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NEO Sports Insiders – Your New Home For Complete GCHSHL Baron Cup Coverage!

Northeast Ohio Sports Insiders ( has entered into an agreement with the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League’s Baron Cup post-season tournament to provide extended coverage of the entire tournament.

The tournament, which takes place Feb. 8-14 at the John M. Coyne Recreation Center’s Brooklyn Ice Arena in Brooklyn, brings the top eight teams from each of the GCHSHL’s three divisions together in a sudden-death tournament with the three championship games being held on Feb. 14.

“This is a great opportunity for the Baron Cup to get the exposure it deserves,” editorial director Matt Loede said. “The Baron Cup brings together the top high school programs in the area for a week of exciting hockey that features some of the top high school players in the country. We are thrilled to bring extensive coverage of this outstanding event to our readers.”

NEO Sports Insiders will provide extensive pre-tournament coverage as well as recaps of each Baron Cup game from the event. The website is also in negotiations to broadcast every Baron Cup game either on terrestrial or Internet radio.

“This is great exposure for the Baron Cup, high school hockey and our website,” Loede said. “The Baron Cup is one of the oldest, most prestigious high school hockey tournaments in the area and we at NEO Sports Insiders are honored to have the opportunity to give this tournament and the teams involved increased exposure across multiple platforms.”

The Baron Cup will kick off Monday, Feb. 8 with three games. The first Blue Division quarterfinal will begin at 4:30 pm, followed by a pair of White Division quarterfinal games that are scheduled to begin at 6:30 and 8:30.

Tuesday, Feb. 9 will feature quarterfinals games, a Blue Division game at 4:30 p.m. and a pair of White Division contests starting at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 will feature a Blue Division quarterfinal game at 4:30 and Red Division quarterfinal contests at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11 will feature a Blue Division quarterfinal game at 4:30 and a pair of Red Division quarterfinal games at 6:30 and 8:30.

The semifinals begin Friday with a pair of White Division games, one at 5:30 and one at 7:30.

Saturday will feature four semifinal games, Blue Division contests at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. These will be followed by Red Division semifinal contests that start at 5:30 and 7:30.

The three championship games will be held Sunday, Feb. 14 starting with the Blue Division title game at 1 p.m., the White Division game at 3 p.m. and the Red Division championship game at 5:30.

The Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League includes the following teams:

RED NORTH: Shaker Heights, Rocky River, Hudson, Kenston

RED SOUTH: Solon, Western Reserve, Mentor, Strongsville, Kent Roosevelt, Brecksville

WHITE EAST: Cleveland Heights, Orange, Benedictine, Chagrin Falls

WHITE WEST: North Olmsted, Avon, Olmsted Falls, Midview, Westlake

BLUE NORTH: Canfield, CVCA, NDCL, West Geauga, Twinsburg, North Canton Hoover

BLUE SOUTH: Parma, Bay, Normandy, Aurora, Lakewood, Mayfield

BLUE WEST: Elyria Catholic, Avon Lake, Brooklyn, Nordonia, Garfield Heights, Brush

Eight teams from each class, Red, White and Blue, will qualify for the Baron Cup tournament. Be sure to check back prior to the tournament where seedings, previews and team bios will be available before the first puck drops.

Mike Perry has been a sports journalist for over a quarter-century. He still remembers his first assignment, covering a Lorain High School basketball game as a correspondent for The Morning Journal in Lorain. Since then he has covered sports big and small, from Little League baseball to the NBA Playoffs. During his career he has worked as a beat writer, columnist and editor. He once spent a five-year sentence covering the Pittsburgh Steelers for The Butler Eagle in suburban Pittsburgh, but those difficult days are behind him. As one of the area’s foremost authorities in the Mid-American Conference, expect Perry to keep NEO Sports Insiders informed about the happenings in his favorite mid-major conference whether you like it or not. Perry lives in Amherst with his wife of 14 years, Christy, and two sons…Mitchell (8) and Matthew (6)

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