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13th Annual Midwest Diocese Basketball Tournament

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Canton Recap Flyer (PDF)

This year’s Midwest Basketball Tournament was by far the largest ever with over 400 teens and young adults from across the Midwest gathering together in Canton, Ohio. 16 churches sent a total of 30 teams that competed in 3 divisions: junior (12-15), senior (15-18) and young adult (19-26). On Friday night, the participants gathered for the Midwest Teen SOYO delegates meeting and for a lively discussion led by guest speaker Alex Younes from Toronto, Canada. The topic of his discussion was ‘A New Commandment.’

After Morning Prayers on Saturday morning the teams embarked from the hotel to 4 different basketball gyms where they competed throughout the morning and afternoon. Following Great Vespers, the Awards Banquet and Hafli was held with over 500 in attendance. A Farewell Brunch was held after Sunday Divine Liturgy and the participants departed for their homes with no doubt a few more friends than they had when they arrived. A special thank you to all the volunteers from St. George in Canton who take pride in hosting this annual tournament and to all the participants who journeyed from 7 different states to be with us on this special weekend.

Don’t forget about the upcoming Midwest Parish Life Conference from June 15-19 in Cleveland, Ohio! Visit for more information. We hope to see everyone in attendance!

In Christ’s Service,
Midwest SOYO Officers

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Junior Division

  • 1st Place: St. George, Akron, OH
  • 2nd Place: St. Mark, Youngstown, OH
  • 3rd Place: St. George/St. Nicholas, Grand Rapids, MI

Senior Division

  • 1st Place: St. George, Akron, OH
  • 2nd Place: All Saints, Bloomington, IN
  • 3rd Place: St. George, Cleveland, OH and St. Mary, Berkley, MI

Young Adult Division

  • 1st Place: St. Matthew, North Royalton, OH
  • 2nd Place: St. George, Canton, OH
  • 3rd Place: St. Mary, Livonia, MI