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The Classic

The Mercy/Maryvale basketball game is continuing a time-honored Baltimore tradition of excellence in girls basketball.


The Classic
Friday, January 27, 2023
6:00 p.m. Doors | 7:00 p.m. Welcome | 7:30 p.m. Tip-Off
Towson University SECU Arena

The Mercy Magic and the Maryvale Lions meet each other on the basketball court in “The Classic,” which builds on a friendly 50-year rivalry between the two girls’ schools spanning multiple sports. The Classic is the culmination of a week of spirited activities between the two schools, including JV and alumnae games, pep rallies, and a fundraising challenge among each school’s graduates.

Alumnae of both schools make it a homecoming, and the athletes and coaches have a college-level athletic experience, playing in front of thousands of spectators on a university campus. The players follow in the footsteps of decades of athletes who are proud to represent their schools and be part of an athletic legacy in Baltimore.

This match-up has roots stretching to 1964, the first year Mercy High School competed against the old Seton High School in what became a three-year series at the Civic Center. In 1967, a new rivalry formed between Mercy and the Institute of Notre Dame. For 54 years “The Big Game” between Mercy and IND was the largest girls’ athletic event in Maryland.

To honor the Institute of Notre Dame and its long history in building this tradition, the winner of The Classic is presented with The Rita Sloan Berndt Memorial Trophy. The trophy is named after a distinguished 1962 IND graduate who played varsity basketball at IND and became an accomplished neuroscientist and a community activist, wife, mother, and grandmother.

Spirit Events

Stay tuned for dates:

  • Fathers' Club Game
  • Alumnae Game
  • JV Game

In the News

Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2022
A new tradition: Mercy basketball beats Maryvale, 62-40, in first edition of ‘The Classic’

WMAR-2 – ABC | February 25, 2022
Mercy beats Maryvale in "The Classic"

Catholic Review | February 25, 2022
Mercy caps stellar season by beating Maryvale in inaugural girls basketball ‘Classic’

Varsity Sports Network | February 26, 2022
Reviving the Spirit of “The Game” the Two Schools Forge New Tradition in Front of 3,000 Fans at SECU Arena

Varsity Sports Network | February 25, 2022
No. 10 Mercy defeats Maryvale as The Classic makes its debut

WMAR-2 – ABC | February 25, 2022
Maryvale part of new 'Classic' tradition: Lions face Mercy in The Classic at SECU Arena

WJZ-13 – CBS | February 25, 2022
Baltimore Buzz

WMAR-2 – ABC | February 24, 2022
Mercy's signature 'Game' returns as The Classic

WBAL News Radio | February 24, 2022
Athletic Director Nick Gill talks with host Robert Lang
Gabby Di Paula On Mercy Maryvale Game

WBFF – Fox-45 | February 24, 2022
Hometown Hotspot – Live at 7:24, 8:24, and 9:10 a.m.

WBFF – Fox-45 | February 23, 2022
Evening Sportscast

105.7 The Fan | February 8, 2022
Rob Long Interviews Athletic Director Nick Gill

Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2021
Without Institute of Notre Dame and ‘The Game,’ Mercy girls basketball finds new rivalry vs. Maryvale Prep in ‘The Classic’

Varsity Sports Network | December 12, 2021
An old tradition with a new partner

Catholic Review | December 10, 2021
Mercy High to take on Maryvale in new chapter in girls’ basketball tradition

Press Release | December 10, 2021
Baltimore high school girls basketball tradition continues