March 28th, 2023 – Teams from Northwest and Northeast Ohio participated in the first ever Joe Biggs Memorial AAU Basketball Tournament on March 25th & 26th. Nearly 50 teams competed throughout Fremont at Fremont Ross High School and the Fremont Community Recreation Complex. Proceeds from the Joe Biggs tournament will go towards basketball court improvements at Biggs-Kettner East Side Park.
Northcoast Showtime Director, John Cahill was excited about partnering with the City of Fremont to honor a fallen police officer and improve one of the City parks. “We’re going to honor Joe Biggs and money will be used to refurbish some of the basketball courts and parks in Fremont.” Cahill says Fremont stakeholders came together to make this tournament possible. “It’s a win!”, said Cahill.
The tournament got underway Saturday morning at both Ross High School and the Fremont Rec Center. Recreation Superintendent Cody Bischoff and Fremont Ohio Police Chief Derek Wensinger were at the Rec Center Saturday morning taking in the competition. “It’s great to see teams from all over Ohio participating in this tournament, honoring Joe Biggs. I’m excited for the weekend and for all of the visitors to enjoy our Rec Center and our town.” said Bischoff. Chief Wensinger and Officers from the Fremont Police Department also handed out Joe Biggs Memorial Challenge Coins to players and spectators as they attended games.
City officials and Northcoast Showtime are already excited, and planning for next year!
George “Joe” Biggs Championship Medal
Northcoast Showtime Director John Cahill poses with Fremont Police Chief Derek Wensinger and Officer Daniels.
Coach Juan Vela, of Northcoast Showtime, struts the sideline as he encourages his team.
Coach Irons and her Northcoast Showtime team, brought home the gold in Irons hometown.
Players, coaches, and officers pose for a photo following another Northcoast Showtime Championship victory.
Chief Wensinger and his officers celebrating the 5th Grade Girls Champions, during the Joe Biggs Tournament.