Game 8 on Saturday. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Nico Winston poses with the game ball he was awarded as Coolidge’s MVP of Game 8. (Photo: Missy Winston)

Saturday, February 8, Game 9: Heritage vs Oak Glen

Markell Morris (center) hustles through a crowded mid-court during Game 2 of the Roundball Classic. He was chosen as Heritage’s MVP of Game 9. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Oak Glen’s Shaddai Palmer (12) was named MVP for Oak Glen (sorry, no photo).

Saturday, February 8, Game 10: Coolidge vs Reavis

The Game 10 MVPs were Reggie Wilder (2) of Coolidge and Israel Gallon (54) of Reavis. Officers Kevin Meyer and Victor Aviles of the Lansing Police Department presented the awards. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Monday, February 10, Game 11: Coolidge vs Reavis
Mayor Patty Eidam posed with the two MVPs of the championship game—Sam Carter (3) and William Boyd (52). (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

All games were held at Memorial Junior High School (2721 Ridge Road). The Roundball Classic has raised over $50,000 for Lansing charities since the first tournament was organized 11 years ago.

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Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. Thank you Ms.Reynolds and Mr. Seymour for over a decade of giving our 5th graders something to look forward to! Both of my children played in it and it was the talk of the town, the most posted event, and just a fantastic family outing every winter. Consider guiding the next crew for a continued successful Lansing tradition!

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